In July’s Reebok CrossFit games, you’ll see one of the year’s biggest mass gatherings of the most cut, shredded bodies in the world, on par with the Olympics or the World Cup. Looking up and down the men’s field, hopefully you’ll get motivated to hit the gym with gusto this summer. As for the women, you’ll probably covet some of their muscles as well—possibly in a couple of different ways. Here’s a list of 10 of the most beautiful, kick-ass women you’ll see competing this summer. As everyone’s saying these days, strong is the new sexy.
With striking muscular features in every part of her body topped off with a warm smile, LaChance is a recently converted CrossFitter who’s been at it only since early 2013. As you can imagine, she was no slouch before that though—she was an All-American gymnast at the University of Arkansas and did some fitness modeling as well. LaChance came away as the overall winner in the North Central region, finishing in the top five in all but one of the seven events.
A brunette who looks like a girl next door outside the gym, but in workout gear, she puts some serious strength on display. At 25 years old, Foucher is young but has still been around the block on the CrossFit circuit, and she may be reaching her peak years as an athlete. She ran away with the top spot in the Central East region, winning four of seven events outright.
The two-time CrossFit Games champ (2011 and ’12) was sidelined due to injuries last year and was unable to match Rich Froning’s successful run at a three-peat in the men’s draw. This year, the ex-gymnast/ballet dancer will look to pick up where she left off. She already won her European regional competition, so she’s on the right track. She’ll bring with her one of the world’s most impressive sets of abs, which constantly look like they were touched up by some of the editors of 300.
Another talented multisport athlete, Alvarez is set to go to her second straight Games after finishing third in her region (she’s still relatively new—three years ago, she volunteered at regionals to see what it was all about). Her upper body may not look as jacked as some of her competition, but don’t be fooled—she’s fit. Alvarez dominated events that included muscle-ups, legless rope climbs, and ring dips to fuel another trip to the Games.
Another ex-college gymnast, Hendrickson is a 33-year-old family woman who just happens to also have the ability to deadlift more than 300 pounds. She actually slipped a spot to second in her region behind the ever-improving Amanda Goodman, but although she wasn’t able to defend her regional title, she still won three individual events and beat out CrossFit icon Andrea Ager for a slot in the Games. She also has a cute smile and a perfectly sculpted body. She’ll be a fun underdog to support.
Voigt is an intense CrossFitter who’s become a mainstay at Reebok’s main event. This will be her seventh straight trip to the Games—more than any other woman. Voigt finished second in Northern California for the third straight year, contributing to the shock of Lindsey Valenzuela’s fourth-place finish in the region, which will shut the 2013 CrossFit Games runner-up/NoCal champ out of the Games altogether this year (most regions, including this one, have only three bids. A few others have one or two). Voigt is just a consistent, resilient athlete, and of course, an attractive one at that.
Although not completely unknown before Regionals, it’s still very hard to believe this 20-year-old also contributed to Valenzuela’s early exit by turning in solid performances in all seven events to snag third place in her region and advance to her first Games. Fisher is a college student and claims to schedule her workouts around her coursework, so who knows what’s possible as she matures as an athlete and gets her schedule freed up a little more when she graduates. Possibly the most exciting newcomer to the Games this year.
Jones just won the South Central region for the second straight year. Now, she’ll look to tackle the ambitious task of one-upping her impressive sixth-place finish at last year’s CrossFit Games. This traveling nurse has struck a perfect balance between career and training (hence her muscular physique), and despite a lingering injury from last season, she seems poised to make another strong run in July.
Brown’s pregnancy and birth of her child shut her out of the Games over the past couple of years. (She actually qualified in 2012 but found out about the pregnancy soon after.) This year, she’s ready to go and has impressively gotten back into the best shape of her life, winning the Australian regional tournament. Her stunning features and title as Australia’s strongest woman are no doubt the envy of mothers everywhere.
Already well known as one of the world’s sexiest CrossFit icons, Leblanc-Bazinet backed up her name recognition by winning the Canada East region, finishing with a more dominant performance than any other woman in a regional victory by winning a whopping six of seven events (in that other event, she finished second). However, it may be worth noting she was similarly great at regionals last year only to finish 16th overall at the CrossFit Games, so she still has to find a way to execute at the big stage. Regardless, Camille will always manage to make our top 10.