Emily Bridgers: Five-Time Games Athlete, First-Time Mom
Emily Bridgers has been a competitor for most of her life. After a 16-year career as a gymnast, she competed at the CrossFit Games as an individual five times. Her best finish was 6th in 2014.So what do competitors do when they stop competing?In this episode of Two-Brain Radio, Emily speaks with Sean Woodland about her competitive career and why she decided to retire after the 2018 Games—despite being pulled off the field early with a dislocated ankle.She shares what fitness looks like for her today as she manages CrossFit Terminus and raises her first child. She also opens up about how hard it is to turn the competitive switch off and what it would take to get her back on the floor. Links:CrossFit TerminusTwo-Brain Business Free ToolsContact: Instagram: @emilybridgers Timeline:1:50 – Finding competitive drive in gymnastics. 2:42 – The physical and mental toll of years of gymnastics training and competition.4:25 – Dealing with the end of her gymnastics career after injury. 7:01 – Finding a new competitive spark in CrossFit.10:21 – Emily’s first Games experience: fueled by nerves.13:14 – Taking on new opportunities in fitness competition.14:16 – The 2015 and 2016 Games: “The biggest disappointments of my entire career.”15:03 – Wrecked by Murph and pushing through anyway.19:01 – Finding fun in off-season events.20:24 – Deciding to retire in 2018.23:03 – “Is my foot facing the wrong way?”24:52 – Why there (probably) won’t be one more year of CrossFit competition for Emily.26:25 – Life as a new parent.28:07 – Training one hour a day and loving it.30:05 – Setting an example for daughter Riley.31:00 – Turning off the competitive switch—it’s not easy.32:55 – What it would take for Emily to compete again.34:12 – Emily’s message to the next generation of athletes: Make sure you truly love it.
91: Emily Bridgers Benson, CrossFit Games Athlete - “I was tired of always saying ‘I want to be a little stronger’, so I just decided to get stronger.”
Keep Moving Forward Podcast
In the 91st episode of Keep Moving Forward, I interview CrossFit Games Athlete and co-founder of CrossFit Terminus, Emily Bridgers Benson. “I was tired of always saying ‘I want to be a little stronger’, so I just decided to get stronger.” From collegiate gymnast sidelined by injury to professional CrossFit competitor, Emily Bridgers is an unstoppable athlete. Through unshakable mental fortitude and a pure love of sport, Emily forged ahead in her career and qualified for the CrossFit Regionals in her first year as a CrossFit athlete, an unheard of feat. Since then, Emily has competed in numerous CrossFit competitions, including 4 times at the Games and hopes to make that 5 in 2018. Her resiliency and determination is truthfully amazing and I am so grateful for the chance to help share her story. I hope you all enjoy my interview with Emily Bridgers Benson. If you want to connect with Emily, visit http://crossfitterminus.com/ and follow Emily on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We are in week 11 of trying to get The Rock, so if you want him to be a guest on KMF as badly as I do, then let’s get to work. Just start tagging him on social media and telling him that he has to be a guest; tell him how much you want to hear his story. We have 11 weeks left. We got this. If you guys enjoy Keep Moving Forward and want to tell me so, I would love for you to leave me a review on iTunes. And if you really like my show and would like for me to give you a shout out at the beginning of my next episode, you can donate as little as $1 to my podcast and become a loyal patron at Patreon. Always remember, you can beat the odds and go the distance, if only you keep moving forward.
The most recent episode of the WZA Podcast, Dylan is joined by 3x WZA competitor, Emily Bridgers. Listen to her talk about the CrossFit Games Open, what it's like to have "home-field" advantage for Regionals, and of course, her experience at WZA in 2016.