Discussing Big Brother and Fitness with Christmas Abbott
Today on What On What’s Good with host Jovin Tardif, I am here with Christmas Abbott. Every year, the Big Brother team travels the country in search of great game players. I always found reality shows to be quite fascinating. Big Brother features contestants who live together in a house and are isolated from the outside world. There is no access to television, radio, or the Internet. They are continuously monitored by live television cameras and audio microphones. During the competition, contestants play games and are voted out until only one remains and wins the cash prize. Fun fact: it is actually inspired by George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.
In Big Brother 19 hosted by Julie Chen-Moonves (American season), television fans were ready to meet the new houseguests. We were introduced to Josh Martinez (Haircare sales), Paul Abrahamian (Clothing designer), Kevin Schlehuber (Stay-at-home dad), Alexandra “Alex” Ow (Eco-friendly marketing representative), Raven Walton (Dance teacher), Jason Dent (Rodeo clown), Matthew “Matt” Clines (Renovation consultant), Mark Jansen (Personal trainer), Elena Davies (Radio personality), Cody Nickson (Construction sales representative), Jessica Graf (VIP concierge), Ramses Soto (Cosplay artist), Dominique Cooper (Government engineer), Jillian Parker (Timeshare sales Representative), Megan Lowder (Dog walker), Cameron Heard (Microbiologist) and Christmas Abbott (Fitness superstar).
We watched in anticipation to see how the houseguests would co-exist and who will make it to the end. Today my guest is Christmas Abbott. Christmas Abbott is a professional CrossFit athlete, author of her own dieting and lifestyle books, Olympic weightlifter, and a fitness model. She’s also the first female to become a member of the NASCAR pit crew. Hmmmm….perhaps the best way to start this interview is with the famous words of FOX Sports’ NASCAR coverage Darrell Waltrip’s “Boogity, boogity, boogity — let’s go racing, drivers!”
1. Some may recognize you from CBS Big Brother. Do you still keep in touch with people from the show?
I do! They’re like family. Anyone that has even been on CBS Big Brother is like family. We ALL had such a unique experience together that will always connect us.
2. Can you tell us about your new app Christmas Abbott Rebel Fit?
I just launched a NEW APP!!! Christmas Abbott Rebel Fit. This app is so much simpler and more aligned with a whole health concept. You get amazing effective workouts with entire meal plans that all build on the month before. You can also sign up for a monthly membership and get all the new programs as they are released! There’s a group chat that gives support and guidance as we ALL go through the program together. You also get workout tips and live videos with me regularly! I am in love with how easy this program is to follow and the results it produces are AMAZING!
3. Let’s discuss your background as a professional athlete. Can you tell us about CrossFit Games, Olympic Weightlifting and Nascar Pit Crew?
I wasn’t a high school or collegiate athlete, I found fitness in my mid-twenties and loved how I felt when I was working out and treating my body well. A friend entered me into a CF competition and I did much better than I anticipated! I then got the bug to really play and see what I would be able to achieve through loving the process. That opened the door to NASCAR and I jumped in with excitement just as I did with my first CF workout. As an athlete you have to train smarter than harder. That mindset allowed me to have an amazing career in all three sports and still have a healthy, happy body today.
4. You are a transformational guru. Any tips on how to motivate others to the gym?
DISCIPLINE! Motivation is very short-lived but discipline stays. Using motivation can help, I use it too! But it is a small part of the process. Commit to yourself that you want to do something better for you. Put it on the schedule, make a plan, have an accountability system set up and get it done! Getting on track will help you stay on track. Then the results start rolling in and that is an incredible motivation that YOU made yourself!
5. Just for fun. What is your favourite exercise or routine at the gym?
I really enjoy so many movements!! Some of my top favs are deadlift, snatch, clean & jerk, overhead squat, pistols, muscle-ups…all the ones most people hate!
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