Tell us a little about you:
My name is Abbey Wilkins and I’m a former Division I gymnast at the United States Air Force Academy. My gymnastics career culminated in numerous titles such as:
AFA’s Female Athlete of the Year
Women’s Gymnastics MVP
Mountain West Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year
You have a pretty impressive academic and collegiate career, when did you discover CrossFit?
I was introduced to CrossFit in 2011 at a military affiliate and immediately fell in love with the competition, the community, and the challenges it constantly presents. Fast forward a couple years and I’m now a four-time Regionals competitor with my most recent appearance in 2016 where I placed 25th in the Atlantic Regionals Competition. In 2017, I placed 28th in the Southeast Region Open once again, but I was one spot short of qualifying for Regionals last year.
As a consistent Regionals Athlete, how do you balance training and the rest of life?
That’s a good question! Honestly, I believe that when you do something with love, passion, and dedication, it’s not about having time, but more about making time. While I’m a very competitive and professional crossfitter, I’m also active duty Air Force and my husband and I get moved around every few years. Regardless of where we go in the world, CrossFit has been home for us. The community and the newfound friends have always made us feel welcome!
You’ve also claimed a pretty awesome title as an Alpha Warrior – can you tell us more?
I’ve been trying some new sports and opportunities this last year or so. First, Alpha Warrior is a military-specific ninja warrior course. After touring the course at 13 bases, I was the first female to successfully complete the course! I was invited to compete at the championships in Texas, but ran into a scheduling conflict and was unable to compete. Second, I competed in the first ever Florida Grid League (amateur to the NGL) signing with the Tampa Bay Brigade as a bodyweight specialist. Next thing I knew, we were taking home a championship title and a $20,000 prize (holy moly, right?!).
Seems like you take advantage of the opportunities that come your way, can that be intimidating?
Of course – but the risk to me is always worth the reward. Opportunities like these have taken me out of my comfort zones and have shown me a whole new way to push myself and constantly try to be the best version of myself. I want my lifestyle and my lack of failure to inspire other young women to do the same in their own lives. Not to mention, being healthy is key. Being in partnership with Swolverine supports my beliefs and my lifestyle while encouraging me to chase my ultimate human potential. They helped me, and I guarantee, that Swolverine can help you too!