Charlottesville Home to One of the Fittest Women in the World

By: Suzanne Wilson Email
By: Suzanne Wilson Email

July 17, 2012

Charlottesville is home to one of the fittest women in the world.

At first glance you may not think Martha Redinger was 55, and inside her small frame packs a lot of power and strength that comes from CrossFit training.

“My son opened The Box here, in Charlottesville, and told me I needed to try out CrossFit so ever since I started, I've kind of become addicted,” said Redinger, CrossFit Games Master Age 55-59.

Given her countless training hours and impressive strength, Redinger was ranked 15th in the world, qualifying her to compete in the 55-59 age group at the CrossFit Games.

“The women in my age group are pretty impressive; they just are the kind of women that you know just enjoy training and seeing how hard and fast they can go,” said Redinger.

Redinger traveled to LA this past weekend to compete and she came back to Charlottesville ranked 13th in the world.

The World CrossFit Games brings people from different places together to test their bodies’ limits. In one workout, Redinger beat out all the women by taking first place.

“[It was] a metabolic conditioning event that included rope climbing, squatting 95 pounds and some shuttle runs and I'm pretty quick so I won that one and gave the other girls a run for their money,” said Redinger.

She returned with a higher ranking and the honor of being one of the fittest women in the world. She also brought back with her more knowledge and encouragement to share.

“I'm going to be a personal trainer here as well or a CrossFit coach so I can share obviously, you know, the fact that people can be surprised like I was and make it to the games or simply improve across the board in everything that they do,” said Redinger.

Redinger is one of more than 55,000 people who enter their times and strength accomplishments online. Only a select few from each age category are invited to the CrossFit Games.

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