About your coach
A latecomer to health and wellness, Christmas Abbott grew up “a little rough,” in her words. As a teen she smoked, drank regularly and could not run a mile to save her life. Her epiphany came when she was working as a laundry attendant in an active war zone supporting the military as a civilian contractor at age 22.
“We had incoming mortar rounds, and I realized that I didn’t want to die and needed to make a change in my life,” she says. “I quit smoking, and shortly after, I found a group of Special Forces guys that I got to train with. They taught me how I should approach people, projects and life — with integrity and tenacity and always believing in my abilities.”
Abbott continued with her journey stateside, eventually leading a team to the CrossFit Games on several occasions. She also took up competitive weightlifting and is eyeballing the 2020 Olympics as a possible goal. Randomly, she also did a stint in NASCAR on a pit crew as a front-tire changer.
“My friend called and asked if I wanted to ‘play NASCAR,’ and I said yes, thinking that I was going to be driving,” she says. “When I arrived, I found out we were gonna change tires and I had zero interest. But when I heard the air gun and saw what they did, I was immediately fascinated and had to try it for myself. It’s like weightlifting on steroids. You have to be precise every time, as explosive as a sprinter and hit as hard as a boxer. That day, I beat all the boys in hitting lug nuts. It goes to show you, you have to try something before you can form an opinion on it.”
These days, she is touring the globe, riding the wave of her smashingly successful book The Badass Body Diet (William Morrow, 2015), and has several other “secret” projects in the works about which she can’t chat liberally just yet.
About her workout program
Abbott’s program is all about performance, through which you will develop strength, speed, endurance, flexibility and a killer body, of course. “The program consists of simple movements that are surprisingly difficult and challenging that progress as the months go by,” she explains. “Plus, there is minimal equipment, so you can do it anywhere — at home, in a hotel or outside.”
Though the names of her workouts are rather cryptic — HAAM, R&R, Sculpt, Endure It, Baseline and Afterburn — they are all well-planned and progressive with plenty of room for improvement for everyone. “No matter what your background or your preference of movements, anyone can complete this program,” she says. “You use your whole body each and every workout, and every single day is different. Each workout can be scaled to be easier and yet is still challenging enough for a more elite athlete.”
About her nutrition
Abbott’s plan focuses on food quality rather than quantity. “My nutrition plan has a balanced concept that allows you to get the most out of your workout, fuel your body and sculpt your physique,” she says. “I go into detail regarding the types of foods you should be choosing and how they affect your body and your program.”
Like the workouts, her nutrition program progresses, beginning with the fundamentals and slowly adding information, so at the end, you’re a nutritional guru who can easily whip up any of her delicious, healthy recipes. “I love to cook and enjoy creating new dishes and exploring what foods taste like when cooked in different ways,” she says. “Simplicity is key with my recipes, and for the most part, the meal plan is easy and straightforward.”