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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.”

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