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CrossFit Champion Katrín Davíðsdóttir Gets Real About Self-Acceptance and Pushing Your Limits

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There's fit—and then there's being the Fittest Woman on Earth. CrossFit queen Katrín Davíðsdóttir has been crowned the latter not once but twice at the CrossFit Games (in 2015 and 2016).

Though she hasn't appeared on the podium since, the Reykjavik, Iceland-native shows no signs of stopping her campaign as a strong AF female. That's why Reebok just teamed up with Davíðsdóttir for the latest iteration of their "Be More Human" campaign, along with other celebs (including Wonder Woman Gal Gadot, model Gigi Hadid, and pop star Ariana Grande) and a few powerful women who are changing the world (including Shannon Kim Wagner, founder of The Women's Strength Coalition, and Jenny Gaither, founder and CEO of the Movemeant Foundation.

The campaign, led by Davíðsdóttir herself, is all about female empowerment and taps into the powerful voices of each woman involved: As part of the campaign, you can buy 10 limited-edition shirts—each featuring an inspirational message from one of the women—that will benefit both the Movemeant Foundation and The Women's Strength Coalition.

"I love the group of strong leading females I get to be a part of this with," Davíðsdóttir told Shape about the campaign. "I love that each and every one of us is so different, yet so powerful in our own way."

Davíðsdóttir's prowess may be best demonstrated with a barbell or slam ball, but her endlessly positive attitude and relentless work ethic translate far outside the Crossfit box. Read on to see how Davíðsdóttir got where she is today—and why she's far from finished.

On Being More Human

"It can be so easy to fall into the trap of thinking someone else is better than you, happier, stronger, lives a more fulfilled life. We all have flaws and weaknesses. To 'Be More Human' means that we can acknowledge those weaknesses, address them, and get better from there. It's the constant pursuit of becoming the best version of yourself."

On Learning to Appreciate Her Body

"Growing up as a gymnast, all I ever wanted was to be smaller, thinner, lighter. I always had a strong build, but was never able to embrace it or feel powerful. When I started CrossFit, it went from being so much about my appearance to focusing on all of the amazing things my body could do! The more I worked on lifting, the stronger I got. The more I ran, the faster I got. I was so amazed by the things my body could do and at the same time so proud. I worked hard for it and I have now learned to love it for what it is." (Just saying: More and more women are trying to gain weight through diet and exercise.) 

On Being a Female CrossFit Athlete

"I feel so incredibly fortunate to be a part of a sport where men and women are treated the same! We do the same exact workouts (just modified to a percentage of the men's weights), we get the same airtime on TV, and the same prize money. It makes me so proud. I feel that it's empowering for women to get to be a part of a sport where we are told we are just as capable as the men." 

On Constant Personal Progress

"A phrase that's stuck with me since 2014: 'Be the best me.' I love competing and I absolutely love a good challenge, but my focus every day is to become a better version of myself. It is to compete against my best potential and as long as I still see room to grow and I love what I do, I want to keep chasing that.

Working out makes me feel powerful. It's always a choice—and in the gym, I choose to push to my absolute limits every single day. I get to give it my best. I get to work on things that I struggle with, and one of those days I accomplish something that I couldn't do before. I get to see other people accomplish things they didn't think they could do before (that too is an awesome feeling). I love seeing other people work hard and get better. All of this applies to life too. I guess I just love hard work and a positive attitude. You can never go wrong with that, in sports or in life!" (Related: Does Positive Thinking Really Work?)

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