Cheryl Brost is the 2016 Fittest 44-49 Year Old Woman in the World

1st PlaceIf I had to pick one word to express my emotion, I would choose … Fulfilled! I set forth as a priority this year to truly enjoy myself and have fun with training and hopefully that relaxed mental state would flow over to the competition floor! In years past, I have struggled at times with that all too familiar queasy feeling of…”What the heck am I doing and why am I doing this?” as we would get ready to take the floor! I am sure many of you may identify or have experienced that feeling a time or two in competition. It can be very unsettling! What I have learned is to simply shift my focus…to be thankful for the ability to do what we do and to trust in the training! There was definitely a sense of peace and confidence I felt this year at The CrossFit Games that I had not felt in a long time!

I would like to thank my coaches Nichole DeHart and Cj Martin of CrossFit Invictus for the amazing people they are and providing the blueprint to help me be my best self! They know a thing or two about preparing us! They always find the positive in everything, such a refreshing attitude in the world we live in nowadays! Also, a huge thank you to Jim and Karen Martin and the entire Invictus family for all the wonderful love and support they provide my family, and they absolutely bust their tails keeping us athletes fueled and hydrated all week long! 💚

A big thank you to my training partners Albert, Kincaid, Andy, Edward, KC, Blake, and Tiger…literally could not have done this without you! You all have made training a lot of fun and help push me further than I could have pushed myself! After a little rest, I’m looking forward to getting back to it!

Thank you to the entire CrossFit AllStar Ohana! KC and Josh Stallsmith have built something very special there! I am thankful to be a part of such a community that embodies such genuine care and compassion to influence and uplift all of those around us! You have cared and loved on us in our lowest times this year as Troy has fought like a fierce warrior to beat this lymphoma! Thank you for being you…you guys rock! 💚 So happy to bring the Gold home to share with all of you! 🏅

Thank you to my first CrossFit family at Eugene CrossFit , I have not forgotten you! We have been gone three years already but we have so many great memories we have shared together! Thank you for all the well wishes and congratulations I have received from you! We miss ya guys! 👊🏽

To my dear girlfriends back in Oregon, you know who you are, thank you for all your love and encouragement! It’s time to start planning that next girls weekend trip! 😘

To my family, so thankful for our recent family vacation together where we could bond and reconnect…pretty sure it helped me get on top of that podium this week! Thank you for tuning in to the live streaming and cheering me on! Love you all! ❤️

To Troy, Alex, and Malia…it has been quite a year…I want to applaud you for your bravery and determination that this lymphoma will not defeat us! I know it hasn’t been easy and at times you cannot help but to ask why…but you have all fought on like the champs you are and fully trust in the belief that all will be well…the power of a positive mind set! Thank you for allowing me to pursue my passion! You are always there supporting me! I love you with all my heart! ‪#‎TeamBrost‬ ‪#‎BrostMode‬ 💚

Also, a huge MAHALO to my fans and the companies that believe in and support me! So glad to have you by my side … I am FULFILLED! 🏅 Progenex Mdrive Proven Nutrition GR3EN LivOn Labs ROMWOD

… It’s the Size of the Fight in the Dog

10635905_10204870267266004_9061633518273499256_nIn an NPGL pre-match write-up, our team was referred to as the “Smurfs” as we are small in stature compared to other teams in the @gridleague! The “Jack and Jill” event of Race 8 featuring rope climbs was one of the highlights last night as we were a definite underdog for this Race and it was so rewarding when we went out and rose above the challenge to win this Race, let alone to do it faster than any other team in the league by 21 seconds! @sanfranfire ‪#‎fastertogether‬

The 2nd Fittest 40-44 year old Woman in the World!

10483160_742046872540458_3680967404042524862_oCheryl Brost was tipped to be Amanda Allen’s biggest competition, but she was unable to beat the reigning CrossFit Games champ. After struggling on Sled Drag with a 16th place finish, Brost dominated the event titled 2007 to win by more than 30 seconds. While 2014 wasn’t quite her year, Brost proved herself to be an exceptional athlete and deservedly found herself next to Allen on the podium. by The Rx Review

Cheryl Brost : On Becoming a Professional Athlete

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Cheryl Brost is a three-time CrossFit Games competitor, a former two-time collegiate soccer national champion, official spokesperson for Altrient, a mother of two, and she’s stronger than most women half her age. At 43, Brost is fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a professional athlete by signing with the San Francisco Fire, one of the premier teams in the National Pro Fitness League (NPFL).

The Opportunity to Be a Professional Athlete Said Brost, who played soccer at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington:

I remember having dreams and aspirations of playing professional soccer and in college I really thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a professional women’s soccer league,” but this was before there actually was a professional women’s soccer league.
After kicking around the idea of playing soccer in Europe, Brost and her husband decided to stay in the states and her dream of being a professional athlete was put the on hold. That is, until she found CrossFit.

Brost’s CrossFit career includes a thirteenth place finish at the 2010 CrossFit Games, a seventh place finish in 2011, and a fifteenth place finish in 2012. In 2013, she suffered an Achilles rupture at the North West Regional competition and underwent surgery to remove a bone spur. Brost used CrossFit as her physical therapy and within a year she has regained “great” range of motion in her ankle and maintains a rigorous training program with her coach, CJ Martin.
Brost trains at CrossFit AllStar in Waimea, Hawaii and since her NPFL team is based out of Northern California, the decision to sign with the Fire was a family affair:
We had a couple of family meetings before we came to the final decision and everyone had a voice in the decision. It’s too good of an opportunity pass because we’re paving the way for this new sport and to be a part of that is pretty cool.
As negotiated in her contract, during the NPFL season, Brost will live and train in San Francisco but will return to Hawaii every few weeks to spend quality time with her family:
Going home will let me catch my kid’s sporting events and it’ll give me a good break from hard training. Our whole family has to be willing to give and take with it and I’m lucky that my husband is very helpful and my kids are very understanding.

The Secret Weapon of a Positive Attitude

Brost leaves for the mainland June and the inaugural NPFL season will run from late August through October. Joining the NPFL will give Brost the opportunity to work and compete with a team, something that she has never done in her more than four-year CrossFit career:
I see myself as a very uplifting player and I’m looking forward to blending all of the strengths we have as individuals and making the most of it. Doing CrossFit is bonding in itself, but I have never experienced it as being from the team aspect yet and I’m really looking forward to where that will lead us.
Her appreciation for a healthy team dynamic was fostered in her by her collegiate soccer coach:
My coach was so good at blending the strengths of all of the team to make us play stronger together. She was a mastermind of mental strength and peak performance and getting you to play over and above maybe what you’ve even capable of, and she was really big on team bonding and just had tons of fun.
In addition to working with a team, Brost is excited for the opportunity to train alongside exceptional athletes, which she hopes will elevate each of their games to a higher level. Brost undoubtedly trains hard and balances her family life, but perhaps her biggest secret to success is her positive attitude:
Now, here I am at 42 and I’m signing a contract with a professional sports league team. It’s just a wonderful way to show girls and young women that the sports world isn’t just for men, that they have a place in it too. Everything’s possible, so keep on dreaming and don’t give up on your dreams because someday it might just happen.
For the latest on Cheryl’s professional athletic endeavors, visit her website
Photos courtesy of Elin Kalaniopio

The NPFL and San Francisco Fire Breathers

Cheryl SigningMy big news came to fruition March 25, 2014, when I signed a Letter of Intent with the San Francisco Fire Breathers of the National Pro Fitness League (NPFL)!

The NPFL is “Introducing the world’s first professional spectator sport with co-ed teams competing in human performance races. This is a mainstream sporting event that is fan, TV, and sponsor friendly. Picture two 8-person teams (4 men, 4 women, with one of each being over 40 years old) going head to head in matches throughout a season that is not unlike an abbreviated NFL season. Two-hour matches with fixed but flexible rules that are designed to force teams to strategize. The competitions will be easy to follow, and a very smart team that executes flawlessly could outwit a fitter team in any given match. There will be consistent structure for every match, all events known ahead of time, and substitutions on the fly.”

I can’t thank my training partner and Owner of CrossFit Allstar, KC Stallsmith, in explaining what this means to my Allstar friends and family.  KC blogged, “Cheryl will likely leave for training in June, and the first event will be held in August and run through October. She’s explained that she’ll likely be able to do at least 3 return visits back here to connect with her kids and family. WHAT THIS MEANS TO ME IS TROY WILL BE PLAYING THE ROLE OF MR.MOM FOR ABOUT 5 MONTHS!!! Let’s all lend a hand to help him with the kids and anything their family need’s while Cheryl is away! We’ll all miss Cheryl around the box, but we have LIVE TV EVENTS TO LOOK FORWARD TO!!!

I’ll be sure to share any other pertinent, public information as it comes about, but in short Cheryl has been picked, out of all the people on this planet, to be the Master’s Athlete for the San Fancisco Firebreathers. It’s no suprise to me, knowing just how perfect she’ll be in that role.

But it is, however, quite a feat after having had a complete Achilles rupture repair and removal of a bone spur just 10 months ago. I don’t think she ever once felt sorry for herself….she appeared to move right into rehab, slowly start training again, and then surpass her previous performance levels! CRAZY!  WE’LL BE ROOTING FOR YOU CHERYL!!! I’M SURE YOU’LL HEAR US ALL (IN SPIRIT ANYHOW!), ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE PACIFIC FROM THE BIG ISLAND TO SAN FRANCISCO! HECK YEAH! GO FIREBREATHERS!”

Truly, I have so many people to thank for helping me achieve this dream … but a few I must mention.  Dr. Colleen Hacker, Jeremy Stecker, Daren Kromarek, KC Stallsmith, CJ Martin, Al Police, Rocktape, Progenex, LivOn, the SF Fire Breathers, and of course my family.