Julie Foucher walks across the gym floor ... on her hands. This might seem impressive, but to Foucher, who placed second in the 2012 CrossFit games, its just a regular part of her training.
Foucher started CrossFit in 2009 while earning her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan. In only one year, the former gymnast qualified for the 2010 CrossFit Games and placed fifth. She went on to compete for the next four years, placing no lower than fifth in the Games and earning a spot on 1st Team USA at the 2012 and 2014 CrossFit Invitational. But then the injury bug struck.
During the 2015 Central Regional, her Achilles tendon ruptured, and she was not able to finish competing. This was the final competition for Foucher as she shifts her focus to finishing med school at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University.
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Some may say that an injury like this is bound to happen to a CrossFit athlete. To Foucher, it was the consequence of simply pushing her body, and something like that could happen in any type of training, sport or even day-to-day life.
"The risks are always there in life, so I say you might as well do something that's good for yourself and will make you fit and make you more resilient in the long run," she says. "Sure, the risks are there and you might get injured. But you might get injured if you don't exercise or don't do a high-intensity sport."
Although Foucher is no longer competing, she still does CrossFit workouts to keep her body in peak shape. Watch the video above to see Foucher training and learn about her recovery process from her injury.
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