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November 12, 2011

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2011 Reebok CrossFit Games athlete Elyse Umeda is also the owner of CrossFit 808 in Honolulu, Hawaii. In this video, she shares her CrossFit story about how she became a successful affiliate owner and Games athlete.

Umeda was a college basketball player for Princeton University, and after she wrapped up her college career she moved back home to Hawaii, where she tried to find her fitness groove. Once she found CrossFit, her life changed.

“CrossFit really filled that void for me,” she says.

“I did a class and fell in love with the workout,” she says of her first WOD at Hardass Fitness back in 2008. Even though it was difficult and left her sore “for weeks,” she came back in and was hooked. That year she earned her Level 1 Certificate.

After coaching CrossFit at Hardass Fitness, then coaching a college basketball team in Alabama, Umeda returned home to open up her own CrossFit box.

Umeda started competing in the 2009 CrossFit Games NorCal Regional, where she placed fourth, but her personal life kept her from traveling back for the Games that year. In the 2010 Games she placed 11th, and in 2011 she was 23rd.

13min 23sec

Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 166 by Justin Judkins, published April 6, 2011.

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3 Comments on “Games Athlete and Affiliate Owner: Elyse Umeda”


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I was a Division Basketball Player too and I love Crossfit. When I remember how I lacked flexibility when I was palying Bball, I cringe.
Crossfit has allowed me to work on my flexibility a lot. Just the overhead squat alone forced me to work on my hamstring, ankle, thoraxic spine mobility etc etc
The first time I tried the ovesquat, I almost broke my back and ripped my hamstrings


wrote …

Good stuff


wrote …

Elyse is an amazing athlete, person and friend! Much success to you Elyse and your endeavors. Btw, a huge thanks for the shout out in the video! :)

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