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Lindsay Hilton Is The CrossFit Adaptive Athlete Inspiring All Of Us

03/15/2016 11:57 EDT | Updated 03/15/2016 12:00 EDT

What started as a method for Lindsay Hilton to adjust her form, turned into an inspirational workout video for all of us.

The two-minute video posted on CrossFit's official Facebook page on March 9, shows Hilton, who was born without limbs, complete her workouts with weightlifting hooks and Velcro straps.

"One of our awesome adaptive athletes crushing 16.1!" —Jenny Mulock, CrossFit OnSide

Posted by CrossFit on Wednesday, March 9, 2016


With over six million views, the adaptive athlete from Halifax had no idea her video would go viral.

“It’s kind of crazy.. I definitely was not expecting that many people to see me do that workout,” she told Metro Halifax.

CrossFit has often been the subject of controversy because of its strict adherence to the "no pain, no gain" philosophy. The program, created in 2000 by former gymnast Greg Glassman, combines various workout disciplines like Olympic weightlifting and cardio into one-hour classes.

Some experts say the program can lead to injuries because of the combination of high-intensity with high speed, but followers of the exercise say injuries can be prevented with proper form.

Hilton said she chose CrossFit because she was looking for a new challenge, and it seems like that's exactly what she got.

In 2013, Hilton took on another challenge, and was profiled by the CBC for her rugby skills. In 2012, she even won the Spirit of Rugby Award for her on-field achievements.

When asked how she adapted to the sport, she replied, "This is all I know. So it's hard for me to know what I'm adjusting to and what is just what you do."

Check out the full video above.

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