Through The Fire

Christmas Abbott Makes History As NASCAR’s First Female Pit Crew Member

Christmas Abbott NASCAR crew pit member

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Christmas Abbott was born December 20, 1981, in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Standing at 5’3 and only 115 pounds, Christmas has the ability to deadlift 255 pounds.  I think it is safe to say she is one of the strongest women in the world.  It is Christmas’ strength and speed that earned her a spot as a front tire changer for Michael Waltrip Racing, making her the first female pit crew member in NASCAR history.

When her friends asked if she wanted to compete in a NASCAR challenge, Christmas thought she would be driving.  She had no idea it was be a pit crew challenge.

“But once we started doing the challenges… I immediately had interest in it. We did a couple challenges and I beat the boys, and I just fell in love with it that day.”

Christmas says that her gender isn’t a factor when she’s standing on the pit wall.

Christmas is also a CrossFit Competitor, Olympic Lifter, fitness trainer and author of her first book The Badass Body Diet.

All of these gifts under one tree!  Merry Birthday Christmas!

 

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Meet Melanie Whelan: 39 years old and steering SoulCycle to Victory

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Founded in 2006 with a mission to bring joy to fitness, SoulCycle is a rapidly growing lifestyle brand that empowers riders and offers an immersive fitness experience.

SoulCycle introduced the innovative model of boutique cardio fitness to the marketplace and reinvented indoor cycling.  The SoulCycle experience is a high energy, results-oriented, community based workout.

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In 2015 the company appointed Melanie Whelan as its CEO.  Building a company means investing in staff so that they can succeed.  Whelan believes that great leaders are great listeners.  Under her leadership, SoulCycle opened its 58th location in February of this year.

When asked if she always knew she would be running a company someday Whelan replied, “My father was as entrepreneur.  I wouldn’t say I knew I would end up here but it’s something I’ve had in my head since growing up. (Fortune online)