Unless you've been living under a rock for the last few months, you've no doubt heard of CrossFit -- perhaps you've even taken a class or seen competitions on TV (or saw SELF's exclusive workouts in our October 2011 issue!). This is a big month for the sport/gym-class hybrid: The second annual Reebok Crossfit Games, where the winners will be declared the "Fittest on Earth," take place July 13-15, while other elite competitors will face off in the WOD Gear Team Series event July 28 and 29.
Jackie Perez, 28, came in 10th in the California regional finals last month; now she's training for the Team Series event, to held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. She and her three teammates will be up against 71 other teams (two males and two females each) for bragging rights and cash prizes, including $5,000 for first place. Perez took a break from her training this week to talk with us about her stay-fit strategies, her advice for beginners, and her favorite WOD (Workout of the Day).