Alex Thornton is far from your typical 12-year-old girl. While most of her classmates are out playing games and talking about the latest Miley Cyrus song, Alex is training. Instead of playing pickup foursquare or local city league soccer, Alex is lifting weights.
And while most of her classmates aren’t even thinking about next week, much less next year, Alex is solely focused on the Junior Nationals and one day competing in the Olympics. Like I said, Alex is far from your typical teenage girl. Back in 2006-2007, Alex’s dad started to get into the new fitness craze CrossFit. He was immediately hooked and started bringing home PVC pipes and filling old basketballs with sand. He was telling the family and neighbors about this new sport and tried to get everyone involved. In 2007, when CrossFit Dallas Central opened their doors, Alex and her dad both joined. Although just 6 years old, Alex loved CrossFit but she quickly grew frustrated with the kids’ class because the other kids didn’t take it very seriously. Alex had the itch to compete and didn’t understand why her classmates didn’t share this passion.