LINDSAY HILTON: It’s not weird that I go to the gym. Like that’s what I’m trying
to do is show people like this is normal. COMM: 31-year-old Lindsay Hilton was born without limbs, but she is not letting that
stop her from competing in one of the world’s most extreme fitness competitions. LINDSAY HILTON: CrossFit is like that. It’s a very encouraging atmosphere, even though
it’s a very competitive atmosphere. COMM: CrossFit contests are the notoriously gruelling. But Lindsay just ranked 2nd in
her division in the Wodapalooza tournament after completing demanding training sets. JENNY JEFFREY: So we’re going to do some cleans, some squats, do a little bit of muscle
up work, handstand work, parallette holds. COMM: The high intensity exercise involves elements from several disciplines that even
the fittest athletes find gruelling. JENNY JEFFREY: I think it takes a lot of guts. Lindsay’s achievements have been really
really great so far. She started a CrossFit just over a year ago. Over the last year,
she has gone from not even having a way to do pulls-ups to now busting out pull-ups one after the other. Hand stands, cleans, Olympic weightlifting. MATT MELANSEN: She always sort of thought skipping or something is never going to do,
because she’ll be disappointed and now she learned how to skip so… COMM: Overcoming challenges is something Lindsay has thrived on for her entire life. LINDSAY HILTON: I can’t wallow in the fact that I don’t have arms and legs because
there is nothing that I could ever do to change the outcome. My parents found out that I was
going to be missing all of my limbs once I was born. I have two older siblings and I
can remember, you know, playing outside in the backyard or we have a cottage in Chester
and I always, you know, we swam there, we boated, we did all sorts of stuff. And I’m
sure it maybe looked unique to people but for me, it was normal and it was the way I
always did things so… When I was really young, I wore prosthetics arms and prosthetic
legs. I no longer wear prosthetic arms for everyday use, I stopped wearing them because
I had a pair once that just kept like breaking, so I started doing stuff without them and
realised that I could do a lot of things faster or easier, so just kind of got used to it. COMM: The CrossFit training regime is notoriously tough. JENNY JEFFREY: In terms of her attitude, same as any other athlete, she comes in and whines
and complains about whatever workout is up on the board, mopes around a little bit,
doesn’t want to get into the warm up, just like anyone else. LINDSAY HILTON: Right now, I’m really trying to get to the gym at least five times a week.
So, I am trying to step up my game. COMM: And Lindsay is adamant that she doesn’t need to give more thought to safety than anyone else. LINDSAY HILTON: I don’t think I take extra precaution. I think I would take the same
precaution as anybody else. MATT MELANSEN: You always have to kind of gauge as she is struggling, because it’s
a challenging thing that she is doing or she’s struggling for any other reason and should
I help. LINDSAY HILTON: There is no sense like being scared. If I have been scared or thought,
“Oh it’s not for me, there is no way I can do this”, honestly my life would be
so different. I do post videos of me doing things, because it’s like, “Well, I’m
going to try this and maybe that will motivate somebody in a similar situation to try something.” LINDSAY HILTON: Back in March, a video of me doing a workout kind of went viral, I’ll
say. So the CrossFit main sites, CrossFit headquarters posted a video of me on their
Facebook page and got like 7 million views or something like that, which was crazy. I
still did get like a lot of positive responses from that. COMM: And Lindsay hopes that her videos will inspire people from all walks of life for
years to come. LINDSAY HILTON: I guess my main message that I’m trying to kind of share with people
is to just try. I always think that like, you shouldn’t let the fear of the unknown hold
you back. So, I always say like just try. Try!