Georgia Turnipseed is a gymnast, Crossfit competitor, and a coach to her little brother and sister. She is 11 years old and already has a passion for fitness, an active lifestyle, and a little bit of a competitive side to her.
Georgia has been around fitness literally her entire life with both parents in the military who have always taken her with them to get their training in. She has been doing pushups and running alongside her parents since she was a toddler. And she even started running 5Ks with her parents at age four! The first sport she every got into though was gymnastics at age seven. She fell in love with it and has only continued to excel since then, coming in first place at her state gymnastics meet in Tennessee last year.
SP: What does fitness mean to you, Georgia?
GT: It means staying fit and strong while trying to reach my goals.
SP: What’s your favorite sport/activity?
GT: My favorite activity is gymnastics. It’s my favorite because each event has a different goal.
SP: What got you into fitness?
GT: I have been doing pushups and running since I was little. But gymnastics is what really got me into fitness because of all the different techniques and conditioning that helped me get strong and build muscle. Then one of my gymnastics coaches opened a Crossfit gym, which got me into lifting. I really like teaching my brother and sister about fitness and sports, and yes, I really do love teaching them because I love that they want to do what I do. I also love it that they look up to me and like to work out and eat healthy with me.
SP: Do you really like eating healthy?
GT: YES! I mean I love AIRHEADS hahaha!… but I also love eating healthy because I know it’s one of the best ways to feed my muscles. My mom is a good cook and makes it all taste amazing to me.
SP: Who is your biggest role model?
GT: My biggest role model is my former gymnastics and Crossfit coach, Sarah Mylnek. She is my role model because she is supportive and she helps people reach their goals. She taught me that just because someone isn’t looking doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try your hardest.
SP: What kind of advice would you give to other kids about playing sports or just getting into fitness and being active?
GT: That just because something is hard doesn’t mean you should give up. I learned that myself. And if you say “I can’t,“ it’s not true because if there is a “can” in there at all then there is always a will and a way somewhere deep inside.
Georgia just competed in her first Crossfit competition last weekend and did great coming in at 4th place in the older kids division 12-14. She had a lot of fun and says she plans to do it again. Look forward to many big and great things to come from this little girl! She has a lot of drive and determination and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. She plans to keep on competing, coaching, and inspiring.