Julie Foucher has made it to the podium twice at the CrossFit Games, finishing second in 2012 and third in 2014, and she has taken the top crown at the Central East Regional twice. She stepped back from individual Games competition following a mid-competition Achilles tendon rupture in 2015. This year, Foucher, a newly minted medical doctor, competed at Regionals with the Columbus, Ohio-based CTOWN CrossFit team, and in July she'll start residency in family medicine.
Foucher boasts a 255-pound back squat and 310-pound deadlift, but when it comes to her most killer workout, she opts for a basic bodyweight challenge: the burpee. Training for the CrossFit Games as a medical student meant maximizing every minute, and the burpee is a full-body move that can be done anywhere, anytime.
The move: Burpee
How to do it: Get down with your chest and thighs touching the ground, then stand up, jump in the air and clap overhead. Get back on the ground and repeat.
When I do it: Multiple times per week! Sometimes I'll do 25 burpees first thing in the morning or as a study break. Doing 100 burpees as fast as I can, or as many reps as possible in seven minutes are two of my other go-to burpee workouts.
Why I do it: This is the perfect exercise to do when you don't have time to hit the gym. It's also very functional -- getting up off the ground is one of the most basic skills we need for independence. The more you practice throughout your life, the less likely you will be to end up in a nursing home one day.
Why it's so killer: It's a full-body workout, and it doesn't take many reps before you are out of breath! Just do a few, and you'll see for yourself. Doctor's orders.