By Matt Evans
CrossFit twins Pamela and Paola Del Hierro are keeping fit through healthy sibling rivalry. 43-year-old identical twin sisters Pamela and Paola, also known as the “Iron Twins” are both Miami based personal trainers.
“Being twins we always have that healthy competition, always trying to beat each other,” Pamela told YouTube channel Truly, which is following the sisters for its Miami Muscle documentary series. Having started their fitness journey in their early 30s, the sisters initially specialised in CrossFit. However, since having had their children, they have now added pre and postnatal exercising to their list of expertise.
Both Pamela and Paola have a 3-year-old son, falling pregnant at the same time. 10 months ago Pamela had another daughter, and she’s now working hard on getting back into shape.
Watch the twins' tough CrossFit WOD challenge here:
She added: “I’m 10 months postpartum, so I’m kind of making a comeback, which you know, I’m pretty much there, so yeah, better watch out Paola!”
The twin sisters are set to stay in similar shapes and enjoy pushing each other to their fitness limits: “We literally are born with an accountability partner, which is awesome,” Paola added.
To spur her sister on, Paola has thrown down the gauntlet: the women compete in a CrossFit WOD challenge involving skipping, sit-ups and a tough push up challenge. Check out the full video above.
Why do CrossFit?
CrossFit, like any other high-intensity workout, will enormously boost your fitness and strength if you stick with it. Studies show it's associated with much-improved VO2 max, which is a measure of fitness based on your oxygen consumption, aerobic fitness and better muscle power.
In addition CrossFit covers a whole range of exercise including, but not limited to, calisthenics, barbell work and exercise machines, so if you're new to exercise, you get used to lots of different disciplines in addition to "shocking" your body and forcing it to adapt to new techniques, which helps with proprioception and weight loss.
The best cross training shoes are a great buy if you're thinking of taking up CrossFit: to perform all these different moves safely, you need a shoe with foot and ankle support, a bit of cushioning for cardio, but a flat base from which you can do a lot of resistance training with them. This list of shoes has it all.
Matt Evans is an experienced health and fitness journalist and Channel Editor at Fit&Well. He's previously written for titles like Men's Health and Red Bull, and covers all things exercise and nutrition on the Fit&Well website.
Matt originally discovered exercise through martial arts: he holds a black belt in Karate and remains a keen kickboxer and runner. His top fitness tip? Stretch.
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