Libby has inspired many women to work toward fitness goals, to challenge themselves, to do things they never thought they could. Kahrs says the one thing she thinks is most important for people to know is “she is just somebody who is really, really good at quietly managing her priorities. She’s got a busy schedule, she’s going to school full time. She has her obligations with her sponsors so she travels quite a bit. Joe travels a ton, and of course there’s Cruz and the dog and training as well, and you just never really hear her complain. She just knows what she has to do, she shows up, and she gets it done” (Kahrs). This sense of quiet determination has made Libby an elite CrossFit athlete, a dedicated mother, and a UNO graduate. Libby’s early involvement in the CrossFit community and continued dedication to the sport have made her an integral part of a movement which places value on achievable and measurable fitness goals rather than focusing on appearance. While it is too early in the evolution of the sport to make definitive claims, it does seem possible that CrossFit will help to redefine the narrow definition of acceptable body types for women, maybe even ridding us forever of thigh-gap aspirations as we go instead on a quest for muscles.
Libby DiBiase will be remembered in the CrossFit community as an early adopter and ambassador of the fitness movement that urged women to shift their perceptions of fitness, health, and the scale. Yet, even with all of the athletic accomplishments, endorsements, and internet exposure Libby has experienced as a CrossFitter, the achievements Libby is most proud of in her life thus far are graduating from UNO and being a mother to her son (L. DiBiase). It has been a long road with a few unexpected pit stops, but it has all been worth it to Libby. She is grounded and knows that her days as a sponsored athlete won’t last forever, that her family is what matters. “Her accomplishments as an athlete are impressive, but . . . family comes first, and I believe Libby knows that and lives that