I admire many aspects of the CrossFit community, but one thing that I’ve noticed from the start is that the women of CrossFit kick ass on the daily (as the kids say). Training at our affiliate I had to learn quickly that we have some badass female athletes and it’s OK if they crush me in a workout (sometimes four days a week). Even though the weights are sometimes less, most movements like pull-ups, muscle-ups, handstand push-ups and toes-to-bars are held to the same standards.
In the Team Series (beginning this week), all teams must consist of two male and two female athletes. From our practice, I can see that having two strong and confident female teammates is going to help our Masters team tear through whatever CrossFit HQ throws at us over the next six days.
At the Regional and Games levels, teams have always competed with both men and women. In fact, during the analysis and predicting that goes on leading up to these events, it’s often the skill, strength and speed of the female athletes that becomes the focal point. Many times the teams with the best women win the Regionals and subsequently the Games.
A good example would be Invictus and NorCal, which have some very popular athletes in Lauren Fisher and Miranda Oldroyd. NorCal was heavily favored in this year’s Games until Oldroyd injured her knee during the Clean and Jerk Event and was unable to complete the competition. With top male individuals Rich Froning, James Hobart, Tommy Hackenbruck and Jason Khalipa switching over to teams last year, how long will it be before some of the top ladies begin to do the same thing?
On the individual side, the women have put on a great show at the Games. With the podium taking on more of an international look the past few years (no American female athlete has won the CrossFit Games since Kris Clever in 2010), the skill level and appeal of the women’s side has a much stronger worldwide presence.
It’s not only the global draw of watching the top Games athletes crush workouts on ESPN where I’ve seen a huge impact. Girls of all ages have been shunning the super-thin type of body to grab barbells and hit the weights to work on becoming strong and confident. These young athletes can now watch their moms, sisters and countless other women on social media demonstrating and posting positive images of how CrossFit can give you muscles and confidence. Through this positive influence, the CrossFit community is helping to develop a whole generation of women who will grow up knowing that it’s OK to be proud of their strong bodies.
Over the next month, as videos, scores and updates pop up all over the Games and social media sites of amazing female CrossFitters busting their asses during the Team Series events, don’t look at them as a threat to your masculinity fellas. Be proud that these women are out there showing thousands of future badasses that it’s cool to be fit.
Who are some fit women who inspire you?
Stay on the Grind.