CrossFit has become popular only in the last decade after being founded in 2000. It is a sport that demands extensive physical training. More and more women have become part of CrossFit over the years. CrossFit is an effective way to build strength. It helps opt a fitter life and boosts your confidence. It challenges your body to push itself beyond its usual limits.
CrossFit started off as a fitness concept in Santa Cruz California. Everyone around the world who is into fitness knows about it. Over and above, women have shown interest in the same. Today, many CrossFit Girls participate in the CrossFit games and fight for the title. In addition, they use their respective platform to share their story. They try to motivate and encourage other young women around the world.
By definition, CrossFit means “constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity.” It is a form of high intensity interval training (HIIT). A set of functional movements one performs at regular intervals/breaks. The most common movements include push-ups, pull ups, squats and more.
Here is a list of Inspirational CrossFit Girls across the globe.
CrossFit Girls – To inspire you!
These CrossFit girls have broken boundaries and limits. They’ve shown utmost resilience towards any and every battle. No matter the obstacle, these CrossFit girls have gone above and beyond!
Kara Saunders (30 Years Old)
This CrossFit Girls is one of the most consistent competitors in the CrossFit games. Being consistent with her training for a year got her the title in 2012. Post that, she was Australia’s Fittest Female 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. After taking her break in 2019 to welcome her daughter, she is all set to get back in the 2020 CrossFit Games!
Annie Thorisdottir (31 Years Old)
She comes from Reykjavik, Iceland. Better known as Iceland Annie. She is the 2011 and 2012 CrossFit Games champion and the 7-time CrossFit veteran. In 2009, after performing her first muscle up mid-competition, she caught attention. In 2010 and 2014, she came second. An exception was 2015, where she withdrew by force due to a heat stroke.
Elizabeth Akinwale (42 Years Old)
She is a 42-Year-Old CrossFit Girl with several knee injuries. She first caught attention at The North Central Regional. This by performing a 200-pound hang snatch and a 315-foot handstand walk. She is an inspiration to many around the world and an active competitor in the CrossFit games. She is a 2-time regional champion winning over 20 events at the games and regionals.
Brooke Ence (31 Years Old)
A former dancer, first caught attention after the 2015 CrossFit Games. After earning 1st place in the California Regionals, she went on to earn 14th place in the 2015 CrossFit Games. Many have seen her feature in films like Justice League and Wonder Woman. At present, this CrossFit Girl works as a trainer at CrossFit West, Santa Cruz, California.
Camille Leblanc Bazinet (32 Years Old)
A total of 7 times being a competitor in the CrossFit Games. In 2014, she was titled Fittest Woman on Earth! Out of 7 appearances that she made in the Games; in 4 she came up as the Top 10 Athletes. As one of the most promising athletes, she won 5 regional championships out of 7. At present she serves on the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff.
Sandy Hill (65 Years Old)
Well known for being the 2nd American to climb the 7 Summits. On her way back from the Mount Everest, she did survive a deadly storm. The CrossFit Games to her is the next “Everest”.
Alethea Boon (35 Years Old)
She is a 4-year CrossFit Games competitor with the best individual finish of 20th in 2015. Doing the handstand walk is her thing. She represented New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and 2002. In addition, she was a reserve member of the NZ gymnastics team at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Amanda Allen (50 Years Old)
She ran 1000kms across Australia in June 2016, to raise awareness for Suicide and Mental Illness. In December 2017, she went through surgery to get rid of tumors in her abdomen. She won 1st place in the 45-49 division of CrossFit Games. She is better known for not taking breaks and performing high intensity training sessions every day!
Lindy Barber (31 Years Old)
After playing soccer for years, in 2010 she got into CrossFit. In 2011, three weeks into the Open competition she felt an injury in her lower back. She got to know that she was suffering from 3 different spine diseases. She was told that she could never be able to squat again. She made a comeback in 2013, qualified twice as an individual. At present she is competing on a team. Her aim is to be back-to-back CrossFit Champs!
Deborah Diamond, 65 Years Old.
In the year 2015, she came 18th in the 60+ division. At the master’s qualifier, she made a finish of 1st place at just 129 pounds. A treat to watch and an inspiration to many.
Becca Voigt Miller (40 Years Old)
She has been a consistent competitor in the CrossFit Games. This has got her the title of “Most Consecutive Individual CrossFit Games Appearances.” In addition, she finished in the top half taking 3rd in 2011. She was the Spirit of the Games Awardee in 2014. She owns CrossFit Training Yard in Toluca Lake, California. At 35 she was the oldest—and at five-foot-nine, tallest—individual CrossFit Girl to compete in the 2016 Reebok CrossFit Games.
Sara Sigmundsdottir (27 Years Old)
This CrossFit Girl has been a competitor twice and finished on the podium both times. She first caught attention after taking third worldwide in the 2015 Open. She won the 2015 Meridian Regional, after defeating several former Games athletes. She defeated two-time champion Annie Thorisdottir in the same Games. In 2015 – her debut, she stood third!
Brooke Wells (25 Years Old)
At the young age of 19, she won central regionals. This was the time she caught the attention of many. She was part of team 540 Beefy of CrossFit 540 at the North Central Regional in 2014. Furthermore she went on to take 16th rank in 2015 – her debut. In 2016, she took 3rd at the Central Regional. She is a student at the University of Missouri and a trainer at CrossFit Fringe in Columbia.
Samantha Briggs (38 Years Old)
She is 2013’s “The Fittest Woman on Earth”. Best known for her 2013 win. She qualified for the CrossFit Games four times in all i.e. in 2010, 2011, 2015, and in 2016. In 4 out of 5 competitions, she finished in the top 5!
Emily Bridgers (32 Years Old)
Her journey with CrossFit started off in 2010. She can complete a 330-pound deadlift and a 177-pound squat. She went on to take 6th rank in the 2014 CrossFit Games. At present, she owns CrossFit Terminus in Atlanta, Georgia.
Crossfit Workouts named after Girls – “The Girls”
The founder of CrossFit – Greg Glassman creates specific workouts of the day (WOD). These are named after girls. They are better known as “The Girls”.
These are a few!
Cindy – Perform as many rounds as possible (AMRAP) of – 5 pull ups, 10 pushups, 15 air squats (1 round).
Fran – Perform 21 Thrusters and 21 Pull-Ups, then 15 Thrusters and 15 Pull-Ups, then 9 Thrusters and 9 Pull-Ups, as fast as possible.
Grace – 30 clean and jerks. Check for the time you finish it in.
Linda – 10 deadlifts, 10 bench presses, 10 cleans, 9 deadlifts, 9 bench presses, 9 cleans, 8 deadlifts, 8 bench presses, 8 cleans, etc. until the last round of 1 deadlift, 1 bench press, 1 clean is complete.
Angie – 100 Pull Ups, 100 Push Ups, 100 Sit Ups, 100 Air Squats. (For Time).
Annie – 50 Double-Unders, followed by 50 Sit-Ups. Then 40 Double-Unders, followed by 40 Sit-Ups. Then 30 of each. Then 20 of each. Then 10 of each.
Isabel – 30 snatches.
Helen – 400-meter run, 21 Kettlebell Swings, 12 Pull Ups – 3 rounds.
Diane – Perform 21 Deadlifts and 21 Handstand Push-Ups, then 15 Deadlifts and 15 Handstand Push-Ups, then 9 Deadlifts and 9 Handstand Push-Ups – as fast as possible.
Karen – 150 Wall Ball Shots as fast as possible.
Jackie – 1,000 Meter Row, then 50 Thrusters, then 30 Pull-Ups.
Barbara – 5 rounds of 20 Pull-Ups, 30 Push-Ups, 40 Sit-Ups, 50 Air Squats, 3 minutes Rest between each round.
Nancy – 400 Meter run, 15 overhead squats – 5 rounds.
Elizabeth – Perform 21 Cleans and 21 Ring Dips, then 15 Cleans and 15 Ring Dips, then 9 Cleans and 9 Ring Dips.
Mary – 5 Handstand Push-Ups then 10 Pistols then 15 Pull-Ups – AMRAP in 20 minutes.
Chelsea – Every Minute on the Minute (EMOM) for 30 minutes – perform 5 Pull-Ups, 10 Push-Ups, and 15 Air Squats. If there is time left, rest until the next minute starts.
Lynne – AMRAP – Maximum Bench Press (Bodyweight), Maximum Pull Ups.
Gwen – 3 Sets Clean and Jerks (15 – 12 – 9)
Nicole – AMRAP in 20 minutes – 400 meter run and Maximum pull ups.
Kelly – 400-meter run, 30 box jumps, 30 wall ball shots – 5 rounds.
Cindy XXX – 10 Pull-Ups, 20 Push-Ups, 30 Air Squats, 15 Pull-Ups, 30 Push-Ups, 45 Air Squats, 20 Pull-Ups, 40 Push-Ups, 60 Air Squats, 25 Pull-Ups, 50 Push-Ups, 75 Air Squats, 30 Pull-Ups, 60 Push-Ups, 90 Air Squats – AMRAP in 20 minutes.
Amanda – Muscle Ups and Squat snatches (9-7-5).
Eva – 800-meter run, 30 Kettlebell swings, 30 pull ups – 5 rounds.
Double Grace – 60 clean and jerks (for time).
Nasty Girls – 50 air squats, 7 muscle ups, 10 hang power cleans – 3 rounds (for time).
Row Cindy Row – 5 Pull Ups, 10 Push Ups, 15 Air Squats, 20 calorie row – AMRAP in 20 minutes.
Candy – 20 Pull ups, 40 Push Ups, 60 Air Squats – 5 rounds (for time).
Hard Cindy – 5 weighted pull ups, 10 pushups, 15 squats – AMRAP for 20 minutes.
Mary XXX – 10 Handstand Push-Ups, 20 Pistols (alternating legs), 30 Pull-Ups, 15 Handstand Push-Ups, 30 Pistols (alternating legs), 45 Pull-Ups, 20 Handstand Push-Ups, 40 Pistols (alternating legs), 60 Pull-Ups, 25 Handstand Push-Ups, 50 Pistols (alternating legs), 75 Pull-Ups, 30 Handstand Push-Ups, 60 Pistols (alternating legs), 90 Pull-Ups – AMRAP for 20 minutes.
Heavy Fran – Thrusters and Weighted Pull Ups (5-12-9).
Easy Mary – 5 Handstand Push Ups, 10 Pull Ups, 25 Air Squats – AMRAP in 20 minutes.
Special Mary – 5 Strict Handstand Push-Ups, 10 Pistols, 15 Strict Pull-Ups, 10 Strict Handstand Push-Ups, 20 Pistols, 30 Strict Pull-Ups, 15 Strict Handstand Push-Ups, 30 Pistols, 45 Strict Pull-Ups, 10 Strict Handstand Push-Ups, 20 Pistols, 30 Strict Pull-Ups, 5 Strict Handstand Push-Ups, 10 Pistols,15 Strict Pull-Ups (for time).
Fractured Fran – 9 thrusters and 9 Pull Ups – 5 rounds (for time).
Double Helen – 800-meter run, 42 kettlebell swings, 24 pull ups – 3 rounds (for time).
Maggie – 20 Handstand Pushups, 40 Pull Ups, 60 Pistols (Alternative Legs) – 5 rounds (for time).
Roaming Diane – Deadlifts and Handstand walks (21-15-9 reps for time).
Running Jackie – 800-meter run, 50 thrusters, 30 pull ups (for time).
Time Priority Diane – Maximum repetitions in 4 minutes 30 seconds, 60 seconds of Deadlifts, 60 seconds of Handstand Push-Ups, 45 seconds of Deadlifts, 45 seconds of Handstand Push-Ups, 30 seconds of Deadlifts, 30 seconds of Handstand Push-Ups.
Upside Down Angie – 100 Air Squats, 100 Sit Ups, 100 Push Ups, 100 Pull Ups (for time).
The first “girls” to be introduced were – Angie, Barbara, Chelsea, Diane, Elizabeth and Fran. They’re better known as “The OG Girls”. Greg Glassman, the founder explains why he names the workouts as girls names. He says, just like the US National Weather Service name storms as girls’ names. His idea was that the workouts demand physical strength. When one would perform it, they would feel as if a storm hit them!
The strength and resilience these CrossFit girls have shown is commendable. Time and again, they have shown that no injury, no age, nothing can stop them! Here’s all the motivation that you need to get up and work harder on yourself, for yourself.
CrossFit especially for women is beneficial. It helps build muscle all over your body. As a result, it helps burn fat all over your body. It can improve how agile and flexible you are. It does not take up much time of your day.
Most CrossFit Workouts are designed for speed. You perform a certain number of sets and are done for the day. It all depends on how long you take to perform the sets. The quicker, the better! Having said that, it is always better to have a trainer by your side. To motivate you, to guide you and to help you achieve your true potential!