Benchmark Girl WODs 

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Benchmark Girl WODs 

By: Coach Jonathan

A few times I’ve heard people ask “Why are there girl WODs?” or “How did they come up with those names?” I had always been curious myself so I decided to take the time to do my research and share with you all.

So why are CrossFit benchmark workouts named after girls? Greg Glassman, the founder of CrossFit, named the benchmark workouts after girls in a similar way that storms are named after girls using the National Weather Service. He said that because these workouts are so physically demanding, they leave you feeling as though a storm hit you. From my personal experience and I’m sure yours too, this is true.


The true benefit of these benchmark workouts are that they are used as a basis to determine how our fitness improves over time. All the girl workouts are different. One might focus on respiratory endurance, while another tests power, speed, strength, or flexibility. They can help us reveal weaknesses in our fitness that we work to improve over time. This is why we repeat these workouts every 6 months or so. By performing better on them each time, it’s the proof that we are becoming fitter and better, the CrossFit way!


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