by Jess Murden

Girls are notorious for being catty.  I know that it’s a cliché, but, let’s face it, it’s true.  When we get into it, look out–the true competitive and territorial nature comes out in us.  I’ve met a lot of women in CrossFit since I started, many of whom are the nastiest out there.

I’m talking about the benchmark girls.  In CrossFit, benchmark workouts are named after women.  They are always difficult and test your endurance.   “Benchmark” refers to a workout that serves as a comparison, or standard.  Each time the workout cycles through as a WOD, athletes try to beat their time from their previous go-round.  It’s a great measurement of personal improvement.  The workouts range from simple movements, such as push-ups and pull-ups, to various metabolic movements occurring at a constant rate.

The reasoning for the names?

According to the National Weather Service the use of “short, distinctive given names in written as well as spoken communications is quicker [than]…more cumbersome” identification methods.  So, since 1953, storms have been assigned female names.  This logic inspired our granting a special group of workouts women’s names.

(CrossFit Journal)

Meet the Benchmark Girls: Angie, Barbara, Chelsea, Cindy, Diane, Elizabeth, Fran, Grace, Helen, Isabel, Jackie, Karen, Linda, Mary, Nancy, Annie, Eva, Kelly, Lynne, and Nicole.

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