Angie, Barbara, Chelsea, Diane, Elizabeth and Fran – to anyone in the non-CrossFit speaking world these names hold little weight but to us, they’re almost biblical – “The Girls” – or original benchmarks.
Since 2003, their roll call has expanded, but if you ask Coach Greg Glassman the intent has always been the same.
“I thought that anything that left you flat on your back looking up at the sky, asking what the f*** happened to me deserved a female’s name.”
Turns out when we started digging, the origins of some of ‘The Girls’ are a little more poetic.
In lieu of several benchmarks popping up on mainsite of late (and even testing athletes at the 2019 Games) we thought it was time to become better acquainted.