August 12, 2014


August 12, 2014

The Female “CrossFit Body”

If I had a dollar for every woman who calls asking about our program and says “but I don’t want to get bulky,” I’d have a whole lotta dollars! Outside of CrossFit, there seems to be misconceptions about women and muscle, as well as an unhealthy concept of what the female body should look like.

Remember “heroin chic” in the 90s where waif-like models were considered the ideal? Or the current “thigh gap” trend with teens girls? These trends are damaging and can perpetuate eating disorders.

I believe CrossFit has helped to make the strong, female body thought of as beautiful. CrossFit focuses more on what you can do with your body. Eat right and exercise the right way and the aesthetics will come. I love that the girls at our gym give each other props for round biceps, strong quads and big butts! Let’s teach our daughters that a strict pull-up or a bodyweight back squat is way more impressive than protruding hip bones.

And on the subject of getting bulky…CROSSFIT DOES NOT MAKE YOU BULKY. In order to look like a body builder, a woman has to eat a whole lot, consciously take a boat load of supplements and, honestly, probably have some “help” from banned substances. If you are eating healthy and doing CrossFit, you won’t look like Vera Di Milo:



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 Workout of the Day
Five rounds for time of –
6 deficit handstand push-ups 8″/4″ (men – 2 45-lb plates each side; women – 1 45-kb plate each side)
400 m run
2 rope climbs

Deep Couch Stretch 4×0:20
couch stretch

2×1:00 Front Box Hold
front box hold

2×1:00 Back Box Hold
back box hold

OR – Scaled = 6 x :30 plank holds

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4 Responses

  1. Danya

    Wendy, I am SO glad you posted on this. Being a female that has had problems with wanting to be super thin and such is an unrealistic approach to what life should be like. You, this gym, and the members who I now call my second family has shaped me into the person that I am today. I am definitely not bulky and no where near what I am wanting to be, but I have become so impressed with what crossfit has done for me. I am healthy, happy, and fit! Strong is definitely the new skinny! 🙂

  2. Crystal

    I want to share some serious thoughts on this post but I can’t because the picture just keeps cracking me up!
    Vera Di Milo: Hot Stuff!!!!

  3. Gina Kempf

    CrossFit as a whole is redefining what our bodies should be. We should be stronger, healthier and capable of a normal range of motion. Since CrossFit I focus on my functional movement’s like a squat and not my shape, weight and size. Society is learning to view healthy in a new way but we are at the beginning of that change in mentality. I am not bigger in muscle because of CrossFit but I have a far better fitness level and I am in better health as I approach 50 than I have ever been in my life. No bulk but definitely muscle’s that function better than ever.

  4. Jenn K

    I love proving people wrong about gettig “bulky”! When I started I had people tell me to quit all the time because I was going to “get too big”! Crossfit gives all people a huge amount of confidence, but I’ve always thought it’s especially important and meaningful to women. It goes beyond body image!