ARTICLE: Finding the Inner Athlete



1 Push Press + 1 Push Jerk + 1 Split Jerk 1-1-1-1-1
Use the heaviest weight you can for each set.
Rest as needed between sets.

1 set=1 push press + 2 push jerk + 3 split jerk Build over the first four to a heavy weight


3 rounds for time of:
20 Overhead Squats, 95/65 lbs
20 Wall Balls, 20/14 lbs, 10/9 ft
20 Handstand Push-ups
20 Deadlifts, 225/155 lbs

Time cap: 22 minutes


Kathy Aldridge, 45, still remembers that moment in ninth-grade P.E. when the teacher weighed and measured everyone in front of the whole class.

At age 15, Aldridge was 5 foot 9 and 150 lb.

“I thought I was obese,” Aldridge said, “because all my friends were like these little short 100-pound little people and I was just big.”

Such moments sink into your bones.

We get sorted into categories when we’re young, and over time those categories can become prisons. If you don’t get labeled “athlete” early on, it’s easy to throw up your hands and think “that door has closed” and move on. Soon, the idea of being athletic seems as impossible as learning to fly.

CrossFit is helping to change that.

In the early days, CrossFit attracted ex-athletes and military personnel who were often looking to replicate the intensity and camaraderie they’d found as part of a team. CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman’s original gym included many people who hadn’t served in the military or played sports, but servicepeople and lifelong athletes were certainly prominent in the category of “early adopters.”

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