ARTICLE: Why Men and Women Are Always Equal in CrossFit



Find your Deadlift 8 rep max.


3 rounds for time of:
75 Double Unders
15 Kettlebell Swings, 70/53 lbs
Run, 400 m

TIMECAP: 18:00 GEAR: 2.5
Competition: DUA 53/35#
Performance: DUA or 200 Singles 35/26# 300m if needed
Fitness: 150 Singles 26/17# 300m if needed


In 2007, Wimbledon made a change to award equal prize money to men and women.

It was the last major tennis tournament to do so, and it was behind the U.S. Open by 34 years.

That same year, the Sport of Fitness was born, and equality was a prominent feature from Day 1.

In the first CrossFit Games, held June 30-July 1, 2007, in Aromas, California, James FitzGerald and Jolie Gentry (now Gentry Macias) were both awarded US$500.

Dave Castro hands a wad of cash to 2007 CrossFit Games winner Jolie Gentry. The men’s champion received the same amount. (Staff/CrossFit Journal)

Dave Castro, Director of the CrossFit Games, explained why the prizes were equal.

“When we first created the CrossFit Games in 2007 and decided to award cash prizes for the winners of events and the overall title, it never even crossed my mind to do anything but make the amounts equal. We do not look to major sports or leagues for guidance on how to handle our sport. We make decisions based on what’s right for our sport, and oftentimes that has to do with what’s fair, morally and ethically,” he said.

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