Workout of the Day:
Three rounds for time of:
30 Yard Bear Crawl
15 Ring Dips
Strong Is Beautiful
Written by Mark Riebel
“Strong is Beautiful.” Such was the writing on the shirts that several of the women from Valley CrossFit were wearing this past weekend at the SoCal CrossFit Games regional qualifiers. You may even catch Dani sporting it around the gym one day. I couldn’t agree more with the slogan or think of better poster-children for it than the female coaches and athletes at CrossFit Invictus.
It’s a shame that our society enforces an image of females that generally has nothing to do with fitness, much less with strength and power. Popular culture appreciates a woman that is skinny, pretty, and shouldn’t really do much besides look good. What we value at Invictus couldn’t be any more different. We applaud women that lift weights far greater than their own bodyweight, and even if they can’t, we encourage them to work in that direction. We welcome those females that are willing to push and push until they collapse in a pool of their own sweat.
I know I’m an unlikely candidate for writing a piece such as this, but I grew up alongside very strong women in the pool that would regularly compete with me in practice and were always up for a challenge. A woman like that has a certain attitude that one doesn’t often encounter outside of CrossFit. It’s an attitude of fearlessness and willingness to accept challenge that permeates every aspect of her life. It’s unfortunate that these qualities aren’t more appreciated by our society, but that’s exactly what we’re out to change. While some lesser men can be intimidated by a strong woman, any man worth his salt will appreciate a female who will look at a heavy weight not with dread, but with an attitude of “Yeah, I can do that.”