Rashmi Cole has spent most of the last two decades helping children in India. She runs Sri Ram Ashram, an orphanage, school, and medical clinic in the small village of Shyampur, near the city of Haridwar in northern India.
The years in India were hard on her health. She dabbled with CrossFit in 2005, and started in earnest in early 2007. She has found great success, and is stronger and healthier than she has been in a very long time. Last year, she started sharing her CrossFit workouts with a few of the older boys at the orphanage.
This article is her story of what happened when CrossFit showed up in rural India.
There is an addendum to this article. After it went to layout, Rashmi sent the following email:
This week, three of the boys hit their first muscle up, one of CrossFit’s true holy grails. They were so excited. On another note, Arvind vomited after doing Jackie. I guess my cheerleading was a bit too rambunctious. Today we back squatted. I made them stop at 260 (not all made it that far) when the bar was bending and they couldn’t lift it back up to the racks safely. I was terrified, they were exhilarated.
This is great fun!