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Beauty in Strength by The Women of the 2009 CrossFit Games - CrossFit Journal

Beauty in Strength

By The Women of the 2009 CrossFit Games

In Athletes, CrossFit Games

December 08, 2009

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Just as the world’s finest vehicles are sleek, sexy blends of form and function, the women of the 2009 CrossFit Games are incredible physical specimens.

While the traditional “fitness girl” conjures up images of sequined bikinis and spray-on tans coating undernourished and barely functional bodies, CrossFit girls represent a special breed of athlete. These are beautiful, elegant women who are capable of unbelievable feats of athleticism, women whose beauty is enhanced by their strength, determination and resolve.

Media teams at the CrossFit Games took over 100,000 photos, and the CrossFit Journal presents the very best shots here in a tribute to the grace and beauty displayed by top female athletes in one of the world’s most rigorous proving grounds.

In Part 2 of this series, we’ll present the rugged, dynamic men of the 2009 CrossFit Games.

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56 Comments on “Beauty in Strength”


karianne dickson wrote …


My daughter WILL grow up to have this image of "beauty"...


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Awsome pictures you can see there pain. Some of the greatest CF pictures to date.



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One of the pictures does not belong there...


Rich Vos wrote …

Best. PDF. Ever.


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CF chicks are awesome


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Well, more fuel for the cannon fodder... er well stuff that will just end up somewhere else.


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LOVE that.


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I think this photo spread is great. I took a course in the philosophy of feminism in college and we spent a whole section discussing female body image throughout history and how it impacts women's lives. The prevailing notions of female beauty today are clearly unhealthy in many ways and represents a very low level of fitness as Crossfitters know it. Furthermore, it is a worthwhile exercise to consider popular meanings of the term feminine. Often times the word is meant to mean small, weak, or incapable. Some object to this, saying there is some indescribable aspect of femininity that doesn't imply weakness or incapability compared to men. To these people I always ask "If a woman gets a flat and changes her own tire, do you call her an exemplar of what is typically considered feminine behavior?"

I think that the Crossfit community and Crossfit women specifically have huge potential for positively impacting change in popular notions of female body image and femininity. These women are beautiful and incredibly capable. Great role models for young women everywhere (and men too! I just did my first "Nasty Girls" and was thrilled that I matched Nicole's time from the video).


Web Smith wrote …

Thank you so much for featuring the beautiful women of CrossFit! I never thought that I would appreciate a picture of me with blood streaking down my eye!


Lindsey Smith


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Joe is right on, we just discussed the feminine image in my nutrition course not long ago, I never realized how many girls have eating disorders.. makes me sick just thinking about it. But once again CrossFit has the potential to revolutionize a an ill mindset.

All the women shown in this slide show are gorgeous and I love how it shows how hard they're working. I think I might send this to my nutrition professor, hopefully she could use some of the pictures in lessons and get the right idea out there.

Thank you!


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Personally, I'm really looking forward to the men's photo montage and all the emphasis on their handsomeness.
Oh, wait ...


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Here I am, thinking that the underlying issue making women want to have 'undernourished and barely functional bodies' is that in our culture one of the most important things for a woman is to look good, and undernourished is the prevailing definition of looking good.

And here I am, thinking that CrossFit is a great way of showing that of course this is not true; women, just like men, have other goals in life than looking good, and other ways of being successful and feeling accomplished. Like doing Fran as rxd under 5 min, or beating the shit out of your friend in a 5k run. Just because it makes you feel good. After all, physical strength is the most important thing in life, right?

So can someone explain to me how the focus on beauty and sexiness in this 'special breed of women' who are 'capable of unbelievable feats of athleticism' can have any other effect than cementing the mindset that makes people starve themselves? It only tells me that beauty is one of the most important things for a woman, in everything she does, including deadlifts.

That's just sad.


replied to comment from Anne N

There are two fatal flaws in your post. The first is that the title of the article is Beauty IN Strength, not Beauty OR Strength. You are assuming you can't have one without the other, and that simply isn't true. And, if you get into the language of the title, strength is the base or foundation in which the beauty is found.

Secondly, if you think ANY of these women starve themselves, you have no idea what it takes to get to the CrossFit Games. Adequate nutrition is the only way you can perform at your peak, and as such, it is a prerequisite for being in these photos.

Finally, what's sad is your inability to see the good in all this. None of these women had any idea they were going to be photographed for a beauty article. They were there to compete and win, and that's a beautiful thing all around.


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Anne N,

I guarantee you none of these women "starved" themselves. If they had, there is no way they would have been able to finish even the first event.

Great photos HQ!

-Playoff Beard


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This is the exact kind of motivation I needed (and I know others did too)! These women show me that with hard work and good eating habits, I too can strive for a healthier body!
Thank you for putting this together. I think it is great!


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I think Anne has it completely right. Tony & Jeremy - you guys completely misread Anne's post.

I, too, see a glaring double-standard here. A discussion of the bizarre standards by which our society judges beauty is a fine conversation to have, but it has NOTHING to do with being an athlete.

I do love the photos, though. The intro text is just kind of baffling.


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How's the old saying go? You can please some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time.

As someone who is new to Crossfit (signed up today), I personally feel that most of the photos I've seen are of men. There isn't a "beauty" article with a group of men shot during the Crossfit Games, but there are hundreds of articles showing ripped guys in their element.

There may always be a double standard when it comes to the way society views men and women, but rather than complaining about those differences why not steer clear of that discussion and just praise the beatiful bodies of both sexes from Crossfit.

I'm sure none of the guys would be upset if one of the ladies decided to put together a slideshow of the guys working at their best! I personally hope my daughters see this, and want to emulate the truly strong women on this site and throughout the crossfit community.

Just my 2 cents.


Jesse Gray wrote …

Even though by virtue of birth I am a "male chauvinist pig" (well, male at least) I think I have to agree with Anne that clearly these women are being objectivized for their beauty regardless of the fact that they are strong, functional athletes and for that matter disagree with someone saying these women don't starve themselves to a certain extent. The Zone diet is nice with it's macro nutrient ratios and all that but in essence it's a pretty strict reduced calorie diet. Any lay person who sees a women precisely measuring out tiny portions of food and counting their almonds would rightly assume that the person doing so is pretty obsessed with losing weight, body image and the like.
That being said, I like the pretty girls in the pictures!


Web Smith wrote …

@ Anne, Olivia and Jesse Gray

If any of you believe that any of those women can restrict their diets and still compete at the CrossFit Games, you are fooling yourselves. Lindsey Smith is my wife and between the two of us and our daughter, we spend at least $1500/month on groceries. We eat Paleo but we only consume enough food to support lean mass, a lot of training, 12 hour days at our respective offices and the vitality to keep up with our ambitious little two year old girl. The three of us eat a lot of food.

It seems as though it is a lose/lose situation for Tony Budding and crew. We grill HQ for not featuring CrossFit women in videos, etc. Then a project like this comes out and people get upset that women, performing magnificent feats of athleticism with unparalleled mental strength, just happen to exhibit beauty while while doing so.

I asked Lindsey if she remembered her weight/body fat percentage and this is what she told me: "5'10", about 158 lbs and last time, I was 14% body fat." She is a former three-sport D1 athlete and a women's league soccer player. Her body type is consistent with that of an elite power/endurance athlete.

I don't believe that this project was about the sort of aesthetic beauty that our pop culture typically reveres, but rather, beauty as grace in motion. My wife is beautiful and I bet Kris Kepler, Josh Wagner and the other husbands would agree that their wives are beautiful, as well. Beauty and brute strength are no longer mutually-exclusive.

I apologize for the diatribe but the meaning of beauty shouldn't be trivialized, in this context.

Web Smith
CrossFit Chronicles: The Smith Family (


replied to comment from Anne N

Anne, I think Tony misunderstood your point. I think that you're saying that the desire to look good is what causes women to pursue an unhealthy body image and that this desire to look good is incongruous with fitness. All that should matter is function and not form.

I personally don't think this is the case. All people have looking good somewhere on their priority list. The problem is that what is considered attractive or aesthetically pleasing in a man is a strong fit body with clothes that reflect financial success, signs of being capable both physically and financially, but popular notions of female beauty are a small, starving and incapable body, not to mention that intelligence or success in career are not typically part of the equation.

Even the men in Crossfit clearly care about body image. Otherwise why are shaved chests and tribal tatoos so prevalent.

The problem isn't that women want to look good, it's that pursuing that goal in our society is necessarily exclusive of being fit.

If Crossfit doesn't actively combat popular notions of female beauty, some (maybe most)women will continue to pursue beauty over fitness. My mom is a perfect example. I can't get her to lift heavy because she is convinced she will become muscular.

If everyone didn't care what they looked like, it wouldn't result in a greater commitment to fitness. People would just completely let themselves go. As much as some might not like it, it isn't just being fit that gets most people (even male and female Crossfitters) into the gym, its wanting to look awesome too.

This isn't about objectification (a word that is over used, since viewing women as objects and appreciating what they look like are different things) and it isn't about a cheap turn on. It's about changing how people view female beauty and in holding up these incredible athletes as role models for men and women alike.


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Not much more that I can add that Webster hasn't already said..

I can vouch for my wife Carey Kepler who placed 3rd in the 09' games, EATS more then ME. And I'm 6'2" 180, while my wife is 5'7" 130. We live in a fat society where the number one killer is obesity (roughly 67% of the population over 20 is obese). Look at the sculpture of David, pretty ripped back in non crossfit days... do you think he was undernourished? or was it the fact he did manual labor and ate non-processed foods? you decided. It's ridiculous to assume that these women look undernourished, THIS is an undernourished person

Just making that statement is an insult to the women in the pics who busted their ASS for 8 workouts.

Kris Kepler


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Come on you guys. NOBODY has said anything about these female crossfitters being undernourished. Obviously they are not. Its not even what we're talking about. Why is the discussion getting twisted like this?


Tom Seryak wrote …

I think that this is rubbing some people the wrong way b/c it can be perceived as marketing CrossFit through appearance...but, I see the message as this is what you look like when you DON'T aim for appearance. I have mixed feelings about it, but if I hear "lifting heavy weights makes me bulk" one more time...

Perhaps there are some females out there that will get drawn into CrossFit by this posting (inspired by the appearance of these ladies) and then a mental switch will take place and they will embrace true fitness.


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I think the point some people are making is that when we feature men we highlight skill, athleticism, and strength. When we feature women we place it in the context of appearance.

Maybe a valid point, maybe not. But I think that is discussion some people are trying to have.

Oh, this isn't Erika, it's her husband Aaron.


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Olivia, Anne's first paragraph:

Here I am, thinking that the underlying issue making women want to have 'undernourished and barely functional bodies' is that in our culture one of the most important things for a woman is to look good, and undernourished is the prevailing definition of looking good.

I can only ASSUME Anne is referring to models on magazines(air brushed to the Nth degree) or runway models, but who's to say that they aren't healthy just because they are "skinny". As well as grouping the women in the crossfit pics as well. But that is my assumption....

The other side of the coin, a lot of my friends don't find the women in the pics attractive, their words "Not my type". And that is OK by me. if we all like the same type, their would be A LOT OF LONELY PEOPLE in this world.

After going back and looking at the pics again, it actually showed a great representation of all the different body types at the games as well as most of the TOP 10 women... Beauty in Strength is the proper title to this piece.

Kris Kepler


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Kris -- I guess all I was trying to say is that I wish all the young girls of the world would look at your wife (who is a total bad-ass hero of mine!) and want to be like her, not because she's beautiful (even though, DUH, she is) but because she is fast, strong, and competitive. I wish we could celebrate those traits of our female athletes without bringing beauty into it.


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My bad ass co-workers, boss, and myself are featured in this article. I have to say, its all about balance.

I want to be fast, strong, and competitive. I also want to be beautiful, elegant, and classy. I cant have both? I think I can. I want to clean and jerk 150 pounds, and be beautiful while doing it. All of these pictures embody what I want to be. BEAUTIFUL AND STRONG.

We bring beauty into CrossFit-I put my favorite lip gloss on before the stadium workout. Does that make me lame? I don't think so. I like feeling pretty and throwing heavy shit over my head. It's fun.

As for counting almonds- some people need to restrict to lower fat. During the games, I was pouring them into my mouth from a costco 5 pound bag. Restriction? Its for some. But not for anyone in this article.


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Just before I went to the Games, my mother informed me that I had looked "too hard, and lost my softness". I took this to mean that I had lost my femininity, and the comment hurt. She has NEVER asked about the MENTAL aspect of CrossFit and what it has done to my self esteem as a person, and definitely as a woman. I think people (like Anne) forget that being beautiful is SO MUCH MORE than what a person looks like. YOU look at the pictures just as my mom looked at me and saw the outer part of these women. I look at those pictures and KNOW that EVERY SINGLE WOMAN pictured is beautiful because they are strong in their minds. THIS is what Tony is getting at. There IS beauty is being strong just as there is beauty in achieving a goal. It is not "hey these are the pretty girls", it's "look at the women of CrossFit, they are beautiful BECAUSE they are strong."


replied to comment from Jeremy Gordon

#28 is from Nicole Gordon. Hopefully Jeremy's mom wouldn't say that to him! :)


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Well said #27 Jen...
And what's so wrong about being beautiful anyways?

Crossfit women ROC in all ways!


replied to comment from Anne N


This is what I gather from your post:

The media places importance upon "beauty" in the form of skinniness that imposes pressure on women to under-nourish themselves and value their appearances too much. You've thought that Crossfit was the one place you could escape from these pressures and instead of valuing appearance, in the world of Crossfit you value things like strength and power. Now, seeing this article, you are discouraged because in the one place where you thought appearance wasn't important, you see the "beauty" of these Crossfit superstars emphasized. This just re-emphasizes society's ultimate fixation upon appearance.

I think that perhaps this idea that beauty or appearance should not be emphasized in the world of Crossfit only helps to propagate the media's control over what is beautiful and what isn't. If we say that there is no beauty in a strong woman doing a 150 lb clean and jerk, we are only contributing to these stereotypes of beautiful women being weak and submissive and handsome men being strong and aggressive. If we ignore the beauty that is clearly evident in Crossfit through these photos, we are doing society a disservice. Crossfit has the unique power to change society's perception of what is beautiful and what is not, and I think it is important that we take full advantage of this opportunity. While it would be nice to live in a world where appearance was not valued but rather characteristics such as personality and strength, this is simply not the world we live in today. Changing society's perception of what is beautiful to encompass much more than the image of a frail runway model is one step that we can take in the right direction, and I am glad that Crossfit is taking this step with the collection of pictures they've posted!

Julie Foucher (not Daniel Urcuyo)


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To be functional is to be beautiful.


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This awesome article from Jon Gilson (Again Faster) should be the text that accompanies the photos:

Read it - look at the pictures - read it again.

I think the two complement each other well and Jon's comments place the images in their intended frame of reference.

(When you're done with that one, read everything else on AF's site!)



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LOVE THIS!!! Who ever said crossfit chicks were too ripped and not hot is CRAZY!! And Jen, you are definitely NOT lame for putting on lipgloss before doing your WOD. In fact, i think that is awesome! Hope to see all you ladies at the games this year!


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There are two different discussions here I think (as has been commented before);
1)The view of beauty in women is distorted- what do we do to re-define it, and what should it be?
2)There is often a focus on beauty when discussing female athletes (and women in general) rather than on other achievments as is the focuse with men. Why and what effects does it have?

My comment was addressing 2, but was misinterpreted by many as addressing 1. But I also got a few comments addressing 2, for me to reflect upon- thanks a lot for that! I commented as a reaction to the way this is presented in the intro, hence the references to the intro in my comment. Following Sky's excellent advise of reading the article instead of the intro gives the pdf a very different message in my view.

To clarify on discussion 1:
Starving in my comment refers to the point in the intro on the traditional fitness-girl image and has NOTHING to do with CF athletes; CF athletes are OF COURSE NOT undernourished and I couldn't agree more with the view that saying that they are is ignorant and an insult.

I think these women, these truly amazing and inspirational superstars and heroines of mine featured in these pictures, with their strength in mind and in body, are gorgeous. There is immense beauty in strength, and I completely agree with Jen that there is no contradiction in wearing lipgloss when cleaning and jerking 150 pounds or in being strong, elegant, beautiful, competitive and classy at the same time; quite the opposite (and if I ever come even close to cleaning and jerking 150 pounds I'm pretty sure that I'll feel like the most beautiful and strongest person alive).

It seems to me that the idea behind the pdf is to try and re-define an unhealthy definition of what a beautiful woman is, and as Julie says CF has a great potential to contribute to that which has to be utilised. There's so much to be gained from expanding the limiting views of beauty in women.

On discussion 2 I perhaps naively but deeply hope that the view of what achievment and accomplishment is for women will change a lot further beyond appearance than where we are today, and that the indisputable beauty of CF women will always be a very secondary thing. Only one thing can be the most important in life and that's strength if Coach G has something to say.


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Thank you, Anne.


Olivia de Santis wrote …

These are beautiful photos, and I love to see more women featured in the Journal...


Why does it always come down to how beautiful we are? Why can't it just be how strong and healthy we are, just like it is with the men? Why must we always be subjected to this male-centric value judgement of beauty even if what we're doing has nothing to do with it?

Why are Crossfit women described as "sexy" and "beautiful" when the men are "rugged" and "dynamic"? If you want to describe a strong competitor, why not talk about their tenacity, their heart, their spirit, their endurance, not how hot they look in Lululemon?

I understand that Crossfit & CFJ is trying to be more inclusive and I applaud your efforts. Part of being inclusive is listening to feedback from your intended audience and incorporating it, so I hope this feedback doesn't get written off as the grousing of a malcontent.


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Olivia and Anne,

The fact that both of you assumed that a man took the photographs, edited them and chose the title "Beauty in Strength" shows your own gender bias. The truth is a woman took many of the photos you saw pictured, a woman made editorial choices of those same photographs and a woman chose the title "Beauty in Strength."

When working on this project, whether photographing the competing athletes, choosing images that would convey editorially and artistically the intention of work, and choosing to entitle the piece, I found there were no other words that more concisely conveyed what I saw in every athlete: Beauty in Strength. And no, I did not see "rugged" and "dynamic".

The value judgment exhibited in this particular instance was FEMALE-centric. I can assure you your feedback is not written off, rather it was carefully considered, but I felt the need to say something with regard to the choice of the word "beauty". CrossFit women are many things... beautiful, strong and opinionated. One of the many benefits of CrossFit is observing women strive for their very best in a myriad of circumstances and become strengthened mentally and physically. To me, that is beautiful.


Michael Chase wrote …

When my daughter was 13 we watched together a public broadcasting station documentary on the "Barbie Curse" ... I cannot find reference to it now. In the documentary they showed research of separate groups adolescent girls and boys looking at silhouettes of twenty-year old women. The research showed that, on average, the girls had a more narrow opinion of what silhouettes were “beautiful” than the boys did. This caused a thoughtful discussion on self-image, inner beauty, and what really matters in life. (I wish I could say my daughter lived happily ever after, but she’s as strong-willed as her Mom & Dad and has to learn some things through personal experience, regardless of the discussions.)

I’m grateful for Crossfit helping people live healthier lives mentally, physically, and spiritually. Coach has mentioned the intensity is not for the lazy, dishonest, or selfish … that it weeds out those traits. The adversity requires traits of perseverance, dedication, motivation, honest self-image, achievement, health … those traits are beautiful in all … and when they are there … they shine through as beauty or handsomeness.

You people are beautiful and strong!


Olivia de Santis wrote …

FYI I am the second Olivia commenting on this post, in case we're getting confused.

Susannah: That a woman chose the wording, doesn't change my opinion. I didn't assume a man took these pictures or wrote the article. I said that by describing female athlete in competition as sexy and beautiful, we're all being "subjected to this male-centric value judgement of beauty " - something that a woman is entirely capable of doing to other women.

My comment doesn't "show" anything except that I am uncomfortable with how women were described in this post, and that I care enough about the CFJ to express my opinion, which is that I don't think Crossfit women (or men) should be subjected to sexual and aesthetic value judgements within the pages of the CFJ.


replied to comment from Susannah Dy


You're replying to Olivia S only as I never mentioned anything about that a man would be behind the project; I can't see how that's at all relevant.

I was merely highlighting the fact that when focusing on female athletes, politicians, managers, weather presenters or women in general, we often have the dimension of looks as focal point. Why is that, what effects does it have, and if this is something we would like to change, how could that be done? I think it's an interesting and important discussion.

As you say all these women are many things, and I guess I think it'd be encouraging to, to a greater extent, see other traits being highlighted and other focal points being taken.

Having said that, I'd like to thank you for explaining your personal thoughts behind the focus of the project, for portraying the beauty in strength in such a fantastic way, and again to stress that it's truly inspiring to see these amazing, beautiful and strong women in action.


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I think this project is fantastic. I find myself inspired by the physical performances depicted in these images. Truly a thing of beauty.


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by- Nicole Diesa (INBF Figure Competitor)
I am highly offended by your mindless perception of the "traditional fitness girl"or shall I say the figure competitor, who is girl you are actually referring to in your article. Let me remind you that it is perfectly fine to boast about your cross fit girls without insulting other female athletes such as figure competitors that train hard, eat clean and care about their overall physique. We are supposed to be a fitness community and not maintain a "mine is better than yours" attitude which is exactly what your article portrays. While I agree that many cross fit women are strong, beautiful and athletic, I know of many others that aren't quite there yet- and that is okay. As part of the fitness community we need to promote all forms of exercise and training as well as clean eating in order to combat the obesity and health crisis that faces Americans today. Your knock at figure competitors just because they do not engage in your cult-like training style is senseless, unsupported by fact and is downright rude. Unless you have trained for a figure competition don't waste your words writing about how figure girls' bodies are undernourished and barely functional. I can assure you that serious figure competitors eat more than enough calories on a daily basis during their show prep in order to build lean muscle mass and remain at a high caloric intake throughout most of their training cycle to accomplish such. Just because us figure girls do not incorporate hand stand push-ups and muscle ups in our show prep, doesn't mean that we are not strong, beautiful and talented athletes. Any woman that dedicates herself to a well reputable diet and exercise program and trains hard regardless of what that program entails, should be praised for her self dedication and accomplishments.


The dirty little secret of figure competitors is these are not fitness competitions; they are dieting competitions.

The 2-3 hours a day spent on a stair climber that is a common fat burning protocol in figure model training is not an athletic achievement worth celebrating. It's a damn fool waste of time and energy.

"As part of the fitness community we need to promote all forms of exercise and training as well as clean eating in order to combat the obesity and health crisis that faces Americans today."

No, not "ALL forms of exercise and training" because most of them are junk. Crossfit protocols deliver superior fitness and optimal physiological health. Micro-managed eating regimes and hours on a glorified hamsterwheel are not a sign of discipline and self-control, but of someone with the time and money to indulge in a culture of vanity, narcissicism and kitsch, with an echo-chamber of friends doing the same.

If your mission is to combat the obesity and health crisis in the US of A, go take some fat folk out for a walk; Seeing people like you prance around on a stage in bad make-up, spray-on tans and expenisive haircuts is not inspiring anyone. Even your friends that come out to support you are creeped out by it all, but too nice to say so to your face.


Don't worry about those girls who starve themselves for beauty. Evolution will sort them out.

Form is shaped by function. Function is expressed as form. The perfect form in one that produces the most work, most efficiently. Seeing someone with good form function well is beautiful. The bodies of such people are similarily beautiful.

That fact that magazines, media, etc have taken this ideal, OUR ideal, of beauty and perverted it should come as no surprise. But you are confusing that kind of distorted beauty for the real thing. So in your mind, to aspire to be beautiful is be pathetic and sad.

But if you pursue perfect function and form, you will know true beauty and it will be your motivation, your guide and your ultimate goal.


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Bodybuilding is not a sport. Cheerleading is more of a sport. CrossFit is more of a sport than BB.

They are both athletic endeavors but one is competing in a sportslike fashion and the other is prancing with the fake tans and cute attire and smiles for a score.

As well, recently a former BB competitor told me some of her dislike of BBing after competing and working as a fitness model and the whole cycle of supporting the supplement contracts, etc, etc. Hers was probably also the case of over-training leading to injury, but all sports suffer from that phenomena.


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Joseph and Blair, you either missed the point of Nicole's post or are ignoring it by displaying the very arrogance that offended her and turns so many others away from CrossFit. Let's not be judgmental. Yes, the domain of the figure competitor is aesthetics not work production, but so what? That's a choice. Do competitors have to sacrifice some work capacity during show prep? Probably. (But what do I know? Another point of Nicole's post that has eluded you.) And that's also a choice, just as Dave Tate made the choice to lift heavy weights rather than pursue general fitness, and Michael Phelps made the choice to specialize in swimming. Or for that matter, just as Einstein specialized in science. Should we judge him because he wasn't a CrossFitter?
Are some fitness competitors undernourished during a show? Probably. Also, some police officers are racist, some famous athletes are adulterers, some lawyers are unscrupulous, and some CrossFitters are jerks. Don't let those who make mistakes in their approach cast a negative light on the whole endeavor. What goes around, comes around.
Also, let's give credit where credit is due. There's been a lot of talk lately about the need to account for food quantity to have a framework for experimenting and maximizing output (I personally lean more toward focusing on quality and letting quantity take care of itself, but whatever). From what I understand, NO ONE has his or her nutrients dialed in like a bodybuilder or fitness competitor. Think it's just a dieting competition? Maybe that's the biggest part, but it sure take a lot of focus and dedication to win.
Look, I'm not saying you have to enjoy figure competitions or find the competitors attractive or care about aesthetics at all. If you love CrossFit and what it does for you, great, shout it from the rooftops. Shout it as loud as you want, but let's not talk down to anyone, no matter how softly.
P.S. Take a random group of fitness competitors and a random group of CrossFitters. Which would win in a CrossFit competition? I'm not at all sure.


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P.P.S. During my rant, I lost sight of the article I was commenting under. So let me just add that yes, what the women did during the Games was amazing. I can't imagine what we'll see in 2010.


replied to comment from Jonathan Levy

thanks jonathan. you seem to have gotten the point of my post. Nicole


replied to comment from Joseph Wilson

you seem to have proved that you know nothing about how figure competitors diet and train for a show... starving and spending 2-3 hours on a stair mill has never been part of my program and if it had, there is no way i would have taken on 16 weeks of that- let alone survived. just to ease your small narrow mind, my program entailed 1 day of intervals along with 4 days of strength training for the first 8 weeks and for the last 8 weeks metabolic training 4-5 days per week without added cardio such as a stair mill or tred mill. Throughout this time, I was eating 1800-2000 calories per day with a big cheat meal one night per week. So if you call a figure competition nothing but a dieting competition, you are dead wrong. training hard, building lean muscle mass and learning how to display one's physique is also part of the process. yes what goes along with it is a fake tan and sparkly bikini.. so what. what woman doesn't want to look pretty and show off the 16 or whatever weeks of competition training they endeavored. i praise cross fitters for their hard work and training style, but cross fit is not the end all of training methods, obviously to you it is. maybe you should not be so narrow minded.


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Crossfit women are beautiful in body and mind...


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Hopefully the "fitness girl" that's being referred to comes from the popular media, like men's/women's lifestyle/fitness magazines that have a new way to lose 10 lbs. every month. I don't think it was a dig at figure competitors, but rather speaking to the air-brushed ideal that the public holds hear.


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I would like to add that while I do appreciate the male-centric angle, acknowledging beauty and the slightly related "I just wanna look nekkid" factor shouldn't drive anyone off the CrossFit reservation.


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The reason there are different standards for men and women, and why generally different qualities are initially highlighted in men and women, is because men and women are different. We are not the same. We are different, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

In my opinion the problem is that somewhere down the road, we've made some things "better" than others, rather than respecting and celebrating the differences as different but equal. One comment above said "Why are Crossfit women described as "sexy" and "beautiful" when the men are "rugged" and "dynamic"? As if one is "better" than the other, who says?

Is it "better" to be a good business person or a kick ass stay at home mom? Society seems to place being successful in business as "better" or more important than being a successful stay at home mom, why? who says? And why do we believe them?

Don't they both deserve equal respect?

I understand the frustration over what "society" says is beautiful, I think that was the whole point of this article, to show that the definition of beauty is not a bunch of malnurished size 0's.

This may get me in trouble, but as a woman why would you want to take "sexy" and "beautiful" away? You would prefer to be viewed and depicted like men are? Why would that be "better"? It's seems like the real battle is changing how "sexy" and "beautiful" are defined, just what I think this article is about.


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I love how women's crossfit bodies look. Camille Leblanc-Bazinet is a great example. Rich Froning is hot though :)


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I want to write an article on this subject next week on site that I am curating here:

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