Beauty in Strength

By Andrea Ager, Rita Benavidez, Erin Cianciolo and Jackie Perez

In CrossFit, HD Videos

September 13, 2012

Video Article

CrossFit can change how a woman both defines beauty and feels about her body, as Rita Benavidez, Jackie Perez, Erin Cianciolo and Andrea Ager discuss in this video.

Once thinking beauty was a picture of a waify woman on a magazine, Benavidez feels differently now. “My perception of beauty has changed over the past few years,” Benavidez says. “True beauty … is strength and fitness, and confidence in yourself.”

Perez was originally motivated by trying to be skinny. “That wasn’t getting me anywhere,” she says. “With CrossFit, I set goals. I want to deadlift 225, I'm going to hit that faster than I’m going to look in the mirror and like what I see.”

Ager says putting in the work is key to getting what you want. “I think that hard work and the way that your body looks go so hand-in-hand,” she says. “Once you do get a body that you want, you’re very proud of it … you’re proud of what your body can do.”

Through CrossFit, these women are confident, stronger and fitter. They are mothers, tomboys, coaches. They are CrossFit athletes.

5min 30sec

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Additional reading: Saved by the Barbell by Emily Beers, published Jan. 16, 2012.

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23 Comments on “Beauty in Strength”


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I could watch that all day.


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Awesome display of what real beauty is, these days,it is not about how you fit on those jeans,it is the way you feel,the accomplishments of fininshing that WOD,and most of all the sense of autonomy we get doing Crossfit!!! Great Girls!!


Scott McIntyre wrote …

Oh man, this should be available for non-subscribers to watch! Women would LOVE this! Awesome!


Scott McIntyre wrote …

Nevermind, just


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This is what I try to explain to my 5 year old daughter. She loves doing Crossfit with me at the Box and at home. True Beauty!


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I met Andrea Ager at the Crush Games (she won) last month in Miami. She's a muscle car in a Porche body.


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Best video ever


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This will never get old. Thank you ladies! Already had a positive reaction to one female friend who had been feeling crappy and wanting to be skinny! "Just what she needed to see and hear!"


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At UCLA, we have a strength & conditioning program called BHIP (Bruin Health Initiative Program) that's run by the recreational dept. A lot of what we do is similar to CrossFit. The program doesn't try to be like CrossFit but some of the WODs are the same. Some are modified. The programming is slightly different because we don't have all the same resources. But the focus on strength, speed, agility, mobility, balance & conditioning is still there. They aren't going to teach muscle ups or rope climbs because even though we have rings and there a couple ropes where we train, I think they would rather avoid any liability issues. The ages range from 20s to 60s and most of the older participants probably never did anything close to strength and conditioning in their life. The loads are scaled all the time for those with less experience or for those that have mobility issues.

That said, at the orientation, one of the coaches does make the comment directed to the ladies stating that they will be picking up weights. She tries to impress upon them that it's not going to make look big and huge. It's not physiologically possible. It baffles me that people still buy into this myth.

I'm so glad that this clip was put together. If only the message could go out to all those that are still buying into the myth that women shouldn't pick up weights, sweat hard, work hard and be strong. I've been a champion of women being physically strong for as long as I can remember. Muscle is functional and sexy. There is no magic pill that is a substitute for hard work. Infomercials for gadgets do the worst damage to the fitness world. Some people just don't want to work hard.

I posted this on our BHIP page and in the blog. Nice work.


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Crossfit HQ just released a total CHICK FLICK!
I watched this 3 times now... Very inspiring
Very motivational for women. It's awesome.
But being very much a guy. the last 2 time's
I had to put this video on mute because they
started to sound like my wife.

My wife BTW loved this video and did not watch it on mute... twice now

Good job HQ!


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Move over Camille...Rita Benavidez is the new hottest crossfitter!!!


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As a father to two young girls, this is what I want to impress on them more than anything else. Don't value yourself on how you look, but value yourself on what you can do!


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Wow! I am going to have my wife watch this video.


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Awesome video. Just a shame about the fake boobs.....


replied to comment from Hilario Cota

Nah...Jackie Perez. Damn I love that voice. I'm sucker for that Kirstie Alley, Lauren Hutton, Kathleen Turner type voice. You can recite the A,B,Cs and I'm through. The girl is just beautiful. I'd tell her myself but that would come off creepy since I'm probably old enough to be her father :-)


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that video is awesome ....thats all am saying =)


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Wow! Excellent video. My ex-husband needs to watch this...he told me CF made me too masculine and I've lost my femininity... I guess he doesn't see the beauty in strength, athleticism and hard earned muscle! These girls are gorgeous!


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perfect role models for a pretty stuffed up world...


replied to comment from Scott McIntyre

I agree. Men and women have bought into the lies of bench press all day for men and machines with no muscle for women.


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that video is awesome ....thats all am saying =)


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holy hotness


Ahmed Osman wrote …

I'm willing to bet every girl/lady who watches this video will be impressed. Sadly, not all will take action and will succumb to the media brainwashing of what "hot n sexy" is. Then again, if every girl did CrossFit... we'd get no work done. Speaking of no work done, I'm gonna watch this again lol


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Treating your body well on the inside makes it beautiful on the outside. Beauty is about confidence...and increased strength and ability builds everything. Fantastic video!

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