The first Femmes Fatale of CrossFit were created over twenty years ago! It all started with these classic ladies published in the September 2003 CrossFit Journal article.
CrossFit was developing test pieces, "workouts combine weightlifting and a calisthenic element but are a powerful whole body workout containing functional hip, pushing, and pulling movements," that were to be repeated at irregular intervals to measure fitness.
They soon discovered the strong potency of these ladies to expose weaknesses in fitness.
But the crushing charm of these ladies lies in their magnificent capacity to root out weaknesses and humiliate you with them.
"For many athletes the high rep deadlifts at 225 pounds, cleans at 135 pounds, and thrusters at 95 pounds are easy. For these same athlete’s handstand push-ups, ring dips, and pull-ups are very likely deficiencies. Typically, these athletes are larger. Similarly, those athletes for whom handstand push-ups, pull-ups, and ring dips are a breeze are nearly certain to bristle at these loads and high reps in the weightlifting. Typically, these athletes are smaller.
Do these workouts favor middleweights? It doesn’t seem so. The middleweights seem to suffer at both ends.”
We start Femme Fatale Week with an original. Since this year's theme is Barbie, it's fitting that we start with her eponymous workout.
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