Jessie G. looks strong doing DB plank rows.
The Myth of The "Weaker Sex"
I'm old enough to have lived through a time when I was told I was not strong. I was told girls could be good at some sports (thanks to Title 9) but could not do others. I was told we just didn't have the upper body strength to do push-ups, pull-ups, or to lift and carry heavy objects.
I was told I should be skinny. I was told I should have a flat belly and thighs that don't rub. I was told if I wanted to lose weight (which apparently I should constantly be wanting to do) I should go for a run. Hell, my entire time in the Marine Corps I was told daily that I was not strong. That I didn't belong. That I couldn't measure up.
All of this bullshit was an attempt to stifle my potential. I was so grateful when I found CrossFit. Even though I was 38 when I started, I knew I had found something that would help me discover and promote my potential. I knew I found something that would recognize and celebrate my strength. I knew I found something that promoted my unique potential as a strong and powerful athlete while simultaneously promote other women's speed and endurance. I knew I found my tribe. My strong, powerful, fast, flexible, agile, and amazing tribe.
My experience is not unique, there an many women for whom CrossFit has empowered. When people ask me what I do I often reply, "I help people find their power." CrossFit provides an opportunity us to find our physical strength. When we find our physical strength we find our other emotional and spiritual strengths. When He find our strength we find our voice and with our voice we can change the world.
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