Since then others like “Amanda” and “Gwen” joined the official ranks by being posted on the CrossFit main site, with more like “Christine” gaining popularity via the CrossFit board and variants such as “Heavy Fran” and “Amanda .45” arising as new takes on the originals.
There are many other workouts, including the popular “Cindy,” Hero WODs and Tributes, which are named after females, but “The Girls” are a specific group of benchmark workouts.
Why girls’ names? CrossFit founder Greg Glassman gave his workouts names because he wanted to “explain the workout once and then give it a name.” The original workouts were given female names, similar to how the US National Weather Service names storms (because he felt that because the workouts were so physically demanding that they left athletes feeling as though a storm hit them).
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