May 022011

CrossFit Palo Alto is proud to be home to the only Women-Only CrossFit Program in The Bay Area. Read on to find out how this program can meet you where you are and then take you to where you want to go and beyond.

In CrossFit, we recognize that the functional needs of men, women and children vary by degree, not by kind.  At CrossFit Palo Alto, we also recognize that there are some women who feel more comfortable pushing their envelopes and improving their own fitness levels when they are in an environment in which they feel comfortable.  And for some women, that means a class with other women.

While every class taught at CrossFit Palo Alto offers a “safe space” (physically and emotionally) for learning new movement and improving fitness levels, we have discovered that many of our female athletes have benefited significantly from being surrounded by other women.  This is a place where strength is celebrated and camaraderie has developed organically.  In this environment we have seen confidence in lifting and moving grow, and we’ve been able to see areas where women tend to need improvement, so as a group, we identify and work on them together.  (For example, May is a push-up month for the ladies, and by working on this area together, we’ve seen women to do push-ups on their toes rather than knees for the first time in their lives!)  The classes start to feel more like team practices and sport than simply the workout of the day.

The programming for the CrossFit Women’s program is the same that is employed in the co-ed classes, and is scaled or modified according to each athlete’s ability.  Workouts are performed at the highest intensity that each individual can sustain with good form and technique, which is taught and reinforced throughout class.  Some women are more comfortable in a ladies-only setting and find it easier to focus on their workouts and compete with themselves in the presence of other women.  All levels are appropriate and accommodated in this class.  Some of the ladies also participate in the co-ed classes one additional day each week, so they’ve experienced both sides.  Here’s what some of them have to say about the class.

From Michelle, on her first CrossFit experience through the Women’s Class at CFPA -

I was amazed — I’d heard about the strong communities that develop around CrossFit, but I didn’t really expect everyone to be so open, warm and friendly. These gals are genuinely nice people… And how weird is it that we’re even chatting?…  All of a sudden, I realized that I liked being surrounded by others who could challenge and inspire me. Even during the warmups, I watched with amazement as one of my classmates duck-walked like a mallard on meth down the length of the gym.  It was awesome.  And as the metcon started and I watched the girls take off running, I was thrilled to be a part of this little gang. [Full Post:  “CrossFit Virgin No More”]

Also read:  “Sorry, Fellas – It’s Ladies Only”

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