Hello Everyone! As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been doing CrossFit for about 2 1/2 years. I weighed 98lbs when I first started CrossFit and I had weighed that since high school…I am 32 now by the way and weigh 108lbs. I am 5’1″ and smaller than the average female.
Slower Progress Than Most
It can be very discouraging at times, because I see girls join my box and in six months they’re already lifting more weight than me. It used to bother me, but now I have accepted the fact that it’s just a little harder for me to make progress as quickly. I go four days a week, if I was to go five or six, I am sure I would see better results. So it’s definitely a time and effort thing as well.
If you think about it, for a female that weighs 140lbs and a female that weighs 110lbs, to both back squat 115lbs, it’s 82% of the girl that weighs 140lbs’ body weight. It’s 105% of the girl that weighs 110lbs’ body weight. So you can see that it’s more taxing on the smaller female.
Being Petite Does Have Its Advantages For Some Movements In CrossFit
There are lots of body weight movements in CrossFit. This is where being petite can be an advantage for us. We do lots of pull-ups, push-ups, air squats, lunges, handstand push-ups, and burpees. If your short you have less space between the top and bottom of your squat than a taller person does. You also have less weight to push and pull while you perform your push-ups and pull-ups.
There Are Some Elite Athletes That Are Petite
Take Alanna Fisk, she’s 26 years old, 4’11” and weighs 125lbs. She competed in the last four CrossFit Open and Regionals with her team CrossFit Exalted. They didn’t quite make it to the CrossFit games but they placed 10th in both the Regionals and the Open in 2018.
Alyssa Ritchey is another small athlete. She is also 4’11” and weighs 110lbs at 26 years old. She’s a professional weightlifter now but she did do CrossFit before switching to weightlifting. Alyssa placed 9th in the 2015 Regionals and 19th place in 2016 Regionals.
Its very motivating to follow these women on social media being a smaller female myself.
The Body Type That Wins The Games Keeps Changing In CrossFit
Year after year the size of the athletes that have top finishes in the Games keeps growing. They keep lifting more and more weight year after year as well. People are pushing their bodies to new limits constantly. The number of smaller athletes keeps decreasing year after year. It seems that there is a certain “body type” for CrossFit. For men it’s weight around 200lbs and for women it’s weight around 140lbs.
How Strong Is Your Will
No matter how big or small you are, I think it’s more mental than anything. You can really do anything you put your mind to, and if you believe you can lift heavy and put the practice in then I believe you can too! So keep lifting!
I am still constantly improving my strength. Sometimes I hit plateaus but I just work through them and there’s always a PR (personal record) around the corner!