CrossFit Girls: A Comprehensive 2020 Guide on Benchmark WODs

​Still don't know which CrossFit WOD would serve best your workout requirements?

​Fortunately for you, you're in the right spot!

In this Athletic Muscle guide, I'll be covering:

  • What ​is a benchmark workout?
  • Wh​y are they girls names?
  • What are  the ​different CrossFit girls WODs?
  • And ​a whole lot more!

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crossfit girls benchmark wod

The CrossFit Girls benchmark workouts are a fundamental element of CrossFit.

Released for the first time in 2003—and built on every year since—these WODs are written to leave you gasping on the floor.

Here’s a full list of the CrossFit girls workouts, along with all the strategy guides for getting the best score you can. Good luck!

​What is a Benchmark Workout?

From the earliest days of CrossFit, benchmark WODs were written to measure and benchmark your performance as a CrossFit athlete.

All of them designed with the components of fitness in mind, and many contain the foundational exercises of CrossFit.

benchmark workout

Benchmark workouts were first introduced by Coach Glassman in the September 2003 edition of the CrossFit Journal. Angie, Barbara, Chelsea, Diane, Elizabeth, and Fran were the original six CrossFit benchmarks.

You may notice that the first three (Angie, Barbara Chelsea) are all bodyweight workouts.

The latter three pair a barbell and bodyweight exercise, or in the words of Coach Glassman, they’re, “distinguished by couplets of fundamental weightlifting and calisthenic or gymnastic elements.”

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​Why are they Girls Names?

Like storms, Coach Glassman decided to name CrossFit WODs after girls to distinguish them and help people remember each workout.

crossfit girls names

To be fair, it is a lot more fun saying you got “rocked by Fran” than “by a descending couplet of thrusters and pull-ups.

​Read More: ​​CrossFit BodyWeight Workouts - WODs You Can Do At Home
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The “CrossFit Girls” WODs

Below you’ll find a list of all CrossFit girl benchmark WODs. Click the links to read our strategy guide for each workout (to be updated over time). Good luck!

Angie

For time:

  • 100 Pull-ups
  • 100 Push-ups
  • 100 Sit-ups
  • 100 Squats

Read More: Angie WOD Strategy

crossfit pushup

Barbara

5 Rounds for Time:

  • 20 Pull-ups
  • 30 Push-ups
  • 40 Sit-ups
  • 50 Squats

*Rest 3 minutes between rounds.

crossfit squat

Chelsea

Every minute on the minute for 30 minutes:

  • 5 Pull-ups
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 15 Squats

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Cindy

AMRAP 20:

  • 5 Pull-ups
  • 10 Push-ups
  • 15 Squats

Read More: Cindy WOD Strategy

crossfit pullup

Diane

21-15-19

  • 225lb Deadlift
  • Handstand Push-ups

​Read More: ​​Diane WOD: A Classic CrossFit Couple WOD​​​​​​

Elizabeth

21-15-9

  • 135lb Clean
  • Ring Dips
crossfit ring dip

Fran

21-15-9

  • 95 lb Thrusters
  • Pull-Ups

Grace

For Time:

  • 135 lb Clean and Jerk, 30 reps


Helen

3 rounds for time:

  • 400m Run
  • 21 Kettlebell Swings, 1.5 pood
  • 12 Pull-ups

​Read More: ​​Helen WOD Strategy​​​​​​

crossfit running

Isabel

For Time:

  • 135lb Snatch, 30 reps

Jackie

For Time:

  • 1k Row
  • 50 Thrusters, 45 lbs
  • 30 Pull-ups

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Karen

For Time:

  • 150 Wallball Shots, 20 lbs
  • *10 ft target

Linda

For Time:

10/9/8/7/6/5/4/3/2/1:

  • Clean, 75% Bodyweight
  • Bench Press, Bodyweight
  • Deadlift, 1.5x Bodyweight

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crossfit girls facts

Mary

AMRAP 20:

  • 5 Handstand Push-ups
  • 10 Pistol Squats, alternating
  • 15 Pull-ups

Nancy

5 Rounds For Time:

  • 400m Run
  • 15 Overhead Squats, 95 lbs
crossfit overhead squat

Annie

For Time:

  • 50-40-30-20-10
  • Double Unders
  • Ab-Mat Sit-Ups

Eva

5 Rounds For Time:

  • Run 800m
  • 30 Kettlebell Swings, 2 pood
  • 30 Pull-ups

Kelly

5 Rounds For Time:

  • Run 400m
  • 30 Box Jumps, 24 inch box
  • 30 Wallball Shots, 20 lbs

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Lynne

5 Rounds, For Max Reps (Not For Time):

  • Bodyweight Bench Press
  • Pull-ups
crossfit benchpress

Nicole

AMRAP 20:

  • Run 400m
  • Max Rep Pull-Ups
  • Record total number of pull-ups.

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Amanda

9-7-5

  • Muscle-Ups
  • 135 lb Snatch

Want More WOD Advice?

Benchmark WODs, especially the girls, are a cornerstone of CrossFit.

Any seasoned CrossFitter will tell you they’ve done each WOD on this list multiple times.

Use these benchmark WODs to test your fitness, and be sure to check out the other training advice and gear guides on Athletic Muscle.

Learn to train smarter and how to set more PRs!

Ben Kissam

Ben Kissam

I help college athletes maximize their 4-year sports window and succeed after graduation.

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