Strict Press 2-2-2-2-2
5 Deadlifts (275/185)
10 Vertical Plate Presses
10 Lateral Ball Toss (ea. side)
from the CrossFit Journal:
In 2007, Wimbledon made a change to award equal prize money to men and women.
It was the last major tennis tournament to do so, and it was behind the U.S. Open by 34 years.
That same year, the Sport of Fitness was born, and equality was a prominent feature from Day 1.
In the first CrossFit Games, held June 30-July 1, 2007, in Aromas, California, James FitzGerald and Jolie Gentry (now Gentry Macias) were both awarded US$500.
Dave Castro, Director of the CrossFit Games, explained why the prizes were equal.
“When we first created the CrossFit Games in 2007 and decided to award cash prizes for the winners of events and the overall title, it never even crossed my mind to do anything but make the amounts equal. We do not look to major sports or leagues for guidance on how to handle our sport. We make decisions based on what’s right for our sport, and oftentimes that has to do with what’s fair, morally and ethically,” he said.
Nicole Carroll was an athlete and coach at CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman’s original gym, and she was featured in the “Nasty Girls” video many women have pointed to as their reason for starting CrossFit. Carroll is now CrossFit’s Co-Director of Certification and Training. She said equal prize money came about because equality was always part of CrossFit.
“It was not part of our culture to even consider that women are not equal or that their performance should not be as equally valued,” Carroll recalled.
The pattern hasn’t changed over the years. When a major sponsor signed on to increase the prize money in 2011, the total purse grew dramatically, but the split remained exactly equal.
“The discussion wasn’t even had about the cash prizes being higher for the men and less for the women,” Castro said of the era when prize money jumped to six figures. “We just did what we all intuitively knew was right: equal prizes for both genders.
“I can’t imagine what message it would have sent to our athletes and, more importantly, our community if we would have given the men more than the women. It’s frankly just wrong.”
In 2017, Mat Fraser and Tia-Clair Toomey both took home $275,000 for winning the Games, and this year’s champs will walk away with $300,000.
Not so in other sports.
Forbes’ 2018 list of the world’s highest-paid athletes is a boys’ club. No females are on the list, though one might suggest Serena Williams would have made it had she not taken time off in 2017 to have a baby. In another article, Forbes noted that Williams had made $27 million in prize money and endorsements in a 12-month period.
Forbes noted Williams is an anomaly: “Her earnings between June 2016 and June 2017 of $27 million from prize money and endorsements are twice the total from any other female athlete in the world.”
Tennis, of course, is an exception. Women in most sports are not treated as equals. For but one dramatic example, you need only look at basketball. The average NBA salary is about $5.7 million, while the average WNBA salary is about $72,000. The maximum salary in the WNBA is less than $116,000. Stephen Curry and LeBron James both made over $33 million in the 2017-2018 season.
Revenue and economics clearly play a part in the disparity, but that doesn’t mean the disparity can be disregarded.
If Serena Williams is an outlier in the sports world, so is CrossFit. But that’s always been the case.
CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman was kicked out of gyms repeatedly as he bucked the machine-driven, 3-sets-of-8 trend and developed his revolutionary program. Similarly, Glassman had the vision to let women train on gymnastics rings—an apparatus they’d never use in traditional gymnastics—and he had no qualms about having women compete with men or beat them in the same workout. That attitude continued when his company grew dramatically.
“Whether my involvement was with the sport of CrossFit, being a trainer at the original gym or being an executive in the company, I’ve never felt that I was given any less opportunity or pay than anyone else—especially not based on my gender,” Carroll said. “If anything, I feel that I was given more opportunity due to my gender. I was given the opportunity to compete and win against men. At a certain point, this was even expected of me.”