I’m not part of CrossFit (which is a fitness club that’s become trendy in the last few years) but I do know that many CrossFit workouts have human names.
The first set of named workouts — Angie, Barbara, Chelsea, Diane, Elizabeth, and Fran — were introduced by CrossFit founder Greg Glassman in September 2003. Next came Grace and Helen. In late 2004, Isabel, Jackie, Karen, Linda, Mary, and Nancy were added to the lineup.
Here are the workouts that correspond to each name:
Angie: 100 pull-ups, 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups and 100 air squats
Barbara: 5 rounds of 20 pull-ups, 30 push-ups, 40 sit-ups and 50 air squats
Chelsea: 30 rounds of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups and 15 air squats
Diane: 3 rounds of 21-15-9 reps of deadlifts (225 lb.) and handstand push-ups
Elizabeth: 3 rounds of 21-15-9 reps of cleans (135 lb.) and ring dips
Fran: 3 rounds of 21-15-9 reps of thrusters (95 lb.) and pull-ups
Grace: 30 reps of clean and jerks (135 lb.)
Helen: 3 rounds of a 400 meter run, 21 kettlebell swings (52 lb.) and 12 pull-ups
Isabel: 30 snatches (135 lb.)
Jackie: a 1,000-meter row, 50 thrusters (45 lb.) and 30 pull-ups
Karen: 150 wall ball shots (20 lb.)
Linda: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 reps of deadlifts (1.5x body weight), bench presses (1x bw) and cleans (.75x bw)
Mary: as many rounds as possible of 5 handstand push-ups, 10 pistols and 15 pull-ups (for 20 minutes)
Nancy: 5 rounds of a 500-meter run and 15 overhead squats (95 lb.)
Man, I’m exhausted just typing that.
Many more named workouts have since been introduced, but these 14 “girls” were the first.
What inspired Glassman to give his workouts female names? Hurricanes, actually. (Here’s more on the history of hurricane names.) Glassman was born in the mid-1950s, so it doesn’t surprise me that many of the names he chose (including my own!) sound a bit dated.
Now for the question of the day…
And, if you’re a CrossFitter, which workout do you like best?
This baby didn’t get 139 names, but 49 is still excessive, don’t you think?
Diana and Arthur Martello of New Brighton, Pennsylvania, had a baby girl in May of 1989 and gave her 49 names. (Initially it was just 43, but they added 6 more a few weeks later.)
Here are all 49 names:
Princess India Rosa Kathleen Pearla Meshelle Suzanne Luchianna Irena Iris Veronica Donna Holly Robin Concha Kristian Tonya Elizabeth Joana Magali Lavinia Ruth Sandy Lori Appolonia Concepteone Stephenie Victoria Ira Maria Jane Claudia Pamela Shirley Mellissa Leah Rebecca Simone Alana Loren Joy Angie Pheonix Cynthia Christine Eleanor Meg Sophia Eunice
Diana was the one who came up with them. She said her inspiration included TV shows like Matt Houston, T.J. Hooker, Santa Barbara, and The Young and the Restless.
If you could go back in time and rename this baby girl, which two names (out of the 49) would you choose as her first and middle names?
Musala, Jane C. “A Nickname Makes it 45.” Allegheny Times 30 May 1989: A3.
Musala, Jane C. “The Good News is Short-Lived.” Allegheny Times 28 Jun. 1989: A3.
Do you like “Rhiannon”? Are you more in tune with “Billie Jean”?
A reader recently e-mailed me and asked for some baby name suggestions. Specifically, she wanted names from classic rock songs.
I’m somewhat of a classic rock fan, so I was able to come up with a few names off the top of my head (like “Angie” by the Rolling Stones and “Amanda” by Boston). After about ten, though, I was stuck.
So for more ideas I skimmed through a few online lists featuring thousands of song-monikers from all types of music. I ended up sending the reader a whole bunch of name suggestions, and I’m just waiting to hear back about whether she found any of them helpful.
What about you: If you were going to use song titles as a source of baby name inspiration, what genre(s) of music would you check out first? (Rock, pop, R&B, jazz, rap, folk, country, metal, punk…?)