When I was first starting CrossFit back in 2008 it was no where near as popular as it is now. In fact it was rare that CrossFitters actually worked out at an affiliate. Most of us back then worked out on our own. In parks, at regular gym, wherever we could because there were only a handful of affiliates in existence. When I was starting out I was completely self taught. I spent hours on CrossFit.com watching the videos and reading the forums (a forum is a place people talked online before Facebook, I know crazy right?). One of the early videos I found that hooked me on CrossFit was the “Nasty Girls” video. The Nasty Girls workout first appeared on CrossFit.com back in 2005. You can see the post here and even read some of the comments if you want.
The workout was…..
3 Rounds for time of:
50 Air Squats
7 Muscle Ups
10 Hang Power Cleans [135/95]
The reason the video got my attention was because of the intensity in which they are moving. Right off the bat you see the girls just absolutely crushing some air squats. Following the air squats they move onto the rings and begin doing STRICT muscle ups. At the time I had no idea you could even exercise with rings and I had never seen a Muscle Up before. I immediately wanted to get a pair of rings and do them, little did I know how hard they were and that it would take me over 2 years to actually get a muscle up and several more years before I could do my first one strict.
The original video is below if you want to check it out and see what CrossFit was like back then. They are in the original CrossFit gym in Santa Cruz California. That is where Coach Greg Glassman started it all.