Endurance Athlete Michael Miraglia Completed 19 CrossFit 'Girl' WODs In a Row

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Photo credit: Instagram/michael.sgx
Photo credit: Instagram/michael.sgx

The CrossFit 'Girl' workouts make for some of the most feared sessions in the Sport of Fitness. Named in a similar fashion to thunderstorms and cyclones — it's deliberate, of course, as the workouts are meant to replicate the force of a storm — CrossFit's 'Girls' workouts are the gold standard of WODs and, when performed at an RX level, are likely to take any athlete to their knees with a redlined heart rate.

But what happens when you take on over a dozen 'Girls' workouts in a row? This was the hypothesis that CrossFit athlete Michael Miraglia wanted to test by attempting to perform 31 'Girl' WODS in a row for the world's first 'Girl WOD Marathon'. (Continued below)

Miraglia is no stranger to impressive feats of fitness. He's achieved a consecutive sub-five minute 500lb (226kg) deadlift and one-mile run, completed the world's first 'strongman marathon' and has over 20 professional podium finishes in obstacle racing.

Photo credit: INSTAGRAM/chadoflife
Photo credit: INSTAGRAM/chadoflife

Shooting for a goal of 31 total workouts, Miraglia managed to grind through 19 'Girl' WODs — taking six hours and 17 minutes to complete them all — before calling time.

"Felt great through the first 11 workouts. Then my hands started to rip, and the pull-ups became a big issue for me. Also was no longer able to hook grip a barbell, and I knew it was going to be a struggle to finish," Miraglia told BarBend. "I gave a good effort and am extremely happy with how I performed. I know even with this failure, I am definitely stronger for just attempting this feat."

Despite this, Miraglia remains more motivated than ever to complete the challenge in full and cue up even more functional fitness challenges. "I will complete this feat again, having learned from all of the mistakes," he said. Here's how he took on the challenges and the times he scored:

Fran (3:14), Three rounds for time, 21-15-9 reps :

  • Barbell thrusters (42.5kg)

  • Pull-ups

Annie (7:32), Reps for time, 50-40-30-20-10:

  • Double-unders

  • Sit-ups

Jackie (7:18), For time:

  • 1000m row

  • 50 thrusters (empty barbell, 20kg)

  • 30 pull-ups

Diane (6:35), Reps for time, 21-15-9:

  • Deadlifts (102kg)

  • Handstand push-ups

Nancy (13:36), Five rounds for time:

  • 400m run

  • 15 overhead squats (42.5kg)

Helen (9:07), Three rounds for time:

  • 400m run

  • 21 kettlebell swings (24kg)

Linda (28.11), For time: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1

  • Deadlift, 1.5x bodyweight

  • Bench press, bodyweight

  • Clean, three-quarters bodyweight

Isabel (4.46), For time:

  • 30 barbell snatches (60kg)

Ingrid (9:10), 10 Rounds for time:

  • Three barbell snatches (60kg)

  • Three burpees-over-barbell

Grace (4:58), For Time:

  • 30 barbell clean-and-jerks

Grettel (8:16), 10 rounds for time:

  • Three barbell clean-and-jerks, (60kg)

  • Three burpees-over-barbell

Elizabeth (11:06), For time, 21-15-9 reps:

  • Barbell cleans (60kg)

  • Ring dips

Eva (52:23), Five rounds for time

  • 800m run

  • 30 kettlebell swings (24kg)

  • 30 pull-ups

Barbara Anne (50:58), Five rounds for time:

  • 20 handstand push-ups

  • 30 deadlifts (60kg)

  • 40 sit-ups

  • 50 double-unders

  • Rest three minutes

Lynne (60 reps), AMRAP five minutes:

  • Max bench press (bodyweight)

  • Max pull-ups

Lane (31 reps), Five rounds for max reps:

  • Hang power snatches (three-quarters bodyweight)

  • Handstand push-ups

  • Rest as needed between rounds

Gwen (85lbs/38kg), For load, rep scheme 15-12-9:

  • Unbroken barbell clean and jerks

  • Rest as needed between sets

Angie (25:47), For time:

  • 100 push-ups

  • 100 pull-ups

  • 100 sit-ups

  • 100 air squats

Andi, For time:

  • 100 barbell hang power snatches (30kg)

  • 100 barbell push presses (30kg)

  • 100 barbell sumo deadlift high pulls (30kg)

  • 100 barbell front squats (30kg)

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