Women's Fitness Competition Makes Debut In Columbia

When it comes to weight lifting, most people believe it's a man's world. More than 100 women from the Southeast came to Columbia Saturday prove that's just a myth.

"Some of the girls that we brought today started off very timid, very shy," Shannon Crook said.

From the looks of things here it would be hard to believe that any of the girls from CrossFit MNC are timid or shy.

But gym owner, Crook, said this all women's competition is a breath of fresh air.

"The appeal for this one was that it was only for women and there's a large group of girls at our gym that are coming out of their shell and realizing that they are capable of these lifts and these strength movements," Crook said.

Clash of the Amazons is the brain child of CrossFit Abyss Owner Sergio Reyes.

"Female divisions are left out even though CrossFit has empowered them and returned their place in the weight room so I decided to host an event where 100 percent of the attention is dedicated to female divisions," Reyes said.

Every woman competing, without a doubt, is physically fit.

But, there is definitely a crowd favorite.

"I feel phenomenal, I really do," Cheryl Wedeking said.

Wedeking is the masters division for athletes 40 and up.

And just a few years ago there'd be no way she could have competed.

"I was at the point where walking in from the parking lot to my office was difficult, really poor, poor fitness level," Wedeking said. "I was 100 pounds heavier than I am now and to me if I didn't do something, it was going to be a huge problem."

Now she gets to the gym every day after work.

Although this is a competitive sport, many say it sure doesn't feel that way.

"I've just seen a lot of these girls coming together and supporting each other and cheering each other on. They're here to have a good time as opposed to that real competitive you know, everyone is competitive, but this is a much more laid back atmosphere," Crook said.

News19 sports anchor Alyssa Lang also got in on the action and competed in two heats.


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