Athlete Profile

Athlete: Angie Bender

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South Central
131 lb


Filthy 500:00
Fight Gone Bad314
Sprint 400m0:00
Run 5k0:00
Clean & Jerk130 lb
Snatch85 lb
Deadlift290 lb
Back Squat175 lb
Max Pull-ups15


I’ve trained at several boxes- currently Crossfit 7. I started out at YMCA Crossfit, Brandt Fitness & Self Defense, and GSX. I started crossfit about 4 years ago. At the age of 36, I had a brain hemorrhage, which effected the left side of my body. My doctor told me I would only get about 75% of my mobility back. I had to learn to walk & use my left arm all over again. Up until about 5 years ago, I used to go to the Y & do the normal lifting and light weight with dumbbells and do the workout classes. Well, this was not making my handicap side any better. It was not until I found a Crossfit Box, at the time was Downtown YMCA Crossfit, Instructed by Kyle Brandt, that I learned that my workout, was actually a Crossfit warm-up! “Your Workout is My Warm-up!” Sound familiar??? Every workout was different, and I was sore every day I went home. Since I have been doing crossfit, I have improved tremendously in all areas! I’m addicted! There is only a slight difference in my left side. My first competition was in 2010. I knew I would not place, but wanted to compete for the experience. At the time, there was only one masters class. (Over 50). I wasn’t quite there yet, so competed with the younger gals. My first masters competition was at Oktoberfest Obliteration! I got a respectable 2nd place! This was not enough for me, so I competed in the 2011 Crossfit Open for Masters. I was old enough for 50 & older group! In the 2011 Open I came in number 21. Needed to be top 20 to go to “The Games” in CA, but this didn’t stop me. I feel better now than when I was in my 20′s & 30′s. My faith in God has gotten me through this difficult time, and and I know He will see me through again! I am so excited to be able to compete again this year! A True Crossfitter will overcome their weaknesses and prevail!! I really like this quote! “Your biggest challenge isn’t someone else. Its the ache in your lungs, the burning in your legs and the voice inside you that yells, “I CAN’T” But you do not listen. You just push harder. Then you hear that voice fade away and start to whisper, “I CAN”. That’s the moment you discover that the person you thought you were is not match for the one you really are.”


How I Eat

I eat quality foods but don't measure the amount

How I Train

I workout mostly at a CrossFit Affiliate

My Athletic Background

I played youth or high school level sports

My Experience With CrossFit

I have had a life changing experience due to CrossFit

My Work/Rest Schedule

I do multiple workouts in a day 3+ times a week

How long have you been doing CrossFit?

4+ years


Athlete Coverage

At first, it was uncertain if she would even survive. When it became clear she would live, doctors warned her she might never walk again ... Angie Bender began doing CrossFit to help her...
Article, Posted Tue, 03.12.13