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We have all heard about the devastation affecting the City of Houston and its surrounding areas as a result of Hurricane Harvey. We can’t imagine what it would be like to find our gym under water. While we can’t all be down there helping clean up, we can try and do our best to help out. Let’s show everyone how tight knit and amazing the CrossFit community is.

The idea is simple, do a workout and donate a few bucks. If you can’t donate then try to get someone else to participate. If you do the workout, post it online and challenge a friend to do it too.

It’s important to remember that the people who own and run these affiliates are small business owners. They are not part of a big globo gym system. It’s your mom and pop gym that happens to be the best gym in the area. If you go to a CrossFit affiliate then you know what we are talking about. This is their passion project. 100% of money raised will be donated to affiliates in the Houston area who need help. Join us this week for #HelenForHouston.

To make a donation, click here:


3 rounds for time of:
Run, 400 m
21 Kettlebell Swings, 1.5/1 pood
12 Pull-ups

“Helen” is a classic CrossFit Benchmark workout that first appeared on on August 9th, 2003 and was later officially dubbed “Helen” on November 5th, 2003. “Helen” officially became the first named WOD which was soon followed by 20+ more Girl Benchmark workouts. When the it first appeared, the best known time was Greg Amundson’s at 8 minutes and 25 seconds. Now, top times are well in the 6:00+ window with the average being around 11 minutes. has programmed “Helen” 42 more times since it’s inception and has become a staple benchmark workout (logged over 126,000 times on btwb) for CrossFitters to test and re-test their Fitness Levels.

Filed under: CrossFit

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I've been CrossFitting since 2007, originating from a small garage gym in Southern California called CrossFit Kinnick. Relocated to Brooklyn and now a member of Brick CrossFit. Obsessed with fitness, health, science, and all things related.

1 Comment so far

  1. alexreader9

    I haven’t actually done Helen before, can’t wait to give it a go! Really helpful to see some of the bench mark times, 6 minutes seems very very quick ha. Cheers


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