Athlete With Cerebral Palsy Competes in One of the Toughest Competitions Out There


When Steph “The Hammer” Hammerman comes to CrossFit competitions, some people assume she’s just there to judge or help out. But that’s not the case — she’s there as either a trainer or a competitor. Her cerebral palsy limits her, yes, but it doesn’t make her any less of an athlete. Instead, she alters CrossFit’s standing challenges so she can do them from her knees.

“I really hope that I inspire [people] into action instead of just saying it,” she tells NBC in the video below.

Hammerman is the first woman with cerebral palsy to attain CrossFit Level 1 Certification, according to her Facebook page. When she’s not competing, she works as a coach and motivational speaker.

“I would have never imagined that [CrossFit] would be such a tremendous part of my life or that I would have the power to help make a positive difference in the lives of so many!” Hammerman wrote on Facebook. “I am truly one lucky lady!”

Watch her in action below:

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