Woman with cerebral palsy becomes CrossFit instructor
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A young woman with ties to South Florida has pushed past her disability to become a CrossFit instructor.
Steph Hammerman graduated from the University of Miami, where she first picked up her love for this intense workout program.
She is now pushing students to their limits after surpassing what she once thought was inconceivable. "I was born three months premature. I'm a twin. I lost a lot of oxygen and a bunch of blood through that process and as a result, a mild form of CP [cerebral palsy] had occurred," said Hammerman.
People with CP are often unsteady on their feet, have impaired motor function and muscle coordination. All of these symptoms could make CrossFit training dangerous, but for Hammerman, it was just another obstacle to overcome. "All of my other brothers and sisters are completely able-bodied and growing up in that world, there was no other way to live," she said.
Hammerman has always been active, but it was during her freshman year in college when she decided to really get in shape. "I found a gym. I walked in and said, 'I want to become stronger, I hear CrossFit's awesome, would I be able to do this?'"
Within an hour, Hammerman was hitting the mats. With each push-up, she became stronger and with each pull-up, more intense. "I'm determined to prove not only to the world but to myself that I'm good enough to do this."
Not only is she good enough to do participate, she's good enough to coach.
Earlier this year, Hammerman became the world's first certified CrossFit trainer with CP. "There's no reason in this world that people have to say they can't do something. If somebody really wants to do something, they're gonna find a way to make it work," she said.
Hammerman first walked into the Boca Raton CrossFit back in May of last year. She has since been traveling the country, showing people how she trains.
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