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Waxing Nostalgic: Katie Sandwina

In a time and culture where we cannot log on to Facebook without seeing a play by play of someone’s workout, PR, or eating habits, we often lose sight of the real pioneers of lifting. Remember a time when the word “strong” or “athlete” was earned through actual displays rather than simply wearing clothes that identify us as such?  Of course you don't because it was so long ago. It's tough to imagine, but there is a whole history of men and women who legitimately drove the strength scene into popularity before it was possible to take half-nude selfies or bizarre pics of torn callouses.

Let me tell you a little story about Katie Sandwina. Katie was a bonafide badass and gentlelady to boot. Not only that, she was strong as fuck. She was born where most of the strongest action movie stars in the world are born; Vienna, Austria. Both of her parents were lifelong circus performers weighing in at over 200lbs, 6’0 and 6’6” respectively. This was 1884 so remember, there was no CrossFit Games and American Football was a baby. The circus was the premier platform to showcase strength and size making it's performers the original strongmen and strongwomen.

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A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers.Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals.With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness.In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.

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11 Responses to Waxing Nostalgic: Katie Sandwina

  1. Great article Cali! I like how she doesn’t use gloves for the heavy bag and makes it move more than her son. The final picture is awesome. You go ahead and hit those double biceps all day everyday!

  2. Really good read Cali, keep articles like this coming! We need to know more about the strong men and ladies that laid the path!

  3. Great article, Strong Work!

  4. @cali, what was her Fran time? That’s really the only true measure of an athlete these days.

  5. @cali what a great subject and article! Nice to read about someone older than me for a change too.

  6. Shared with my lifting squad. If I hear one of my girls say one more time that someone said “her traps made her look like a man”, the world is going to burn.

    We need more women to lift and not be made to feel ashamed about it. The freaking end.

    Great. Fucking. Article.

    Angry Old Man. Out.

    Now do an article on Chewie already.

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