Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October)

Please join our team at “Barbell For Boobs” and help us raise over $1,000 to help mobilize and empower people to take action against breast cancer. The organization will help people – of all ages, and regardless of insurance status or type – to get screened by connecting them with resources in their area.


Our Team Goal is to raise at least $1,000 cumulatively as a community!

Barbells for Boobs originated from a friendship between founder, Zionna Hanson, and Cecy Morales. Only 26 years old at the time, and after finding irregularities in her breasts, Cecy was denied her screening services and advised by medical professionals to come back when she turns 40. Not satisfied with this answer, Cecy persisted and insisted on being screened only to finally discover that she was in the midst of stage 0 (DCIS) breast cancer.  “Z” as she is known by her friends, decided that the answers her best friend, Cecy, was given were not enough; it was then that “Z” decided to make it her life’s mission to make sure that this scenario would never happen again. Through their journey, Zionna and Cecy realized many women cannot afford to get regular mammograms. “Z” being a CrossFitter herself, saw an opportunity to help other men and women through the supportive CrossFit community.

So in 2010, “Z” and her box planned a fundraiser for breast cancer, in honor of Cecy, and invited other local boxes to complete “Grace,” a WOD consisting of 30 Clean and Jerks For Time. What was a small, local fundraiser for one person, has since grown to be a nationwide event. In 2010, Reebok partnered with Barbells for Boobs to support their mission of saving lives through the early detection of breast cancer. With their Pink Bra Tour in full swing, CrossFit wanted to highlight and thank boxes for supporting Barbells for Boobs and show why they’re so proud to call this organization our partner.

What is Barbells for Boobs?

Barbells for Boobs is a 501(c)3 non-profit breast cancer organization dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer, with an emphasis on women and men under the age of 40.”

Why Barbells for Boobs?

“The “Barbell” is truly the metaphorical and literal root of our organization.  It started in 2009 with Z (the Founder) picking it up, and lifting it above her head 30 times (performing the WOD named, Grace) alongside 60 of her friends to start this amazing movement, the organization of today.  We also know that sometimes one must lift something pretty heavy in order to achieve results!  This defines our mission as a fearless organization synonymous with “forward-thinkers” and life-savers.”-

During the month of October, CrossFit gyms around the country can join the movement to host Barbells for Boobs, in which athletes perform “Grace” at their box.

We will host our Barbells For Boobs “Grace” WOD on Sunday, October 27th @ 9:00am - 12:00pm during our Open Gym hours.

You can come at any time and do the workout, but we encourage y’all to coordinate together so everyone has support and a cheer squad. And, YES, we definitely encourage you to wear as much PINK as possible for Grace!!!

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