July 2nd, 2013
11:58 AM ET

First ever CrossFit instructor with cerebral palsy

It’s no secret that CrossFit is intense. Completing the highly difficult work-out routine can be a challenge for anyone.

But now imagine doing it with cerebral palsy.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta brings us the story of one woman who is doing just that in this morning’s Human Factor.

People with the condition often have impaired motor function and muscle coordination, making the training technique especially dangerous, Dr. Gupta explains. But Steph Hammerman is determined.

“I'm determined to prove not only to the world but to myself that I'm good enough to do this,” Hammerman says.

“Not only is she good enough to do it, she’s now good enough to coach,” he reports. “Earlier this year, she became the world’s first certified CrossFit trainer with cerebral palsy.”

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  1. Alissa Howe

    Truly remarkable, groundbreaking and inspiring for so many others!! Stephanie doesn't give up, she works exceedingly hard and she demonstrates that the key to real success, not necessarily monetarily, is your outlook, attitude, ability to cope, challenging yourself everyday to manage obstacles and to, ultimately, pave roads for others!

    January 8, 2014 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  2. jkrans

    My 15-year-old Granddaughter Lauren Walier has Cerebral Palsy. On 10/18/13 she spoke at The American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, a global audience of doctors, researchers, clinicians, therapists, etc. in Milwaukee, WI. Please be patient as she is very emotional and nervous getting started.

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox3yBHIANTQ&w=640&h=360]

    Please help Lauren by forwarding this to every email address you have. Lauren is a very courageously starting a crusade to help people less fortunate that she is by raising funds and awareness for cerebral palsy research and therapy. In May through August she rasied over $7000 for her cause. Please help us make Lauren's foundation, Make Lemon Aide for Cerebral Palsy and Lauren a major fundraiser for CP. Every penny Lauren raises goes to her cause. Listen to her dreams and please support them to come true.

    SherryWalier@comcast.net

    770-891-9043

    November 6, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Reply
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      November 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Reply
      • Sherry walier

        Hello Lola!

        Was Lauren's video posted today?

        Kindly you kindly!
        Sherry Walier

        November 8, 2013 at 10:18 am |
      • TeamCNNCNN

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        November 11, 2013 at 3:42 pm |

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