Woman Credits CrossFit for 2-Hour Long Endurance Fishing Bout With Shark

By now, chances are you may have seen the story of Texas native Lauren Biggers reeling in a 7-foot long Blacktip Shark off the coast of Surfide Beach, Texas. Not only was this a huge shark to catch off a heavily populated beach, but in her original Facebook post from July 7th she credited CrossFit for helping her successfully reel in the shark that she never intended to catch.

We asked her how CrossFit specifically helped with the endurance of the whole ordeal and she said, “We do a lot of weight lifting but it’s honestly a total body work out every time I go, so it helped with all aspects of pulling the shark in. It was arms to reel, legs, back and abs to pull!” 

Since Biggers’ original Facebook post, multiple outlets have covered this story from local to even major mainstream media outlets like Yahoo, and there’s a video that surfaced of the event from a local bystander. And what’s ironic is that Biggers was never really intending to catch anything.

When we asked her about that day at the beach she told us, “I wasn’t actually fishing for anything! We were there for my husbands 30th birthday. He’s a big fisherman so he wanted to go.”

In Yahoo’s article covering the story, they also asked about the relationship of the fishing bout and her CrossFit training and Biggers told them,

“I do think that doing CrossFit helped me. I don’t think I could have reeled a shark that weighed more than me in without it. It was the most incredible feeling once I finally got him to shore because in my head I kept wondering if I’d be able to do it alone, but I wanted to be the one who got him there.”

[Heading to the beach this summer and want to do a no-equipment WOD? Check out this article highlighting 8 trainers favorite no-equipment workouts!]

And for those wondering about the shark’s safety  Biggers stressed that one of their main concerns through the full bout and the bringing to shore was the shark’s safety and return to the ocean. After taking a few photos, they released the shark back into the wild.

In terms of fitness itself (not the act of shark fishing), score another point for CrossFit’s ability to assist with “functional” activities.

Feature image from Ayon Dasgupta YouTube channel. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend.

He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

As of right now, Jake has published over 1,200 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter.

On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.

Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and a personal trainer the three years before that, and most recently he was the content writer at The Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office.

Jake competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a professional knee rehabber after tearing his quad squatting in 2017. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in New York City.

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