Tips to Crush the Open…

Jingle 6Today is the day a lot of us CrossFitters have been waiting months for.

18.1.  The announcement.  What will it be?

I’m not here to predict (we’ll all find out soon enough).

I’m here to offer up tips and advice so you can “crush” the Open.  We all have different goals for the Open and different ways we’ll crush it.  Some of us it’s doing all the workouts RX (or as prescribed).  Some of us want to beat our score/rank from last year.  Most of us want to test our fitness against others.  Most of us want to do our best.  So read below for tips to achieve your best:

  1. DON’T CHANGE ONE THING!  Keep your workout routine the same and approach this WOD the same.  Eat the same way.  Sleep the same way.  Workout the same way.  It’s just another workout.
  2. DON’T IGNORE THE MENTAL GAME.  Understand what you can control and what you can’t.  You can’t control others.  You can’t control what the WOD will be.  You can control how you perform.  Don’t psych yourself out over this.
  3. BE IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL.  This is a 5 week competition in essence.  5 workouts you need to do your best on.  That being said, there will be one or two workouts that will play to your strengths.  Maximize these.  There will be one or two workouts that won’t.  Minimize the hurt potential on these.  Go into each WOD thinking you will crush it.
  4. WAIT TILL AFTER WEEK 5 TO CELEBRATE.  Have a beer after week 5, not week 1, 2, etc.  Don’t waste a day or two of training because you’re hungover or ate junk food.  Respect the process.
  5. SLOW AND STEADY WILL WIN THE RACE.  Don’t be so hyped up with the hype that you go all out in the first 2 minutes of the workout and then have nothing left.  Be conservative.  Your score will reflect your patience.
  6. HAVE FUN!  Most of you will do this on Friday Night during Friday Night Lights with the community that drew you to CrossFit in the first place and the reason you keep beating up your body day-in and day-out.  Enjoy the party.  The atmosphere.  The camaraderie.  The magic that happens once a year.

I keep telling myself to breathe and relax because I REALLY want to beat my ranking from last year.  I’m trying to sleep enough.  Eat enough.  And not do anything stupid.

Believe in yourself.  Because in the end that’s all that matters.

“Commit”

“Jen, you have to commit.  You’re not committed.”

I scowled.

What’s he mean “commit”?  I AM committed.

An hour later, I realized I wasn’t.Image result for commit crossfit

Practicing handstands in my house on a mat, I’ve been taking two steps and then always quitting.  I’d get in perfect position and then come down.  On purpose!

Because I wasn’t committed.

And because I was a bit scared of falling on my face (which as you know has enough bruises already)!

But mainly because I wasn’t committed.

My friend/coach, Alex, said this to me.  The instant he said it, I wanted to punch him in the face.  Because criticism and honest feedback hurt.  But we all need it.  Some more than others…

We all need people in our lives who will tell us the truth we so desperately need to hear.  Alex is one of those people in my life who does.  And I love him because of this…

CrossFit is My Escape…

We all have something.

A hobby.  A place.  A friend.  A spouse.  A job.  An activity.  A pet.

A place where we can forget about all the stupid shit that happens to us in this very broken world and just be.  The place to leave all of our worries behind.

For me, that place is CrossFit.Image result for horses in the distance

There’s something about arriving at the gym, turning up the volume on my favorite playlist, and working up a sweat.  There’s something about doing things others can’t.  There’s something about accomplishing small feats that lead to personal goals that is indescribable and vitally needed in my world.

Whatever this “something” is that my mind needs is addictive.  I can’t go long without it.  It clears my mind.  Enables me to be a better person to others.  Be a better mom.  A better wife.  A better friend.  Relieves stress and anxiety.  Worry and woes.  Enables me to live the life God wants me to live.  Otherwise, me as a person would be buried with all the evil in this world I’d just give up and not accomplish anything.  What good would that do anyone?

Every morning I wake up with the one goal in mind:  CrossFit.  It gets me out of bed (ok, truthfully the thought of coffee does but CrossFit is a close second!).  It gets me moving.  It gets me preparing.  It gets my chores done around the house so I can leave.  It stabilizes me.

When I return, I feel satiated.  Satisfied.  Ready to take on the crap the world will inevitably drop at my feet.

And when the ball drops, mentally I’m ready.  From an obnoxious customer at work, to my kids disobeying, to traffic, to the line at the grocery store or the bank, to the little things my family does that drive me nuts, to cleaning my house, laundry, dishes, and to all the other little things in this world I don’t want to do…

I AM READY.

All thanks to CrossFit.

How about you?

CrossFit and Women…What’s the Difference?

Utter frustration.

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Bar muscle ups. Ring muscle ups. Ring dips. Bench press. Rope climbs. Pull ups.

All upper body strength movements that guys make look easy.

For women, it’s a whole different story.

A lot of guys walk into a CrossFit box for the first time already having pull ups. Some even muscle ups.

Because they are genetically designed for upper body strength.

Not so women.

And the frustration can be palpable.

As a woman CrossFitter, you need to realize this and set your expectations accordingly. Sure, your CrossFit coach (who is most likely male and doesn’t understand how you feel) can do multiple bar muscle ups and not break a sweat. He’ll make it look easy and you scowl at him with a look of complete, total, and utter hatred.

You? You spend hours and can’t get one.

Why?

It’s nothing to do with you. It’s how God designed men and women. It will take a woman longer to build the strength to do pull ups, rope climbs, muscle ups, etc.

And it sucks.

But there’s nothing you can do about it.

It’s a fact.

So accept it. Work harder. And longer.

Guys don’t get this. They just don’t.

As a woman CrossFit coach, I try to give tips for women on these moves in order to build the strength needed to accomplish these moves.

For women, form will mean a lot more. Your kip will need to be efficient. Your work ethic will have to be stronger to make up for the differences in body types.

And you will need patience. And endurance. You will need to go through the progressions; whereas, men can skip some of the steps.

It will take longer. But it’s not impossible.

The rewards when accomplished?

More meaningful. More rewarding.

And I’ll say it even though right now the day to day frustrations don’t seem to feel that way:

Priceless…

Weekend Warrior

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Yesterday, I did another CrossFit competition. It was a partner comp with one male and one female. This one was local, held at Official Fitness in Windsor, CO.

Like most CrossFit competitions, this one had 3 workouts and a floater and a final if you made it. We finished in fourth place by just a hair.

My partner, Alex, and I make a great team.  Our strengths and weaknesses complement each other and it’s always fun to work out with someone who 1) pushes you and 2) wants to win as much as you do!  The great thing about partner workouts is you work harder so you don’t let the other one down!  I definitely did, and I know he did as well!

It was a great time. The day was bright and sunny. My kids were able to come and watch because it was so close to our house.  The other competitors were amazing athletes.  Official Fitness was a welcoming, warm box.  Hanging out with other athletes is always inspiring.

In addition, I added more bruises to yesterday’s.  It was a great warm-up to the Open (which is happening in 5 days and I’m not ready!!!).  And I was blessed to spend time with some of my favorites athletes from my own box, CrossFit Endure!  Thanks for cheering us on guys!