CrossFit Open Workout 19.5 Ends the CrossFit Open — And I Couldn’t Be Happier

I like the CrossFit Open, but let’s face it, five weeks of workouts meant to test your skills and where each workout is a competition (with yourself if no one else) is challenging. It disrupts training, alters your routine, and keeps you stressed out on Thursday night until you finish the workout.

CrossFit Open Workout 19.5 was as predicted:

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CrossFit Open Workout 19.5 Chest to bar pull ups

33-27-21-15-9 of:

  • Thrusters 65 lbs
  • Chest to bar pull ups

Because this was the Open, I kipped the chest to bar pull ups because it’s faster for me and because my strict chest to bar pull ups go relatively quickly. This was a mistake since I ended up tearing in 4 places, making the workout miserable for me. I had to stop and grab hand guards and it was overall dumb after that.

I haven’t torn in a year because I don’t normally kip anything for that very reason. Needless to say, I’m not exactly thrilled about the upcoming week, having to limit my workouts until my hands heal. Plus, I’m already dealing with a calf strain, so this week overall will suck.

I’m glad the CrossFit Open is over, so things can return to normal — as normal as a CrossFit life can get.

CrossFit: Being Pissed Off at My Body

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Handstand Walks CrossFit

I’m injured.

Again.

This time it’s a calf strain. I rested one week but then ran three miles on Saturday, and it’s back. It’s annoying as hell.

Now, I’m going to have to wait two weeks probably. No running or jumping.

This just sucks. I’m pissed off at my body, my age, my inability to bounce back from these things. Yet, there’s nothing I can do but wait.

As much as it sucks.

CrossFit Open Workout 19.4

CrossFit Open Workout 19.4 is in the books. It is:

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CrossFit Open 19.4 Bar Muscle Ups

3 Rounds of:

  • 10 snatches 65 lbs
  • 12 bar-facing burpees

Rest 3 min

Then:

3 rounds of:

  • 10 bar muscles ups
  • 12 bar-facing burpees

I only got 4 bar muscle ups. I used to be much better than that. That’s because since last summer all I’ve been doing is practicing ring muscle ups, not bar. And my bar muscle-up form sucks. So until I fix that, it’ll always be crappy.

I was satisfied. Could have been better. But glad it’s over.

The Benefits of a Home Gym

We have been snowed in the last two days.

The roads are icy. The winds are gusting upwards of 50 mph. Visibility is low. It’s cold.

Luckily, I don’t have to worry about the gym closing or making it to class because I have a home gym.

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Working Out at Home

THE BENEFITS OF A HOME GYM

  • Weather doesn’t matter. When you have a home gym, you don’t have to be anywhere or worry about being late to class. You show up to work out when you’re read.
  • You save time. All that time driving to the gym, packing your bag and drinks for the gym, showering at the gym, and waiting around for others is eliminated.
  • Flexibility. You work out when you can. If you have soccer practice or have to spend the day in the city, it doesn’t matter. You can exercise as early as you need to or as late as you need to.
  • Customized equipment. You pick the equipment you need, want, and will use. No more rooms full of useless equipment you’ll never use.
  • Money. It’s an initial investment up front, but it’s guaranteed to be cheaper than your expensive gym membership that is paying for amenities you don’t use.
  • Distractions. There is  no one to watch at your home gym. Most likely, you’re working out alone — and that takes mental fortitude you won’t build anywhere else.
  • Cleanliness. Gyms are full of germs. At home, it’s just your own germs you have to worry about.
  • Equipment will last forever. With only you and your family using the rowers, the bikes, and the weight plates, you’re gym equipment will last a lifetime compared to the beating gym equipment takes at regular gyms.
  • It’s fun. Creating your own workouts, working out whenever you want, and accommodating for what your body is telling you (such as rest days and injuries) is freeing and fun.

You’ll be able to workout much more effectively and achieve the results you want, not the results the programmer wants. A home gym is a lifeline when your life is busy and full of stress. It’s an investment in health, wellness, and overall well being. It’s a small price to pay. Start your home gym today!

The Soreness Never Goes Away with CrossFit

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CrossFit Ring Muscle Ups

This morning I woke up. I’m pretty sure I have a calf strain as my right calf is tight. And my shoulders are sore.

I gave up long ago trying to decipher what it’s from. It doesn’t matter; I’m going to do the same movements again no matter what.

After three years of doing CrossFit, you get used to the constant soreness CrossFit causes. You expect to wake up and feel some part of your body sore, tight, or overall off. You deal with it (after all, it’s your fault you’re sore). You complain and moan, which doesn’t really help. You hobble around sometimes. Picking up items on the floor becomes painful. All you want to do is sit and rest.

However, there are days (like today) where I get tired of the soreness from CrossFit. I just would like to wake up and not be sore. Just every once in a while. To be honest, I can’t remember my life when I wasn’t like this. I can’t remember how I felt every morning before I started CrossFit training. I have no idea what people feel like who don’t choose to beat themself up constantly feel like.

Soreness from CrossFit is a lifestyle that sometimes I don’t want. I would like to wake up one day and experience what it feels like. That would be something.

CrossFit Open Workout 19.3

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CrossFit Open Workout 19.3

CrossFit Open Workout 19.3 is:

  • 200 ft one arm, overhead dumbbell walking lunges
  • 50 dumbbell box step-ups
  • 50 strict HSPU
  • 200 ft handstand walk

Time cap is 10 min. 35 lb dumbbell for women, 50 lb dumbbell for men

This would have been my workout if I would have had strict HSPU. I was hoping to get at least one, which I didn’t. It would have been my first. Am I disappointed? No. Why?

I was telling my daughter who does CrossFit that unless you’re a professional CrossFit athlete, you don’t have time to work on every skill. For me, I have chosen ring muscle ups and handstand walks, which I’ve been trying to get for the past year. I am not doing anything to allow me to get a strict HSPU, and I don’t really care about them — not until I get these other two skills down. Plus, as a woman, it will take a lot of work to get them, just like it is taking hours on the my ring muscle ups, and I just don’t care about them to invest that time. How many times do they show up in a CrossFit WOD? Once. Here. In CrossFit Open workout 19.3. So, yeah, I’m good.

Although it was a short workout, I’m sore — my shoulders especially. Always something with CrossFit.

Update on HIIT Classes

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Crossfit running

Two months ago, I started doing HIIT (high intensity interval training) classes to try to improve my fitness and actually push myself, because one of the pitfalls of working out by yourself is not pushing yourself. Every time, I get my butt kicked in HIIT class. But overall I hadn’t noticed any significant change.

Until this week.

This week I went jogging like I normally do. When I jog, I do just that — jog. I don’t push myself. I just run up and down the street to get my heart rate up and get a little cardio in. Well, when I took a look at my heartrate report, I noticed something — I hadn’t hit peak heart rate the entire time I was jogging — I was in cardio the entire time. That’s when I knew; I knew HIIT classes were working.

Needless to say, I’m super excited. Not excited that I’ll have to push myself on my jogs now, but excited I’m improving. I’m itching for 5k season to come around, so I can really test HIIT classes and see if my 5k time has improved and I start winning more 5ks. Because, despite working out by myself, it is all about winning — no matter what I’m doing.