CrossFit: Weightlifting Makes You Intimidating

CrossFit Clean and Jerk
CrossFit Clean and Jerk

I’ve been called intimidating too many times lately to not write about it.

Last week, I was told I was intimidating because I’m very self confident.

I think it’s a combination of my physique and my self-confidence.

However, I do believe the better you feel about yourself and how you look, the more self-confident you become.

What do you all think?

CrossFit: The Pros and Cons of Working Out by Yourself

CrossFit: The Pros and Cons of Working Out by Yourself

Since I now work full time, I’ve been working out a lot by myself. There are pros and cons to this.

CrossFit Assault Bike

 

Pros to Working out Alone:

  • Can workout on my schedule
  • Don’t have to wait on others
  • Under no pressure to finish within a certain time
  • Can do my moves however I want (e.g. strict versus kipping)
  • Do my own programming
  • Substitute moves or entire workouts to accommodate injury
  • Focus on what I need to focus on
  • Play my music (Hey! It’s the little things!)

Cons to Working Out Alone:

  • No push from others to go your hardest
  • Can be boring at times
  • At times it’s harder to get the motivation to even workout
  • Workout is not quite so mindless
  • Loss of community

Feel free to add your comments and/or thoughts about working out alone!

CrossFit: When a CrossFit Recovery Workout Turns Into a Workout

I wanted to do a run after my regular workout, and I was thinking an 800 m run would

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CrossFit Assault Bike

suffice.

Well, there’s a workout I have been wanting to do all week that is 2 rounds of a 400 m run and 21 thrusters (a front squat into a push press) at 65 lbs.

Why not do this one, I thought.

Not the best idea. Even though I love thrusters, after DT yesterday (a CrossFit Hero workout that involves deadlifts, hang power cleans, and push jerks at heavy weights), it wasn’t the best idea. Luckily, it was a short workout.

3 Lessons Learned from Recovery Workouts

  1. Make sure your recovery workout is just that: a recovery
  2. Listen to your body: don’t overdo it
  3. Make it light, easy, and fun

The best part about working out is how you feel afterwards. Enjoy the work, but then celebrate the accomplishment!

CrossFit: Bar Muscle-Ups and Heavy Clean and Jerks

Another needed workout. Heavy clean and jerks, which I have little confidence in and bar muscle ups.

My bar muscle up form sucks, and I’ve been struggling with them. I struggled today. But once I got over the hump so to speak, I got them again.

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CrossFit Chest to bar Pull Ups

For me, nothing is really easy in CrossFit except body weight exercises and the long game. Everything else is a push to the end.

Overcoming Mental Barriers

In CrossFit, so much of this sport is overcoming mental barriers. You see a workout and you think, “I can’t do that.” And then you do and you wonder what why you thought you couldn’t.

Our bodies will do whatever we tell them to do–if we tell them to do it enough. This is the essence of building strength. With enough practice and repetition, human bodies can do anything–almost anything. We can’t jump to the moon!

How do You Overcome Mental Barriers?

There is no easy way to overcome mental barriers except to push them. Until you do them or push to the edge, your mind will tell you that you can’t do it.

For instance, heavy clean and jerks. I suck at them. They are hard for me. But I keep doing them. They don’t really get any easier. But in my mind I know I can do them; whereas, before I would doubt myself.

Ring muscle ups. I still don’t have them. I took a break from trying to do one because I strained my right arm. It’s finally better, so now it’s time again to take them on again.

No part of me wants to, I’ll be honest. It’s not going to be easy.

But when I finally get one, that moment will be magic.

CrossFit: When the Workout is Perfect

Has this ever happened to you? You show up to do your WOD/workout and it was exactly what your body needed that day?

This happens to me occasionally and today’s workout was exactly what I needed after my CrossFit competition on Saturday.

I warmed up with cardio: an EMOM (every minute on the minute) of row, burpees, and double unders–perfect to get the body warmed and work all your muscles.

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Rowing in CrossFit Competition

 

The workout was 5 rounds for time of:

  • 15 cal row
  • 10 bar-facing burpees
  • 5 power cleans, climbing in weight each round

I had so much fun doing this I did an extra round! It was one of those workouts you never want to stop. You just want to keep going and going and going…like the Energizer bunny.

I polished it off with some strength work and felt amazing even though my arms are still incredibly sore from Saturday’s CrossFit competition.

Recovery Tips for CrossFit Competitions

  • Hydration. You used a ton of energy in one day and you need to replenish. Drink water till your heart’s content.
  • Active Recovery. Take one day off and then get moving! Get your muscles working to get rid of the lactic acid build up and start feeling better sooner.
  • If you’re sore in some areas, work the others. Give your body time to rest, but that doesn’t mean don’t do anything. Work your legs if your arms are sore and vice versa.
  • Don’t kill yourself in the next few days, trying to beat the best guy in your box. The last thing you want is a strain or injury.
  • Listen to your body. Do what it’s telling you: rest, recover, light exercise, massage, etc.

Every CrossFit competition is different. After some CrossFit competitions, I’m fine and not sore at all. After other CrossFit competitions, I’m wrecked and need more recovery time.

Find a workout that’s right for you where you’re at right now. You’ll feel so much better afterwards and be on the road to recovery. Happy Competing!

CrossFit Competitions : Granite Games Throwdown

My home box, CrossFit Endure, hosted the Granite Games Throwdown today.

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Third Place Granite Games Throwdown at CrossFit Endure

It was an awesome day, great weather, full of fun and friends and challenging workouts, laughter, and camaraderie.
The gals and I finished third place, and I couldn’t be more proud of them. Both are some strong ladies who know how to bring it! Thanks, Michelle and Candice, for making great memories!

CrossFit: Recommit–That’s All I Can Do

Life is not a sprint–it’s a marathon.

Running a marathon is not easy. It’s long. It’s hard. There are obstacles along the way.

I’ve been struggling lately with my diet/bloating issues and CrossFit. All of it has been blah.

Each day I fail in the little things–dietary commitments, pushing myself, and overall just getting things done.

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Running a 5k

As I was running this morning in the perfect silence of 3

am,

I was going over in my mind yesterday and what I needed to do today and the next day and the next to get where I need to go.

The word recommit kept playing over and over in my mind.

In the end, that’s all I really can do. The past is past. The future is what I make it. So I need to recommit to my goals–all of them–and move forward.  Just like you do in a marathon.