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The Importance of Grunt Work in Crossfit

Grunt work is where the magic happens. If you talk to professional athletes, they’ll tell you this. For this new year, I’m focusing on grunt work, and, to be honest, none of it is very fun.

I’ve been doing grunt work for squat snatches, deadlifts, chest to bar pulls up, deadlifts, and now ring muscle ups. Below are some of my videos I’ve made documenting this.

When you put in the work, you’ll be rewarded. Or, at least I hope so!

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The Trials of Aging & CrossFit

We all know that aging sucks.

I’ve never met someone who enjoys getting older every day.

When you CrossFit, aging will get everyone eventually.

Last weekend, I did a CrossFit Competition at CrossFit SOCO. It was tame compared to many CrossFit competitions I’ve done. But, I now have to recover two days, whereas when I was younger, I would have been good to work out again on Monday.

For me, it’s usually always something with CrossFit — either a tweak here or a strain there.

Already in 2022, I’ve been battling a right shoulder issue. I think it’s because I’ve been snatching more than usual.

Now, my leg hurts from that CrossFit competition.

It’s all incredibly frustrating.

The days I wake up and am 100% are few and far between.

For masters’ athletes, it’s about the rest, taming the volume, and being smart with your recovery.

I’ve being smart — only doing active recovery when I need it.

But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t suck.

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Those Rare Moments of Brilliance in Crossfit

If you’ve been doing CrossFit long enough, you know that most of the time it’s just a grind. Yet, there are those rare moments of brilliance where you shine and where you love it.

Today was one of those days. The WOD was:

EMOM 15 minutes of:

  • 5 Clusters 95 lbs
  • 10 pistols
  • 15 GHD sit ups

This workout I loved and was, in my opinion, brilliant. The clusters (a front squat with a push press from the ground every time, or a thruster from the ground every time) were surprisingly easy for me. The pistols I’m working on getting deeper in my squat, and I love GHD sit ups. This workout was fabulous for me. Here I am doing a bit of the pistols:

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My Thoughts On The Firing of Dave Castro

I was very sad to hear about Dave Castro being fired from CrossFit. Although he had his quirks, he made the CrossFit Open announcements interesting. Plus, there’s no doubt the man knew his CrossFit programming. Taking CrossFit from its beginnings to where it is today is no small feat.

If there’s one constant with humanity, it’s that things change. Still, that doesn’t mean we have to like it or even accept it. All it means is that we move on from here. CrossFit will go on. The question is: will it be better or worse? Only time shall tell.

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CrossFit Hero WOD Klepto

I recently did CrossFit Hero WOD Klepto. Named for U.S. Air Force Major David “Klepto” L. Brodeur, 34, of Auburn, Massachusetts, who died on April 27, 2011, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained from gunfire.

This CrossFit workout consists of:

4 Rounds for Time of:

  • 27 Box Jumps
  • 20 Burpees
  • 11 Squat Cleans (100 lbs for women)

This was a fun workout that was relatively short for a CrossFit Hero WOD (known to be grueling, long, and mentally taxing). Squat cleans take time, but the other moves are simple. Have fun with this one!

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CrossFit Expenses 2021

It’s a tradition of mine to post how much I spent on CrossFit for the year:

  • CrossFit gym memberships: $1440
  • CrossFit competitions: approximately $1000
  • Runs: approximately $300
  • New wallballs: approximately $150
  • 25-lb weights: approximately $60
  • Massages: approximately $1000
  • Chiropractor: $1750
  • Orange Theory membership: $695 (I’ve moved to a punch card)
  • CrossFit clothes: approximately $300
  • No Bull Shoes: $120

Total is: $6815. Self-care led the pack this year. When you are a masters CrossFit athlete, self-care is crucial in order to avoid injury and keep moving.

This may seem like a lot (it does so to me), but it’s truly the only thing that keeps me sane. Some people see a psyhologist; I just beat the crap out of my body. Does the same thing probably for about the same cost.

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CrossFit Goals 2022

Every year, I set CrossFit goals I hope to achieve.

For 2022, these are it:

  • Ring muscle ups
  • Butterfly chest-to-bar pull ups
  • String together more toes to bar
  • String together more butterfly pull ups
  • Improve my squat snatch
  • Improve my handstand walks

For the past two years or so, I have not cared much about progressing in CrossFit. I was injured a good part of that time (last year, it was my back), so my only goal was to keep moving. This coming year, I feel good and hope to stay that way, so I think I can at least make progress with these goals.

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When All You Can Do is Row

I woke up today extremely sore. I had done a CrossFit Hero Workout, Lorenzo, the day before and did a HIIT workout at Orange Theory. I had no mental capacity to do anything.

Still, I got dressed like I did. I put on all my gear and headed to the garage.

I grabbed my barbell. I did one power snatch with an empty bar. Then I abruptly put the barbell back.

I hit my TruForm runner. Even that didnt’ feel good.

So, I ended up on my rower. It was the only thing that actually felt decent and that I had the mental capacity to do. So, I rowed for a bit. Did some farmer’s carry just to get up off the rower. And then I rowed some more.

There are days in CrossFit when all you can do is row.

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Overcoming “I Can’t Do This” in CrossFit

There is no doubt that CrossFit becomes more mental than physical as you progress in the sport.

For example, I recently did CrossFit Hero WOD Sisson. When I read it, I thought, “I can’t do a weighted rope climb.” I almost didn’t do the CrossFit workout because of it. However, I convinced myself to just try it, and surprisingly, it was easier than I had originally thought. AND it was fun! So think about what I would have missed if I had listened to the “I can’t.”

CrossFit Crossing Over Into Life

This is life, too. As the new year approaches, I am trying to decide what I want to do with the next 20 years (I know, lofty). I have all of these skills:

  • SEO and content marketing
  • Video editing
  • Drone photography
  • CrossFit (yes, that’s a skill that I am counting at least!)

So how do I combine these into something that I love doing and can grow into a business?

I have all of these blogs/websites/YouTube Channel:

If you have any ideas, let me know!

For now, I’m going to go and lift heavy in my garage and see what God reveals to me.

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4 Tips to Overcome CrossFit Burnout

When you first start CrossFit, you are 100% committed. You show up to class even when you are sore or when you ripped the previous day. You go no matter how tired you are or how many bruises you have.

However, after a few years (I’ve found about three), you begin go experience CrossFit burnout. So what can you do? Keep reading below for four tips to overcome CrossFit burnout, and contact me for SEO CrossFit services today!

WHAT IS CROSSFIT BURNOUT?

Burnout of any sort is when you are exhausted, both physically and mentally from an activity. It’s usually a reaction to prolonged stress. You feel tired, you are cynical, and you lack motivation. With regards to CrossFit, you get to the point where you don’t want to go, and if you do, you half-ass the workout and then feel guilty for doing so.

4 TIPS TO OVERCOME CROSSFIT BURNOUT

Scale It Back

Scale it back means you take a week and choose CrossFit workouts that are easy and have your favorite movements. This keeps you moving rather than sitting for an entire week. This can mean you focus on running or rowing — primarily cardio exercises perhaps. Or, you put down the barbell for a week and do bodyweight movements only.

Take Deliberate Rest

For hardcore CrossFitters, taking days off can be challenging. After all, every WOD sounds good. However, you should schedule in rest days and stick to them. While active recovery is good, you should still schedule in at least one day where you don’t do any sort of exercise besides your daily life.

Realize It’s a Mental Game

When you’ve been doing CrossFit for over three years, it becomes a mental game. You most likely can do all of the movements, but there are days when you probably don’t want to. Here, realizing that it’s all mental can be helpful. On these days, you just go to the gym and zone out. You do what you can do, and forget about the rest.

Try Programming for Yourself

The beauty of programming CrossFit for yourself is that if you wake up one day and you don’t want to do wall balls or snatch, you don’t have to. Here, you have the ultimate control. You can truly listen to what your body (and your mind) is telling you and choose the movements you feel like doing. This is not the same as cherry picking CrossFit workouts. You still do the moves you loath, but you do them when you have the mental fortitude to do so.

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