CrossFit: A Pivot in Strategy

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Snatches in Crossfit

This week I posted on how frustrated I was with working out and then being too sore or too tired to do anything else. Well, I’ve decided it’s time to pivot my strategy after reading this article.

TAKING REST DAYS IN CROSSFIT

At the beginning of the year, I thought I needed to workout more, to push my body more in order to see the results I want to see. Well, for five months now, it hasn’t been working. I’m stronger mentally (which is important), but it’s not my primary goal.

Hence, I’ve decided to cut my workouts and take more rest days and try that for 5 months and see where that gets me. So I’m quitting HIIT workouts because, although I love them, I’m always physically exhausted afterwards, which is not why you workout.

You work out to have more energy to do the things you want to do, not the opposite.

And I’m adding in a rest day in my CrossFit routine in the middle of the week. For the last couple of months, it’s been challenging to do the whole week so I’m hoping to improve on this as well. I’m hoping to give my body and my brain the rest it needs.

CrossFit: Don’t Let the Clock Rule

In our last blog post, we talked about ignoring time caps so you can get to the part of the workout you want — the heavier weight part.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss how and why you should not let the clock rule.

BEATING THE CLOCK IN CROSSFIT

Many people get caught up on time in CrossFit. Many CrossFit gyms do as well. You’re always pushing yourself to “beat the clock.” But why?

One reason is because you’ll work harder and get more interval type training when you race the clock down. And there is a time and place of this. However, there also is a time when you ignore the clock and do your own thing.

When you’re not worried about the clock, you go at your own pace. You do the work how you want to do the work. You don’t care how long it takes as long as it gets done. You take short breaks when you need to. You go until you finish.

For me, this is how I work out most of the time. I go at my own pace. I break when I need to break. I don’t stop because it’s been 20 minutes. I go until my body says it’s time to quit. I don’t care what the clock says.

If I want to push myself, I’ll attend a CrossFit class. But mainly I push myself in CrossFit competitions or the CrossFit Open. That’s about it.

I think more people would try CrossFit and do CrossFit if they didn’t have some kind of standard to live up to, say doing 5 rounds in 10 minutes.

Try working out without worrying about the clock. See if you’re more motivated.

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

CrossFit Open Workout 19.3 Handstand walks hot crossfit chicks in Colorado
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.

When a CrossFit Hero Workout Hits the Spot

I was on vacation this weekend and CrossFit Open workout 19.2 wasn’t really a workout when I didn’t make it past the first round, so I was itching for something long and hard. Enter Andy, a CrossFit Hero workout, named for U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Andrew T. Weathers who died Sept. 30, 2014.

Weathers was wounded Sept. 28 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when he heroically ran to a rooftop through hundreds of incoming rounds to repel an attack of insurgents who were attempting to overrun his position. His actions saved the lives of five U.S. Green Berets and nine Afghan Commandos at his location. Weathers was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

 

His CrossFit Hero workout is:

  • 25 thrusters
  • 50 box jumps
  • 75 deadlifts
  • 1.5 mile run
  • 75 deadlifts
  • 50 box jumps
  • 25 thrusters

80 pounds on the bar for women and wearing a weight vest (14 lb for women).

I did really well at this workout. I came in way under the 1 hour I thought it would take me, and it was fun. It was just what I needed on this negative degree morning in Colorado. It gave me motivation and encouragement because when I woke up I didn’t want to do it. Long workouts are one of my strengths, and I sweated and this CrossFit Hero WOD was hard. and it was awesome.

I love CrossFit.

CrossFit: Knowing When to Take a Mental Break from CrossFit

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CrossFit Clean and Jerk

The more I do CrossFit, the more I realize the mental game is much more important than the physical game. Sure, you have to be in shape, but being in shape is an equalizer — the mental game is what will set you apart from others and allow you to win CrossFit competitions and just win your daily CrossFit WODs.

I woke up on Thursday with a plan to do CrossFit workouts that were simple but involved a barbell and burpees. No part of me wanted to do any of it. I was sore and just not feeling it. So, I didn’t. I just rowed and ran, a modified CrossFit Hero WOD Jerry, if you will. And I felt really good afterwards.

This was both a mental and a physical break. I could have done by planned CrossFit workout, but it would have sucked because my head wasn’t in the game. So why bother?

The Main Advantage to Doing Your Own CrossFit Programming

  • You can adjust your CrossFit programming to suit your needs. I adjust my CrossFit programming on a daily basis it seems. I get up and assess where I’m at. Towards the end of the week, I’m spent, and my CrossFit workouts often change. I believe this is the best part of doing your own CrossFit programming and of working out by yourself. Instead of constantly pushing and tweaking your body and pushing your mental game, you can take breaks. Breaks become especially important as you get older.

If you attend a CrossFit box, know when to take mental breaks from CrossFit. It’s okay to do a different workout than everyone else. It’s okay to let your mind rest, so you can attack the next workout. Doing your CrossFit workouts constantly half-heartedly is not going to benefit you in the long run. Breaks allow you to come back stronger and attack CrossFit workouts when you need to.

Crossfit Open Workout 19.2

Workout 19.2 features squat cleans ... a lot of them. Photo: CrossFit GamesCrossFit Open Workout 19.2 was a repeat of CrossFit Open Workout 16.2. It is:

  • 25 toes to bar
  • 50 double unders
  • 15 squat cleans (85 lbs)
  • 25 toes to bar
  • 50 double unders
  • 13 squat cleans (115)

If you finish in under 8 minutes, you get 4 more minutes to do another round with heavier squat clean weight.

I didn’t finish this round, but I was happy with it. I almost did.

After 2 weeks of CrossFit Open workouts for 2019, I’m just not into it. Without Regionals to measure yourself against, you’re against everyone, and being in the thousands tells me nothing of my fitness level. The CrossFit Open used to be a way to measure your improvement over a year. Now, the only way you know if you’ve improved is in your head. Can you do a muscle up this year that you couldn’t last year? Can you string more double unders together? Can you lift heavier weight?

The CrossFit Open to me is not what it used to be. And that saddens me.