I’m in a rut again with CrossFit. I’ve been doing a lot of grunt work, and it’s definitely taken its toll mentally. I’ve also been struggling with programming. I follow many gyms, and lately, none of their workouts have been appealing to me — which means I program my own. Again, this is taxing. I did CrossFit benchmark workout Elizabeth on a whim yesterday because it was programmed.
- Squat Cleans 95 lbs for women
- Ring Dips
And I beat my time by over 2 minutes! This was a shock to say the least, especially considering my garage was a balmy 40 degrees. I last did this workout 6 months ago, so I didn’t think I’d PR it. I can definitely say my ring dips are much better, and I pushed the squat cleans I think more. Still, it was a shock. But, when you have been doing something for so long and you’re struggling, any small victory is a win.
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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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One of my favorite CrossFit workouts is the 12 Days of Christmas WOD. The beauty of this WOD is that you can use any 12 movements of CrossFit and mix and match to create a workout that will beat you up.
It’s performed like the song. You start with one move, such as a deadlift. Then you go on to two reps of a move, such as a hang power clean, and then you repeat the one movement, the deadlift. Then, you progress to three reps of another movement, say a push jerk. Then you repeat the two hang power cleans and the one deadlift. You do this until you get to 12, which would then be your final round.
By round seven and eight, you are dying, that’s for sure, especially if there are a lot of heavy barbell movements.
For me, I enjoy workouts that beat the crap out of me and that are long. Those are my favorite.
I did this workout by myself in the garage and then I dropped in at CrossFit Cheyenne to do theirs. It was a great time, and I wish we’d do this more often than once a year!
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There are a lot of days when I’m dragging myself to the gym. I look at the CrossFit workout, and I have no desire to go. I look at the movements, think how sore I am, and want to say, “Fuck it.”
But, instead, I either do it myself, or drag myself to the CrossFit gym. Most of the time, the CrossFit workout turns out to be really good, or I’m glad I did it.
HANG UPS ON WORKING OUT
Most people don’t work out because of this. They think how horrible it will be and what a crappy time it will be, so they stay at home, in bed, after work, and never work out — much to the detriment of their health. When truly all it takes is a shift in attitude.
Doing stuff that you hate doing that is good for you is a necessity in this world. So just do it, as Nike says!