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CrossFit Poems: I Am Not Afraid

I’m not afraid to live

I’d rather feel than not feel at all

I am strong enough to handle

Whatever turns the wheel.

I’d rather live

Than not feel

I’d rather be hurt

Than give in and kneel.

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CrossFit Poems: Forlorn

When you want to reach out, but you don’t know how

When you know you should pull back, but you ignore that anyhow

When life throws you curves, you go straight

When you throw reckless to the wind, you find the perfect mate

When you’re so fucked up, you wonder how you’re alive

Only one thing pulses the heart — and he’s suicide.

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Crossfit: I Am Back…

I’ve taken an unintended break, mainly because I was so angry about my body.

Not necessarily how it looks (although I’m not happy with it).

More I’m angry at having been injured all year long. So I couldn’t stand to write about CrossFit because I was so angry.

The 2020 CrossFit Open came and went. I actually did quite well, considering I was injured. To be truthful, I hated every moment of every workout.

However, I couldn’t take it anymore, so I finally went back to my doctor, who gave me the all clear again to begin working out.

CrossFit Goals

So, I’m back.

A heavy weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and I’m ready to begin again. Next week, I’ll start a new program to reach my CrossFit goals for the year:

  1. Ring muscle up in the next six months
  2. Bar muscle ups fixed in the six months after that
  3. Get stronger in back squat
  4. Get stronger in deadlift
  5. Perfect handstand walks

These are my main CrossFit goals. I have others, but these are first. In essence, I don’t want another CrossFit Open to roll my way without having these skills in my wheelhouse.

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.

Fitness: My Goal is to NOT Get 10,000 Steps — And Here’s Why

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Masters CrossFit Competition at CrossFit Decimate

I’m beat up.

Literally.

I did a CrossFit Competition on Saturday. It was fun, don’t get me wrong. However, in my opinion, the CrossFit workouts were not balanced, and I’m paying the price for it this entire week.

I have a tweak in my hamstring (did you know there’s such a thing as hamstring tendonitis?). My shoulder hurts. I’ve been walking weird the last two days.  Trying to do workouts have been mentally challenging more than anything. And even the rower is challenging.

Today, I have no desire to workout. I have no desire to walk anywhere, lift anything heavier than my phone, or do anything whatsoever to raise my heart rate. When I take rest days (which are rare), I mean to rest.

So here’s to you, Fitbit — stay under 10,000 steps!