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CrossFit Girl Workout Elizabeth

I have been struggling with CrossFit lately. Not necessarily CrossFit though; it’s more with my weight and my abilities.

Injuries have taken their toll, and after I hurt my back last fall, it’s been a rough road back. Throw in competing in CrossFit competitions against gals 20 years younger than me, and you get the point.

Today, Bergeron’s CompTrain had Elizabeth, a girl CrossFit workout that’s been around since the beginning, programmed. I looked at SugarWOD, the app I’ve had since the very beginning that tracks all of my CrossFit wods I want to remember. The last time I did it was two years ago with a time of over 22 minutes, so I thought, “I can beat that. My ring dips are much better now.”

Elizabeth is:

21-15-9 of

  • Squat Cleans 95 for women
  • Ring Dips

So I begin. My time: 13:43. I smashed my old record by almost 9 minutes! I haven’t had a PR this big in at least a year. I was super excited and quite surprised. It’s these rare moments like these that keep me getting up at 2:30 in the morning, working out alone in my garage, doing strength workouts I don’t particularly enjoy, and keeping moving even though I don’t want to.

After six years of CrossFit, it’s all mental. All of it. Sure, there are weights you can’t lift and perhaps movements you can’t do, but those are the extremes. The daily grind is what makes the difference. So keep grinding away even when every moment sucks and you’re sore and would rather sleep and the like.

It’s only you you are against. So defeat yourself every time.

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CrossFit Competition: 1st Annual Battle Royale

I’ve done quite a few competitions at Castle Rock Fitness. These guys run great competitions, on-time, and they are super friendly.

My daughter and I competed as a team, and I’m proud to say we did not come in last. We beat a few teams actually. A masters and a teen athlete against 20 year olds are to be expected to be near the bottom.

The WODs this time around were not the best. One WOD the other partner had to be able to do all of the moves and my daughter couldn’t do one so we had to stand around for five minutes. Another WOD had wall walks (possibly the dumbest CrossFit move ever). A floater was a 1600 meter row. I can do that one at home. The best was the complex (deadlift, hang clean, and a front squat). I PR’ed my hang squat clean at 140 pounds.

It was fun. Will do again. However, when we signed in, they had run out of our size of t-shirts so we both received the wrong size shirts that we now cannot wear. Given that we had signed up well before the deadline, this was disappointing to say the least.

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CrossFit 12 Days of Christmas WOD

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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A Thanksgiving Tradition I Couldn’t Let Die

For the last five years, I’ve done CrossFit Hero Workout Murph, in honor of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, on or near Thanksgiving. This year, I seriously considered not doing it. No CrossFit gyms that I knew of was doing it because of COVID. And I’m trying to take it easy on CrossFit so I can heal and come back better.

However, I had to. My first CrossFit workout ever was a half-Murph, and I still remember how it beat me up. It has special meaning to me.

So I suited up. I put on my vest, warmed up my garage, and got ready to go. Admittedly, I didn’t PR (I wasn’t really trying to). My run sucked, which it has ever since that heavy 10k I inadvertently did. The pull ups were a lot harder than I thought they’d be (it took me three days for my arms to recover). But I felt really good afterwards.

I couldn’t let this Thanksgiving tradition die when it seems like so many other traditions are dying around me. God bless Lieutenant Murphy, his family, and all of the service men and women who fight for our freedoms that we cannot let erode away.

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CrossFit Murph

One of my all-time favorite CrossFit workouts is Murph. Murph is a Hero CrossFit WOD, named after Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy who gave his life fighting for our freedoms in Afghanistan in 2005. One of the best things about CrossFit is these Hero Workouts. I’m still working through them, but to honor the fallen, and I can’t think of a better thing.

It’s tradition to perform Murph on Memorial Day at CrossFit boxes around the country, and it’s always fun. This year, I did it at 5 am, and although I did not PR, I did well. My daughter completed her first full Murph this year, so it was great.

The CrossFit Murph Workout consists of:

  • 1 mile run
  • 100 pull ups
  • 200 push ups
  • 300 air squats
  • 1 mile run

It’s a killer workout that requires mental fortitude and desire to finish. For me, it’s much more than that. It’s about celebrating life, our freedoms, and those who have fought and died for them. It’s about remembering how hard life can be, but rejoicing in its blessings as well. It’s about preparing mentally for the worst, and appreciating the best. It’s about community, which is not as it once was this year, but will be happening soon enough.

If you get a chance, do this workout.  You won’t regret it.

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You’re Stronger Than You Think

If you remember about a year ago, I hurt my thumb somehow (turns out, it was just inflamed, but that’s beside the point). I quit doing snatches because of it.

For the last two weeks, snatches have been in my programming — a lot of them. So I’ve been forcing myself to do them, and I’ve been getting my ass kicked because of it.

But I realized something while hating every moment of those workouts — I’m stronger than I think.

Yesterday, I squat snatched 75 pounds for 55 reps. I honestly didn’t struggle at all. The Rx weight was 85, and I thought 75 I’d have to strip weight.

Next time, I’ll go for 80. Because I’m stronger than I think I am…

And so are you…

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My Goal: Beat Myself Up During Coronavirus Outbreak

I’ve just decided if I can’t do anything, go anywhere, or engage in normal, human social behavior, I might as well beat myself up with CrossFit. After all, I don’t have anything to go do that I should avoid soreness for.

Thus, every day, I get up trying to beat the shit out of myself. Thrusters, wall balls, lunges, long runs, bike rides, and dumbbells galore.

Why not?

What else do I have to do?

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CrossFit and Knowing More Than the Coach

When I got my CrossFit Level One certification (L1) almost five years ago, I had two motivations:

  1.  Increase my job prospects
  2.  I inherently don’t trust people. I didn’t want to hurt myself because of bad coaching.

When I started CrossFit, I was obsessed with doing all of the movements correctly. I would Google every movement and watch tons of videos when they were programmed. I did this for a solid two years, and I still do this when something shows up I want to learn more about.

So today, devil’s press was programmed for CrossFit. Devil’s press is a push up with a dumbbell and then you raise the dumbbell overhead. You can either snatch the dumbbell in one movement or you can clean and jerk the dumbbell, which is two movements. As long as it ends up overhead.

Enter my coach.

He’s been coaching maybe six months. Unsure how long he’s been doing CrossFit. I don’t say anything to coaches; I let them coach. Except when they state a falsehood. Then I have to speak up.

Today, my coach tried to tell everyone that a clean and jerk for a devil’s press was not allowed. When I told him it was, I was questioned, but more than that — I was told I was wrong and rudely told “No, you can’t” and “I’ve never seen it done that way before.” Throw in a rude tone, and the CrossFit coach was trying to make me seem like I had no clue what I was talking about. Plus, he kept insisting you couldn’t clean and jerk it.

When I told him I had done devil’s press in a CrossFit competition as a clean and jerk, I still got told I was wrong.

I was angry. I left mad. I didn’t appreciate being told I was an idiot.

Finally, the owner had to step in and tell the CrossFit coach essentially I was right. I still didn’t get an apology.

ADVICE FOR NEW CROSSFIT COACHES

Don’t Come to Class Unprepared

Know your CrossFit programming. If a movement is programmed in CrossFit you don’t know, Google it and its variations. It doesn’t take that long.

Be Nice When Questioned

Many CrossFitters think they know moves. Some are right; some are wrong. You can be nice about it either way.

It’s Not About You

“I would do it this way.”

Honestly, no one particularly cares how you’d do it. CrossFitters can do it however they want — as long as you are safe, of course.

It’s Not Your CrossFit Workout

I usually alter the CrossFit WODs no matter what. I either go heavier, or I change the moves. This is because I have my own CrossFit programming and training, and I know what I need to work on. Some CrossFit coaches take this personally. It’s nothing against you. Again, everyone is at their own place in their CrossFit journey. Honor that, and don’t berate it.

Keep in Mind the Point of CrossFit

The point of CrossFit is to be better at functional movement in the real world, to get a good workout, to feel better about yourself. Meet people where they are at. Everyone is at their own prescribed weight. Everyone can do the movement however they want. It’s their workout; not yours.

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CrossFit Ups Are Always Followed by Downs

At the beginning of the year, I felt healthy and ready to go hard at CrossFit. My injuries had all been healed, and I was well rested.

Enter January.

My dog had to go the emergency vet. The next week my grandmother died. Then I fell down the stairs and bruised up my entire left forearm.

Enter February

Then, this week, I hit myself in the foot with a dumbbell, I fell on the ice, and I dropped a 15-pound plate on my other foot.

I’ve about had it and am wondering what the hell God is trying to tell me here.

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When CrossFit Becomes Fun…

If you remember, my last CrossFit competition I came in first place.

Now that was fun.

Today, I did a REALLY fun CrossFit Wod that is called “The Chief.” The Chief is 3 power cleans at 95 lbs, 6 push ups, and 9 air squats. We did five, three-minute AMRAPs with a minute rest in-between. It was totally fun, and I got 24 rounds in.

It’s taken me almost four years to get to this point. And when I’m healthy (like now), I’m enjoying it like never before!