You’re probably wondering: what does the CrossFit Hero WOD Murph have to do with the coronavirus?
Lieutenant Michael Murphy died for our freedom in Afghanistan, and he has a CrossFit Hero workout named after him, which is something CrossFit does to honor our men and women who have given their lives for our freedom. He also has the honor of being the only CrossFit workout that every CrossFit gym in the United States does regularly every Memorial Day.
That’s besides the point. I did Murph today. It was exactly what I needed mentally, physically, and spiritually at this moment in my life. It was hard. But I did really well. I kept thinking of his sacrifice for our freedoms and how now we are all locked up at home, not free. I kept wondering what he would think about all this…
During the fight of the coronavirus, keep in mind those who fought for us before and the sacrifices they made. While we “suffer” at home, it’s not truly suffering in comparison.
Take a deep breath. This will all be over soon. We will have our freedom back. Not thanks to the stupid coronavirus, but thanks to the men and women of our armed forces, such as Murph.
With the coronavirus causing the world to pause, many people have embarked upon at-home workouts with just minimal equipment. This usually involves just a dumbbell.
I’ve been doing many of these workouts in addition to my lifting regimen, and I can say that I am thoroughly getting my ass kicked.
Dumbbells are a challenge in and of themselves. You have to manipulate them differently, and they will most definitely catch up to you.
When I first started a couple of years ago, every time I’d be extremely sore. Now, I just get beat by them. I am coming to enjoy dumbbells. They are a great break from the barbell that’s for sure.
So with the coronavirus raging, get a set of dumbbells and stay fit. You will come to like them and be good at them. Just another tool in your wheelhouse you’ll have when you need it.
There’s something about lifting heavy that is a need; it does something for the soul.
It gives you a sense of accomplishment, like you’ve done something for the day.
It’s hard. Frequently, you don’t want to do it. But you do it anyways.
That, to me, is powerful.
Lifting heavy has been one of the few things I like doing.
WORKING OUT AT HOME
For those of you who are just beginning to work out at home, here are some tips to help you:
- Just start. It will be hard at first, but once you start moving, you’ll get into a rhythm.
- Use what you have. If all you have is your body, you can do a lot of workouts: run, push ups, air squats, pistols, etc. If you have a jump rope or a dumbbell, use those. Improvise.
- Keep it consistent. You will be more likely to stick to a workout routine when it is a routine. If you were going to the gym every day, continue to work out at that same time.
- Find an online workout community. Many gyms are using apps such as SugarWOD and others to ensure their members are staying connected. They are programming at-home workouts so you can check in with others regularly. Take advantage of these.
- Don’t be discouraged. This, too, shall pass.
Find the one thought, the one future event, the one thing you can grasp onto that will keep you going. For me, it’s CrossFit. The video below says it all:
140 lb squat clean. #CrossFit #crossfitmomm #crossfitcompetition #crossfitgirls #crossfitwomen #crossfitcomp #hotcrossfitmomm https://www.instagram.com/p/B9upFCzDPgD/?igshid=1kx6bqkh5ktd4
Luckily, the coronavirus hasn’t conquered all aspects of life.
My daughter and I participated in a CrossFit competition this weekend at CrossFit Longmont.
I took third place; it was hard, but good. My daughter PR’ed her squat clean. I muddled through. The WODs were all hard for me, which was good.
Fun day. Much needed in these times.
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!