CrossFit: Update on Ring Muscle Ups

crossfit women practicing ring muscle ups in crossfit
Practicing Ring Muscle Ups CrossFit

I’ve been taking private lessons for over six months now to get my ring muscle up.

And I’m close.

Yesterday, my coach gave me a boost, and I did 10 ring muscle ups with his help. I definitely felt more confident, especially in the catch.

And it was fun!

The reason I do CrossFit is because I don’t ever get bored with it. And ring muscle ups are definitely not boring.

It’s been a long time coming, but I can’t wait for that moment when it happens!

Facing the Fact I am Slowing Down in CrossFit

Hot crossfit girls Climbing Rope in CrossFit Competition in Denver, CO
Climbing Rope in CrossFit Competition

Today I did Diane: 21-15-9 reps of deadlifts at 155 and handstand push ups. I was 4 minutes behind my PR (personal record) of a year and a half ago. And I thought I was pushing it.

The only thing I’ve PR’ed lately has been DT — only because DT is heavy weight.

I’m stronger than I was a year and a half ago, but not faster.

Facing a VO2 Decline with Age

VO2max declines with age (about 2% per year after age 30), which measures the body’s efficiency at producing work. I’m doing HIIT workouts to try to increase this VO2max and stop the decline — or at least slow it down — but we’ll see.

If I enter CrossFit competitions with no master’s class, odds are, I won’t even place. There is a big difference between 28 and over 40. This is fine, but it still is a hard pill to swallow.

My consolation? I’m still moving, still improving, still being challenged, and still striving to be my best. CrossFit is a competition against myself. That’s all that matters.

 

The Pitfalls of Local CrossFit Competitions

I’ve done at least two dozen local CrossFit competitions, and usually in each one, there are some of the same pitfalls:

  • Unfair judging. With local competitions, you get judges who are graciously volunteering their time, but most of them have no experience judging CrossFit competitions and thus make mistakes. This ends up affecting the podium, and I have lost several times because of this.
  • Inconsistent judging. Again, due to lack of experience, athletes are not held to the same standards. Even though everyone knows the standards for a burpee, some competitors will cheat if they can get away with it — and a lot of the time, they do. No one likes to be the bad guy and “no rep” others. Hence, some athletes cheat themselves to the detriment of others who play by the rules, who have integrity, and who want to win fairly. I see this a lot, which is honestly, sad.
  • Improper equipment. Having to deadlift with a guy’s bar 20 kilos as opposed to 15 kilos) when you’re not used to it is a disadvantage to women whose bars are thinner and weigh less. When you’re outside in the blazing sun at 90 degrees and you’re trying to grip a guy bar and your hands are sweaty, it’s tough.
  • Unbalance programming. Due to time constraints, most of the CrossFit workouts are short. This plays to those who are sprinters and not to marathoners. Furthermore, the CrossFit programming is at the whim of the host box and is sometimes inconsistent as well. For example, one CrossFit competition I attended had no gymnastics work at all (pull ups, double unders, muscles ups, handstand push ups, etc). This is a separator for athletes and puts those who have these moves at an advantage. Same goes for one I attended that was all heavy bar work. That puts those who are strong at a disadvantage to those who are agile. Ideally, there should be balance in the CrossFit workouts at CrossFit Competitions.

    hotcrossfitchicks at local crossfit competitions in denver, co
    Local CrossFit Competitions
  • Poor management/getting off schedule. There have been some local CrossFit competitions where the CrossFit competition has run way off schedule and ended up finishing an hour or more behind — which sucks when you got at least an hour drive home ahead of you.

TIPS FOR BETTER CROSSFIT COMPETITIONS

  • Balanced programming. Workouts don’t need to be complicated, but they should challenge the athletes and test them across the ten CrossFit fitness domains.
  • Invest the time in finding good CrossFit judges. Ideally, you’ll want your judges to have taken the CrossFit Judges course. If not, to have at least some experience in judging CrossFit competitions. This eliminates disgruntled athletes who may be disinclined to attend your next CrossFit competition because they feel cheated at yours.
  • Adhere to your schedule. Hiccups happen out of your control the day of the CrossFit competition. However, you can plan ahead to minimize these as much as possible and stay on schedule. Make sure heats are not too close together to wear athletes out. Test your workouts with members of your gym of all fitness levels to figure out how much time you’ll need to complete them.  Consider recovery time, set up time, time for awards, and time for lunch as well.
  • Have the proper equipment. This doesn’t mean you go out and buy all brand new sandbags for your CrossFit competition. It does mean you borrow what you need from another local box or you program to what you have on hand. Trying to jerry-rig something from nothing will only give you poor impressions and a high likelihood no one will return the following year.

From an athlete’s perspective, I’ll return the following year to one with good programming, one that’s run efficiently, and one with at least judges who do CrossFit. I’ll stay clear of the ones where lackadaisical attitude toward the CrossFit competition by the box ruled.

My BMI, Body Fat Percentage, and Lean Muscle Mass

crossfit hotties doing back squats at a crossfit competition in windsor, co
CrossFit Back Squats

I am investigating nutrition coaching. Mainly to form an eating plan for life. Secondly, to try to put the finishing touches on how I want my body to look like for life.

I had a preliminary meeting with Colorado Nutrition and has my body fat, lean muscle mass, and BMI assessed. It’s been a year since I’ve done this.

The results were surprising.

In the last year, I’ve gained 10 pounds, and I thought mostly in fat. However, it turns out my body fat percentage is only 11.3%. My BMI is 21.0. I only have 15.2 pounds of fat on my body.

Still, all of my fat is around my belly, and I don’t like how I look. I’m trying to figure this out, so I can enjoy all of my hard work instead of be so critical of how I look.

CrossFit Competition: Windsor Warrior Round 2

hot crossfit chicks doing CrossFit Sandbag Clean during CrossFit competition in Windsor, CO
CrossFit Sandbag Clean

Today I had my first CrossFit competition of the season. It was at O.F.W CrossFit in Windsor. Last year, my partner and I came in fourth. We were looking for redemption this year — and fell short.

We did well in this CrossFit competition, but the competition was stiff, and we were just plain beat.

It was fun though and ended up being a gorgeous day in Northern Colorado for a CrossFit competition. We’ll get ’em next year!

crossfit girls doing crossfit push press in crossfit competition in Windsor, CO
CrossFit Push Press

A Rare Day When I Don’t Want to Workout

Napping with my Guard Kitty
Napping with my Guard Kitty

Today, I didn’t want to do anything.

So I didn’t.

No working out. No strength work. No leaving my house.

I managed to do a little bit around the house. That’s about it.

Around 1 pm, I was done. I took a nap. I read a book. I laid around.

It was a mental rest more than physical.

My husband wonders how I get up every day and work out early in the morning.

Part of it is will power. The other part is routine.

Even my will power needs rest.

Today was it.