crossfit competition crossfitmomm.com crossfit decimate colorado springs

CrossFit Competition: Masters of the Universe

Yesterday, I attended a great CrossFit competition at CrossFit Decimate in Colorado Springs. Dubbed “Masters of the Universe,” this was a CrossFit competition for those 35 and over.

It was extremely fun. And I won first place. I won a cool sword and other goodies. All of the workouts were good and the CrossFit programming was on point. CrossFit Decimate was a gracious host, and the judging was great. I attended last year and now this year and will definitely go again.

This was exactly what I needed because lately I’ve been finding it extremely hard to workout, so it made me realize that all of my hard work does pay off in the end!

crossfitmomm crossfit competition battle of the box utah

CrossFit Competition: Battle of the Box Utah

Last weekend, my daughter and I (my son tagged along as well) traveled to Lehi, Utah, for a CrossFit Competition. We were partners, and we entered Battle of the Box Utah in the intermediate division. It was fun. We got to swim in Salt Lake. We tried to see the largest open-pit mine in the world, Bingham Canyon Mine, but it was closed due to COVID.

We got to do pistols in the competition. Overall, it was an okay competition. Neither of us liked the second WOD, which had you doing burpees every minute on the minute while trying to complete an AMRAP.

It’s just nice to compete in CrossFit.

crossfitmomm at crossfit competition red white blue showcase kearny nebraska

CrossFit Competition: Red, White & Blue Showcase

Today, my daughter and I traveled to Kearney, NE, to do the Red, White & Blue Showcase, a CrossFit competition at Kearney CrossFit. It was fun. We had six workouts, and by the last one, we both almost died. We entered the scaled division for females because I’m a master’s athlete and she’s a teen. There were three divisions: RX, scaled, and intermediate.

What was frustrating about this CrossFit Competition is having to compete against women who entered the scaled and were really not scaled. They should have been in the intermediate — and their scores showed it when they beat most of the intermediate teams in the workouts. This part was exceedingly frustrating. Inevitably, at all CrossFit Competitions that I attend, there are always those teams who enter a lower division merely because they prioritize winning over competing at their own level. This is sad because you cheat those teams who are truly scaled out of podium contention, and these are the people who need that boost the most in order to stay motivated to keep working towards their goals.

To those teams, I urge you to think about others over yourselves, and not being able to do one movement out of dozens is truly not a reason to enter lower.

CrossFit competitions are about pushing yourself to be better; how are you better when you pounce those who you should not be competing against?

deadlift heavy crossfitmomm.com

Why Do Something You Don’t Like Doing?

I was deadlifting this morning early in my garage.

I hate deadlifting. I don’t know why, but I do.

As the weight got heavier and I began to realize I was dreading this more and more, I asked myself why I was doing this? Why was I doing something I don’t like?

CrossFit is about doing a bunch of things well, and working on the ones you don’t do so well. Yet, at the same time, as I age, I don’t want to waste time doing something I don’t like doing.

You could say I had an epiphany.

I also realized I probably was never going to increase my deadlift weight because I hate doing it. I haven’t maxed my deadlift or my back squat in about two years. I am just never there mentally.

And I realized something: that’s ok. I am extremely fit. I don’t need to do something that is hard, heavy, and I hate doing.

Will I still deadlift? Sure. A lot? Probably not.

And for once, I’m okay with that.

Power Snatch CrossFit crossfitmomm.com

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…

crossfit competition clean and jerk crossfit sanitas hot crossfit chicks

The Need to Lift Heavy

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.

not giving up coronavirus keep living

Being Unstoppable When The World Says Otherwise

In a world that tells you to stop living, to give up your dreams, to not go anywhere, to not do anything, to fear for your life, to give up on others, to lay your plans aside, and to not trust that God has got it, in such a world, you need to be unstoppable.

You need to push back, to not believe the lies, the hearsay, the hysteria, and the antics, and to keep moving towards your dreams.

You cannot stop while you have breath in your body, while your legs can move, and your arms can reach for the stars because one day, you will be stopped.

None of us know when that day will come, which is why you cannot stop.

Don’t stop living because the world tells you not to. The world is not in charge; you are.

God will call you when He wants you. Until then, keep moving, keep living, keep dreaming, keep fighting, keep hoping, and keep praying.

Be the unstoppable force you were gifted with from the moment you were born.

Find What Will Keep You Going During the Coronavirus

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

Working out at home coronavirus crossfitmomm.com

My At-Home Gym Is the Only Thing Keeping Me Sane

If I didn’t have an at-home gym, I think I would be going insane right now. It’s the only thing keeping me sane in the midst of this insanity.

It’s my stress relief and keeps me motivated to keep pushing through these days.

I know these days will only make me stronger, but when you’re in the midst of it, it doesn’t seem like it.

One day at a time, you keep pushing, keep moving, never giving in.

at-home workouts and coronavirus crossfitmomm.com

At-Home Workouts Will Make You Stronger

There are two ways you can approach this stupid-ass virus: you can give in to it, bemoan your fate and what is happening in the world, or you can grow stronger from it, beat it, and not give in.

Many people have told me, “I can’t work out at home” when I tell them I work out at home. This is because they need others to motivate them.

Now, most of us are forced to workout at home.

You have two options:

  1. To not workout due to every excuse under the sun
  2. To workout and continue to be healthy and stay fit

You Will Grow Stronger By Working Out At Home

Mentally

You will grow in mental ways you never thought possible. There will be days when you will be dragging and hating every second of it (I’ve been there and still am there). You have to push through it, half-ass it if you have too since half-assing is better than sitting on your ass. You will gain a mental fortitude you never thought possible.

Spiritually

As you are running in the dark, in the rain, in the cold, hating every miserable second of it, wishing for Orange Theory’s nice treadmills and warm room, you will grow spiritually. It will just be you, nature, the birds, animals, and your own thoughts, along with God. You will gain insight into your life, and your workout will be over before you know it.

Physically

You will most likely be doing a lot of moves you otherwise wouldn’t do. There’s nothing like bodyweight exercises to whip you into shape. You will grow physically, even if you don’t have a barbell.

Emotionally

Many of us workout because it makes us feel good, it relieves stress, and we like how we look because of it. Continuing to workout will help you combat the negativity of the coronavirus and weather this storm like any other storm in your life.

Financially

You’re not paying for a gym membership, nor are you driving there and back and having to buy nice clothes for it either.

Community

Your community is your family now. Show them that the coronavirus is not stopping you from your dreams, goals, and aspirations. Teach them that you are stronger than this, and that God is in control. Go on a run with your daughter; do a CrossFit workout with your other daughter; play catch with your son. Be active, and your kids will grow up active.

You will grow stronger with at-home workouts. Still, the choice is yours.