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CrossFit Competition: Bumper Plate Date

I love doing CrossFit competitions for a good cause, and this CrossFit competition, held at CrossFit Endure in Windsor, CO, was to raise money for the Windsor High School Weightlifting Club. It was a male/female partnership, and it was fun.

We ended up taking first place in the Master’s competition (totally unexpected), which felt really good. I hadn’t won a CrossFit competition in a long time, so this felt good — like I still have it. Fun stuff!

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CrossFit: Why Your CrossFit Teen Program is NOT Growing…

Teenagers are a fickle bunch. They really don’t want to do anything unless it’s what they want to do (which is hang out with their friends and sit around all day long, watching Netflix, playing video games, or just reading a good book in bed). They are at that awkward age where they are trying to figure out themselves, what they want to do in this world, and why they exist. Heavy questions for only having on average about 15 years of experience.

CROSSFIT AND TEENS

Enter CrossFit. CrossFit began as a way to get in shape. Period. It would have been cool I think to have been there at its inception or to have participated in the first CrossFit Games where it was nothing but pure fun and a good time.

Fast-forward a decade, and CrossFit is a serious sport with professional athletes. While this is fun to watch, the vast majority of CrossFitters will never be at that level — and most don’t want to be.

However, the problem arises when this mentality of being the best, pushing yourself, and actually caring about WODs is thrusted upon teens, who, honestly, could give a shit most of the time. Granted, there are those serious about it; but, to be truthful, they have time, and most of them know that.

THE LOCAL CROSSFIT COMPETITION SCENE

I enter CrossFit competitions because they are fun. That is it. If I win, great. If I come in last place, great (I must admit, there have been CrossFit competitions where I have secretly hoped to come in last place so I could leave early).

As a parent, I want to share this with my daughter, who likes CrossFit, but at this point, just does it for fun (and to spend time with me, but she’d never admit that).

As someone who can never find a partner for whatever reason, she and I have become partners in several CrossFit competitions. We usually enter scaled so she can do the movements. In one that is coming up, we have entered Open, mainly because I thought this CrossFit competition had a scaled division (just found out it does not).

In local CrossFit competitions, the WOD’s are released as the CrossFit competition nears. This gives the die-hards time to practice (I never do cause I don’t give a shit), and it gives those who are on the fence about signing up an opportunity to decide.

Back to the whole point of this article: so this local competition is not programmed at all for teens. In fact, I will be doing the majority of the work. This is incredibly frustrating: 1) I would like to be able to walk the next day 2) my daughter does not get to experience the whole experience of the CrossFit competition when I’m doing the vast majority of the work. Plus, this is no fun for either of us.

PROGRAM CROSSFIT COMPETITIONS FOR TEENS!

But the real point of this CrossFit rant is that no CrossFit competition is programmed for teens (even when it’s a teen CrossFit competition). It’s programmed for 17 & 18 years olds who are a world away from 13, 14 & 15-year olds. As a parent, this is beyond frustrating. In fact, I’ve had several words with several CrossFit competitions (who all probably hate me, too) about this very fact. If you’re not even using CrossFit Open teen standards to program for teens, then there’s a problem.

I believe firmly this is why CrossFit teens programs at local CrossFit boxes remain stagnant. You cannot coach or program teens like you do adults. The focus needs to be in just getting teens to the gym, working out, and going home feeling like they did something. The passion will come later when they actually care.

My fight will continue as I am utterly incapable of not voicing my opinion. My prayer is that CrossFit does wise up, return to its roots, and just get teens moving (this is good advice for adults, too).

And programming a CrossFit competition with teens in mind would be nice. But so many CrossFit boxes are afraid if they don’t put on a good comp, no one will come back. I believe the opposite is true. When a CrossFit competition is all-inclusive, your CrossFit competition will grow (as will your membership). Contact me today!

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CrossFit: I Realized Today I’m On My Own

I’ve found that when you come to rely too much on other people, things tend not to get done.

This has been the case for my ring muscle ups. I’ve been relying on my coach to get me there. Now, I realize I have to get myself there, or it will never happen.

Thus, with the new year, I’m going to put together a new plan to get me there by May 1st. I have to have a concrete goal with a concrete date, or it will never happen. We’ll see how this one goes.

However, I will conquer those rings one way or another!

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CrossFit: The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence

Someone at my CrossFit gym recently said that there’s something wonderful about doing something so awful (referring to the CrossFit WOD of 12 Days of Christmas) together.

I agree; yet, there’s something even more wonderful about doing something so awful alone.

Struggling to Make it to The Gym

Most people struggle just to make it to a group fitness class, but once they are there, they participate with the others and push due to the competitive nature of humans.

You don’t have any of that when it’s you working out by yourself, alone. It’s you against yourself, and it’s 100% mental.

Yesterday, I did the 12 Days of Christmas CrossFit workout by myself at 5 am. I didn’t really want to do it. I had myself convinced I was too sore from Orange Theory on Saturday to do it. Yet, I reluctantly dragged myself to the CrossFit gym and went.

I was all alone. I did heavier weight than prescribed for the workout. And I finished, moving through one rep at a time. I always got bogged down in the five 95 pound thrusters, but did them all.

Half-way through this horrible CrossFit workout, I was wondering why I was doing it; this phrase popped in my mind: the relentless pursuit of excellence.

There’s something in me that wants to be the best, to do my best, and to beat others — even if they aren’t there. I beat them in my mind; I do what I think I can’t do. And, therefore, I win.

This is everything in life for me. I want to be the best at work (which I produce more consistently every month than another write at my job). I want to be the best at CrossFit. I want to be a better parent, wife, and pet owner. I want to be better, period.

Relentlessly pursuing excellence will get me there. Guaranteed.

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Two PR’s in One Week!!

There comes a point in CrossFit where you stop setting personal records (PRs) frequently because your fitness is at a high level. When you first begin working out, you develop strength very quickly because your body is not used to it. It can seem like every workout, in fact, is a PR.

However, this diminishes, and then PRs are few and far between.

Last Monday, I PR’ed Annie, which is double unders and sit-ups. Today, I PR’ed CrossFit Open workout 17.5, which was double unders and thrusters.

I didn’t think I would PR either one when I did them, but I did. This is because I’m stronger on thrusters than before, and I’m at a peak, as they say, right now in fitness, after having been blah for most of 2019 with injuries.

Today was a good day, indeed.

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CrossFit Competition: Sadistic Pain

As much as I complain about the pain and the bruises, secretly I love feeling this sore. I call it sadistic pain or sadistic soreness. It signifies that I’ve worked hard enough to get a response from my muscles, which doesn’t happen every day.

CrossFit Competitions are guaranteed to get you sore, due to the fact of the work performed in such a short amount of time.

While it sucks not to be able to walk very well or lift your arms very high, there’s something about the pain that is extremely satisfying…