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When All You Can Do is Row

I woke up today extremely sore. I had done a CrossFit Hero Workout, Lorenzo, the day before and did a HIIT workout at Orange Theory. I had no mental capacity to do anything.

Still, I got dressed like I did. I put on all my gear and headed to the garage.

I grabbed my barbell. I did one power snatch with an empty bar. Then I abruptly put the barbell back.

I hit my TruForm runner. Even that didnt’ feel good.

So, I ended up on my rower. It was the only thing that actually felt decent and that I had the mental capacity to do. So, I rowed for a bit. Did some farmer’s carry just to get up off the rower. And then I rowed some more.

There are days in CrossFit when all you can do is row.

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CrossFit: Mental Fortitude Day

crossfit girls rowing at crossfit sanitas in boulder, co
Rowing at CrossFit Sanitas, Boulder, CO

Sitting on a rower for 30 minutes is not exactly easy.

After 20 minutes, you’ve had enough.

After 25 minutes, you’re about to scream.

After 28 minutes, you convert minutes to seconds and just keep going.

Then try 10 minutes on the bike right afterwards.

I strained a muscle in my right arm again, so I’ve been doing no heavy weight. Today, I decided to row for 30 minutes and bike for 10 minutes for active recovery and because I felt like doing nothing else at the end of a long (and frustrating) week.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a 30 minute row. And, afterwards, I remember why.

Still, it strengthened my mental fortitude — something I need in CrossFit right now with the CrossFit Open right around the corner.

How to Row in CrossFit

hot crossFit chicks rowing in CrossFit
Rowing in CrossFit

I’ve always been a horrible rower in CrossFit. Until today when I was doing a modified version of Fight Gone Bad.

After 3 years, I think I’ve finally figured out how to row.

How to Row in CrossFit

  • Row with your legs. 60 percent legs. 20 percent core. 20 percent arms.
  • When you’re at the catch position (handle is near the front of the rower), you wait until you feel it stop. Then you pull.
  • You pull straight to your breastbone. There is no dip in the movement.
  • Lean back slightly in order to make sure the chain of the rower is at its max.
  • Pull the rower to your body with force. Finish with a strong pull.

I hope these tips will help you become a better rower in your next WOD.