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Demystifying CrossFit

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Any article that demystifies CrossFit and makes it ‘less scary’ to women is good in my book. Here is one from the New York Daily News:

CrossFit brings in women, the ‘globo’ gym-weary, and the simply curious 

CrossFit is about intense, short bursts of activity, says Steven Shrago, co-founder of CrossFit London, typically no longer than 20 minutes, all structured within a one-hour workout, five or six days per week.  

‘Demystifying’ strength training

But isn’t this workout a little male-centric, with its heavy focus on upper body training? “Actually about 60 percent of our students are women,” says Shrago, who adds that they do exactly what the men do, but with weights scaled down to about 60 percent less.

“In their lives, women typically receive no encouragement to do serious strength training,” he says, noting his dislike of pink dumbbells marketed to women. “To me, that is hugely insulting, and the opposite of empowering.” CrossFit, he says, helps “demystify” strength training and weight rooms, which can feel exclusive to men, while teaching women vital skills, such as how to pull themselves up a rope or over a ledge. “These are basic, life-saving skills that just about anyone who is in good physical shape should be able to accomplish.”

 

Pacing Myself

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It occurred to me this AM that the reason my wrists are sore is because I am trying out the new grips I got that velcro around them. DOH! I used them this AM but made sure they were looser around my wrists. The verdict is still out on them helping me out  with any sort of rig work.  Everyone says that they need to get broken in, so I am giving them some time.

I sure needed them this AM with KTEs and Pull Ups together in the same WOD. Yowsas!

warmup

5m DU practice
DROM

Skill

Deadhang pull ups –I did 5 unassisted today!! Whoo Hoo.

wod

12 Min AMRAP

  • 7 Burpees
  • 10 Knee to Elbow
  • 7 Pull Ups

total: 5+1pull up. This was a tough one mixing the KTE and Pull ups together and then my favorite Burpee! I got through it — pacing myself.

 

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