Posts tagged crossfit

Burnout: A Break Can Re-inspire

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barbell Live Fit and SoreWhile I love boxing, I find that I am missing lifting big time. There is something about lifting a barbell that speaks to me. It’s been almost seven months since I have lifted consistently and my shoulders have all but recovered. To help satisfy my lifting bug, I joined CrossFit Ashburn. I have decided that I am going to do both boxing and CrossFit. I think that doing 5x a week of either may be just more than my body can handle – so I am going to see how to fit in the best of both and maybe throw in some cycling and yoga in the mix as well.

The long break was good — I was burned out for sure and it was starting to feel like a chore to show up every day. Being fit is a lifestyle and you have to do stuff you enjoy with people you love being around. That’s the real key to making it all work. When one of those is out of whack – well it doesn’t work well.

Today’s workout was a challenging chipper, but unlike the old me who would have pushed to do Rx- I lowered the weight and modified some of the Rx. I could absolutely tell I haven’t lifted in a while and that’s OK. I got through the chipper and felt like I got a good workout, which is what it’s all about. Here’s what it was…

Warm-up
2 Rounds:
Run 200 meters (20/14 med ball)
10 Med ball front squat
10 Med ball clean & split jerk
10 Med ball sit up
10 Wall ball

Metcon (Time)
30 Pull-ups
21 shoulder to overhead (115/75)
100 Double Unders
15 Pull-ups
15 shoulder to overhead (135/95)
50 Double Unders
5 Pull-ups
9 shoulder to overhead (155/115)
25 Double Unders

Be Inspired

positive thinking

Make Every Day Count

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578209_10151226618501105_1289534944_nAnother rest day is here! Hurray. I am sore from all the work this week which was made harder by all the crap food I ate. Birthday weeks are hard!!!

Here are some interesting things I have come across this week around the web:

The Bob Harper talks about how he has embraced the workout that works! (my words of course)

I’m gluten free and strongly believe that everyone should –so this title irks me.  We all need to get rid of Gluten. Period.

How do you help yourself be more positive and happy? Interesting thoughts from this article.

Love those Burpees Said No One Ever

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Burpees Suck

Something I did on Monday tweaked my back a bit. It started yesterday afternoon and it’s not super painful but I decided to take a rest day today to just let it heal a bit. It was a hard decision too. Coach Conan is the scheduled coach –it didn’t hurt that burpees were on the docket. I hate those damn burpees but if my back had felt better this AM, I would have gone.

My 6A workouts are really my saving grace some days — not only for the stress release but for the sheer joy of being around people who are bettering themselves and living a healthy life.

Some days I just stop and realize I live a very busy life and maybe I should scale back. The problem is — for the most part, the things that I choose to do extra in my life are things I love, so they don’t feel like work.

How I feel about all of it depends on the day of the week, month of the year – some days I love it all, other days it exhausts me.  It’s probably just PMS!! (said most men after reading this!)

As a part of my workouts, we have been doing sub maximal loads — training in the 50-60% range for back squats which at first felt very odd to me. But yesterday, during our back squat workout, my PR was 35# heavier than previous and I attribute it to that training approach. Give it a look and see what you think: Westside Barbell

CrossFit Kids is the Way!

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Coached a great group of athletes this AM as I covered for Coach Nick at 6A.  Knowing you are going to coach a fun group of people helps alot in getting your butt up and out the door.  I also coached last night — totally different feel with the evening people but still just as fun!

Here’s a great article about CrossFit Kids in the Washington Post. Getting the word out about how great this program is for kids is just about as good as ice cream! Our classes are getting fuller with kids — learning fun ways to get fit and setting up the right foundation for health and fitness in their adult lives. Love It!

CrossFit Kids gets children to exercise

Thousands of children around the globe are now part of the CrossFit Kids program, which was established in 2004, almost by accident. “I couldn’t find any adults to do it,” says Jeff Martin. So he and his wife, Mikki, began teaching children in Ramona, Calif., and soon CrossFit founder Greg Glassman asked them to formally create CrossFit Kids.

 

As CrossFit Explodes on the Scene, I wonder…

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I clipped my ankle this AM while doing my workout — and it stunned me but I shook it off and continued on with the workout so it should be interesting to see if the reason I am not feeling pain is from the adrenaline or because it was minor. I am hoping the latter of course. I am trying a new approach during my workouts — to remember that I am not competing against anyone and the goal for me is progress. I am not in the running for the CrossFit Games and training is not my full time career. This is ME time and it’s time to exercise and and have fun with my friends. I have to check myself sometimes because I tend to forget this is for fun and not take it too seriously.

Today during our post workout stretching we made plans for getting my hair done with a friend this Saturday. Multi-tasking at its finest!

My posts recently have been about the marketing push for CrossFit. As someone who has been involved in some way with it for a while, it’s fascinating to me to see something go from small to explosion right before your eyes. I saw it happen with AOL when I started there in 1995 and the internet was just starting to hit the mainstream and I see it now with CrossFit. With their partnership with Reebok, it’s going to be a good business lesson watching this all play out. Did they make the right decisions, will it ‘sell out’ the passion of the sport,  how will the elite athletes fare, will it lose it’s community?  It’s a wait and see scenario.

It’s fun to have this perspective — but as I share this info, I want to make sure that anyone that reads my blog knows it’s not the only way. I love CrossFit and how it has helped me with all aspects of my life. But I also realize it’s not right for everyone. My only hope as I share this info is that you will find something that you are as passionate about in your life whether it be fitness or life related. As for fitness, I believe everyone needs to find their own thing — and you have to figure out what you like and don’t like about your fitness routine and start there. Maybe you like to run for hours on end — then a complete CrossFit program definitely is not for you, but you can add some strength training into your routine at your local gym. I just want to expose everyone to a complete training program as opposed to training for just one sport or hobby –it definitely will enhance your specialized interest. Trust me – I have seen it with my own eyes! Be open to new approaches –that’s the key take away!

 

Warmup

3x—

25 Double Unders
25ft bear crawl
25ft Walking Lunges

Skill

Ground to OH

WOD
21-15-9 

bar facing burpees
ground to OH 65#/95#

time: 10:23

I know it’s excuses but man, I can not breathe during burpees and then to have to Power Clean/Push Press that weight up – I seriously began to feel nauseous and then throw in the clipped ankle. It was definitely tough. I guess that’s the reason that I was feeling like I have to remind myself it’s not about winning, it’s about progressing. I am thinking of taking a few days off in a row to see how my performance improves because i think my body is screaming at me to recover — it’s hard for me to tell whether it’s just normal wear and tear or something deeper. I am also probably somewhat hormonal at the moment so that could be it too. Ramble, ramble, ramble…

 

Reebok: Putting their money where their mouth is

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Reebok is the major sponsor of Crossfit so it’s good from that perspective that they are putting their money where their mouth is.  Like many of the community, I am interested in seeing what mainstream recognition brings to CrossFit –the good and the bad. Should be very interesting…

Reebok on a mission to get its employees fit

The company started with its own out-of-shape employees to spark a fitness revolution — as well as build confidence and camaraderie

CANTON – To be blunt, Peggy Baker is an overweight, middle-age diabetic. Until last year, she had never lifted a kettlebell or done a box jump in her life.

The 54-year-old is also a Reebok employee and the poster child for the company’s new mission: to get consumers moving by setting an example with its own workforce.

Baker is one of about 425 employees at Reebok who are taking part in a new fitness program that is transforming the sneaker maker’s Canton headquarters. Participants lost over 4,000 pounds collectively during 2011 – roughly the weight of an small SUV.

These workouts, called CrossFit, combine sprinting, gymnastics, powerlifting, kettlebell training, weightlifting, rowing, and medicine ball training, among other activities. The program is making waves at Reebok and gaining traction as one of the fastest-growing fitness movements in the United States. Reebok is capitalizing on the momentum with its first global marketing campaign featuring CrossFit, which will air during Sunday’s NFL divisional playoff between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers.

The TV spot will feature chiseled athletes, but it also aims to show that CrossFit is as much about community, confidence building, competition, and camaraderie as it is about exercise and training.

Self Magazine talks CrossFit Games

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Meet the “Fittest Female On Earth”

Self Magazine isn’t exactly the role model of fitness/health/wellness magazines, but any press about CrossFit and how it can help set you on a path to wellness is good press.

The toughest part of the weekend- not knowing what’s in store. CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that develops competence in ten areas of fitness: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy. Life is unpredictable, so part of CrossFit’s methodology is to train athletes (yep, even if we’re not competing, we’re all athletes at some level) for any task necessary and the Rebook CrossFit games tested just that… workouts were not announced until just before each event!

This year’s fittest female on Earth recommends a clean diet. Not only will it help fuelworkouts, but it will keep the body lean. “Try to choose as little processed food as possible. Know what you’re putting into your body,” Annie says. But don’t worry about being overly strict, even Annie indulges in dark chocolate, “I have it every single day!”

Going Light on the Lady

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I woke up with a sore throat so when I woke up this morning, I had some hot lemon tea so I could be ready for a workout. And today’s workout was all kinds of suck – as my fellow athlete Jon likes to say. It was one of the Girls of CrossFit – Nancy.  Because I assume that the Girls of CrossFit were named after former girl friends — I can only imagine what a crappy girlfriend some of these ladies were and Nancy is no exception.

Warmupx2
10 squats
10 push ups
10 Kick to Handstands
10 Hamstring stretch
10 Pass thrus

Skill
Handstand progressions
OHS

WOD
“Nancy”
Five rounds for time of:
400 meter run
33lb Overhead squat, 15 reps
time: 16:36

I went light with my weight today. My throat is sore and I feel run down so I brought 80% today. 33lb OHS is too light for me in general but my body is sore — and sometimes going light is the right thing to do.

I’m about to head off for a business trip — and of course I am trying to plan and figure out when I will be able to fit in some workouts. I emailed a CrossFit box in the area and they said – drop on in! So, that’s my plan and I am going to make as sure as I can that it happens.

Crazy Day = Crazy Workout

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A crazy day calls for a crazy workout —

warmup
800m jog
10 pass thrus
10 bendy whirly birds
10 OHS
10 Good Mornings

WOD
teams of 4 baseball
home base = lunges
1st base = kb swings
2nd base = squats
3rd base = double unders
3rounds at 2m = you run to the next base
team told was counted.

Our team had 2 newbies to CrossFit. I don’t mind because for me — the workout counts and I love meeting new athletes discovering it. Gives a fresh perspective on how far I have come. I gotta tell you though – this workout smoked me. I was dead tired at the end and it was hot, so I didn’t stop sweating for a good hour after the workout.

I then headed to Kennedy Center to see Wicked. It’s cool to get out and do something different. I live near a super fun, historical place and don’t take advantage of all it has to offer. Alot has to do with how much cash it all costs to do. We had to get a babysitter, pay for the show tickets, parking, dinner out — you can just imagine how much that cost. But it’s worth it once in a while —

Reebok & CrossFit

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CrossFit’s Relationship with Reebok Enhances Its Financial and Commercial Credibility

And Reebok has gone so far as to embrace and incorporate the CrossFit training regime into their corporate philosophy as well as their day-to-day operations.  ”Reebok is really going full-bore, having opened up a CrossFit gym at Reebok HQ and hiring two elite CrossFit athletes as coaches for their staff”, according to Kareem Mayan.  Mr. Mayan is the co-founder of SocialWOD.com, a “WOD” tracking site for CrossFit affiliates.  WOD stands for ‘Workout of the Day’, and it’s these daily workouts that craft and sculpt some of the fittest athletes in the world.

Reebok has obviously bought in without muscling in.  The feedback I’ve received from several CrossFit athletes is that Reebok has embraced their feedback on product design, which strategically will only build a stronger brand with the CrossFit demographic going forward and ultimately help the company produce the best-quality possible in both footwear and athletic wear for the elite athlete.

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