Thursday, February 12, 2015

Kicking My Ass with CrossFit

Soooooooo it's been a minute since I've posted a blog about anything. It's not that I have been lazy, it's that this last year has been a whirlwind of amazingness and it hasn't left me much free time. 

Here is a little update about what me and the hubby have been up to. 

First off, we moved again. To Pasadena this time. We move every year. I almost kind of look forward to it. Always a new place to check out and explore, new people to meet and new bars to Sunday Funday at! Pasadena is pretty cool so far. We live within walking distance to almost anything. And we got to see the Rose Parade live this year, which I have never experienced.
We also got a new pup named Murphy and she is pretty much the coolest dog ever, although I may be a little biased. :) 

And last but not least, husband decided he wanted to try CrossFit. We have one conveniently located behind our building so there is no excuse to not roll out of bed and get it done. Our "box" is called Born With It and so far everyone I have met is awesome. 

I was nervous at first only because I haven't done CrossFit in years and Kevin has never done it. We are in good shape and we have a ton of experience in lots of different workouts (lifting, HIIT, ect) but if you CrossFit than you know its a whole different animal. What I like most about our new CrossFit family is that the coaches know what they are doing and they spend a lot of time making sure we are all safe as well as having a good time. Safety is always #1 in any kind of program you do and obviously matters a ton when you are Olympic lifting. 

So far we are two weeks in and we are loving the new workout, schedule and team!

Here is a little article I found that already rings true. Enjoy!

Top Tips For Your First Two Years of CrossFit

1.) You’re Competing Against Yourself, Not Others
Chase your own capacity before chasing the person next to you.
When it comes time to throw down in a wod, don’t feel like you have to do everything RX’d or be able to complete 20 rounds of Cindy right off the bat. Go at your own pace. Let the intensity find you. You need a solid foundation of strength and flexibility in order to progress into more demanding workouts. Start light, get your form down, and don’t worry about the mother of three who is deadlifting 250 as you struggle with the bar. Chase your own capacity before chasing the person next to you. Which brings me to my next point…
2.) Don’t Be Too Proud To Scale
Tony Budding (of CrossFit HQ) describes scaling as another form of programming. Scaling is such an individualized topic that it’s hard to make sweeping generalized statements. You have to know your own body and its limits. But most importantly, there’s no substitute for common sense.

3.) What You Eat Is More Important Than What You Lift
To quote the late Jack Lalanne, “You put junk in, junk comes out. You put good in, good comes out.”
Nutrition is the key to every aspect of your life. It affects your energy levels, your recovery, and your overall defense against disease. To quote the late Jack Lalanne, “You put junk in, junk comes out. You put good in, good comes out.” When you’re first starting out, the quality of your food is far more important than the quantity. Call it whatever you want: Paleo, Primal, Hunter-Gatherer, Pretentious D-Bag Diet; just eat clean. If you’re eating as clean as possible, you don’t even need to worry about the quantity. You are a Ferrari. You wouldn’t put regular unleaded fuel in a Ferrari, would you?
4.) Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Clarification, Over and Over and Over Again
It’s your time, money, and most importantly, health. If you don’t fully understand something, ask. If you still don’t get it, ask again. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification if you don’t fully grasp the concept, or you think others in the class will get frustrated with you for taking up too much time. We were all newbies at one point. We’ve all been there. Learning the mechanics of certain movements like the kip, squat, deadlift, or any of the Olympic lifts takes lots of practice and critique from a trained eye. If you need help, just ask.
5.) CrossFit Isn’t Everything
CrossFit is not my life. I CrossFit so that I can have a life…and be awesome at it.
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that focuses on building general physical preparedness (GPP). It is quickly evolving into a sport of its own, but that doesn’t mean that it has to be your sport or your lifeblood. I CrossFit so that I can do whatever I want: Go out, play sports, learn new things. Having that GPP allows me to take on new challenges. CrossFit is not my life. I CrossFit so that I can have a life…and be awesome at it.
6.) It Doesn’t Get Easier, It Just Sucks Less

The longer you immerse yourself in the suck, the less it sucks. You get stronger, build a greater aerobic capacity, and become mentally tough. All of these aspects, combined with experience, allow you to know when to push yourself and when to back off, so that you can attack each workout to the best of your ability. Soon, you’ll come to love the beatdowns. Much like Kevin Bacon in Animal House, you’ll be screaming, “Thank you sir! May I have another?” Well, maybe not. But you get the point.
7.) You Won’t PR Every Day

Don’t mistake intensity for hard work. Even if you’re having a bad day and the intensity just isn’t there, you can still get a lot out of your time in the gym through hard work. Intensity and hard work are not the same thing. Don’t skip a planned session just because you don’t think you’re going to kill it and leave everything out on the table. Not feeling too strong that day? That’s fine; scale the weights and/or rounds or time domain back. Something is better than nothing.

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