***Current Holiday Schedule!***
This may change!!! Check daily post for details.
Friday, Dec 24th 10am-1pm Open gym
Saturday, Dec 25th 2pm-4pm Open gym
Back Squat 3×3
For Time: (14 min cap)
10 Jerks (165/115 or 65% of 1RM)
10 Power Cleans
5 Power Cleans
Post – 3 min plank hold (partitiion as needed)
I’ve spent my entire life playing sports and being a “tomboy.” I was never the tallest, strongest, or fastest when it came to basketball, softball, or tennis but I had enough athletic ability to mask my areas of deficiency….even from myself. I ended up playing tennis in college and practice consisted mainly of technique/skill work and a lot of endurance and speed work. We would stroll into the weight room over the winter and do some VERY basic strength work, no more than 2 times a week. I distinctly remember looking at the women’s basketball and softball players throwing around some serious weight while I was completing my little tennis circuit. Talk about intimidated! I was actually pretty embarrassed to even do my workout with them around, let alone attempt to perform any of their “olympic lifts.”
Once my tennis career was over, I had no scheduled practices to make it to and no one, besides myself, to push me to be better. I had never been taught proper form or technique with a barbell, so there was no way I was going to touch that thing and look like an idiot. The easiest, least threatening, thing to do was run my little heart out on the treadmill and go to town on some weight machines. My focus turned more into an attempt to remain skinny rather than to build muscle and be healthy. I started spending up to 7 days a week running on the treadmill and skipping meals. Sure, I lost weight….and muscle…and any hint of an athletic physique. I was, at this point, a weenie.
Fast forward to the start of my Crossfit obsession, I had to scale EVERYTHING. I had difficulty completing a number of movements at a weight 40-50 pounds below Rx’d in some instances. It had crossed my mind numerous times to never go back into that box, in order to avoid embarrassment. I called myself an athlete yet I was unable to really do anything well when it came to Crossfit. Luckily for me, Crossfit is such a welcoming community. Before each workout, I would need someone to explain the movements to me again and again. I didn’t know the difference between a press, push press, and push jerk…it was actually all quite confusing and frustrating. Eventually, it all starts to click and it becomes easier to focus on the task at hand.
So the next time you see someone struggling with what movements are in the day’s WOD, help them out and let them know that we all had to start somewhere. No one comes out of the womb knowing how to snatch and clean & jerk (besides maybe Rudy). Each day is a learning experience for all of us and it is our job to make the new people feel comfortable and confident.
Now, over a year later, I weigh 10 lbs more and feel a sense of overall health and fitness. Note that 10 lbs and over a year of Crossfit 4-5 days/week did not make me into some rippling muscle, shirt tearing, deep voiced, bodybuilding woman. I am finally healthy and on the path to reaching a level of fitness that I am happy with. With this said, I would argue that unless you are some human anomaly, the statement, “I don’t want to get all big and muscular like those women on TV,” is just another excuse to avoid reaching one’s fitness potential.