Intermediate – 4×6 @ 75%
Advanced – 5×5 @ 84%
15 min AMRAP of:
15 Russian Kettlebell Swings (2/1.5 pood)
Post – 4×10 YTWL
Becoming Whole Again
Do you know what it is like to wake up in the morning and have aches and pains before even getting out of bed? If you are middle aged like I am you know of what I speak. Perhaps you are only in your 20′s or 30′s but still have issues similar to mine after back to back to back intense workouts. We all know the normal aging process can do this to the body even when we are living a healthy lifestyle. So even with my five times weekly crossfit workouts, I still get the occasional age appropriate nuisance stiffness. To combat this, I have recently discovered yoga.
How often have you heard our coaches stress stretching and rolling out before and after workouts? Now, how many of us really do a thorough job of this? I would venture to guess that most of us go through the motions but probably a lot of us fall short of gaining the most benefit we can from it. As I move further into my third year of crossfitting, I have come to realize that I need a balance to the often muscle fatiguing moves of my crossfit workouts that just normal stretching out can’t seem to combat. For the past few months, I have been devoting two days a week to trying yoga. I am nothing of an expert but rather a novice and beginner who is still learning the lingo, moves, and breathing techniques employed by this practice. I’ve discovered a liking for it and have noticed how much it has helped my tight body to loosen up and become a little more flexible. It has become a great counterpart to the atmosphere of our box. Think about it. Head banging filthy lyric filled music, bright florescent lights, noisy barbells, dropped weights, barking dogs, smelly rubber flooring, chalky air . . .what could be a better yin to the yang of crossfit than soft music, low lights, soft mats, calm instruction, hearing yourself breath and the smell of incense?
Ok, so last Saturday some of our members (male and female alike) signed up and attended the Tru Harmony Yoga class at 8:00 a.m. While there may not have been the smell of incense in the air there was a fulfilling hour of manipulating my body in poses and stretches that I never thought about assuming. I won’t lie to you, most were not easy for me and I will say that I sweat it out and cursed a bit under my breath while holding a few of them. I moved parts of my body in directions that they didn’t want to go but once there I surprised myself by holding the pose and learning how to breathe to get me more comfortable and to move deeper into the pose lengthening those tightly strung muscles. I came out of that class feeling as I do after every yoga class I have attended. It’s hard for me to explain it in words but I left there refreshed, stretched out, energized but calm, renewed and loose, satisfied and content. Suddenly I realized that my previously tight body was now relaxed and ready to take on the day sitting on a rooftop watching the Wrigley Field fans play drinking games. Yes, I too thought it was a dream but low and behold I was at that game on Saturday afternoon. See what Yoga can do for you? It makes even a diehard Sox fan venture into the neighborhood surrounding the Friendly Confines! (Ok, so really my brother from Vegas was in town hosting the party).
Seriously though, even though I am not familiar with yoga to the extent that many of our members are, I will say that it has proven to be a helpful tool for my physical shortcomings. As many of you know, I had extensive shoulder surgery last year and am still to this date involved in an ongoing rehab process. Since I have dabbled with twice weekly yoga sessions I feel I have gained some additional shoulder flexibility back that I had lost and in that way have taken another step toward becoming whole again. This gal was even able to do three rope climbs last week that had eluded her even before the shoulder injury!
Remember the old adages, trying different things, constantly varied and use what works? Well, why not? I say you never know until you try so what are you waiting for? No, it won’t change your team affiliation but it could change your life!
Interested in trying yoga or want to get an afternoon sweat going? TruHarmony Yoga is returning on Saturday for a complimentary yoga session at 2:00pm. See “Upcoming Events” for details.