Back Squat 3 x 5+ @ 70%
For Time: (10 minute cap)
30 Thrusters (50% of Bodyweight)
Compare to 23Jul10.
This time last year… was a rest day.
A Quick Hello from Melissa D (Not to be confused with Melisa aka the Ultimate 12 OÕclocker)
I had the privilege of meeting many of you at the recent Yoga for CrossFit workshops. When I am not teaching yoga at the box, I typically kick it at the 9 am, noon, or 4pm classes. Now that I am a CFC intern and around more often, I thought it best to share my CrossFit journey with the membership at large.
In 2009, my husband (Dana) learned about CrossFit and wanted to give it a try. Since I was working in fitness and wellness, he asked me to join him for his intro session at CrossFit Chicago. I agreed, but truly thought CF sounded crazy and would be filled with macho jerks. (Sorry, but I did.)
We arrived at the box on Clybourn (Old School) and met Coach Bryce for our baseline workout. The room was crowded and comprised of both men and women finishing up a WOD. (I was surprised that the class was so gender balanced.) As Dana and I started our baseline, members in the room began to cheer. Despite not knowing how on earth to use a resistance band for pull ups and modifying all of my push-ups, the surrounding group encouraged me to keep going. I was amazed. No macho jerks here. People I had never met – people who honestly looked pretty beat up from their own workouts – got energized and rallied for us! I was hooked. I have been a proud member of CrossFit Chicago ever since.
A little back story about me: I was NEVER an athlete. I was picked last for many a team sport in schoolÉand no one ever cheered. I was an actress who enjoyed dance and physical theatre. After getting my MFA, I started teaching fitness classes as a means to supplement my income and was later encouraged to become a Certified Personal Trainer. This was a big departure for the overweight drama club president of my youth. I was happy with my work in this industryÉbut felt adrift. I maintained my weight, but wasnÕt making any strength gains. I had trouble pushing myself and pushing my students/clients. I stumbled into a career field and was not sure what to do next. I needed to be inspired and learn more.
CrossFit had a greater impact on my life than I thought possible. Workouts introduced me to Olympic lifting and tested me both mentally and physically. (I vividly remember almost crying while attempting Sumo Deadlift High Pulls at my second class.) Despite feeling completely inept at times, I always left the box smiling. I felt proudÉand over time I grew stronger.
I became a better CrossFitter, a better personal trainer, a better fitness instructor, and a much kinder person to myself. CrossFit has given me greater confidence and physical capacity. It is not easy and when it gets easy, that means itÕs time to make it more challenging. My CrossFit journey is abundant with life lessons and has led me to commit to working in fitness and wellness full time, expanding my skills to now include yoga instruction and interning at CFC. I was recently voted ÒRunner UpÓ BEST PERSONAL TRAINER in the Chicago ReaderÕs 2012 BEST OF poll and my work at CrossFit Chicago continues to play a huge part in my personal and professional growth.
We all show up at CrossFit Chicago for different reasons. The support from the CFC community and coaching staff make you want to come back. I hope you find the same joy, challenge, and pride in your time at the box. Now get back to work. Peace!