TODAY OPEN GYM ONLY 7am-12pm
TOMORROW OPEN GYM ONLY 11am-2pm
3 Rounds of:
A1 – Back Squat bodyweight x 10 (60 second rest)
A2 – Strict Pull-up x 10 (60 second rest)
A3 – Push-up x 20 (60 second rest)
For time, 21-15-9 reps of: (8 min cap)
Post – 3 x 15 back extensions
My CrossFit Story… So Far
I began Crossfit in July 2008 after my sister harassed me for 6 months to try it out. It turned out to be the biggest and best lifestyle change of my life.
In high school, I played soccer and downhill skied competitively. I did neither of these very well. In college I did nothing, smoked cigarettes and ate terribly. I smoked for close to 7 years. I started going to the YMCA and used the elliptical machine. Then I met with a trainer and started to use “machines”. Thankfully I quit smoking when I realized the small gains I was seeing were useless if I was a smoker. Inspired, I started spinning classes and I was really passionate about them. For the next roughly ten years I took spinning and met with trainers once in a while. I didn’t eat “good” food and oddly what I ate was never mentioned in my meetings with trainers. Finally I discovered Crossfit.
I remember Rudy asking me to do as many pullups as possible and being very impressed with myself for doing seven. I remember the baseline and thinking it wasn’t that bad. Then I remember coming in to the box often and completed the wod’s as best as I could. My strength improved, my metcon improved, my body started changing. I had more energy, I felt good. Rudy told me about the Zone and I did this. My gains increased and I felt even better.
Fast forward two years to today. Crossfit has changed my life. Most importantly, it has given me a sense of strength and confidence that I never had in life before because I AM strong, I’m the strongest I’ve ever been. It has impacted all areas of my life. My mood is better, I sleep better, I am more focused.
I do have setbacks and they are something that people who have done Crossfit for a long time will have to address. For me it is harder to hit PR’s and to maintain that excitement that I originally had when I was hitting PR’s all the time. Gains are very small now and I have fallen back in some areas. I plan to change this. For me, travel throws a big wrench into my workout schedule, especially lifting. I was very inspired by Peter’s article about traveling and WODs, he had some very good ideas (though the TSA took my jump rope). I need to remind myself to be “constantly varied” too and to get out of the box more often and push myself without a WOD or a barbell in front of me. Being paleo for almost two years is interesting. Discipline is my biggest personal challenge and something I am focusing on more than ever.
For the next 4 months, I’ll be living in Los Angeles. I won’t be traveling much. I plan to Crossfit often, run, surf, etc. I plan to be strictly disciplined with my diet. I want to come back to Chicago in the late Spring ready to hit a lot of running races, hopefully more inter-box Crossfit workouts, and ideally some team adventure races too.