Thruster + Chest to Bar
3/3 6/6 9/9…
Pull-ups + Wall balls
3/3 6/6 9/9…
ROW / Jump Rope / CORE
written by Coach Joe
Have you ever been injured?
Or maybe your like me and you do get injured sometimes…
Not the major obvious injuries, but the nagging consistent ones. The ones we tend to ignore. Ones that go away while we exercise, but come back later as aches and pains. I’m talking about soft tissue and overuse type stuff, sprains, pulled muscles, and tendinitis.
When I do get injured, my initial response is denial! I try to ignore it and hope it goes away, or maybe I can just do certain movements and avoid the exact muscle area for awhile. When that’s not enough, I realize I actually have to take some time off CrossFit and focus on foundations that help me heal. That realization is depressing…Moving keeps me sane! Exercise keeps my energy up! Working out, building strength, and practicing skills are a central part of my life and now and I feel like I have to give it all up forever when I’m Injured!
So I try to accept it. I cut way back on activities to let my body heal itself and during that time try to accept that I may never do Isabel or rock climb again. I’m ready to move forward with my life in a semi-invalid capacity. I’ve made peace with my limitations and consoled myself with the fact that others are a lot worse off than me. At the end of the day I’m still in pretty good health, in the richest country in the world, with plenty of food and clean water. Time to figure out what else to do with my life!
After months and months dedicated to recovery time, and putting more energy into the other areas of my life, I found that my body felt strong. I discover it doesn’t hurt to use that muscle anymore or perform those movements that kept my injury alive! I’m elated and jump right back into the old routines I maintained when training and POP! There it goes again. Same old issue. Back to square one within days and here is what I’m trying to remember as I move forward:
Talk to your coaches for daily recovery ideas, and let us know if you have any concerns! We’re here to help you be the best version of yourself!
All or Nothing:
By: Jordan Robles
It’s easy to get caught up in the New Year hustle: “I’m going to be in the gym every day, eat strict paleo, add in extra cardio, lift more, lose weight…” And while there’s nothing wrong with having goals in mind, it’s important to give yourself the room to be realistic. Maybe you get sick and miss a workout or you fall short of your Whole 30 goals. We need to remember that missteps are not failures. We are all human and we’ve all felt what it’s like to come up short. With an “all or nothing” attitude, it’s easy to have a misstep and throw in the towel. “I binged this week, so I’ll just start again Monday.” “I didn’t make it to the gym today, I’ll take the rest of the week off.” When we come in to the New Year with these attitudes and often times unrealistic expectations, it sets us up to be unsuccessful. “I’m either going to do everything perfectly or nothing at all.” You can and maybe have applied this to realms of your life outside of the gym: work, school, relationships, etc. I know that I have, which is why in 2018, I’m focusing on changing my “all of nothing” attitude to a more balanced approached that’s realistic for my life. I plan on doing this by:
1. Creating realistic goals:
I will choose goals that have an appropriate timeline, fit well with my school schedule and are things I can do consistently. I’ve made the mistake in the past of giving myself deadlines that are not realistic. Anytime these goals have not been reached it feels like a failure. By creating a practical timeline, accomplishing my goals will be achievable. While I have specific health and fitness goals, the reality is that school comes first. These fitness goals need to coincide with my academic goals as well. Finally, my goals will be things I can keep up with and be consistent about. Being healthy is for the long haul. And while it may be appealing to think we can reach a healthy state and be done, it doesn’t work that way. Longevity in regards to health is the goal. This is about a lifetime of fitness, not one week, month or year. Stay consistent over time!
2. Re-setting, not restarting:
“Failure is falling down, and refusing to get back up.” In the quest to better ourselves and accomplish our achievements, we tend to not leave room for mistakes. It’s important to know that we’ll rarely be absolutely flawless in our game plan. When we do make a mistake, we have a choice. We can allow it to throw us off. Or, we can choose to acknowledge our mistake, learn from it and get back on track. The latter inspires growth, self-learning and encourages us to keep working towards our goals.
3. Being kind to myself:
As I’ve mentioned throughout this post, it is inevitable that there will come a time where we miss a day at the gym, overeat, don’t hit the numbers we want to hit or make a mistake. During these times of what may feel like defeat, remember to be kind to yourself. Yes, you’ve made an error. But that error does not define you, your journey or your work ethic. Beating yourself up will only make it harder to get back up and continue on your goal path. Love yourself through the journey. Remind yourself that you’ve made a choice to become a better you and that in itself is an accomplishment. Work on positive self-talk, self-care and acknowledge that YOUR best is enough.
So, let’s steer clear of these “all or nothing” attitudes in 2018!
Written by Coach Elijah,
As I head into the new year my biggest priority is, balance. My perspectives on life have shifted and I’m finding new passions, different motivations, as well as cultivating new and meaningful relationships. With all of that comes the difficulty in managing my time and stress. I have a lot on my plate that I love, but it can be difficult at times.
I have a passion for fitness, coaching, nutrition research, cooking, family, etc. and though I am still figuring it all out, here are a few things that have worked in helping me prioritize what’s most important to me in life right now…
Practicing these things has been vital to my balance. We only have 24 hours in a day and I’m not perfect in getting all these things done, but it’s all about progress, not perfection. I am extremely excited for 2018. Life seems to get sweeter every year and I feel so fortunate to be where I am. Express gratitude daily, love yourself, love others.
“If you don’t know where you’re going you might not get there.” –Yogi Berra
In 2017 I was training harder than I ever had, eating the best I have in my lifetime and was surrounded by a core group of friends that are incredible to say the least. I enter 2018 training less, trying to improve my overall relationship with food and still, thankfully, surrounded by those incredible friends. I also charge forward with new direction and focus on where I want to go in this new year.
Last year I was training and eating like I was because I didn’t want to feel left out, it was convenient, I had people tell me I should and (most days) it was fun. Not because that was my goal, and that’s exactly why it didn’t last. I wasn’t pulled towards these things by passion. Folks would ask me if I was training for regionals or some grand finish line. Nope. I’ve heard athletes speak of regionals or the games being their goal but that never stirred up anything within me. Those goals sound stinkin’ cool but that’s not enough to pull me out of bed at 5am to train or say no to ice cream at a party.
2018 isn’t about FOLLOWING a dream or idea anymore but rather being PULLED so strongly towards my passion that nothing can tempt me away from it, get in the way of it, or divert my drive towards it. This year I have an idea of where I want to go and I can start setting a plan or roadmap to get me there.
Happy New Year Iron Athletes!
EVEN if you lived under a rock…some way…somehow…you have inevitably been exposed to some kind of advertisement talking about new year resolutions. So what do you do when you are inundated with this idea that you have to change everything about yourself?
FIRST Breathe & Brainstorm
Nothing was ever accomplished without planning and preparedness. You are going to take 20 minutes and write down EVERYTHING you think will make you a better person (for your eyes only). Then each week, you will pick JUST ONE thing to implement into your normal routine. Once it becomes habit and not feeling like “extra” effort (hopefully in 1-2 weeks) then we go back to our list and add in something else in addition to the great new habit you have completed!
SECOND Be Consistent
People are made up of what they practice every day. It is easy to focus on the outcome, but the process is what gets you there so you need to bring clear intent to the work you do each day and that is easy when our goals become a priority in our life. Try ranking your brainstorm list or pull out what seem to be the most important things to you right now and that will make it easier to be consistent with your weekly task of one new thing to add to your schedule. If you don’t care about what you are doing, then it will show in the work.
THIRD Be Your Biggest Cheerleader
Before anyone else believes you can do it, you have to believe you can. Lots of times, I have frustrations about how I look and fears about how capable I can be at CrossFit, but all of that is based on other’s perceptions or future experiences that haven’t happened yet. I shut myself down before I even have a chance to feel good and that is how we fall from what’s really important to us. Fear of failure.
Do not fall victim to false perceptions. Love yourself in order to build resiliency to the pangs of life and keep good people around you that affirm the things you value in your own life!
Stay Tuned for next week when Coach Ashley Shares her thoughts on Resolutions!
Hey Iron Athletes,
What an amazing week of testing! The bell literally broke three times in one day because of all your fantastic 1 Rep Max Efforts! At the same time, some of us struggled. Our legs weren’t under us or shoulders didn’t have it that day. The important thing to remember is it was one day. One opportunity to meet a challenge and come through the other side of it a stronger person. Maybe you were stronger physically this go around or maybe you had an entirely different battle. One that left you short of your goal. That’s only true however if your only takeaway from testing is the number.
Testing 1 rep max lifts or benchmark WODs are really important for us because there is something on the line, right? You can feel it as you set up for the workout. That building bellyache or 4th trip to go pee leaves is really a symptom of a bigger question: “Am I better?”
You’d be wrong though if you thought the answer to that question lies solely in the score you got that day. Don’t get me wrong. If you got a bigger 1 rep max or a faster score, then there is definite improvement and you should be proud! But, has every day felt like that? Has every workout been a win?
My point is, if you are not also considering what has also changed throughout your life with work, relationships, sleep, food, training schedule, new pets, whatever, then we are limiting our scope of success.
Before you set up for a workout or even before you come into the gym, realize that we are a product of ALL the choices we make and whether they have been good or bad, they have gotten us this far. That’s your reality so embrace it and find a way to make the most out of your next 24 hours. If we spend time complaining about our situation or getting frustrated at our performance, then we focus our time and attention on the negative. Instead, spend your time being thankful for what has brought you here. Set up excited that you get to use your body and fight to make it stronger. If you hit that moment in the workout where you feel like your failing, then be happy. You have reached a new threshold and your new task is to be better than you thought possible.
Greatness is reserved for people that seek challenges in life.
See you in the gym,
Written by: Coach Elijah
I’m always watching weightlifting & CrossFit videos to learn new cues or methods professionals are implementing in order to better my ability.Seeing as how we are in the middle of our strength cycle, I thought this video would be helpful in pointing out 2 things that will help build a better squat:
(1) After watching the video, did you see how every one of the lifters (for the most part) keeps their grip narrow, upper back really tight and chest up. They let their knees break first and travel over their toes and really drive with their quads. As they come out of the hole (bottom of the squat) they come out with speed and drive their upper back into the bar. This keeps the torso upright and maximizes efficiency.
(2) See how they attack the weights. Each rep looks like a max effort. Because it is. They take their time between reps, get their breathing right and focus on making each attempt technically perfect. This is the approach we all need to have. Getting stronger is hard, and requires you to constantly push weight. Don’t be afraid to fail a rep, and push yourself. You can handle more than you think.
At 2:21 you will she that girl squatting, and as she drives out of the hole her hips rise immediately, shifting the weight into her hamstrings, glutes and back, eliminating the use of the quads. Not ideal, and technically not great. She isn’t quite able to keep her torso upright with that load and she ends up failing the last rep.
As you progress in the sport, PR’s will be fewer and farther between. Focus on your technique and maximize your efficiency. Every rep, from your air squat warm ups to your max out 1 reps should look the same. Constant attention to the details, and dedication to maximizing your technique will allow the PR’s to continue to roll in.