Front squat 1RM PR at 160lbs!! Did a little wiggle coming up but I’ll take it - been working on form. Happy to PR specially on a day when I can’t WOD with everyone. #crossfit #crossfit310 #squat #frontsquat #strength #wod #dropitlikeasquat @crossfit310 thanks for filming @gburford
2013 CrossFit Games Recap
This is my third year in a row going to the Games and it is so different every time. The only thing that really remains the same is extremely hard working athletes giving it their all. First, me and my ladies:
- Highly dislike the segregation of Silver and Gold passes. Also highly dislike you can’t purchase single day passes. The live ESPN streaming somewhat made up for the diss to the po’ folk.
- The half-marathon row was a snoozer for the spectator.
- Broke my ole heart to see Froning struggle in the pool event - but it also made me happy because that was a true testament to the fact that he (or any athlete) is not unstoppable.
- Legless rope climbs make me shudder. I pray to the CF gods that we won’t see any of those programmed at our box. Otherwise, hey scaling, how you doin’?
- Naughty Nancy looked like pure endurance hell. Dare I say it looked like the OHS were the “break” to breathe after running? But then again, hello trying to run with dead legs. Smdh.
- The “Worm” made me think of what wine I should have that night because of the cork resemblance.
- Insanely mind boggling to see the beast weight these ladies are throwing up overhead in the Clean & Jerk Ladder.
- Lucas Parker is so mechanical and magical. He is on-point with his form for every single lift he does. I think his beard holds secrets.
- Lucas Parker and Aja Barto going head-to-head on the C&J Ladder proved that there is no ideal height, shape or size for an athlete to be an amazingly strong olympic lifter.
- A bit shocking to see the usual "top ladies" (Camille and Clever) not even break the Top 10. I sit and wonder how different (if at all) it would have been had Annie T and Julie Foucher competed.
- Khalipa is amazing. One of the vets and still on top of his game. He got so close, so very close. Would have been rad to see him get his second title after five years.
- That guy in that one team with the broken finger that did a one-armed snatch along with a deadlift, pull-up, C2B and a clean in the Pig event to keep his team in the running. All with essentially one-arm! Or 7 fingers at the most. All for the sake of his team. True team player.
- I wish I had hundreds (or thousands) of dollars to spend on all the goodies there like more socks, tanks, oly shoes, headbands, etc.
- Motocross and BMX demo at the Games? Really, CrossFit?
- Tyga performing at the Games? Come on, Crossfit. You’re drunk, go home.
- And Froning takes the three-peat Fittest Man on Earth title! You all know I have a soft spot in my heart for my hubby but I did secretly wish that Khalipa would have taken it.
- Sam Briggs, Fittest Woman on Earth! She is a legit beast. Kind of scares me a bit. I’m curious if she would have taken it if Annie T and/or Julie Foucher would’ve competed. Guess we’ll never know until next year!
There you have it, folks. My third year at The Games. The experience keeps getting so different year and I’ll be honest, not necessarily for the better in my opinion. I know the Games will never be like they were because it keeps growing, but i do miss when it wasn’t so commercialized and such huge a production like in 2011.
Check out my squat clean face. First time hitting the Other Total and it was a good time. I PR’d all across - granted some skills I haven’t gone for a 1RM in a while. But happy with results!
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Battle of the Fitness
I recently talked about this but it just keeps popping up so I’m going to blog about it again. The constant bashing of each others fitness programs continues and it sucks. And it comes from both sides.
Dear fellow CrossFit folk: Stop the superiority complex. Believe me, i love it, too. After three years of CrossFitting I better love it! But what’s the point in acting superior to other fitness? Bashing things like Zumba and marathoners and prancercise (haha) is dumb.
Dear everyone else doing bashing against CrossFit: Why do you care? Maybe you’re defensive because you heard a CrossFitter bashing yours? Fair enough. It can be a vicious cycle. But memes like the one below get to me because I personally know many people that I CrossFit with (including myself) who enjoy other sports and activities outside of the box such as volleyball, soccer, jiujitsu, self-defense, surfing, hiking, triathlons and much more. And needless to say, i CrossFit with many police officers, firefighters, FBI and military. They would all agree it’s great supplemental training for their careers and the others agree it’s supplemental for whatever they do outside of the box.
Bottom line? Can’t we all just get along? At least people are moving and staying active!
Rant over, carry on.
Three Years of CrossFit
As of this month, April 2013, I will officially have been a CrossFitter at CrossFit 310 for three years. Prior to CrossFit I never would have guessed that I would have stuck to a fitness program for this long. I was so fickle before CrossFit having tried everything from Zumba, Insanity, Tae-Bo, Jillian Michael, kickboxing, etc. But this I’ve committed to for so many reasons beyond fitness.
I began eating Paleo/Primal BEFORE CrossFitting (weird, right?). When I would look up recipes to make I began to notice that nearly all the Paleo bloggers out there (very few at the time) were doing this thing called “CrossFit”. Naturally, I Googled what it is and I was intrigued. I’d ask around about it but no one in my circles knew what it was so i decided to look up my nearest location. I tried a couple of locations that had the standard intro session of a baseline WOD, and it was pretty killer but I just didn’t feel a connection to the coaches, the place and it wasn’t enough to warrant the hefty membership price tags. But then I wandered into CrossFit 310…
Getting lost (per usual) and not knowing exactly where the entrance was (before there was signage out front), Coach Kris sees me wandering aimlessly and waves me over. We had a brief discussion and something that he said that always has stuck with me is, “I’m a sucky sales man. I don’t want to ‘sell’ this to you. I want you to experience it first hand, see if you love it. If you do, awesome! If you don’t and you don’t think it’s for you, then it was nice to meet you. Let’s get out there and see if you love it.” Here is where I was first introduced to Chris “Small” Galligani, Jenny “Goose” Atkinson and Helen “Hair Down” Medina. They were about to begin the warm up and I was clueless on what “foot work” was, so Jenny offered to guide me through it (you did great, Jenny!). From this point on, the 5:30 class came to be known as Girl Fight because at the time it was usually just us girls and maybe one or two guys who we probably scared away to other class times from all the estrogen. And the rest is Girl Fight history. To this day we remain very close friends and revel in the rare days that we get to WOD together since we all go in at different times now.
On days when I get so mad that I couldn’t RX a WOD, beat my PR on a strict press, get a strict HSPU yet or do a muscle up - it does me good to remember where I started and how far I’ve come. Think back to when I first began not knowing a single soul and with very little athletic background (only couple years of volleyball). Before CrossFit I was just doing some circuit training on my own. When I started I did push ups from my knees, black band for pull ups, most barbell work was with just the bar or maybe 10lb bumper plates, singles for jump rope and 18lb kettle swings.
One thing I love about CrossFit is that there is always a new goal no matter what level athlete you are. Anyone can be faster or stronger in any skill. Today I can do strict pushups with no problem (except when there are a million in a WOD), strict pull ups and also kipping, string Toes To Bar, can swing a 53lb kettle in a WOD, double unders and can lift triple digits in most barbell work. Granted, there are bumps in the road such as my knee inflammation that I dealt with for so long and the “dark ages” (aka when I had a new a job and had a hard time making in to the gym at all for half a year). But never did I think I’d be doing any of these things when I first started. I was the epitome of a “beginner” having little-to-no sports, military or gymnastic background. Yes, I had been doing some circuit training, but nothing in comparison to the skills in CrossFit.
There is so much more I want to do in here! To this day it isn’t boring, ever. I want to get my ring and bar muscle up, like yesterday. I want so bad to have my strict HSPU - currently I’m about 3-4 inches away. I want to nail that strict ring dip - so close. With knee feeling much better (most days), I want to recover my endurance. I want to get past my stubborn strict press PR. I want to nail a squat snatch with more than 65lbs. Last but not least, I want to continue creating memories WOD’ing at CrossFit 310 with the new friends I continue to make, Koach and my Girl Fight girls who have all come a very long way with their own CrossFit story.
Thank you, CrossFit. You’re a game changer.
That’s a Wrap on the 2013 CrossFit Games Open
There were some I wasn’t too thrilled with my score and some I was happy with. All in all, fun yet deathly times had with friends and will be interesting to repeat some of these later on to see improvement.
109. Ugh. This one was terrible. The burpees winded me so bad. I was hoping to reach and attempt at least 1 100lb snatch rep but that didn’t happen. Next time.
148. Another terrible one. Did step ups to save knee pain and ended up doing them from only one side which fired up opposite side of lower back when doing deadliest. Ouch.
Didn’t do this for I knew this one would fire up the knee and force me to scale WOD’s for rest of the week. And that wasn’t worth it to me.
51. I was actually looking forward to this one because I am a fan of T2B. Things just click with this skill for me. But I knew those clean and jerks were a bit heavy for me to do that many mixed in with T2B for my forearms would be shot. I flew through the T2B pretty good but I think I took too long of breaks in between clean and jerks. Next time I need to have a timed plan for this one.
45. After it was announced, this is one I was dreading the most. I even got queasy the morning before doing it. Reason is because the last couple times I’ve done a Fran-like WOD, my knee has basically blown up (being dramatic but knee took a beating) because I have a tendency to crash down at the bottom of my squat during thrusters (I think in an effort to go fast). This went a lot better than I expected it to! I got through first set of thrusters unbroken, first set of C2B almost unbroken at about 9-10 reps. The second set of thrusters were brutal though. This is one I’m definitely looking forward to re-do someday. Tip: reverse grip on C2B helped a ton - and yes, it meets the standard of “athlete can choose their grip”.
But sometimes people vomit during and after workouts. It just happens. Things get weird, and sometimes you have to pay the clown.