22 PUSHUPS FOR 22 DAYS WINNER
Great job to everyone who participated in the 22 pushups for 22 days challenge. I was super impressed by how some of you (Debbie and Chris come to mind) posted on Facebook to increase awareness. Awesome.
Four people completed the challenge: Debbie, Mark, Kimberly, and Chris. Great Job!! This morning, Ryan and I put those 4 names in a basket and drew one to choose a winner, and we chose...Kimberly!! Kimberly will be the recipient of a $50 Rogue Fitness Gift Card. Way to go everyone!
4TH OF JULY WOD
We will have NO regular WOD Saturday morning; and on the 4th we'll only be open for one large group WOD at 9 am, so please come!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT TRAIL RUNS
The next 3 Wednesday nights (June 29, July 6, and July 13) we'll have trail runs so the Barrel to Keg team can prepare. But everyone is welcome to join us for these runs...and we will have scaled runs as well so don't be afraid to come because of distance. We'll meet at the box like the normal 5:30 pm WOD.
VOLUNTEER NEEDED FOR BARREL TO KEG TEAM
The CFN team (Lethal Dark Assassins aka Ninjas) needs a volunteer. If you were interested in doing B2K, but unsure what it was like, this might be a good way to see what it's all about (and then sign up next year!)
I have no idea what specifically our volunteer will be doing, but will have more info soon. Please let Ryan or me know right away if you might be interested in this opportunity.
Come try our new class - OG BARBELL - Tues/Thurs from 5 to 7 pm.
This is a barbell/strength WOD series with a similar format to our last OLY class.
This 2 hour time period is a open-gym; where those wanting to work on strength/barbell can come in and work at their own pace through a WOD that will be posted both on the site under a 2nd tab to the right of the regular daily WOD in the WOD blog; as well as it will be posted on a white board in the box that will be specifically dedicated to OG BARBELL.
We hope that some of you at the 3x membership will choose to up your membership to unlimited so you can have an opportunity to dedicate the time and work into improving your Olympic lifts; as well as developing overall strength. As you may know, most of the regular daily WODs are focused on metabolic conditioning; this will be a chance to work specifically toward strength gains.
The 'OG' stands for open gym...this will not be a trainer led time. Rather, this will be a chance for athletes to come in, pick a corner of the gym to work, and just work at their own pace while the regular 5:30 WOD and Foundation class are going.
You may not be able to show up right at 5:00. That's ok. Come at any point during the 2 hour period. However, some of you may remember that the OLY wods last time occasionally lasted 2 hours or more.
You must get permission from Ryan to do this class. Because athletes will be working on their own, (even though a trainer will be there,) you must have a basic mastery of the Olympic lifts.
Any questions, ask Ryan.
COMMUNITY IN CROSSFIT: WHY WE’RE STRONGER TOGETHER
We all know that community is a key component of CrossFit; but why is it essential? After all, there are some out there (garage Crossfitters being a prime example) who are able to muster the mental fortitude to work out alone. They have a training routine, and stick to it...no matter what. They push themselves to their personal max; despite the fact that no one is watching, no one is around to cheer them on, no one is there to “compete” with.
These highly-driven individuals are to be admired...no doubt. But these types are maybe 0.5% of the population. The rest of us have tried working out alone and have come to the conclusion that working out with several other people, or at least one friend, has some profound benefits.
If you’ve ever sought a friend to work out with; you know how helpful that is. When you don’t feel like working out, you know that you told them last night you’d meet them at 6 am; and they will be very upset if you don’t show up. That accountability is powerful. So you end up showing up; even when you don’t feel like it; and you’re glad you did!
But taking that scenario long term; maybe you have had an experience where you were doing well with a work-out partner; and either one of fizzeled out after a while; so the other quit too. Here’s where one of the benefits of working out at the box comes into play. It can be almost impossible for two people to meet 3-5 times a week without fail for years and years. Because in real life, stuff comes up...stuff that can completely de-rail your fitness routine for days or weeks. In the two-person scenario, you might give up; or more likely, think you’re “taking a break” which then turns into 6 months or longer. But in the box, even if the person you enjoy working out with isn’t there; there are still several others who will probably show up when you planned on working out who will fill the role of the “work out buddy.” The Bible says that a person alone can be attacked and defeated, but two standing together can conquer; while three are even better. (I’ll add that more than three are even better!) Practically speaking; it can be easy to give up and be defeated by complacency when you are doing a fitness routine alone. But if you have even one friend to join, more than likely you both can conquer complacency; and three or more are even better! Three or more are better because as stuff that gets in the way of fitness (ie, your family, job, and other committments...which are all important and neccessary) comes up; there is usually at least one other person who’s going to be able to work out with you during the hour you want to work out.
PUSHING YOURSELF HARDER BECAUSE YOU’RE BEING WATCHED (OR IN TEAM SCENARIOS, YOU’RE BEING WAITED ON)
Another interesting dynamic to the group setting of CrossFit is the feeling that you’re on display. In truth, while you ARE on display, actually you’re probably not being watched as much as you FEEL like you’re being watched. If the class trainer is casting a watchful gaze across the class, making sure everyone is doing the movements safely, within the proper parameters of each movement; you are being watched by the trainer. Which is really good. But the other people working out with you probably aren’t watching you as much as you feel you’re being watched. They are focused on “getting through” this taxing workout. That is what is taking up 95% of their attention. However, this feeling that we’re on display actually can be a good thing. When you are in a performance; whether in the arts or in sports, you try to do your best. You typically try to give it all you can.
And this aspect is even more powerful when doing team wods. Those of you who come to the Saturday team wod know this especially. If you’re working out with 2 or 3 people, and the other two are catching their breath while you’re working; they are essentially waiting on you to work. And no one likes to hold up their team mates; so you push just a little harder than you would if you were doing the same wod in single format in a regular group wod. (So try to come to all the Saturday wods you can...they are really good for you!)
Those of you who are highly competitive benefit from the community aspect of CrossFit because you want to have a better score than the person (or persons) you compete with in your WODs. You thrive from the thrill of being the first across the finish line. And the cool thing about CrossFit is that since the WODs are so diverse, at one time or another, we’re all bound to find that wod that was “in our wheelhouse” and be in the top scoring tier for finishing. Some don’t care too much about this aspect, and that’s just fine too.
“Good work! Keep it up!”
“Keep it going, team!!”
“Enough rest, Tarrah, jump back in there and work!”
“You got this!!!”
These simple, positive statements of encouragement are POWERFUL. When you are brand new to CrossFit, it might have seemed strange to hear these words of affirmation being spouted out right and left. It seemed weird until you were struggling through a workout that you thought would never end. Maybe you were one of the last people to finish it. And somehow, in some strange but tangible way, those words shouted at you by your workout buddies gave you that extra push to finish and give it your best effort. The high fives and “good jobs” at the end of the wod felt nice too. And suddenly, you understood.
We don’t know why it works, but we do know that it does work. It may seem strange to outsiders; I mean, after all, we’re just exercising. Isn’t it kinda goofy to scream “Keep it up...you got this!!!” while someone is just exercising? Yes, if you’re an outsider; NO if you’re a CrossFitter.
It takes alot of motivation to stick with a fitness program in a world where everything is geared to make life easy. And here we are choosing to not only WORK in our free time; but work harder than we ever wanted to. We know it’s good for us and we like the results; but none the less, it’s easy to give up.
You’re working hard in the middle of a wod and your body is telling you to quit. Or you’re thinking about whether you’re going to WOD or not today, and that part of you thinks, “I’m tired, not today.” But once you’ve chosen to put in that hard work, those words of encouragement make a hard job a little more bearable.
Other times, you want to wimp out, and one of your workout buddies encourages you to push yourself a little bit harder. The other day, I wanted to use the skinny blue band on my pullups and Tom put his hand over the bands and told me to just do a few at a time, unbanded, even thought it would take a bit longer. (Now, at this point, I want to say all things in moderation because I’m certainly NOT advocating pushing each other past the point of safety or each individual’s personal comfort level. It’s up to you and your trainer. I’d much rather have people work at a level that is hard, but appropriate. Where they can wod 3-5 times a week...NOT go way too hard or heavy, then not be able to come back for a week!! Please get this; it’s important.) But the thing is, Tom knows that I can do regular unbanded pullups and he knows I probably should be doing them because I’m not injured nor do I have any legitimate reason not too. (I just wanted the band so I wouldn’t be finishing minutes behind everyone else.) But how am I going to get better at pullups if I don’t push myself a little bit each time?
The Bible says that just like iron sharpens iron; one person sharpens another. If we, as a community, encourage each other with words of positivity; and gently nudge one another to push our boundaries in safe and appropriate ways, we will all make progress toward our personal fitness together.