It all started from a friend, a colleague, a peer . . .
From being bored with the same routine, from plateauing time and time again . . .
I wanted to get healthy, I wanted people around me who cared . . .

They called it constantly varied, functional movements, executed at high intensity . . .

It's about taking the first step -

It's called CrossFit and I friggin' love it!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Finding Your Pace

In a twenty minute AMRAP,(as many rounds/reps as possible) you don't have too much time to think.  Fact is, in most CrossFit workouts, there isn't much time.  You can think about something for only so long before something has to get done.

Last night was more than interesting, there were a TON of accomplishments.  I was really excited to see everyone picking up the hang dumbbell power snatch so quickly.  Such a intricate movement and everyone seemed to make it look so easy.

CrossFit - dumbbell snatch tri-panel - please note, this is a full snatch, last night was the power snatch, therefore, we don't drop into the full squat to catch the weight.  The beginning of the movement is still the same.

Back to the discussion for today though.  Finding your pace is not easy.  It takes a lot of time and patience.  You have to perform movements for so long in order to figure out what your pace is.  Sometimes you get overzealous - and you blow your mind, body and heart out before you finish the first round.  Then there are the times where you go to slow, and at the end of the workout you feel like there was something else there, something in the tank that was never released.  That feeling of regret sunk in your stomach like a Five Guys Burger - with tin foil and a full bag of fries.

You aren't going to figure it all out on Day 1, even Day 90 of CrossFit, it takes awhile.  So there is no need to get frustrated, that will only make trying to learn and grow harder.

My two cents - be yourself.  You want to get out of your comfort zone, get to the brink where dizzy meets lack of breath, where anxiety is an afterthought.  The place where eyes become slightly glazed, things become hazy and it's the snap of a specific tone that brings you back to reality.  It's the same place where wiping your face doesn't actually take the sweat away.  It's the place where muscles ache as much as you think they do, but you keep going cause you aren't done.

 Get there often, it will pay immense benefits in the long run, and even though everyone tells you to take a deep breath before you lift, you still have to breath. 

You need to be yourself - you cannot emulate and expect the same results.  You are different - and how you work hard to achieve gets results.

Lets have some fun while we get better.

-Coach Tony

"A lot of people run a race to see who is fastest. I run to see who has the most guts, who can punish himself into exhausting pace, and then at the end, punish himself even more."
                          -  Steve Prefontaine

"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."
                          -  Ralph Waldo Emerson

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