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, June 15, 2011

It's Starting to Become the Norm

Again, a night of firsts. . . and if I didn't mention your name, don't worry, you know you did well tonight, because everyone did. . .

I should start out by saying that I am not surprised, but I am ecstatic.  Similar to the the faces of those folks who just time and again surprise themselves.

35 lb Push Press PR!!
My first memory of last night, big Jim, who took the time after the 5 pm class to walk up to me and show me a 35 lb PR.  Recorded in his book - still doesn't feel like that small of a step big Jim, excellent, excellent job.

The second event to address from last night, all the folks who took on box jumps.  Those are always a mind game and it is one of the best weaknesses to address because it takes all the hard work into consideration that you have done.  So Ann, Kerry (or Carrie), and Sam, huge kudos to you for accomplishing so much.

The third event was all the folks who are really taking the weaknesses to heart and applying the short time period we have to working on them. 

The final event.  After huge deadlift PR's from the seven o'clock class last week to a rx'd workout this week. . .

As we went to start last night's workout, the last of the evening, I saw a couple glances from his direction towards mine as I took in the class setting up for the workout.  It was a AMRAP (As many rounds/reps as possible) in 6 minutes of 10 pull-ups, 15 air squats.  I noticed that a blue band was on the bar he was using, but it wasn't anywhere near where he would be doing pull-ups, he had pushed it to the side.  The all too familiar start rang out and he was stringing together kipping pull-ups, and not 1 or 2 or 3. . .

The reason I was so happy was because he has been working so hard and in true fashion, when you work hard it pays off to the things that you want.  I remember when he first walked in, almost kicking and screaming from a co-worker, bug-eyed about the things that were being done and timid of the things that he would have to do.

Here's to long strides and passion for improvement Todd!  Well done!

Now on to some thoughts:
1)  There is room for improvement - not to take away from basking in glory, you are privy to that!
2)  Continue working on the weaknesses - you will make great strides before you know it.
3)  Take care of yourself through mobility, proper rest and nutrition - it will pay dividends to you in ways you won't know unless you don't do it and get hurt and then wish you had.

Lastly, are we gonna continue to make PR's the norm?  That would be a tremendous thing, but on the heels of yesterday's blog, it isn't always meant to be, therefore, if you try your hardest, don't beat yourself up mentally, it will only put a damper on your ability to focus on the task at hand - the overall goal of becoming more fit and more healthy.

Congratulations to the morning and night crews on all things achieved, let's keep working!

"No matter how carefully you plan your goals they will never be more than pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto."
                        - W. Clement Stone

-Coach Tony

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