Friday 130315

“Zimmerman”
As many rounds as possible in twenty-five minutes:
11 Chest-to-bar pull-ups
2 Deadlifts, 315# (215#)
10 Handstand push-ups

Post results to comments and BTWB.

Corrie, fighting for full extension on her kettlebell swings.

Am I Crossfit-Worthy?

“Forging Elite Fitness”, the CrossFit motto, was intimidating to me, a novice in fitness in her late thirties. For months after starting CrossFit, I wasn’t sure if I had the mindset of a “real” CrossFitter. I had a CrossFit t-shirt that hung in my closet several months before I’d wear it, because I worried someone would point out that I hadn’t been exactly an athlete during my first thirty plus years on the planet. In the beginning, I felt like a “wanna-be” athlete—someone who liked to talk the talk, but had no clue as to how to walk the walk. I’d see women lifting almost twice what I could lift, and wondered what I was thinking, pretending to be some sort of weight lifter! Yet here I am, over a year later, still plugging away at it, while I’ve seen people at my gym come and go. While my times still aren’t the fastest and my weights aren’t as heavy as other CrossFitters, I haven’t given up yet. Perseverance seems to be my greatest strength in the gym, and I believe I have time on my side. In times of self-doubt in my mind I still need to remind myself that I’m in the middle of a process. A heavy breathing, heart-pounding, grunting- out-loud process.

So if sweating profusely, breathing like an asthmatic and feeling physically spent right after the WOD is the desired effect, am I totally crazy for continuing? There are still occasional days when I truly think I’ve gotten myself in way over my head and want to quit. But that’s when I set a new PR, or improve on a lift, and I know that CrossFit, for me, is the kick in the seat I need. CrossFit spills into the rest of my life, making me ever mindful to push forward to accomplish goals and achieve my personal best. CrossFit-as-inspiration may sound cliché’, but to those who stick with it, I guarantee they will find the fitness experience anything but dull.

This is an excerpt from A Newbie’s Guide To CrossFit, by Amy Harrelson

Comments

  1. Lisa Ward :

    If anyone has seen or maybe picked up my jump rope, I really miss it. :( It’s a blue speed rope with black handles. If you see it please let me know! Thanks. Lisa

  2. Izzo :

    I just wanna congratulate Coach Courtney for getting 8 rds on 13.2 after thinking she might only go a rd or 2 with the Rx’d weight. I was her judge and as I was counting her reps, I couldn’t help but feel bad for that poor lil unloaded barbell she had all ready to go for back-up in case she needed it. But it was No Rep For You today Mr. Empty Bar, maybe some other day!!! :)
    And from a fellow shoulder surgery veteran, don’t forget to ice that baby down tonite.

  3. Cherie :

    HELL YEAH Court! Way to recover!

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