This past CrossFit Open wod I ended up attempting it 3 times. Normally, I will attempt the workout twice but 14.2 I ended up doing it three times- way too many chest-to-bar pull-ups in my book!
14.2 – Every 3 minutes for as long as possible complete:
2 rounds of:
10 overhead squats
10 chest-to-bar pull-ups
2 rounds of:
12 overhead squats
12 chest-to-bar pull-ups
2 rounds of:
14 overhead squats
14 chest-to-bar pull-ups
Etc., following same pattern until you fail to complete both rounds
Now, I love overhead squats- I believe it is one of my favorite movements in crossfit, however chest-to-bar pull-ups are not my thing. The first time I did 14.2 I got 82 reps. Not bad, but not where I wanted to be or thought I would be. I took a day of rest then did the workout again this time I got 83 reps. One more rep seemed pathetic to me, yes a PR is a PR, however I wanted more. I decided to do the workout again the next day this was my last chance to attempt the wod before scores had to be submitted. 3..2..1.. GO and I was off again. First 3 minutes, no problem, it was the 2nd 3 minutes I knew I was going to struggle with. After the 2nd 3 minutes started I just did what I knew how to do, I knocked out the overhead squats quick to give me more time on the chest-to-bars.
First round was done but now my grip was starting to give up, I could feel the tension, it was uncomfortable, I was tired, I didn’t want to keep going- but then a switch clicked on it was no longer “give up” my head was saying it was “don’t stop,” “keep going,” “get past the 12′s.” My coach came over and started to talk me through that last set of 12 chest-to-bars. It was hard I was doing one at a time- but I kept fighting- my mind went to the dark side. You know-…the voice in your head that cries in pain and pushes you through the tough stuff to keep going and not drop the bar… that voice. I had made it through the set of 12′s, my goal, I had 5 seconds and I was off again this time on 14′s. My legs were burning on the overhead squats and all I wanted to do was drop the bar and rest. But that dark voice in my head shut the pussy voice up and kept that bar overhead for all 14 reps.
I ended up with 127 reps, a 40 rep PR, now THAT’S a PR! If that dark voice had not come out and sparked a fire in my heart I might have only ended up with 84 reps.
Find that dark side, push hard, push often, don’t stop.
I was inspired not too long ago by one of the members in my gym who had lost control over one side of her body. She had a stroke after having her twins about 10 years ago. Looking to change her life, she came to HCF not knowing what she would be able to do with her limited mobility. I have had the pleasure of working with her since she joined and seeing her growth inside and out of the gym has been incredible. I watched her go from walking to running, stepping to jumping, doing modified pull ups on the rings to pull ups on the cage, using help to get into a rower to getting in it all by herself, and so much more. The progress has been astonishing! This woman, whether she knows it or not, inspires me daily. I see her come in the gym and work her ass off! Less than 100% is never an option for her. She works had, pushes hard, and makes me a better coach, athlete, and person. I am so lucky to have crossed paths with this woman, who is not only a client but now a friend!
“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”
Lets face it, life happens. Things don’t always go the way you want them to, but it is not what happens to you, it is how you handle the situation. You have two options when things go wrong: 1. You can be sad, mope around all day, and make everyone else feel bad for you, or 2. You can buck up and move on!
There comes a point in time where you cannot handle what happens to you, you can only decide how you are going to deal with that situation. Wake up. Put your big girl “game time” panties on. Live life with a positive attitude and inspire/encourage someone to do the same!
My entire life I have constantly had to prove myself. I had to prove I was going to make a great CrossFit Coach. I had to prove I was going to be a loving girlfriend. I had to prove that I was capable of doing prescribed loads in a workout and could hang with the big dogs. I had to prove I could live on my own. It’s been a long road of fighting for what I want, and everyday I still continue to fight. It has made me who I am. Nothing in life has ever been handed to me, I have had to work my ass off to get where I wanted to go. To this day, I still continue the fight. I fight hard and I fight long to turn my dreams into reality.
One of the things I love about CrossFit is the mantra “leave your ego at the door.” During any workout it is always you against yourself; being the best person you can be. Lately, I have seen lots of egos pop up here and there throughout the gym. Whether it is not scaling due to an injury, miscounting reps cheating themselves, or simply not listening to their coach while they are trying to explain the workout of the day.
To be direct, when you walk into the gym you are no better than anyone else. Whether you are a competitor or starting day one of on-ramp, expectations remain the same; work fucking hard, do your best, be kind to others, coaches, and yourself, and be HONEST! Don’t sell yourself short! Be humble, be diligent, be virtuous!
CrossFit is a unique sport. Unlike any other athletic competition, in CrossFit everyone is a cheerleader not only for themselves, but also for the person next to them. CrossFitters are responsible for pushing their neighbor, for letting them know that they can do more and go outside their comfort zone. CrossFitters stay until the last person finishes; cheering them on to move faster and do their very best. CrossFitters hold their friends and fellow teammates accountable when they fail to attend a class. CrossFit is not just about you. CrossFit is about the community, it is about support, pride, competition, and motivation. CrossFit is caring about your classmates, pushing them to achieve more, and accomplishing your goals together!