I go into everyday with the intention of doing my best. I do my best at my job, with my training, as a friend, and as a daughter. I want to die, known as being a hard worker, giving my all everyday all day. My best may not be your best, my best may be below your standards, my best may be less than it was the day before, however I give all that I can give in the moment. There are days (a lot of days) where I am tired, where I didn’t get enough sleep, where I my mind can’t focus, but I give everything I have to the people and the situations at hand. My goal is for you to do the same. Are you giving your best today? Can you possibly work any harder? Can you be any better today? In this moment?
“Don’t fall into the trap of being negative, just taking whatever life brings your way. Set the tone for victory and success.“
– Joel Osteen
I use to be a negative person. When I woke up in the morning my first thoughts were negative. I didn’t want to be awake, I didn’t want to go to school, I didn’t want to work hard, I just wanted to be in my grumpy place. Why? I couldn’t really tell you, that is just how I felt at the time. Could it have been the negative people I was surrounding myself with? Possibly. Could I have just been unhappy? Possibly. Whatever the reason is, it is irrelevant. After a long journey to finding my happy place and peace within my self the negativity went away. I now focus on surrounding myself with people who are going to be a positive influence in my life. People who will lift me up instead of tear me down- and I focus on being one of these people to others as well.
Whatever the morning brings, maybe you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, have a bad workout, or are late to work, turn your day around. Don’t let the little things in life bring a dark cloud to your sunny day. Find the happiness in your day and your life will be much more peaceful.
Sometimes, we wake up and the last thing you want to do is get out of bed; but you do and you make your way to the gym. On your way someone cuts you off, you hit every red light, and now you are late for class; perfect equation for a bad mood. The workout on the board is all of your goats and your double unders in the warm up aren’t stringing together. The coach tries to help you but all you can do is lash out. You are frustrated, frustrated your morning isn’t going the way you had planned. As the workout continues all you can think about is last nights fight with your significant lover and you take it out on everyone else around you.
I see this a lot inside the gym. You can tell on someones face how they are feeling, and when they speak there is a bitter tone in their voice. As a coach, we have these days as well. We are human just like everyone else. But this is a friendly reminder to all out there who have lashed out on someone while they were trying to workout, myself included, be kind. Be kind to those around you, be kind to those who try to help you. When you are wrong apologize, maybe you’re not sorry for what you said but how you said it, apologize, show love, and be kind to one another.
We only get one life, take each day with a grain of salt. Don’t turn your happy place into a place of dismay. Leave your shit at the door before you come into the gym, have fun, and treat everyone with kindness. You never know what they are going through, we are all human.
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.
Working in a crossfit gym I see lots of motivated women on a daily basis. They come in, work hard, sweat and get shit done. They are unstoppable in the gym. However, they still don’t have the body they strive for. They want to look like Camille Leblanc-Bazinet, Lindsey Valenzuela, and Andrea Ager. I admit I am one of these women. Although they put in the work inside the gym, outside the gym is a different story. I believe success to earning your body is not only achieved inside of the gym but in the kitchen. When women come to me wanting to know why they aren’t seeing the results they want, my first response is what are you eating? Most of these ladies include process foods in their diet, sugar, and alcohol. I believe in order to see these extreme results you must cut these things out of your diet completely. Now, this is me saying, “Do as I say not as I do.” I admit, I love my red wine, processed foods and sugar are not a problem its that wine I enjoy every now and again that gets me! If you want to be great sometimes you must sacrifice things you enjoy. I encourage you all to clean out your kitchen, shape up your diet, and strive for greatness!
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!