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My Best

12 May

Good Enough?

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?

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Negativity

1 May

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.

Kindness

24 Apr

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.

 

 

The dark side

13 Mar

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:
From 0:00-3:00
2 rounds of:
10 overhead squats
10 chest-to-bar pull-ups
From 3:00-6:00
2 rounds of:
12 overhead squats
12 chest-to-bar pull-ups
From 6:00-9:00
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.

Bring It On Life!

30 Jan

“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!

Bring It On Life

Fight

24 Jan

fight

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.

Big EGO

21 Jan

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!

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