Tuesday, January 29, 2013

CrossFit No Joke

CrossFit Joke..."How do you know that someone is into CrossFit?", "Because they won't shut the EFF up about it". This is not to far off from the truth. If you are Facebook friends with anyone who does CrossFit, you know what I'm talking about.  We just want to share it with you and more importantly we want you to try it!

I used to go to the gym early in the morning everyday, but my routine was getting so repetitive. CrossFit workouts are always changing - one day, I'm climbing ropes, the next kipping pull-ups and one day I'm doing handstand push-ups. Ok, OK, I admit I can't do any of these yet, but there are scaled down versions of it. I will be doing these before I turn 50 in July. You can quote me on that! And don't you worry it will be posted on Facebook!

The progress you make in CrossFit is tracked on the whiteboard and in your journal, a book that everyone must have with them or its a 10 burppee penalty. Seeing this data in front of you will push you harder to preform better. At the end of the day you are tied to a number. Athletes that just lift weights will ask "how much can you bench?" In CrossFit they will say "What is your Fran time?"

You are competing against yourself to be better than yesterday. You can see everyones scores, but your focus will be on yourself. Nothing feels better than beating your own time. Sure it hurts, and you may even want to puke. You are going to think you can't possibly go any faster or harder, but you always manage to do it. The peer pressure works wonders.

Soon CrossFit will become your social life. You will get emails from the trainers if you don't show up, or they will hunt you down on Facebook and you will not hear the end of it. The community is motivating. Classes have about 15 people in them, and you will get to know them. You will cheer for them and they will cheer for you. You will leave class not only in muscle pain and feeling great, but with new friends.

If you are lacking in the workout department, it's time to consider something new and exciting. Wod will become part of your daily lingo and you wont shut up about it!

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Bulky...my A$$

This will be my last post about CrossFit or Strength Training making you BULKY. I get so tired of breaking it down again and again for people. Training and nutrition makes you look like a healthy person, PERIOD! Please avoid CrossFit if you are scared to look like this...

or this...

on the other hand women like the ones below are the product of hormone therapy and a program designed to make you look muscular and no desire to actually improve physical performance. Just the opposite of what CrossFit will do for you. I am not trying to bash the sport of bodybuilding...Heck, I did this myself years ago. I know first hand these people are the most dedicated and hardest working athletes, I have ever known. That being said, the entire sport is built upon the idea of looking good. Points are not awarded for anything else, just looks.

If you want to look like the skinny pictures below, then CrossFit is not for you, and to be honest I don't want you as a client. Go hit up the elliptical or the recumbent bike for 3 hours a day and don't eat anything. Once in awhile I do get clients in here that start with this mentality, but that all changes when they start to feel what real fitness is...not a step class, Zumba or a stroll on the treadmill, but real fitness!!! Looking like a 12 year old girl is for 12year old girls. You are a WOMAN, and if you think you have to much muscle, I hate to break it to you but you don't.

If you want to be a frail thing that must be handled with care, then we just have different perspectives and that is fine. On the other hand if you want to get started with a CrossFit program that will get you strong...then you are talking my language. Join me today!

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