Friday, March 22, 2013

Deadlift & life

"There is no point in being alive , if you cannot do the DeadLift." Jon Pall Sigmarrson

I have been working out and playing sports since I was 6 years old. At the age of 41, I have figured out a few things that work for me. Exercise is just as important to me as breathing. The times in my life where I have been injured or in some sort of crisis have always been made better by a good workout. With that said, I have tried quite a few programs over the years: Bodybuilding, Pilates, Yoga, Bikram Yoga, Kickboxing (my worst experience, I have terrible coordination), Olympic Lifting and CrossFit.

Every program has pros and cons, but the one constant that keeps me motivated and is never absolutely perfected is the deadlift. The squat is always considered and referred to as the king of all exercises, and although I agree with the reasons for why that is, to me deadlifting is the king. No other exercise challenges my entire body and mind at the same time like the deadlift. Though I have been lifting for years, and I did pull off my PR goal at 40 of 400 pounds, my technique could have been better.



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Me right before I met my husband

Recently while working out at Command CrossFit, Marc Cook, the owner and a wonderful coach there, made a few observations in my lift and offered a couple of suggestions: torquing and pushing my knees back to fire my hamstrings at the very beginning of the lift. So, even at this point in my life I have something new to focus on in this lift.

This new approach made me think about life in general. No matter how much you seem to know or how much experience you think you have, there is always a new view for you to consider and a new approach to solving a problem you are having. So, there is no point in being alive if you can't change, adapt and ... deadlift.



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Taken by my husband at Metroflex Gym SA

Whatever your goal is, please find "your deadlift" and lift and live like today is your last.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Command CrossFit, the struggle

"If there is no struggle there is no progress."~ Frederick Douglass

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The CrossFit Games Open WOD 13.3 was announced yesterday. It is a 12 minute AMRAP of 150 wall balls, 90 double unders and 30 muscle ups. To say this one is challenging for most of us is a huge understatement. My first thought was something like "damn, I'm out. I can't do a muscle up." Then, reality hit and I thought "I can't do 90 double unders and I haven't done Karen in awhile. Can I even do 150 wall balls?"

This morning with my coffee, iPad and brand new iPad keyboard in hand (Thank you to my groom, I love it!) I thought what I can and can't do isn't really the point, is it? We are each on our own journey to gain a measure of progress in our lives. Improved health, a new level of fitness, gain of strength, loss of body fat, etc.. Our journey will have struggle in it.

The open is fun and thrilling. I personally like to imagine I am Rich Froning (even though I am a 41 year old female) getting ready to break yet another record each time the timer counts down to begin.

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The truth is, no matter what the final rep count or time that is notated on the whiteboard, I will have made progress and so will you. The struggle of it all will bring about our progress. The effort is what matters.

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If there is no struggle, there will be no progress.

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Command CrossFit, CrossFit Games open 13.3, the struggle

"If there is no struggle there is no progress." ~Frederick Douglass

13.3 was announced yesterday, 12 minute AMRAP of 150 wall balls, 90 double unders and 30 muscle ups. I awoke this morning coffee in hand thinking, "I can't do a muscle up much less 30, then I thought I can't do 90 double unders much less after 150 wall balls." Then I thought, "That is not the point for me and suspect other athletes."

The fun and thrill of the open is to feel like you are competing with a community of athletes. It is inspiring and motivating to feel like you are Rich or Annie when the clock counts down, but, the struggle is not to compete with Rich or Annie the struggle is to compete with ourselves. The doubt and the struggle is what improves our health, level of fitness and our lives, it is not the rep count or the time on the whiteboard.

We are all at different points in our journey, my toe has been broken for 3 weeks now, the struggle and frustration of it for me has been to let it heal and scale my work outs, it has been hard for me to stop myself from pushing my injury too far.

No matter what your journey is, remember the open is fun and thrilling and is merely a marker of where you are on your journey. Your progress will have it's own struggle.

If there is no struggle there is no progress.




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