Speal says it best. There’s a big difference between training CrossFit to increase one’s base level of GPP and doing CrossFit at a more serious, competitive level. It all depends on your goals and how much you’re willing to sacrifice to reach them.
“If you want to succeed in your life, remember this phrase: That past does not equal the future. Because you failed yesterday; or all day today; or a moment ago; or for the last six months; the last sixteen years; or the last fifty years of life, doesn’t mean anything… All that matters is: What are you going to do, right now?”—Anthony Robbins (via soul-surfer)
As a newbie CrossFitter, seeing people do kipping and butterfly pull ups is amazing. Especially butterfly pull ups because they’re just beautiful to watch. I can’t do a single strict pull up to save my life and I admit I’ve been working on my kipping pull ups instead, but I haven’t had as much success as I would’ve liked.
Reading this article changed my mind and convinced me of the importance of having strength before skill, especially for such a dynamic movement as the kipping pull up.
“You say you “lose motivation” in the gym – that’s an easy cure. FIND A REAL REASON to train, not something that is cosmetic. Vikings never gave a shit how they looked when they swung the axe, only that the axe landed hard and with purpose.”—Jim Wendler (via betterthanweakness)
You know how non-paleo peeps get instantly turned off when they ask you why you don’t eat grains, sugar and dairy and you say that those are not part of the paleo diet? Inevitably, their next question is, “So what do you eat??” My answer: “Everything else!”
And now, whenever it’s my turn to prepare Sunday lunch for my family, I conveniently forget to mention that it’s “paleo” (they have such an aversion for a diet that excludes grains) — because it’s just food! Normal, people food.
"Cardio shape is quickly gained and begins to diminish just as quickly. In only a few weeks you can get in decent aerobic conditioning. Equivalent strength gains take much longer to build, but they also hang around much longer after you slow down or stop focusing on them as a priority."
Date a girl who wakes up every morning excited and nervous about going to the box and taking on another WOD. She knows she isn’t going to get a PR or the best score everyday, but you can be sure she’s not afraid of hard work (and burpees).
Date a girl whose goal is to be strong. She’s competitive and will want to beat you at every workout and you might be tempted to let her, but she’ll know it and will not like you for it. Instead, go to the box with her, attend the same class, and help her reach her goals. Hand her the PVC pipe and warm up together. In between warm up sets, you’ll see her face light up while talking about watching mobility tips on YouTube, or seeing Speal beat Holmberg on 13.4.
A girl who has calluses on her hands is not afraid of imperfection and a little pain. After all, she got those calluses from working on her pull ups and toes to bar. Don’t be fooled, though. She may have rough hands but those rough hands still need to be held.
Date a girl who isn’t afraid to sweat. She’s glad there aren’t any mirrors in the box. She’s not looking to be complimented on her beauty but she will reward you with a beaming smile when you compliment her on her form. When she’s on beast mode, she doesn’t care about how she looks because she’s focused on making every rep count. This is the moment when nothing else exists but herself and the bar. Don’t be afraid if she roars like a lioness when she hits a new PR - just go over and give her a high five or a hug (if you dare).
A woman who does CrossFit loves her body. You will not hear her whining about her thick thighs. On the contrary, the bigger her quads, the better. Tell her she’s got thunder thighs and she’ll thank you.
Find a girl who can eat as much as, if not more than, you can. All the better if she loves meat and vegetables, and knows that fat doesn’t make you fat. When you go on a date, she will order for herself. She will eat with lady-like gusto and you will realize that this is a girl who knows how to appreciate everything life has to offer - provided it’s paleo, of course.
You will love that she idolizes women who can front squat, back squat, and snatch twice their body weight, women who never give up, women who have the mental tenacity to keep going when the road gets rough. She appreciates the years of hard work, blood, sweat, and tears that those athletes poured into their craft. She doesn’t believe in quick fixes because she knows that success doesn’t involve magic tricks - just a ton of hard work and dedication.
Date a girl who cheers on her competitors. One who isn’t afraid that her boxmate will finish first or does more reps than her. One who actually wants her friends to do better than her. Her boxmates are her second family so you may have to go through them first if you want to get with her.
The only time you may yell at her is during WODs when you see her struggling to crank out another rep, when she’s breathing so hard she feels like passing out, when she thinks she might have to bail because she cannot come up from her squat. She will loathe you intensely for it during that moment, but later on she will thank you and you’ll both have a good laugh about it.
She knows it’s okay to pause when WODs or life gets too difficult, but she also knows how to forge on. And this is what you will find most beautiful about her. CrossFit may be a big part of her life, but she can always make room for the right guy.
One of our coaches shared this link. Sometimes we’re just too hard on ourselves. We need to stop beating ourselves up and be our own best friend.
"Are we able to give it our best for the day and move on? Can we accept a bad day and recognize that it’s part of being human? Can we let go of the “what if’s” and focus on the “what next’s?” Or do we obsess for days, unable to let things go, torturing ourselves because we didn’t perform how we wanted?"
As I wrote in this last post, processed foods like bread, chips, cookies, etc. are calorically dense but nutritionally poor. Additionally, because they are filled with sugar this is what your body starts running on when you eat these foods (and it’s why you experience the “crash” after…