Posts in Fitness
What keeps you coming back?

I was warming up the other day at the box (That’s CrossFit speak for ‘the gym’) with a younger member and I asked him if he was doing the Open. Yes, he said, his first time. I asked if he’d been able to Rx (do the workouts as prescribed, without scaling the weight or movements) both workouts so far and he said yes. He’s only been doing Crossfit for 9 months. I told him it was amazing he could Rx already and that after 3+ years I still couldn’t Rx many things. He asked me, “What keeps you coming back?” I said, well, I’m an older athlete and it’s possible I may never be able to do certain things. But I can always get better and I can always get stronger. That’s what keeps me coming back.

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Scaling is Not a Punishment

My former coach used to hammer this home every workout but no matter how many times he said it, I disagreed. I always felt like I SHOULD be able or capable of doing certain movements. Like my tenure in CrossFit had earned me that dubious honor. It doesn’t. The only thing that earns you anything is hard work. Consistent practice. And dedication.

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E is for effort

Does this sound like you? You run the same pace and distance a few days a week. You do 30 minutes on the elliptical reading a magazine? You do the same weights and reps and sets every week. In other words you workout pretty regularly but you feel like you aren’t seeing results. Maybe you blame the monotony of your routine or maybe you blame your diet or maybe you chalk it up to getting older and having a slow metabolism. But how much effort are you putting into those workouts?

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So you’re thinking of trying CrossFit...

I’m not fit enough to start CrossFit.

That statement is the epitome of #AlternativeFacts. CrossFit is no different from any other exercise program in that you can start it no matter what your level of fitness. Now, that said, it’s actually better than most other fitness programs for that very reason, but I’ll get to that in a bit.

 

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Dive headfirst

My grandmother taught me to dive when I was probably 4 or 5. We would go to the town pool every day and she would instruct me, and eventually my little brother, on how to dive. We were fishes who definitely took naturally to water but diving is not something anyone enters into lightly. Even a child can see the danger of putting your head before your body and plunging into the unknown.

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Going from Inspiration to Motivation (or how to get the fuck off the couch)

I am so honored to hear from friends, colleagues and fellow athletes that I inspire them. It's humbling and flattering and, of course, rewarding. But there's definitely a disconnect going on, because while most of them tell me this, the next words out of their mouth are something like "of course I still haven't done anything myself." 

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You are your before picture

So I stole this line from, I believe, one of my favorite podcasts, Girls Gone WOD. They had an episode lamenting the rise in before and after pics and how it invites unfair comparisons. And as someone who has posted many before and after pictures, this isn't about negating your physical hard work and it isn't about not being proud of your accomplishments. There is NOTHING wrong with wanting to improve your health and showing off those improvements. 

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My first Podcast

I love Instagram. It's a fantastic medium. And as a creative type and visual person, the idea of having inspirational images at your fingertips at all times is phenomenal. I originally got into Instagram because I used to take photos in college and have always loved the photographic medium. So IG was a place for me to express that creative side and showcase my eye. It made me pay more attention to my surroundings and appreciate the little things, from the first snow, to the way the light hits certain buildings.

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Stop Fit-shaming

Let's just be clear: I work really hard to stay in shape. I'm at the box 6 days a week and I do additional programming for specific weaknesses. I watch what I eat. I put in the effort. It's taken me years to get here and I'm not done. Now, when people compliment me on these things, of course I appreciate it. But if no one ever said anything it wouldn't matter. Because I don't do this for them. I do it for me. And while of course being told you inspire others is hugely rewarding, that's not the goal. 

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