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Workout of the Day
100 Wall Balls
1 Mile Run
50 Wall Balls
It’s Karen, only more fun!
Our very own Coach Max Mormont is in beautiful Council Bluffs, Iowa for the National Weightlifting Championship. Getting there hasn’t been easy, and I don’t mean what it took for him to recover from shoulder surgery. Max has had the flu all week, he’s down 8 pounds and is still fighting the sickness while in Iowa. Hopefully he’ll feel somewhat recovered by the time he’s got to lift tomorrow. If you’d like to tune in, they’ve got a live stream going which is free. He’ll be lifting at 7am, Orange County time on Sunday.
Day: Sunday, July 16, 2011
Time: 7am PST
I’m a cheater… Unbeknownst to me I’ve been cheating at CrossFit for a long time, apparently. Let me explain.
I jumped into this workout today with the intentions of bonding with the group, “time to have some fun with the team”, I thought. Half way through the wall balls a few of the other coaches were yelling at me to squat deeper. I laughed it off like they were joking; I’ve done CrossFit for three years now, I know how to squat! Turns out they weren’t joking. In an effort to try and hang with the top names/times on the board (Alec and Carrie, no surprise there) I’d cheated myself out of reps by stopping short, cheated myself out of the best possible experience, cheated my group, the family.
I was too hung up on what others were doing to notice that I wasn’t doing the right thing. This is a dangerous habit.
All too often I see people scanning the board for info about times. We all want someone to beat, what you have to understand is that this isn’t about everyone else in class, it’s about you. It’s about improving what you can do, not besting others. It’s about becoming a better person, everyday. This adaptation doesn’t necessarily come when you put an arbitrary bullseye on someone else, it only happens when you identify and chase after what needs improvement in you.
As for my squats, you can be damn sure I won’t make that mistake again.