Crossfit Highs

Like I said in my previous post, Introducing Eva, there will be WODs that will absolutely kick your butt. You’ll leave the box feeling slightly disappointed (that you finished at the end of the pack), slightly happy (because you’d actually finish the WOD), but most definitely humble. Because these are the days you’ll know that no matter how good you think you are at something, there will no doubt be someone else who will be faster & stronger. This should makes you more determined to be better, to do better, to keep practicing, & to keep trying. Don’t let this slight roadblock discourage you. And do NOT, I repeat, do NOT ever quit. Quitting should never be an option (injuries are the exceptions to the rule).

So, Wednesday was a bad training day. I more than made up for it on Thursday’s WOD. To be honest, it was a bit chaotic with warming up, strength training & then the WOD. We were constantly moving in that hour, so it was hard to get a breath in there.

Yesterday’s training had 505 total reps, which is pretty crazy. The breakdown is as follows:
200 DUs, 75 air squats, 70 burpees, 50 push up, 45 Front Squats, 25 Push Press, 25 Clean Pulls & 15 SDHP.

Our WOD was a good one though. It could be done really quickly, or you can take forever if you are not proficient with DUs. Luckily, that’s one thing I excel in. Whew! Thank goodness!

100 DUs then
3 Rounds
5 SDHP (95/65) 55
10 Front Squats (95/65) 55
15 Bar-facing Burpees
then 100 DUs

I didn’t check out the whiteboard beforehand to see the times of others who have completed the WOD. As I was on my last 100 DUs, the coach kept saying I might beat the record. Uh, hey buddy, I just want to finish. Could you please stop watching me now? Geez, so much pressure. Haha

I finished in 13:39 minutes.

Afterwards, I looked at the whiteboard & I had beaten the top time by 19 seconds. Whoo hoo! I had finished first in my class & I had the best time overall for the day. Although, I must admit I didn’t do Rx.  Even the coach told me he has problems with DUs & that’s why his time suffered. Days like these are RARE, but I will take it with open arms. I also know that tomorrow is a new day & anything can happen. I can be first, last, or in the middle of the pack. I know I will still continue to push myself no matter where I finish & that won’t deter me from finishing. Thankfully, I have the encouragement of the coaches, as well as the rest of my fellow Crossfitters to egg me on.

Goal Setting

With Crossfit & in life, we all need to set some goals for ourselves. This makes you accountable for your actions. You can write it on your fridge, whiteboard, post-it note, FB, Twitter, journal, or tell it to your significant other, best friend or your mom. Putting it out there makes it more likely for you to follow through with your goals.

Trying to be someone else is not a goal. Stay true to yourself & have realistic, attainable goals. Make sure these goals are for you & not to impress or to compete with someone else. Your goal is to be better than you were yesterday. You are only competing against yourself.

As many of you already know, reaching for a goal usually starts with baby step. For example, for someone who have never worked out before & have decided they will run a marathon next month, that is a potential injury waiting to happen. You will need to train for a marathon. You need work your way up to build mileage week after week, month after month. If you don’t, you are almost guaranteed to damage your body in some way. Start slow & build up gradually. You can work towards the marathon for next year instead of next month. That would be a much smarter way to approach things.

I walked into Crossfit June 2011 not knowing how to do nearly 90% of the movements. I definitely couldn’t do a pull-up. And then there were all those Olympic lifts that look insane. I’ve always felt strong but quickly realized my upper body was lacking. Everything was intimidating, but I started learning slowly & under the watchful eyes of the coaches. There were days I hated the attention from the coaches. I’d want to tell them to go bother someone else. Looking back, I am thankful for their attention. I’m thankful that they’ve instilled in me this level of performance & focus on form. I’ve gone to many different boxes since my first day of CF & I’ve gotten compliments on my form & how I don’t compromise it even when I’m at my most exhausted state.

It took me 5 months to really get the hang of Double Unders. It took me over 6 months to get a kipping pull-up. Almost 2 years later, I’m still working on my Olympic lifts. I’ll always be a work in progress.

Will I ever get to competition level? Probably not. I’m not even striving for that. My goal is to be as healthy as I can be today & continue this lifestyle for as long as I can physically do it. This is a lifestyle change. I’m not here to show off or brag about how great & strong I am, I’m here to make myself accountable for my goals. This is my blog & I’m putting myself out there.

These are my goals for 2013:

I may not accomplish all my goals this year, but I sure as heck will try my absolute best to get there.

What are your goals? And how are you going about accomplishing them? I’d like to hear.

My Crossfit Beginnings

crossfit book
I am a Crossfitter. Yes, I am an addict. No, it is not a cult, but I guess when I gush on & on about it, it may sound like a cult. I had passed by this one space on my way to work every morning & they were constructing something, but I wasn’t sure what. Lo & behold, it was CF Morristown being built. I had no inkling what Crossfit was. I looked online for more information, but it was hard to figure out. And what’s this thing called On-ramp? No clue. So I went on my merry way. However, I did mention it to my co-worker that I was curious to see what it was.

crossfit whiteboard
CF was long forgotten, then one day the same co-worker saw a Living Social deal for Crossfit908 in Berkeley Heights, NJ & it posed an awesome opportunity for me to try CF out, whatever it is. Ha. So I bought the coupon, emailed the owner & went to a quick 3-day bootcamp to learn the basics of CF in June of 2011.

Rope Climb
I turned on my GPS to punch in the address but as Murphy’s Law would have it, the screen would not respond to my touch. Ugh. This was back when I still owned a dumb phone, so using that was not an option. Thinking I was smart, I had written down the address & directions. I ended up in a residential area. I typed in Road instead of Avenue when I was at work. Just my luck. Dumb phone to the rescue. I called my coworker & she mapped the address for me & I wrote down how to get there.

Crossfit Queens
I get to CF908 a few minutes late. I tried to walk through the front door, but all I saw were some sweaty guys with 6-packs. Can you say, INTIMIDATING?!?! Excuse me, this little Asian girl needs to go inside & your 6-packs are in the way. Thanks.

Day 1, Tim, the owner, taught basic CF fundamentals, & then it was onto our first WOD (Workout of the Day). You’ll eventually get the CF lingo. The WOD (21-15-9 of Reverse 2-for-1 Lunges, KB Swings & Push-Ups) lasted 9:01 minutes. It was probably NINE of the most freaking agonizing minutes of my life. We were done. I was dead tired.

Day 2, more fundamentals were learned, then onto the WOD (4 Rds of 300m Run, 12 Push Press, 15 box jumps). I finished in 12:57 minutes. Another grueling WOD because seriously, I do not think I’m anywhere near fit for this. What is wrong with me?!? I’m out of breath, I’m exhausted, I want to pass out, but as luck would have it, I have one more day of this torture.

Day 3, we learned Olympic lifts. Uh, I’ve never used a barbell before, but okay. Bring it! Another short WOD – 12 min AMRAP (as many reps as possible) of 5 Hang Power Cleans, 7 Burpees & 9 Wall Balls. Finished with 6 Rds + 7 reps. Not bad, right?!? I think I’m getting this. Uh huh.

Bootcamp was over. I waited about 1.5 weeks before starting my month at CF908. That 1.5 weeks was intense. My arms swelled up so much that I couldn’t feel anything. Washing my hair, scratching my head & any over the shoulder activities was a chore. I felt like one of those meatheads at the gym. I had to bend my head forward to scratch an itch on my head. What did I get myself into?!?


Nearly 2 years later, I am still dedicated to CF. I am so thankful I decided to walk into CF908 because it has changed my life. It’s one of the best experiences I’ve ever had which also includes an awesome CF community. I’ve met some amazing people in my life who have become my friends. 

I know I still have many areas to work on & I’m willing to put in the work to get there. Are you???

I know I may not be the fastest or the strongest, but you can’t tell me I’m not trying my hardest.