What Seems Impossible Is Anything But!

Friday’s WOD

“Wittman”
7 rounds
15 kb swing 53/35
15 power clean 95/65
15 box jump 24/20

Rest 5 min

SWOD/buyout
Work up to 3rm for front squat then take 50% of that number and do an unbroken amrap (as many reps as Possible)

The first thing I do when I walk in the door is scan the white board for the days WOD.

Hmm… Whittman. I haven’t done him before. Initial thought, not too bad.  Of course I didn’t see the

7 rounds

15 minutes into the WOD, a puddle of water forms under my bar bell. I realize this is going to be more challenging than I thought. But I felt strong, rested & up for the challenge.

My primary focus was to complete the 105 box jumps without injuring my shins. I did that! Sweet!

My power cleans improved with each round.  Encouragement & critique from the instructor made a world of difference. If you are not careful and get caught up in beating others or just completing the WOD, you risk sacrificing form. Having an instructor who pays attention to members helps to break bad habits, improve form, and prevent injuries. It makes for a better overall experience.

I completed the rounds and felt great. Time: 24:27 (if I remember correctly).  What I didn’t see coming was AMRAP front squats as the buyout. Yikes!

Before starting the front squats, we were told that 34 was the most reps done for the day. I thought that was amazing. After hearing who the beast was that did the 34 squats, I counted myself out.

By squat number 20, I was the only one left doing reps. The instructor snapped at other members to cheer me on, and so they did.

I got to 34 and some mumbled and pleaded,

“one more!”  35!  Ugh!

I hear a male’s voice near me saying,

“You’ve got 40 in you!’

A guy in front off me is giving me cues.  “Use your hips!”  “Look up!”

They were right,

I did 40 unbroken front squats!!!

Their encouragement pumped me to keep going.  I am amazed and happy as ish!  LOL!

34 front squats with 55 lbs.,  seemed impossible.  In actuality, the squats were more than possible.

We, including myself, have to stop setting ridiculous limitations for ourselves.

Decide to blow off that stupid little voice in your head that says, You can’t do that, and just go for it!

By the way, if you’re new to CrossFit and wonder where the names of the WODS come from, they are named after our United States Heroes, who died serving our country. Click here to learn about U.S. Army Sergeant Jeremiah Wittman.   That you Sergeant Wittman for your service!

Thanks for stopping by.  Make it a great day!

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Are You Stuck Below Your Potential?

“You have to set the goals that are almost out of reach.
If you set a goal that is attainable without much work or thought,
You are stuck with something below your true talent and potential.”     –Steve Garvey

Workout Of The Day
Warm UP:  Coaches Choice
SWOD:
Front Squat 2.2.2. @ 88% of 1 RM
 3 Min Rest/Transition
 10 Min EMOM To Build To 1 Heavy Bear Complex
 (ie:  Clean + Thruster To Back Squat + Thruster = 1)


WOD: 3 RDS All Out:
 5 Power Cleans (Heavy)
 5 Front Squats (Heavy)
 5 Push Press (Heavy)

Reading Steve Garvey’s quote earlier today got me to thinking about my attitude toward weight lifting.   I realize that I’ve handicapped myself by limiting myself.

I will confidently look directly at a set of weights and say, “I can’t lift a certain weight.   When I say that I can’t lift something, my friend Tee, who encouraged me to start CrossFit, stares me down and says, “girl, you can lift that!”  Everyone needs a Tee at the gym.  Thanks girl!

Limiting myself with negative self-talk in the gym is ridiculous because nowhere else in my life do I tell myself that I can’t do something.

My fitness goals are always aligned with running.  Wait.  What I meant to say was, I set goals related to running such as completing a ten-mile event with a personal best time.

However, since I started dedicating more time to CrossFit, my goal is to simply  develop strength.    That’s kind of cheesy and vague but the reality is that the less specific the goal, the less I need to concern myself with the big “F” word– Failure.

Now, I am not the kind of girl who runs from a challenge.  I am the tom-boy who, years ago,  wrestled and boxed my male cousins just to prove that girls COULD beat boys.  LOL!!

I am successful at everything I do– so I need to stop pussy-footin around and set some real fitness goals for myself.   If I continue to avoid setting specific long and short-term fitness goals (other than running), as Garvey suggests, I will be  stuck with something below my true talent and potential.  Clearly being stuck there is unacceptable.  It was meant for me to read this quote today.

Okay so I’m going to put it out there…   I want [scratch that] plan to push my body to the max to become lean… lean as in 10% body fat with defined sculpted muscles in all the right areas  I’ve mentally toyed around with the idea of figure competition….  Hmm…   Now everyone knows!

TTYL!