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One of the greatest things about the CrossFit method to developing fitness is the fact that it teaches responsibility. Yes, the desired goal that we work toward is to get fit, but the cool thing is how much you learn along the way. The more you can learn about fitness and how to develop it, the more responsible you can be for you.
CrossFit is completely open-source, there aren’t any secrets or tricks to being successful with this stuff. If you’re willing to read/watch/listen/learn, there is literally an endless amount of information and instruction out there. For $25 a year you can subscribe to the CF Journal, which usually posts more than one video or article every day. You can also go back in the archives to search for info on anything you want.
Another great journal is The Performance Menu. Also for $25 a year, this one is a monthly journal that’s a bit more specialized toward athletic performance, but also has a ton of GREAT paleo/zone recipes.
If you want to work on flexibility, MobilityWOD is outstanding. Much of the mobility work we’ve been doing every day is from this site. KStar’s videos are a great resource and the guy is fricking hilarious.
Blogs are also a great way to learn. Pretty much everyone has their own blog these days, and if you find the right ones you can get some great information for free. KStar, Robb Wolf, John Welbourn, as well as many affiliates around the world are sharing their knowledge all for free.
I could go on for pages, but you get the point. Pretty much anything that you have questions on or have trouble with pertaining to fitness can be found. I’m going to post the links to my favorite resources and blogs. These are the places where I’ve learned a majority of what I know and teach every day. The amount that you can learn is only limited by your willingness to do so, get out there and sharpen the blade!
Question of the day: How much time in a week would you say that you spend on the internet checking out CrossFit stuff?
I can’t let camera malfunctions in our attempt to get the “in CrossFit action superman” photoshot hold this post off any longer, so with anticipation mounting….
Shout outs to Jason Ricke for AOW at CrossFit Sioux Falls.
The first time I saw Jason I was getting ready to coach an evening class. Casey was explaining the requirements for the baseline test. Soon after completing the baseline Jason had the look of complete exhaustion that we have all experienced…you know the feeling when you are looking around to find either the door or a trash can…just in case.
Since that first day Jason has worked extremely hard and completes the tasks in the WOD without excuses or complaints. His positive attitude is a great addition to the class and his potential for growth in CrossFit is limitless. He adopted better nutrition habits and has embraced the Paleo lifestyle. The hard work and dedication has helped him drop close to 20 pounds since starting just a few months ago.
Awesome work! Keep representing the 630pm crew, Jason!
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In my non-CrossFit business life, I am an Internet guy (no that does not mean I can fix your PC). Tuesday night I just returned from an Intenet conference in Vegas…(no not that one, it was just ending when we showed. We (JF, Brett and I) filled 2 days/nights with a lot of trade show, some football, and “late-night networking” (code names: BlackJack, open bar, Tryst, VIP, Three 6 Mafia, Patron, Red Bull and others). All in all a great time.
Ok Greg, where is this going? I have been involved with (employed by) the Internet since late 1998. Over that time, I have developed some deep connections, yet every show the entire landscape changes. New faces…thousands of them. New companies…hundreds of them. New Energy. It’s all there. The one thing that has remained constant…”it’s a big huge club really”. If you want results (code name 2: to make money), you need connections and socialize and network – master “networker”, enter JF. I network old school with names like Adam, Howard, Clark, Karen…heck, if you saw JF’s (he works for me) list of connections, you could drop into most any party during the entire conference – he networks Facebook style – that has potential to put you in the video above.
And the “network or club” is what keeps us coming back every year; not much different then CrossFit. Today, I did the noon WOD and dang if it was not great to see the 930 ladies in there – I was missing you. I look forward to seeing these faces, the network, the “club”, heck “my club” and killing some WOD or myself with you.
Since January 1, 2011, my CrossFit club has grown far into the hundreds, thus I will hold the single shout-outs to Liza for getting me even started in this club in the first place and Chris for making it fun, keeping it real, and keeping me after it.
That said, I want you all to give direct calls to your “CrossFit Club”. Who do you count on seeing? Are you in someone else’s “Club” and had no clue – how flipping cool!
So CrossFitters – reveal your “Club”…let’s get the party started! I am hoping for at least 15 “clubs” (i.e. comments) MINIMUM!
So here I sit… caught in a moment of both self and fellow CF’er evaluation. “What else is there?” When taking a second to reflect on the blogs of recent history it’s been a nice reminder of what we do have in place and what we aren’t worried about. We have amazing people surrounding us, owners of both past and present we know are there for us. A coaching staff that wants to help and truly cares about the athletes. Loads of good ass people filling the box hour after hour that make us want to be there all hours of the day. Results out the ying-yang… we’ve talked about embracing change, refocusing, why we program like we do…all great information…maybe even rocked out with fellow CF’ers over the weekends.
But yet we still fall into traps of low “motivation”…we hold ourselves back…why?
While reading CMello’s blog he talked about finding your “alter-ego”. It was a fun and thought provoking read I highly recommend. Post read/comment I let my slightly schizophrenic mind race. Trying to look past using my alter-ego “FTS” to work harder or lift more, an underlying mechanic surfaced…
I Don’t Care.
Yes… that’s right… I Don’t Care.
When I am at my best, in the middle of WOD madness, I don’t care what others think. I don’t care if I fail. I don’t care if I make a mistake. I don’t care if I look ridiculous. I don’t care if let out some sort of annoying grunt. I don’t care if I look like a dork bobbing my head to the beat. I don’t care if someone disagrees with me. I don’t care if I might puke. I don’t care I won’t be able to stand soon. I don’t care about my “other problems” for the moment.
I Don’t Care and I use it…I know it’s worth it and I’m gonna do it.
Its right then, that I just let go and take care of me. For those few minutes, I am just myself on my own quest….chasing down what it is that I want.
Don’t care if someone might be looking, or how tired you are, or if you look stupid. Don’t care if you try something new and fail. Just take a few minutes and stop caring and freaking get it done.
What are you afraid of? I challenge you to stop caring about the unnecessary things during the next WOD and after you achieve that, continue to apply it elsewhere.
Worrying about how you look with a barbell in your hand gets you nothing…lifting it like a maniac gets you stronger. Yes, think less win more.
Let’s all get on the same page and “Don’t Care” together… a group of like minded motivated people is an incredibly powerful entity. Seriously, back in the day a bunch of dudes in wigs got together on a common quest and started a revolution…now I get to shoot fireworks off every July, and that’s just plain awesome.
Take a second to think/talk about what you shouldn’t, but do dwell on during a WOD or in your day to day. What are you afraid of? What do you allow to hold you back? What is the reason you didn’t or don’t? What do you care about that you shouldn’t?
Onto our revolution…
The other night while trolling Facebook, I came across a post talking about ‘The Biggest Loser.’ This is a very popular show, and I think everyone at least knows about it and the concept. Lose the most weight, no matter what the cost, and you win. While I think the intention is good, thinking about losing to win a little contradictory, no?
The though I always have when this show is mentioned: Why would you work hard, discipline yourself and do things right with your health all with the intention of losing? This is, unfortunately the trap that so many people fall into. Eat less, exercise more, lose weight. It sounds like the right thing to do, and almost makes sense, until you really think about it.
Ask most people, and losing weight starts with eating less (creating a calorie deficit). We’re all taught that taking in less calories will cause weight loss. Realistically though, taking in less calories will cause you metabolism to slow down, and your body holds on to the the energy (calories) it’s given long as it can. Your energy drops, you feel like crap, you end up less active and burning less calories than when you were eating normal, and you basically break even.
The same holds true for exercising more. If you go with the same theory of burning those extra calories through more exercise, the same result occurs. You exercise more and work out longer and harder, your body’s energy stores get used, you get tired and feel like crap until you eat more to replace what’s lost, and again, you break even.
This is obviously a sh*tty way to approach getting healthier and more fit for many reasons. While the calorie concept is easy to understand, there’s a lot more going on in your body than simple math (hint: future blog topic). My point with all of this is to look at your health and fitness not with an attitude of trying to lose, but working to gain.
Learn gymnastics, running, rowing, and weightlifting techniques to gain coordination, speed, endurance, strength and flexibility. Gain these attributes, you get more fit. Get more fit, you get healthier. Get healthier, life gets better. When you focus on your gains instead of losses (what you can DO), things make a lot more sense.
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Congrats to Mary Theobald for starting off 2011 right with being our Athlete of the Week!
Mary is one of the leaders of the “Super Momma’s Class” at the MWF 930a class. FIT only begins to describe her. She is a FORCE to be reckoned with! Not only that she is positive, motivated, and a leader! She has some lofty goals in 2011. We are going to enjoy watching her smash them one at a time.
Mary, thank you for all you do and all you bring to CFSF.
You are greatly appreciated!