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Best Blogs of 2010

Posted in Lifestyle, Members on December 28, 2010 by Crossfit Sioux Falls

Awesome pic...Awesome Momma

It has been quite a year of blogs for CFSF.

Remember the…

CFSF Rules to Live By: throw away your scale, no band loading, 10 commandments,

Paleo challenge II winner, Paleo Challenge I winners, 100 day burpee challenge, or how about cody’s blog, Breast Cancer race, or Booms and Sarah competing in the South Dakota Powerlifting Competition

The list can go on and on…

What are your favorites?

What do you want to read more of in 2011?

Holiday Schedule this Week:

Monday-Thursday: Regular Class Schedule
Friday: 830a and 930a classes are partner WODs. 930a class has daycare. Noon class is the CF Total
Saturday (Jan 1st): We are closed

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Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom

Posted in Crossfit Philosophy, Lifestyle, Members on December 22, 2010 by Crossfit Sioux Falls

From time to time I like to geek out and comb the Internet for information. I don’t always know what I am looking for, but I am always up for a good short read. Personally I am a big fan of quotations and short motivational pieces. A while back I came across something that has just seemed to stick with me. It just seemed to hit home as I’ve always had a knack for either making things internally worse than they were, being too hard on myself, or simply focusing on the wrong details. I don’t doubt several of you have come across it before. The Serenity Prayer reads:

“God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.”

–Reinhold Niebuhr

In my opinion, things such as this are in the realm of abstract art and are up for personal interruptation. To go along with this I also found that this prayer was adopted in 1941 by Alcoholics Anonymous. I guess I just found it pretty sweet that this same small collection of words has been used by many to fight personal demons of all sizes.

So why am I writing about it here? Well…come on, most of you know I can take most anything and somehow twist it into a conversation about CrossFit.

Just consider it a PB&J of religion, personal examination, and the CrossFit journey…in the end it’s all good. Heck…we all know we leave the PB out because round two is about to go down during the next commercial.

The “FTS” translation:

God”, this is your source of motivation.
What is that sensation deep within that drives you?
Why do you keep coming back to CrossFit?
Who do you want to be?
A better mom?
A better husband?
Co-Worker? Friend?
All around solid member of society?

Pffftt..maybe it’s merely social, a break from reality. Doesn’t matter, if you can identify a reason of motivation, a reason to get better, a desire…that’s it. That is your entity or noun that helps get you where you are going. Recognize it and give it credit, it’s important to you, and you are who matters.

Serenity”, I think this one is the hardest.
How often do you focus on the wrong detail and let things distract you?
Should you really dwell?
It can be changed?

Accept it, again recognized it, and last but not least DO NOT IGNORE IT. Put me in a cardio intensive situation and I nearly buckle…”I suck”, ehh…suck it up! It’s only a weakness, it’s temporary and I need to relax, work hard and prove to myself I own that rower, not the other way around.
Is it your nutrition?
Lack of sleep?
Are we making excuses or are these things something I simply cannot change for whatever reason?

If so…accept it and move on. None of us are perfect, we just trying to become professional lifers using the tools of CrossFit.

Courage
It’s one thing to accept something you cannot change, but what if you can?
Are you?
Are you willing to look fear or a workout in the eye and give it a mental beat down before you even start?

KNUCKLE UP. I don’t think a new PR on Fran makes you a better person by itself. But I am a HUGE believer in the underlying willingness and determination. You ever picked a WOD, picked a goal to finish in, and then put in the time and gotten it? Good grief…that’s just fun, that just pushes my good buttons. Once you prove to yourself you can do that in the comfort of CrossFit…why not apply that same technique at work and get that promotion you wanted? Sure the execution is different, but the mentality isn’t. Maybe you want to finally ask that person out? Make a career change…try something new, I don’t know, but find something you want but won’t do. Then do it. Use CrossFit as a testing lab…then smash life. Even if you don’t PR, you know when you showed courage and went after it.

Wisdom”, retaining knowledge for the better, often a result of failure.
What works?
What doesn’t?
Have you really found how hard you can push yourself?
Do you truly know your limits?
Am I just accepting things for what they look like or am I attempting to get better?
Am I reading blogs?
Am I commenting?
Am I picking the brains of the coaches or co-athletes?
Should I tweak my nutrition?
Am I the result of any of my own frustration?

Find the answers…become wise and use it to your advantage.

Any how… sometime think about this stuff. Attempt to let it soak in… “What would you do if you were at CrossFit?” There is no reason to leave it within the walls of the box. We all have people that believe in us…our names are on the board, they are laying beside you after a WOD. Let’s all find our “God, Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom” and continue to PR at the game of life in the box and out.

Get Fit, Love Life, and Enjoy Your Holidays,

MattyB

Your CFSF Nay-Sayers

Posted in Crossfit Philosophy, Lifestyle, Members on December 21, 2010 by Crossfit Sioux Falls

Last week was about your CFSF CheerLeaders. Now lets flip it around…

I was talking with a CFSF Rockstar recently, his nickname at the box is the “Mayor” aka Jason Van Ruler.

A little history on the Mayor: He started his CF journey Feb 2010 and has officially lost 50LBS!…to repeat, “HE HAS LOST 50LBS!”. He was in the Top 3 of our Paleo Challenge II. He has consistently showed up to the box 3x a week since Feb and most of those are POWER 1/2 Hour classes. So with a little time per week, lots of effort and having a great attitude, “HE HAS LOST 50LBS!”. It has also improved all other aspects of his life, he is more: motivated, happy, healthy, less pain, more energy, etc…

This being said, every time he meets important people in his life they still give him grief:

Person X: Mannn you look great Jason!
Mayor: Thanks! I feel great.
Person X: What have you been doing?
Mayor: I’m doing CrossFit. And I have lost over 50lbs.
Person X: Wow that’s great. What is up with your hands?
Mayor: We did a crazy Pullup-Thruster workout and my calluses ripped and bled everywhere. I have been SORE all week!
Person: X: You got to stop going there! They are ‘hurting’ you! That can’t be good for your body!?
Mayor: What are you talking about? You JUST said how great I look???
Person X: No one’s hands should look like that and you should never be SORE for that long.
Mayor: huh???

They are out there, we all have them. The people in your life (family or close friends) that just don’t get it (CF):

What do they tell you?

Any funny stories?

How do you respond to them?

How do you deal with them?

CFSF veterans what would you tell a fellow newbie CF’er?

Newbie’s, do you struggle with the ‘nay-sayers’ in your life?

Post to comments.

Did I mention the Mayor has LOST 50! Great job my man!

Your Coaches Do Make a Difference

Posted in Crossfit Philosophy, Lifestyle, Members on December 15, 2010 by Crossfit Sioux Falls

So here is an interesting little tid’bit’o information found on the world wide web. (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100106193328.htm)

To sum it up “a negative lifelong attitude towards physical activity can be determined by either a good or a bad experience, based on the personal characteristics of the coach or instructor.”

Take a moment and try and think back to the days you wrinkled your nose when the topic of “fitness” came up…

Did you have a Debbie Downer bringing you down?
Maybe they went out of their way to embarrass you or treated you unfairly?
Maybe there was just a consistent lack of energy and enough of a negative influence to leave a bad taste in your mouth. It could have been one bad experience and it could have been a lengthy reign under the spell of one.

As FTS might say… “Homie don’t play that….”

Any existing bad mojo or not… we are all very fortunate to find such a positive sanctuary in CFSF. The coaching staff is truly emotional invested in the day to day operations in that joint. We care all of the athletes that let us train them and appreciate what you do. We hope to inspire you and get you to results that maybe things got in the way of before. Enjoying yourself is a must, it’s what keeps the “buzz” alive at the box. Show up with a smile, chat it up with great peeps, get your warm up on, wreck shop, do things you once thought you couldn’t, earn complete exhaustion, wonder if today is the day you puke, make a sweat angle, rehash the WOD with your fellow athletes, mix in a PR here and there, and look forward to the next one. That’s good livin’…

I’m sure most of us can instantly remember our old PE coach back in school…you know, the one with the whistle, cleats on 24/7, and some shorts that left us worried about indecent exposure. Or maybe it was a coach of some team from back in the day… a personal trainer? Heck…let’s be honest, was the negative Nancy the same person you see in the mirror???

Any how… take a sec to leave your story and give a shout out to your fellow athletes and coaches you look forward to each visit to the box. If we get enough blog replies Casey and Mike have agreed to wear those same “PE coach” shorts to a class very soon!!!

Cheers to earning a healthier and happier you…and enjoying the ride,

MattyB

Who is your CrossFit Sioux Falls CheerLeader???

Posted in Crossfit Philosophy, Lifestyle, Members on December 14, 2010 by Crossfit Sioux Falls

Its a bird, its a plane, NO...its LDs CF CheerLeader Perry!!!

Okay everyone…they are out there. Could be a family member, a co-worker, your neighbor, a friend of a friend…

Who is your CrossFit Sioux Falls CheerLeader?

Tell us about them:

-Do they support your CF efforts? How?
-Do they talk how they are going to start soon??? And they don’t.
-Do they NOT support you? (Sometimes, believe it or not, they DONT support you) Why don’t they?
-Were you a former CF CheerLeader and now you have seen the light? How did you do it?

Sound off CFSF. Paint us a picture:-)

Fitness Is….

Posted in Lifestyle on December 10, 2010 by Crossfit Sioux Falls

The Nooners are ready to ROCK some agility drillz

Everybody has it. Few reach it.

It’s easy to assume that people despise mediocrity because the world is littered with evidence of humanity’s desire to excel—our obsession with talent, our reverence for heroes, even our love of money. It’s easy to assume that everyone wants to be his or her physical best because everywhere there are those wishing for a better body type or a better lifestyle. They fill our virgin ears with a symphony of sincerity and aspiration, but listen closer. They clamor with empty voices.

The truth is that 90% of people just want to get by. We pretend our ultimate goal is to be the best version of ourselves, reading the right literature, quoting the right sources, joining the right gyms; but the reality is far less compelling. If we are truly honest we will admit that the level to which we might possibly rise is rarely our chief concern. More important is reaching the level where we can merely survive or, at the very least, mock survival. Getting there is much easier. Getting there requires less time, less pain, and less effort. Getting there is too often there enough.

I was speaking with my father the other day about a friend of ours whose son wanted to be a college football player. He had good size and natural talent, but he was a little slow and lacked the explosive quality most big programs look for in an athlete. One evening while having dinner with this family my dad suggested that the kid hang a bell at the top of the hill abutting their property and ring it every morning before going to school. Not only would sprinting up the hill begin to build the explosive power needed for speed and acceleration but the sound of the bell would become a symbol of his dedication to the goal. I wish I could say the kid went out and rang that bell every day, or committed himself to some other program in its place, but this isn’t that kind of story. He, like many others like him, chose instead to remain a card-carrying member of that mediocre 90%.

Why? Because greatness is HARD. Our bodies don’t care about potential. They were built to survive, not to excel, and survival has gotten pretty easy as of late. Our bodies don’t know that by being stronger and faster and leaner the likelihood of illness, disease, and injury drop dramatically. Our bodies only know that it hurts like hell getting there. It takes supreme physical and mental fortitude and an unflinching, genuine ambition to overcome these hurdles. Most of us lack this and it shows.

Now, maybe this kid would never have been great like Peyton Manning or Jerry Rice or Ray Lewis, just like some of us will always be at a higher risk for diabetes or arthritis than others, but that really isn’t the point. In this story his ability wasn’t being measured against theirs or any others, only against his own potential as an individual. He claimed that he wanted to be the best that he could be, to give himself the best chance to be a college football player. But when faced with the reality of what it would take to reach that goal he balked, exposing his ambitions as half-hearted and insincere, and his athletic future to be one ridden along the tired road to the middle. This is an all too common tragedy.

After hearing this story, I sat for a minute and observed my father. He was visibly disappointed by the kid’s inability to commit himself to his goal. Yet I knew for a fact that my dad had wanted to lose weight for years and failed to commit himself to doing so in much the same way. This struck me as a prevailing irony, not just in this conversation but in our culture in general, so I decided to ask him when was the last time he “rang the bell.” He was lost for a second, then smiled wryly as he got my meaning. “Too long,” he replied.

Sadly, it seems that our praise of greatness and our distaste for mediocrity is an appreciation and expectation reserved for others. We expect Jordan or Tiger or Ronaldo to reach their potential every time they compete and we shake our heads when they fall short. But we shrug off our love handles and that occasional chocolate cake as acceptable losses. We cry for the children growing up without physical opportunities, yet lie on the couch and amicably waste ours away. We claim we’re too old, too fat, too injured, or too tired. The truth is we’re too obsessed with getting by.

The good news is that physical potential does not expire. It has no shelf life. Whatever state you’re in at whatever moment, you can always be better. SO BE BETTER. Too often people try to do this by setting a number to hit, a person to beat, or a mirror to impress, implicitly attaching a finite quality to the process. This focus is flawed. As you change and improve, so too should your potential grow and your ambition swell. Remember that fitness is a goal inadvertently attained through the systematic overestimation of yourself in all fields. It’s a byproduct of setting the bar too high, of striving for perfection and falling just short. It’s knowing that you’ll never get there but trying your damndest nonetheless. It’s constantly pushing your limits in every direction regardless of your skill. It’s finding a way to keep ringing the bell.

Do this and we inevitably yield the best version of ourselves.

What is Fitness to you?….

Everything you need to know about good ol’ PROCRASTINATION

Posted in Lifestyle on December 9, 2010 by Crossfit Sioux Falls

Building off of yesterday’s blog…

“The Little Book of Procrastination Remedies” Post written by Leo Babauta.

Procrastination is one of those topics that, it seems, I can’t write enough about. There isn’t a person among us who doesn’t procrastinate, and that’s a fact of life.

It’s deep within us. We think we’re going to do something later, or read that classic novel later, or learn French later. But we always overestimate how much we can do later, and we overestimate the ability of our later selves to beat procrastination.

If our current self can’t beat procrastination, why will our future self do it?

I thought I should cover some of the best procrastination-beating strategies, in light of my recent book, focus. People seem to want ways to beat procrastination, so they can actually get down to focusing.

Here’s a quick guide.

Why We Procrastinate Let’s take a quick look at what makes us procrastinate. There are several reasons, which are related in various ways:

1. We want instant gratification. Resting on the couch is thought of as nicer, right now, than going on a run. Reading blogs is easier, right now, than reading a classic novel. Checking email or Facebook is easier, now, than doing that project you’ve been putting off. Eating chocolate cake is tastier, right now, than eating veggies.
2. We fear/dread something. We might not write that chapter in our book because there are problems with the writing that we haven’t figured out (often because we haven’t thought it through). Or we might be afraid we’re going to fail, or look ignorant or stupid. We’re most often afraid of the unknown, which has more power because we don’t examine this fear — it just lurks in the back of our minds. Dreading or fearing something makes us want to put it off, to postpone even thinking about it, and to do something easy and safe instead.
3. It’s easy – no negative consequences right now. When we were in school and had a teacher looking over our shoulders and scolding us if we didn’t do our work, we tended to do the work (until some of us learned that we could tune out the scolding, that is). But when we got home, sometimes no one would be looking over our shoulders … so there wasn’t any immediate negative consequence to watching TV or playing games instead. Sure, we’d get a bad grade tomorrow, but that’s not right now. The same is true of using the Internet or doing other kinds of procrastination tasks — we’ll pay for it later, but right now, no one is getting mad at us.
4. We overestimate our future self. We often have a long list of things we plan to do, because we think we can do a lot in the future. The reality is usually a little worse than we expected, but that doesn’t stop us from thinking the future will be different yet again. For the same reason, we think it’s OK to procrastinate, because we’re going to do it later, for sure. Our future self will be incredibly productive and focused! Except, our future self is also lazy, and doesn’t do it either. Damn future self.

Four Powerful Solutions Now that we know the problems, the solutions aren’t that hard to figure out. Just don’t put them off,

OK?

1. Stop and think. When we allow the above thoughts to go on without really being conscious of them, we procrastinate. When we actually pause and think about those thoughts, we can rationally see that they’re wrong. Instant gratification in the form of goofing off or eating junk food can lead to problems later. Fears are overblown and shouldn’t stand in our way. Not having negative consequences now doesn’t mean there won’t be consequences later. Our future self isn’t as bad-ass as we like to think. So think about what you’re doing, and start to do the more rational thing. Use the strategies below as well, but thinking is the start.
2. Enjoy the process. When we dread something, we put it off — but instead, if we can learn to enjoy it, it won’t be as hard or dreadful. Put yourself in the moment, and enjoy every action. For example, if you want to go out to run, don’t think about the hard run ahead, but about putting on your shoes — enjoy the simplicity of that action. Then focus on getting out the door — that’s not hard. Then focus on warming up with a fast walk or light jog — that can be nice and enjoyable. Then feel your legs warm up as you start running a little faster, and enjoy the beautiful outdoors. This process can be done with anything, from washing dishes to reading to writing. Enjoy yourself in the moment, without thinking of future things you dread, and the activity can be very pleasant and even fun. And if it is, you won’t put it off.
3. Set up accountability. If no one is looking over our shoulder, we tend to let ourselves slack off. So set up a procrastination-proof environment — find people to hold you accountable. I joined an online fitness challenge this month, for example, so that I’d report my workouts to the forum. I’ve done the same thing for running, quitting smoking, writing a novel. You can even just use your friends and family on Facebook or email.
4. Block your future self. Your future self is just as likely to put things off. So block that sucker. Use a program like Freedom to block your Internet access for a predetermined amount of time, so your future self has to actually focus instead of reading blogs. Turn off your cable TV, get rid of the junk food in your house, cut up your credit cards … do whatever it takes to make it really hard for your future self to procrastinate or give in to temptation, or at least force your future self to pause and think before he does anything dumb.

A Different Mindset Three other things that must be said about procrastination:

1. Do what excites you. If you do what you’re excited about most of the time, you’ll be less likely to put it off. Focus on why it excites you, rather than the dreaded aspects of the activity. I do this and my procrastination is lower than ever.
2. Productively procrastinate. If you’re going to procrastinate, do other productive things instead. So if you don’t want to do your project, at least get some smaller tasks done. Read more.
3. Sometimes, procrastination is OK. I’m not anti-procrastination, at all. This guide is for those who want to beat it, but in my book, lazing around can be a beautiful thing. Reading stuff on the Internet that I’m interested in isn’t a bad thing. Sometimes, give in to procrastination. But other times, you might want to get off that lazy butt and actually accomplish something.