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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

MOTIVATION: My First CrossFit WOD - Sometimes We Need To Look At The Big Picture

"Angie"
100 Pull-ups
100 Push-ups
100 Sit-ups
100 Squats

About seven or eight years ago I was challenged by a co-worker to do this workout.  I had never heard of CrossFit, and thought "who does 100 pull-ups in a workout?  This is nuts!"  But I was up for the challenge.

You are suppose to complete all 100 pull-ups, then all 100 push-ups and so on.  I did not know this at the time, so I partitioned the repetitions.  Partitioning the repetitions makes the workout much easier and faster.  Even with this advantage the workout still took me well over an hour to complete!  I don't remember exactly how long, but I would guess it took me an hour and twenty to thirty minutes.  I couldn't move my arms for about two weeks after the workout.

Yesterday I did "Angie".  It took me just over thirty minutes.  Not a world class time by any means, but not bad for me.  I did the workout as prescribed (with GHD sit-ups).  This time around I am not nearly as sore as the first time around.  I am able to train the next day with only mild discomfort.

Sometimes we feel like we aren't making progress as quickly as we would like.  Sometimes we feel like we aren't doing as well as we should in the gym.  When these feelings hit, you need to take a step back and look at the big picture.  Think about all the hard work you've put in over the past few weeks, months and years.  Think about how far you've come over that time.

I would love to hear the story of your first CrossFit Workout.  If you see me in the gym, please tell me the story.  Or leave a comment here, or on Facebook.

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