Last Friday I had the pleasure of going to Universal Studio's Theme Park (thanks Jun!) with some great peeps. It was a fun filled day by all. As we were standing in line to get some 'Paleo' friendly lunch a gentlemen behind us spotted us as CrossFitters.
He heard us mention the word Paleo and then he looked down at my lime green Inov-8's.
It got me thinking that. If you are a CrossFitter you can spot another CrossFitter a mile away. And the longer you are in CF the easier it is to spot them. I found a fun blog post from Fletcher Fitness about A 20 Step Story of a Typical CrossFitter.
Below is the steps in BOLD and my personal answers. Post YOUR answers to the comments. Lets light up the comments today!
1. Hear about CrossFit through someone that is annoying and obsessed. I heard about crossfit.com from my brother (Mark an athlete now at CF Costa Mesa). It was July 2007 and one of his firefighter buddies was doing it. It looked to me like High School football offseason lifting so I was immediately interested.
2. Attend a Free class…and one of two things happen – you love it & you are hooked already (skip to #6) OR… Did my baseline with Andy Petranek in August something 2007. And yes, was immediately hooked!
3. Still very skeptical, go back to the couch or your regular way of training… but…whether you like it or not, can’t stop thinking about & hearing about CrossFit and all those fit, amazing, fun people.
4. Come back again, start asking more questions & poking around at the equipment.
5. Check out some links online, one thing leads to another & hrs pass by. I remember this step all too well:-) I still am on the web everyday.
6. Join a box. Joined CFLA March of 2009.
7. Start carving out 3ish hrs a week to do a bunch of crazy functional stuff that hurts a lot but feels so good. Such a fun step. It is like the honeymoon phase in the CF and You relationship.
8. Friend other CrossFitters on facebook. This happens fast!
9. Rip your hands open, a little shocked and in a bit of pain…you’re smiling on the inside. It feels cool. I have ripped my hands 12 times in almost 5 years. Most in the first 2 years. Now not so much.
10. Start using the lingo… “WOD” “Rx’d”, “AMRAP” “Snatch” & “Fran”. I love talking in code.
11. Attend some CrossFit oriented events and begin actually looking forward to working out on the weekends. This is one of the best parts of CF I love.
12. Lift a barbell that weighs more than you off the ground. Such a cool feeling!
13. Continue to drink too much & overload on carbs bc now that you train so hard, you deserve to celebrate with a few beers and a pizza. This has never really happened to me. But I don't ever feel guilty about indulging every now and then.
14. Buy some t-shirts that have catchy slogans on them and special shoes. This happens fast. Talk to me when you have more CF shirts then regular shirts. My first CF shoes were Vibrams May 2009. My first pair of O-Lift Shoes June 2010.
15. Date someone from the box. Stalk games athletes online. I wouldn't recommend the date part. Ever heard the term, "Don't bring sand to the beach"? Stalking games athletes is cool tho:-)
16. Realize after 6 months or so that you are slightly stagnant and need to give this dreaded ‘Eat Clean’ stuff a try. Educate yourself & commit to trying a Paleolitic-based Diet. What are you people waiting for if you haven't hoped on this train yet??
17. See drastic improvements in your daily life, feel incredible, dominate workouts like never before and preach about eating REAL FOOD & functional movement to everyone you know. This a great step!
18. Talk about CrossFit, Think about CrossFit, Dream about CrossFit. (ahhhhh, life is good)
19. Get a CrossFit inspired tattoo…okay, probably not, but you kinda want to.
20. You bleed this lifestyle, surround yourself with likeminded people, and want everyone that you love and care about to join your CrossFit ways…. because you know, that as of now, and as far as you can see…this is the best community there is (FYI : you are now that person from Step #1)
Which step are you on?!?!
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KB Swing (American, 32kg/24kg)
1 Round of Cindy (5 pull ups, 10 pushups, 15 air squats) After Every Set
Post by Chris.
We opened our doors here at CrossFit 818 a little over 3 months ago, so a portion of you guys and girls are starting to reach the 8 to 10 week mark in your CrossFit journey. Congratulations! Here are a few things you should know and a couple things to keep in mind:
You showed up and have been committed since day one. CrossFit is really hard, but you showed it that you're stronger than it is. You've conquered a whole mess of workouts, things that you yourself would have said were impossible to do just mere months ago. You have become stronger, faster, and more skilled…all of which is a direct result of your commitment.
You will continue to show up, you will continue to do the impossible, and you will continue to improve because that's what you do now: you commit, you overcome, and you grow.
Be aware of your improvement
When I just said that you've become stronger, faster, and more skilled, I wasn't lying or exaggerating. Your fitness has improved across the board. Sometimes it's very difficult to see this improvement day to day, workout to workout. You must keep the big picture in mind. Look back to where you were during your intro…how did you scale your pushups? How did you scale your pullups? How long did it take you to finish? Did you even finish? Now look at where you've been over the past week or so…how'd you scale pullups? Are you consistently finishing workouts that are twice as long as the baseline? These are all markers for your improvement and the only way you'll ever know if you're getting better is by keeping track of these things.
Even beyond performance, you're most likely seeing huge changes in your day to day life. Are your clothes fitting looser? Are you starting to see some definition in your arms? Maybe your top couple abs are starting to peek out? These are powerful ways of seeing the improvements you've made.
Don't be so hard on yourself
The flipside of what I wrote up above is that you may be expecting too much out of your body. CrossFit will provide dramatic, measurable results in your fitness and in your life. Period. Simple as that. However, this does not happen over night. Depending on how much of a change or improvement you're looking for, these results takes months to years to finally appear. Do not be so hard on yourself because you're not busting out a dozen pullups after a month and a half of CrossFit. Be realistic with your expectations, set manageable goals.
The important thing is that you're aware of what's happening, of the amazing things you do on a day to day basis. You are part of a very select group of people, people who know what they want and are willing to do incredibly difficult things to achieve their goals. Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in one bad day and forget all the progress you've made. Everyone has bad days, but only CrossFitters have the experience to say "Well, that sucked…but not as much as that WOD last week."
"Choose Your Own Adventure"
Complete for time:
40 Wall Ball (20/14)
80 Box Jump (24/20)
1 mile run
*Split the workout up however you want
Posted by Armen.