Happy Friday! TMO is back with her second post, this one is about her first experiences at 818. Check it out!
It was a year ago this passed April that I started attending Crossfit 818. I read great reviews on Yelp and learned about the free week trial so figured I would give it go. The coaches thought I was crazy but I tried to go all 7 days. After completing the initial week and lifting heavy weights, I was hooked. I had no idea what I was doing when I first started but I felt really amazing after every class. Before Crossfit the heaviest weights I had ever really picked up were 25 pound dumbbells so I was really loving this new way (for me) of heavy lifting. Zareh, Armen, Geoff, and Tyler all are super supportive coaches and still push me just as hard today as they did when I first started. The only difference now is I'm much stronger now. :)
A time I will never forget was during one of my first WODs with Geoff coaching. I can't recall the WOD in detail but I remember it had a ton of pull-ups. I started off with the blue resistance band but after a short while it became extremely difficult. I would jump to the bar, try and pull myself up, but I just couldn't move. I repeatedly tried to pull-up and with no avail I got frustrated and started to cry. (I know, sad right?). I really felt as I'd failed because I couldn't complete the WOD. It was the worst feeling. Geoff saw me in distress and asked me what was wrong. Speaking through my tears I explained my angst about not being able to pull myself up. Geoff simply grabbed another resistance band and said, "Here, let's add another band." Wow, what a concept! And with the cheers and encouragement from my fellow 818ers I finished the WOD. It was an eye opening moment for me. Scaling IS an option! Everyone is capable of completing a WOD at their own level. If you need a resistance band, great, there's a bunch to chose from. If you don't need a resistance band, even better, handle it.
The lesson here: Focus on finishing the WOD at your level. It doesn't matter how fast, slow, strong, or weak you are. All that matters is you beast mode and push until the very end. And once the countdown stops the endorphins, adrenaline, and feeling of accomplishment will all sink in. It's in that very moment while you're covered in sweat and catching your breath you'll discover it was all worth it.
TMO standing up out of the bottom of a 143# clean!
A. EMOTM 12: 3 hang squat snatches
B. For time: 21-15-9-3 overhead squats (115/75)
*200m front rack kb carry after each round (53/35)
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