I get all fired up and excited around the Crossfit Open. I think all of us Crossfitters do. There is something about the anticipation of the announcement of the open workout each Wednesday that has me waiting by the computer to find out the workouts and watch them. I had a pretty awesome moment with my 7-year-old daughter yesterday. She walked by my computer while workout 13.2 was about to start. As Annie Thorisdottir and Lindsey Valenzuela started hammering away at Shoulder to Overheads, Deadlifts and Box Jumps, my daughter’s eyes lit up. She was asking a million questions, “was that our gym?”, “is that the the Olympics”, “I love her socks, will you get me some like that?” and, “wow they are strong!” .
It got me thinking about the shirt that Lindsey Valenzuela was wearing that said in the interview prior to the workout that said, “strong is the new skinny”. I grew up playing all kinds of sports. But, as a young girl, the only female athletes I remember are Mary Lou Retton, Peggy Fleming and Martina Navratilova (yes I am THAT old). Don’t get me wrong, all those women are incredible athletes and great role models. But, I think I was taller than Mary Lou Retton by the time I was 10, (probably weighed more than her too), and I was never interested in figure skating or tennis. It wasn’t until junior high that I remember really looking up to women who were competitive athletes.
I realize it was probably a dorky mom moment, but I was so excited about sharing those few minutes with my daughter yesterday. And, she has been exposed to Crossfit (she’s taken classes from Bre and Heather and loves coming to the gym, by the way) in all these different ways. As a parent, you worry about how your actions impact your kids, and about all the things they are exposed to. One trip to the grocery store and they get bombarded with several celebrity females that I would argue are not the best role models. So, the opportunity to see women kicking butt in a setting we never would have imagined 20 years ago is pretty awesome.
There are many things I love about San Carlos Crossfit, but one of them is that my kids are always welcome. They get to see me, and a lot of other awesome women and men, running, jumping, doing pull-ups, handstands, climbing ropes, lifting weights, etc. And, yesterday, I saw a glimpse of my daughter understanding the more competitive world of Crossfit. Now, whether she remembers Annie Thorisdottir’s name in 30 years is another story, but for today I’ll take it!
A recent article on, what else? Sugar, summarizes the reasons why you should not be eating sugar. It is addictive, it tastes soo good, but it is sooooo bad.. here are 9 reasons (according to the article) why we should stop eating sugar...
1. Added Sugar Supplies a Large Amount of Fructose
2. Sugar Doesn’t Contain Any Vitamins or Minerals (Empty Calories)
3. Sugar Causes Deposition of Fat in The Liver
4. Sugar Harms Your Cholesterol and Triglycerides
5. Sugar Causes Insulin Resistance
6. Sugar Raises Your Risk of Western Diseases
7. Sugar Doesn’t Cause Proper Satiety
8. Sugar is Addictive
9. Sugar Causes Resistance to a Hormone Called Leptin
To see the whole article click here.
I went running in Marin today, it was a glorious day. At the end of the run we stopped for breakfast in Sausalito. We found this man balancing rocks; he is very skillful and interesting. I sat down and took a few pictures and made me think that finding balance is something we all should attempt to do. Weather it is CrossFit, our jobs, families, or relationships; we are always trying to find a balance. Over the years in my personal life and at work (being a consultant) I learned that the biggest misconception of all is: A balanced person is good at everything. However the truth is that a balanced person is good at prioritizing.
Think about what is most important for you to accomplish, and why. How can you make the most of your time and energy in order to reach your goals? What is the benefit of focusing on these few things? Does it give you more time with your family? This is what Crossfit has done for me. It gives me a great workout but it also has freed my time tremendously. Long gone are the days when I used to train Saturday and Sunday ALL DAY to get ready for a race. Have you noticed that since you started to Crossfit, you have found more time in your day to devote to other important things thus helping you to find your balance?
“Happy CrossFit Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.”
Saturday we will be doing the first CrossFit open workout 13.1 . this is the qualifiers for the regionals . Wome people in our level 2 class are competing to make it to the next level. We will run heats every 20 minutes. that means you need to have your s*** together . Tomorrow when you arrive to class put yourself in a heat, either a prescribed or scaled. It will be up to YOU to warm yourself up and have your weights ready for the workout. If you are not competing you can scale to work out as necessary. If you are competing you need to find a judge and make sure that you are in opposite heats from one another. Good luck to everyone tomorrow
2) know exactly how you will perform each snatch. muscles snatch, power snatch, squat snatch or splits snatch
3) make sure you have no missed reps
4) If I was you I would wear my lifting shoes and wrist wraps
5) the burpees are going to be the rest. make sure you set a good pace and follow it.
6) check out this video