“Elliptical Syndrome”

by Carissa Mellroth

Jabletes,

I apologize for the tardiness in the blog this week!  With a combination of the end of the school year wrapping up and many a night and weekend sitting at softball games cheering on our daughter, I haven’t had much time at the computer!  Completely worth every minute.  Kids grow up fast, in a blink of an eye they are starting middle school, high school, college,  graduating from college, and turning into some fine young adults.  I’m totally enjoying all of the moments!

Coach Chris mentioned the term “Elliptical Syndrome” to me last week.  Turns out, when athletes make a habit of reducing intensity just enough to take the edge off a workout, it has a name.  Think of the elliptical at a big name gym.  20 min of work on that while flipping through a magazine or watching your favorite telenovela will only limit results.  Intensity will knock you onto your back, breathing heavily, sometimes wondering how the heck did you get through that!?  Pushing yourself just a little bit harder intensifies your workout.  Intensity brings results and doing this regularly improves fitness.  Yes, this also means you’ll feel discomfort.  Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone brings that intensity.  That is not pain, by the way.  Pain and discomfort are two different feelings.  Intensity is what makes your brain say this is hard, I want to stop.  Pain will send the signal to the brain that you HAVE to stop because you are doing something that is making pain.  So this week, you may have noticed some workouts that made you push yourself a little bit more.  That is the intensity I’m talking about!  When the athletes are laying on the floor for a few minutes (or in my case sometimes 20+minutes) as soon as the timer stops THAT is intensity!  If you’ve been dialing back because you are new or injured that is the correct thing to do.  The key is to check your time or rounds at the end of the workout and compare to everyone else that day.  Did you finish sooner?  Later?  How did you feel after the workout was over?  Did it feel easy?  Did it feel like you hated every single minute of those thrusters but left smiling at the end of class because you did it and you ROCKED IT?  Did you have to recover for a good 15 or so minutes before you could walk out the door and be sure you could use your leg to step on the gas or shift gears?  Your coaches are getting to know you better and better each week.  We watch you like a hawk and see how you are moving.  Sometimes we will suggest you go heavier, sometimes we will suggest a lighter weight.  Listen to your coaches, athletes.  We are highly trained for this ;)

Lastly, summer is now upon us and I know some of you will be traveling.  www.travelwod.com and even pinterest have some great WODS you can do anywhere!  All that hard work you put in every week can go away within two weeks.  Shocking.  With a minimal workout while away from Jab you can maintain your fitness and come back to Jab without feeling like you’ve been hit by a truck.  Questions?  Ask your coach!

Keep moving, athletes!  You are all doing a fantastic job!

Carissa

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