“Don’t Forget the Fun”-JournalMENU

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You may or may not have ever come into Jab, looked at the board and thought “oh no.  I can’t DO that!”  I know I have!  Early on in my Crossfit days, I walked in one morning and saw the WOD and Chris saw the look on my face and said to me, ” you are here, you can’t leave now!” Darn it!  I cringed.  I was in that room with some of the most athletic people in our gym at that time and I dreaded doing this workout with them.  I did it, it felt horrible and it took me forever to recover but I didn’t leave.  I stayed in there because even though I knew this particular wod was not in my wheel house I pushed myself to do it anyways.  Through the cheers of my fellow athletes I did it and I did the best I could and you know what?  I slowly, over time, got better.  Back in those days I’d just do what I could to give my all and not let the things I was unable to do deter me from coming back for more.  Nope, I was hooked and I wanted to meet those goals someday.  I wanted to be able to do an unassisted pull up, I wanted to do pushups on my toes, I wanted to be able to finally do more than one double under in a row and not whip the heck out of my body in the process.  I wasn’t going to let anything stop me from trying because I knew that’s how I would eventually and ever so slowly crush those goals.  People, I still have goals.  I’m still unable to do muscle ups, chest to bar pull ups, run fast, but I never gave up on myself and neither should you.  Sure, I know it’s so darn frustrating when you finally get into the gym and are mentally prepared to work but leave feeling like you didn’t give it your all.  Do not, for a single moment, allow those days to label you as an athlete!  We all have our good and bad days.  Sometimes it feels like a good or bad week but we all have them.  Be patient with yourself, I promise it will come.  You are coming in here and crushing your wod every SINGLE TIME.  Trust me.  Keep coming back for more because you are an amazing athlete!  Yes, you!  Each and everyone of you are what make Jab Crossfit the most amazing place to coach, you are all a part of this incredible community that we call home! You are what makes this gym fun! Last week we had one wod in particular that the focus was INTENSITY.  You did it!  I was SO proud!  You knew the wod was short, you knew it would be hard but your pushed yourselves to go the distance, to not rest very much and to finish strong.  It totally worked.  That word, intensity, is huge.  No matter your ability or your strength, you are all able to put intensity into a workout.  That very moment when your brain says stop, that’s when you push yourself to do a little bit more.  When you were done, you left with huge smiles on your faces because it was fun, even with the level you pushed yourself to.  I loved the article that JournalMENU posted about “Don’t Forget the Fun” if you missed it, check it here

Keep crushing, keep moving!!

Carissa

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Jabletes are looking strong!

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Jabletes,

Congratulations on more PR’s this week on your Front Squats!!  So proud of each and every one of you for many reasons but especially for you putting in all of your hard work and dedication to yourselves!  Summertime, as we have discussed, is an especially tricky time to get ourselves into the gym.  Some of us have kids who are out of school, some of us are traveling the world, some of us are just taking some time to enjoy those beautiful summer days and some of us are working but each of us are getting in at least 1x a week right now and that means something!  Keep up the good work, now you have some nice working weight to base your strength cycles off of and boy oh boy you’ll continue to improve!

I know I’ve been posting a lot on facebook about the Crossfit Games.  I admit, I’m addicted.  Thank you for your patience.  I love watching the most incredible athletes in the world push themselves to the limit to endure some pretty darn hard workouts day after day this week, and not just one workout a day!  They are an inspiration to me, especially as a woman in her early to late 40’s to see these 60+ year olds crushing their workouts!  I hope I look that good when I’m in my 60’s!  Goals 😉  I won’t spoil who the winners were!  You can still catch up online or on ESPN!

This week we are going to have some fun!  See you in class and keep moving!

Carissa

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PR’s Athletes!

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Look at those PR’s, people!!  Coaches are so proud of you!  Back squats in the books, Thursday next week we will hit Front Squats.  Want to go for a new 1RM but can’t make class Thursday, let you coach know you are interested in going for that a different day and we can work it out!

For some of us, including myself, we get to a point where we plateau.  Gone are the days when we were new to Crossfit and every single day was a new PR.  That’s ok!  Your gains will be smaller or take longer but stick with it, it’ll happen.

I read some great motivation yesterday titled “Do What is Hard” that really resonated with me.  Personally, pushing myself to do a slightly heavier weight outside of my comfort zone, to do those toe to bar even if I don’t have the arm strength that day and can only do singles, I’m constantly challenging myself.  Yes, there are times when we don’t WANT to do the WOD but we know we need to.  The hardest part may have been showing up for class now get the work done!  Find that intensity every day!  Read it here

The 2016 Crossfit Games begin on Tuesday!!  Can’t wait!  I am so excited and cannot wait to watch it all!

Keep moving, athletes!  So proud of each and every one of you!!

Carissa

Back Squats!

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Jabletes!

Welcome back to our regular programming.  Apologies to those of you who’s work/life schedule did not allow for you to get into the gym for our limited class schedule last week.  I hope you took every opportunity to go for a jog, swim, paddle, do a home workout, or something that got your heart rate up, made you sweat and made you smile.  Summer is hard, I know this for a fact.  Think of trying to get into the gym 1x a week.  Once is better than nothing.  Twice is better than once in a week, and so on.  Don’t forget that handy website, www.travelwod.com.  Some great body weight workouts you can do anywhere!  Last week we were camping out at Lake Kachess.  It was absolutely beautiful there, the lake was huge and crystal clear.  We brought our stand up paddle boards and I spent a good portion of Wednesday paddling.  It felt wonderful!  Lots of sun, fresh air, cooking outdoors, sleeping in tents.  Loved every second of it.

I watched Fittest on Earth today on Netflix!  Though I did watch the Crossfit Games last summer it was a great way to get excited for the 2016 Games that are just over two weeks away!  You’ll be able to watch the games come July 19th on ESPN, on youtube and on watchespn.  I am so excited!  If you missed the games last summer the Fittest on Earth was a great recap of the men and women, though I did miss the masters and teens in this documentary.

This week we will be doing a 1RM Back Squat!  Coaches are hoping to see some new PR’s this Friday!  This number will be very important in our strength training as you will use it to base your percentages off from here on!  So excited!!

Keep moving!

Carissa

Happy 4th!

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Jabletes!

We are getting closer to our 1RM back squat!  Coming up in a couple of weeks we will do this and I’m so very excited to see some new PR’s!

Happy 4th!  I hope everyone has a great day, the sun comes out and we get to have a little fun and eat some delicious food and hang with our favorite people.  Please remember our hours for next week:

SUNDAY: regular 8am class

MONDAY: CLOSED!!

TUES/WED/THURS: 6:30am and 9:30am ONLY, no noon or 5pm

FRIDAY: regular schedule, 6:30am, noon and 5pm

Apologies to our athletes that cannot make it to a morning class on tues, wed and thurs next week.  I encourage everyone to do some fun outdoor activities if you can’t make it to the morning classes: hiking, running around Greenlake, swimming, 100 burpees.  I’ll be camping next week and am so looking forward to being outdoors for three days with hopefully some hiking involved!

See everyone Friday and keep moving!!

Carissa