I hope you all were incredibly proud of yourselves in the gym! Everyone is looking so strong, form is looking great. Your coaches are feeling great about you! Those PR’s the last two weeks? AWESOME! For new athletes those PR’s come with each lift! For our more seasoned athletes, we sort of hit a plateau and it’s harder to get new PR’s but over time we all will. Trust me. Keep your eyes on the prize and you will get there. It’s so mental, I tend to trick myself with each attempt. Not allowing a number to get into my head just a “pick up the barbell” mentality. We all have those days when we come into the gym and already have decided that today will be hard/can’t do my best/I’m sore and won’t do well but you know what? That’s all negative talk in your little brain. When you do that you already set your standard for the day and that’s not your best you. When you get to the gym leave all those other adult/life things at the door (with your ego of course) and mentally be there for the workout. I know, easier said than done sometimes. But try it when you aren’t feeling it, you will be surprised to see over time that you are actually improving and getting stronger when you have your head in the game! Same thing with the rest of real life, stay focused when you are at work and boom! it all comes together and you work efficiently. Block out that “got to get to the gym and hope to god that we are not doing burpee box jumps today”! School work? Same thing. Focus!
Now, for the past few years we have done a Whole 30 challenge in the month of October but this fall we are actually going to begin in September!! That’s right! I’m super excited, I love doing this as a community and inspiring each other with our meals, photos and suggestions. You certainly can do this solo but believe me it’s much easier to do this together. Never heard of the Whole 30 before? Take a look at this whole 30 site. Basically it’s a month of clean eating. Lean proteins, vegetables, fruit, seeds and nuts. No dairy, grains, legumes, sugar, alcohol. We have a Jab Crossfit Whole 30 facebook page, if you aren’t already a part of it and would like to be added let me know! Questions? Ask your coaches and fellow athletes! Want more info? Check this Whole 30 Program Rules I’m looking forward to this, there never is a good time to do a month of clean eating so we just have to do it!
First off: My apologies on my previous post. I was so excited watching USA at beach volleyball that I neglected to see that it was the prelims! They ultimately ended up losing in the semi finals-USA took the bronze, not the gold.
Now, did you see my article I shared on FB about shrugging? I loved it. Not just for the reason of how technically important it is to shrug when lifting, you can’t skip the mechanics, but also for the letting go each and every day! Shrug off that feeling of “not doing your best” or “I don’t have x-y-z yet”. Remember how I’ve mentioned before that not one of us is perfect. Some athletes have been doing Crossfit for 8 years now, some of us for 4 and some of us for 1 month! But what I love is each of us is given a challenge and we keep on trying until we ultimately get it! Remember how scary that very first box jump felt? Maybe you did step ups for a long time until you felt confident that you could jump both your feet at the same time and LAND on top of the box! Boom! You did it. Most importantly you didn’t let that feeling of “I can’t” get in the way of you pushing yourself. See, you shrugged off that feeling and kept coming back! I love that! Keep up the good work!
Now, this last week you all did some amazing work in class and almost everyone PR’d their snatch!! So darn proud! This week you’ll hit a new PR for your deadlift! Can’t wait, I know a number of you do not yet have a 1RM for your deadlift and Thursday will be the day!!
I came across a great read online the other day. A Crossfit Games athlete (and former USC basketball player) , Jamie Hagiya, had seen a photo of herself standing alongside Katrin Davidsdottir, Jen Smith and Christy Adkins. As you can imagine all of these women are in the most incredible shape of their lives. They have all made the Crossfit Games, make exercise the highest priority yet Jamie only saw how she looked compared to the other women and felt terrible about it. I know, it seems crazy! Yet we all have our imperfections and sometimes that gets in the way of how we see ourselves as athletes. Yes, you are an athlete. Men and women alike, we each have that “thing” that we wish we didn’t have or wish we did have. It’s easy to let that get in the way of the more important aspect: how we are feeling. How do you feel during a tough WOD? How do you feel right after? 2 hours after? Do you notice that you are moving better, faster, stronger? Do you see that you are slowly getting better each day? This is how we learn to love what our bodies can do! Don’t worry if you don’t have a 6 pack, if you have cellulite, if you don’t “look” like Katrin Davidsdottir. Seriously, keep your eye on the prize. Maybe you’ve been able to lift a little bit heavier, maybe you’ve got that kip finally, maybe you’ve been able to do more strict pushups on your toes, maybe you’ve strung together 5, 20 or 50 double-unders! That’s your motivation. Jamie ultimately realized that she should never be ashamed of how she looks. This is the body that has been able to do so much, to take so much and with great power and determination! She came to the conclusion that she should be damn proud of what her body can do. She ended up posting the photo on Instagram 😉
Everyone enjoying some Olympics? Watching Simone Biles in gymnastics was just awesome. My daughter and I couldn’t believe such a short and super strong young women could generate that much power! We screamed and yelled when Kerri Walsh Jennings won yet another gold medal in beach volleyball! We hooted and hollered for Simone Manuel when she tied for the gold in her 100m freestyle. AMAZING. I love watching the athletes. The men’s gymnastics? Just incredible on the rings! They make it look so easy, go ahead, try that iron cross-ha!!
This week we will be hitting a 1RM Snatch! Super excited as this is a tricky lift, one that we haven’t hit a PR on in a while and we will do some preparation the day before. Can’t wait!
Suddenly we are in our second week of August. Like my kids keep saying, summer is almost over! Now, now. Take it easy. We have many weeks left of “summer” and knowing the PNW we may get a beautiful, hot September. Just in time for school to start! Now, the Crossfit Games may be long over but we now have the Olympics! Have you watched? Last night I saw Sopita Tanasan from Thailand clean and jerk a hefty 200kg! She had beautiful form and so darn strong! Tonight Tia Toomey, whom you may remember as coming in second place in the Crossfit Games, will compete in weightlifting. Also planning to watch gymnastics, volleyball, track and field, swimming, diving, table tennis, bicycling. Its all pretty awesome and inspiring!
This past weekend I was with my incredible extended family in California. All ages, from 13 months old to 98 years old! My 98 year old great aunt is still working out in the gym at her assisted living, emails her nieces and nephews, and is sharp as a tack. She shared a quote from her own mother which was, “don’t get old”. Sure, she uses a walker but she’s never stopped moving! Getting old is in our minds, we can stop doing what we are doing at some point or we can never stop and make sure that we will always be able to pick something up and carry it, go up and down stairs, sit down and stand up. Heck, did you see the 60+ year old Masters at the Games? That’s motivation in itself!
Don’t stop moving and don’t get old!