Ready for a challenge?

by Carissa Mellroth

Jabletes!

The Open is coming!  Yes, we talk about it quite a bit at Jab.  We get a little giddy about this time of year.  The Open is fun, it’s challenging and I especially love how a community comes together at each and every level to cheer on the athletes (yep, that’s you!) that come in and do their very best that day!  I’ve probably shared this post before, but She Thrives Blog has a great article about why doing the Open is so important as a Crossfit athlete.  Read her post here Yes, You Should Sign Up For The Open  because she tells it like it is and gosh darn it we should all sign up!  We are all capable, we all have that drive, a little bit of competitiveness and determination to do our very best.  That’s what gets us in the door each and everyday at the gym!   I challenge all of you to sign up this year!  You are going to do the Open workouts anyways, why not make it a fun competition with the rest of the world?

When you sign up for the Open, and especially if you’ve been doing Crossfit for at least a year,  you should consider taking the Crossfit Judges course!  As your coaches we have taken this course every year for the past few years.  Not only is it a fantastic way to learn about movement standards for competing but will be super helpful come the Crossfit Open when we, at Jab Crossfit, all do the Open WODS each week!  Find some time to sit and take the course online.  Highly recommend not taking the course in the middle of the night and take notes along the way!  Find the course here

Feb 1st is right around the corner!  Are you planning to join us for a 30 day nutrition challenge?  I know, there is the Superbowl next Sunday but the Seahawks are not playing so you won’t be stress eating!  In my last post I talked about the option for Whole 30 or Ketosis for 30 days.  Which will you pick?  Have you planned your meals for the next week?  Being organized is key to success here.  Clean out your pantry, find some recipes that you are excited to cook, make a shopping list, buy lots of snacks and put them in your car, your gym bag and your desk drawer!  Find some inspiration at Nom Nom Paleo  and Keto Size Me.  Search through Pinterest.  Borrow cookbooks from fellow athletes.  Ask your fellow athletes and Coaches for guidance.  We are in this together!   I will continue to post at our private Facebook page for our 30 day nutrition challenge so head over there and please request to be added if you are not!

Finally, we have arrived at the end of January and our athlete this week is Delphine Yung!  Delphine’s first WOD at Jab was 50 thrusters for time, and she’s been dedicated to coming for over 3 years now!  Having the amazing ability to juggle 4 kids, a husband, working as a pediatric cardiologist, swimming once a week and making sure she gets into Jab regularly each week.  Her regular life sounds like a WOD, no wonder she’s such a rockstar!  Last spring her husband, Matt, joined our community and it’s been the best having the two of them in our gym every week!  Love having you at Jab Crossfit, Delphine!

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name: Delphine Yung
age:  46
where did you grow up? Richland (one of the Tri-Cities), WA
when did you begin at Jab Crossfit?  Is this the first place you tried Crossfit?  I think Jan 2014. Yep!
what do you do when you aren’t at Jab Crossfit? I swim once a week, work part time as a pediatric cardiologist and try to keep up with our 4 kids.
how did you first hear about Crossfit? Matt told me he kept hearing heavy weights being dropped next door
when did you realize Crossfit was right for you? First, when I saw results, but it was probably more as I got to know people. Also, Coach Tyler tried to mix things up on Fridays, like trivia work outs, so I thought that was pretty clever.
what is your favorite wod/movement/lift? My favorite WOD is generally the one I’ve just finished
what is your least favorite wod/movement/lift? Wallballs
what is something you have done at Jab Crossfit that you never thought you would do? Hand stands with a very slight push-up
what motivates you to get through a wod? Usually I think, “it will be over soon” and “thank God ___ (fill in names of other WOD-ers) are doing this with me”
tell us something about yourself that we may not know? I once traveled through Honduras as a student and got a room for $1/night, but when we returned after dinner to find all our stuff over-run with cockroaches, I had to upgrade to another room at $3/night.
what advice would you give to someone new to Crossfit? Come for the exercise, stay for the people
do you have any Crossfit goals?  Just keep going…. :)
what do you love most about Crossfit? Our community

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