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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Workout of the Day:
For Time:
50 Double-Unders (want to modify? Sub squat thrust tuck jumps)
40 Pull-Ups
30 Goblet Squats
20 Toes to Bars
10 Handstand Push-Ups (use parallettes if you can)

Optional Finishers: Row your fastest 1000 meters, or clean and toss the heaviest D-Ball you can handle over the length of the pull-up bars, without skipping any pull-up bar.
Cynthia CrossFit Invictus San Diego

Slow Down!
Written by CrossFit Invictus Charter Member Cynthia L.

Mike Hom’s awesome blog yesterday on cutting loose once in a while and skipping a workout, or having a meal without worrying about its nutritional value, got me thinking about another area in our lives where we could use some balance.

I love the intensity of Crossfit as much as the next gal, but the pressure to “Go Fast!” and “Go Hard!” can take a toll on you after a while. Our lives are constantly rushed—we have to race through traffic to get somewhere because we don’t allow enough time; we have to rush through a meal because we (well…YOU) have to take the kids to soccer/piano/karate/whatever; we run to the computer/Blackberry/iphone to check Facebook and email and all the other chatter that so clutters our lives. Then we get timed on a WOD on top of all that?

When is the last time you just sat there? Not reading, or watching TV, or even listening to music. Just sat there, listening to the sound of traffic or the ocean or even your own breath? It can be called prayer or meditation or zoning out, but I think everybody needs to incorporate it more into their daily routine.

Take a few minutes and concentrate on breathing in and out, really feeling the air move in and out of your belly and lungs. If any thoughts intrude (“What’s tomorrow’s WOD?” or “Damn, I’m hungry…” or “Were George and Wolverine separated at birth?”), just acknowledge the thought and let it go.

Don’t let the constant chatter of your mind intrude on your quiet time.  It’s hard to shut it off sometimes, so using a word or mantra to think about as you breathe can be helpful. (“Om” is the classic sound used in mediation, but you can think “Love” or “Peace” or any word that makes you feel calm.) I’m not very creative, so I think “In” as I’m breathing in, and “Out” as I’m breathing out. It gives my mind something to concentrate on if it wants to start wandering, and it’s not too much Hare Krishna wackiness.

Start with just a few minutes a day and see where it takes you. I guarantee that the world won’t end if you shut off your phone for 5 minutes here and there. (You listening, Wayne?)

  • KT

    Amen sista’!

  • Boozebag

    So after talking with CJ and POS we deciced that saying “In” and “Out” as our mantra wouldn’t work for us. Soon after we would start chanting “Protein Style” and “Animal Stye.”

    And yes, I do think George and Wolverine were separated at birth…mini wolverine that is.

  • Cynthia

    Don’t try the move in this picture without supervision! That’s 35 pounds of heavy, pulsating, forged steel over my head. (Notice the baby 1 lb plates clamped in? I’m in love with those things!)

    So strong…. :)

  • POS

    After attending a concert in LA last night I decided to combine yesterday’s blog with todays. The mention of the words IN and OUT in the same sentence elicited a Pavlovian response in my salivary glands and using the 80/20 rule I being the math teacher added them together and I was 100% at the counter at midnight ordering a Double Double. (BUT in an effort to remain semi-paleo it was protein style and messy!) Stay tuned to a future post on progressive loading.

  • http://www.crossfitkids.com mike

    LOL @ progressive loading, POS. Next week’s post, 3 x 3. The week after, 4 x 4.

    We will see when you “plateau” with the in-n-out stack loading.

  • ARMY JON

    This morning I woke up just dead tired and sore. I decided to skip todays wod. This past month I have been taking a yoga class and I really enjoy the feeling after finishing a session. Yoga has helped me on my focus, flexibility, and core. Its a great addition to my crossfit training. Like Cynthia said everybody needs to incorporate some type of mediation or zoning out in their daily routine. Everybody should focus on maintaining that balance.

  • biscuit

    wow, i need to read this more often…lot of trash talk about the wolverine thing (take note of the lack of “mini” johnson).

    great point cynthia…more than just a source of motivation, you are also an inspiration. i’m gonna zone out with some herba mate.

  • Rajesh

    I know someone who managed to eat two 8 x 8s, he weighed about 140lbs at the time.

    Maybe we need to start tracking the burger-to-weight ratios…

  • christine

    Way to go Chedds and Cody Mac. George and Moses, great coaching. I love this place.

  • http://bensullins.com Ben S.

    @POS – what is Protein Style?

  • CJ Martin

    Ben, you have so much to learn young one.

  • Wink

    Jeez, I’m a big cell phone offender.

    Please see Jerry Seinfeld’s description of my kind…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYDA7__znfY&fmt=18

  • AT

    Ben….oh my!