Sometimes, people are doing stuff that won't necessarily make them any functionally fitter. Like a door that isn't a door. Walking on a treadmill is fine if your rehabilitating, or if you live in Maine in the winter, and your lungs will freeze if you step outside. But wouldn't it be more than a bit better to just step outside and go for a walk. Unless you live in flats of Texas, there should be SOME terrain that you will walk over that will vary during your outing. Your legs actually work differently when your moving yourself across the ground, as opposed to the ground moving underneath you.
So, if you want to be more functional in your life, do the most functional exercise. Oh, yeah, you already are, 'cuz you're a CrossFitter!
We all want to be the star at the fair! And some of you were today! If you saw one of the local CrossFit stars, Murphy, & I working out in the middle of the Riviera Fair this weekend, thanks for checking us out!
You can learn a lot more about the CrossFit philosophy of fitness on the "main site" This site is for posting our local workouts here in the Redondo Beach area.
Shoot me a phone call or an e-mail so we can meet in person, and we can spend a bit of time exploring your own fitness goals and how CrossFit could help you attain them!
I look forward to hearing from you...unless I already have (Frank!)
1 Trip up the stairs 10 PVC Thrusters 10 Med Ball Slams
One of my super-hot lady clients showed up this morning with a headache. Not from a Friday night of too much partying, she's had it getting worse and worse since Thursday evening. Instead of doing the above workout, she timed out at 3 rounds.
I think this was a good choice on her part. There are certain kinds of pain that are "fun" to push through. Like the burning of your legs in Tabata Squats. Or the feeling of "there's no air" in the middle of Fight Gone Bad. Other types of pain aren't so much "fun."
A migraine, or the like, isn't something that we should feel like we need to push through. This kind of pain, just like a sprained ankle, or tweeked back, indicate that we need to take a bit of a rest. Or perhaps look at our life style, or diet to see where changes could benefit us.
Amber pushed herself a bit this morning and got through three rounds. If you've ever worked out with any kind of headache, you know that CrossFit can do one of two things. It can totally zap the headache, and when you're done, you've conquered both the workout, and the headache. Or it can make your head a pounding, throbbing appendage of pain. Today, it was the latter for Amber.
The interesting thing, is that she was a bit pissed about the whole thing. She was angry she couldn't get through all five rounds. But that's the kind of gal she is. She's CrossFit :)
5 rounds, if your really hardcore, do it on the beach!
Ah, the good ol' tire. When we work out with tires. We're never rolling them. We're dragging them, flipping them, or swearing at them. Using resistance like a tire when running pumps up your fast twitch muscles, and gets you way more fatigued in much less time.
The best part, as Amber found out today, is to drag that tire in the sand, then run back on the pavement. You feel like you're flying!!
A special hello to Jennifer, who stepped over from Moses' class to try the tire once!
We never know when a good lunge will come in handy. I'm sure we all could think of hundreds of examples :)
Keep the chest up & just kiss the knee with the back leg. You should be pushing straight up with your front leg, and just using your back leg for balance, not "pushing" with your back leg to get you up. This will activate your glutes a wee bit better (Lisa:) Your weight should be in the heel of the front foot, and to the outside of the foot, if anything. Do your best to keep that front knee in line with the foot, and keep it from collapsing inward when your driving upward! and Remember you're walk-lunging on railroad tracks, not a tightrope :)
10 Tuck Jumps 10 Push Ups 10 Sit Ups 10 Super Mans 10 Pull Ups
Some days, that soreness can be a bit much. Even after a bit of ibuprofen. Ice is a great way to keep the DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) in check. There's a reason we see pics of NFL guys in an ice bath after a huge game. It helps with swelling and pain.
If you're feeling really sore in a particular area after a workout, or new movement. Ice the place that's feeling off. If you don't have an actually bag o' ice, use whatever vegetables you have in the freezer. You can eat them once they've thawed. I prefer peas.
As people who work out like we should, we find that getting up in the morning can be a sore affair. This, to a degree, is good, since that soreness means you tore up a bit of your muscle, and it's rebuilding stronger than before. The bad part is the discomfort.
"Discomfort," of course, is a relative term, because depending on the day it's either a bit of, "oh, that's a little tender" or "my legs hate me." Just know that once that soreness subsides, you're going to stronger for it. And if it really bad, there's always ice.
Life, believe it or not, isn't always about convenience. Usually, we learn the most about ourselves when we're doing something different, or harder than we're used to. This could apply to everything from childbirth to learning to swim to getting a promotion.
You should consider your workout a daily dose of that difficulty. If you get a little nervous before a workout, good. That hesitation that you push through is what makes you a more evolved person after a workout.