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Ah, the Ravage.

12 Jan

RRCF’s definition of Ravage = to activate, intensify and destroy.  We kicked off the Ravage today with a series of events, before photos and weight log-in.  The Ravage will last 90 days, but the true intention of the Ravage is to show RRCF CrossFitters just how changing your life outside the box (nutrition, etc.) can maximize your performance inside the box plus gain the results you’ve been working hard for:  losing weight, maintaining weight or gaining muscle definition.  Our coach, Josh, said at our event, “Battle Outside the Box” that we spend just a few hours inside the box compared to the time outside the box – so it’s time to fix the problems outside the box!  He also mentioned we bust the WODs, but still complain about not achieving the results we’re looking for, which means there are problems “outside the box.”

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t stuck to a true Paleo lifestyle since the summer.  When I first started CrossFit in December 2011, I ate Paleo and lost 30 pounds pretty quickly plus my WODs were much better.  I’ve improved since last year, but I don’t believe I’ve improved at the rate I would have IF I stuck to Paleo.

For the kickoff today, we started the event with a timed one mile run.  I was able to complete the one mile in a little over 10 minutes, what?!?! what!?!?!  I’m super excited about it, especially since I couldn’t exactly run a year ago.  After the one mile run, we paired up with a team-mate and my team-mate was Cat.  She is amazing!  Total beast!  She did Rx and  I did scaled.  All the stations were numbered and there were two movements per station (1 rx female, 1 scaled female, 1 rx male and 1 scaled male) with all weights preset.  There was a judge at each station to log your info.  You were to complete each movement per station, as many reps as possible, in one minute.  The movements were:  kettle bell swings, hand stand push ups, deadlifts, front squats, clean and jerks, push press, snatches, back squats, ring dips and pull ups.  After all this was done, we finished our last event with a 400 meter run.  Needless to say, I was exhausted after the three events!

The stats recorded today will be a comparison for what we can do 90 days from now.  Pretty exciting, huh?

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Wait, just 10 more seconds!

3 Jan

One of my fellow CrossFitters at RRCF submitted a “CrossFit Problems,” and I think we can all relate…

…when your coach won’t allow you to enjoy the best part of a burpee – the 10 second (or 45) second nap you get to take when you go down to the floor just before you focus on the actual push up!  For some reason they keep trying to wake you!?!?! – Laurie AKA Patriot

Now let me tell you a little about Patriot.  I don’t believe I’ve ever seen her frown – she’s all smiles all the time.  It’s extremely inspirational.  🙂

Remember! If you have a CrossFit problem to share, send it my way at sfletcher81@gmail.com!

Snatch It!

2 Oct

A new WOD is posted every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday of each week.  I stalk the RRCF page until the WOD is posted and sometimes I regret even looking and yesterday was definitely one of those days.  I tell myself that it is ok to check out the WOD because it will NOT be a deciding factor on whether or not I go – I decided in December 2011, when I first started CrossFit, that it would be mandatory to do the WODs.  I wasn’t just going to lay out of the workout just because I didn’t feel like it or the WOD was too hard.  I am committed to keeping this lifestyle that has totally consumed me since December.

Well, like I mentioned earlier – yesterday’s WOD was one of those “regret looking at the WOD” days.  I showed up at the box nervous.  As Josh was teaching us the technique of the snatch (with a PVC pipe), my heart was beating so fast.  I just knew that I was going to be unsuccessful and it scared the crap out of me.  One day I hope to have as much belief in myself as my coaches do in me.  It’s almost overwhelming how they know without a shadow of a doubt that if you commit and put your mind to it – you’ll succeed.

Here’s yesterday’s WOD:

WOD 10.1.12

We walk in the box after our technique lesson to actually try it with the bar.  Then, we added the weight. Again, I was super nervous.  My weight ended up being 55 pounds for the snatch and overhead squat.  I was unable to finish all three rounds, but I was able to make it to the 10 overhead squats on round three.  It felt good to as Josh put it “rip that bar off the floor” and succeed.

Here’s a video of my snatch and overhead squat: