THE OPEN IS HERE!!
Here are my initial thoughts on workout 14.1, which is a repeat of the first ever Open workout, 11.1.
What do you think of my advice? Let’s talk.
One of my friends owns the CrossFit gym, Glenwood Springs CrossFit. This post he made yesterday really rang true to me as an athlete, and a coach, and I wanted to share it with you guys.
The post is called “The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy“, and discusses a concept that I LOVE to preach often. Frequently, as a coach, we’ll hear athletes say negative things. Believing in yourself and being positive is so important, and we should all practice more of it!
I have a few “canned responses” that a lot of people know I say… and I’m sure they love hearing it every time. Here’s two examples:
Athlete- “I can’t do that!”
Me- “Not with that attitude, you can’t!”
Athlete- “I HATE burpees!”
Me- “What was that?”
Athlete- (usually after an eye roll and sigh of frustration) “I mean, I’m excited to have the opportunity to improve my burpees.”
(image courtesy of crushable.com)
The point of the post is this, as humans, we have the ability to CHOOSE how we approach, and react to, what life gives us. If you remember this little guy in the video below, he probably has the greatest attitude of any person ever. Imagine if we ALL approached every situation with this attitude. We’d be unstoppable!
So, read the article, figure out if you’re one of those people who walks into the gym (or any other place in life, for that matter) with a negative attitude like Debbie Downer…
and if you are…… STOP BEING THAT PERSON.
My challenge to you is to take ONE DAY next week, and approach absolutely everything that life gives you with a positive attitude. One day.
Try it, and let me know how it goes. My prediction, you, and everyone around you will be happier. And who doesn’t want that!?
(Author’s note: In the interest of full discolure, as an athlete, I’m working on this very concept, myself. But I’m getting better!)
The post again: The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Well, we tried, guys. Thanks for coming out!
Yes, I am one of those CrossFit athletes who has had a serious mancrush on Dmitry Klokov for some time. However, a 418lb. (190kg) THRUSTER!?!
Get out of town.
One of my CrossFit friends, Kevin Ogar, suffered a very serious spinal injury yesterday where he separated his T-11 and T-12 vertebrae and severed his spinal chord. As of last night/this morning, he had no voluntary movement of his body below his belly button.
The CrossFit Community across the globe has stepped in to help raise funds for Kevin (who is uninsured) and the mounting medical costs he and his family will be incurring as he undergoes treatment, and begins the recovery process.
I ask that you please share this message with as many people as you can, and ask that they donate anything they can ($1, $5, $10, anything) to help.
As of the time of this post, the current fund-raising page has raised over $60,000 (through the support of over 920 people) in less than 24 hours. The CrossFit Community is incredible, and I am so proud to be a part of it alongside you guys.
Kevin, you have the support of the world, and we are all praying for you, buddy.
Here’s where you can go for now to donate anything possible to help Kevin and his family cover the mounting medical costs for Kevin’s recovery.
Kevin’s impact on me, personally, is more profound than most people know. He was the friend who reached out to the owner of the gym where he worked, and convinced her to give me (a recently certified CrossFit Coach, chomping at the bit to find a place to work) a chance at pursuing this new hobby of mine. Now, 4 years later, coaching CrossFit is my full-time job, my passion, and I owe a huge part of that to Kevin. Thank you, friend. Now let’s get you healed!
(The picture below is me and Kevin back in March of 2010. It was the first day of my first-ever CrossFit Competition, the Southwest Sectionals event.)
My family is from Brazil, so soccer was my first love as a sport. I remember going to visit family growing up, and being floored at how good one of my cousins was at “juggling” a soccer ball.
After today, I’ve seen the most impressive footwork to date with a soccer ball. Check out Séan Garnier just doing WORK.
p.s.- You don’t have to like soccer to enjoy this video. Just awesomeness.
In college I was a psychology major, so when it comes to the mind of an athlete, I think I’ve got a good ability to relate to people from all walks of life and with any kind of fitness goals. The part of this whole coaching thing that has been the area of the most growth for me, however, is my knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.
I constantly try to learn more about the body, how it works, and WHY certain things work to help myself and my athletes move more safely, and more efficiently. As the topic of shoulder mobility becomes more and more prevalent, I will try to share helpful resources with you all for your own help.
Today’s article is from the website BreakingMuscle.com and is called: “Why Do I Keep Jacking Up My Shoulder? A CrossFitter’s Dilemma“
I shared this piece because in a pretty short post it gives a basic description of the musculature of the shoulder, lists some common injuries, and then some basic resources and ideas for shoulder rehab/prehab. What I like most about it, though, is that author Meghan Rovig briefly mentions several other scenarios and impacted areas of the body (such as thoracic spine mobility and the labrum) which potentially impact shoulder health.
By bringing awareness to these factors, athletes can become more aware of how to take care of their bodies, and instead of just pointing to one part of their body when something hurts, they could potentially self-diagnose more effectively and get better faster!
Anyways, check out this post, and let me know what you think, please!
Happy Hump Day, everyone!
I am a HUGE fan of trick shots. The guys at Dude Perfect are the best at it.
The shots they make, mostly with basketballs, are pretty darn fun to watch!
This time, however, they did their own “Gym Stereotypes” video, and it actually left me laughing out loud for most of it.
This is my favorite one of these types of videos out for sure. Which is your favorite? Which one are you?
Check it out, and pass it on!
Today’s link sharing for our first Moment of Awesomeness post of 2014 has two videos! Yep. Two.
The first is a commercial for Sony60 A7R camera, the world’s first compact, full frame, interchangeable lens machine. Now, while I am not here to push a camera, the free-falling segment they show in reallly high quality HD is awesome. I’ve never been skydiving, but I THINK (not 10000% sure…) it’s on my bucket list. Plus, the commerical is only 1:00 long.
Click on the “Sony60 A7R” text below this to watch.
The second is about cats. No, not my friends BigKat and BabyKat, aka “The Two Best Friends That Anyone Could Have”. Real, actual cats. Lions, to be specific.
To summarize the video, I’ll just use part of the explanation right from the GoPro YouTube page:
“The GoPro production crew journeys to Africa to explore the danger and beauty of Kevin Richardson’s passions for lions and their future.”
Bottom line, this dude is the “Lion Whisperer”, and basically is a member of the pride. Hugging, playing with, cuddling with them. It’s incredible. The point of the video is to share with the world, how sad it is that the lion population is so low, and the entire species is in danger or becoming extinct.
(Side note: He is also very close with the Hyena population. Unreal.)
Just watch and be amazed. This guys is awesome.
If I had to pick, I’d say the Clean is my favorite lift. There’s something about trying to pick up a HEAVY weight off the ground, and somehow stand with it on your shoulders… that is really fun for me!
For a great video on how to learn to Clean CORRECTLY check out Glenn Pendlay of California Strength breaking it down.
Anyways, back to me being a nerd for Cleans. At one of the Seminars I’ve attended to try and become a better competitive exerciser, I got to meet Spencer Arnold.
Spencer is an Olympic Weight lifter who lifts in the 69 kilo weight class. That means he weighs NO MORE THAN 152 pounds on the day of his competitions. 152 pounds. That said, here he is Cleaning 332.898 pounds at the American Open this year. I did not type that wrong. Almost 333 pounds. At a body weight of less than 152 pounds. Cool.
Ok, so now you know he can lift.
On his blog, he shared an article with a great exercise for stabilizing the standing portion of the Front Squat half of the Clean. It’s called the “Front Squat Recovery Exercise”. Basically, it helps to ensure that the core is strong at the bottom, and that the torso is vertical (stacked over the hips) in order to provide a stable column to stand with the bar. Read his description, and then check out the video at the bottom of the post.
Looking for supplemental drills to improve your Olympic Weightlifting? (I’m hope the answer to that is YES, by the way!) Well, there’s one.
Keep tuned into Spencer’s blog, too. He posts tons of great content, and definitely knows his stuff.
Thoughts on the drill? Let me hear it, people!