Today’s post has three sections. I wanted to get a few topics out there with the team competition coming up this Saturday.
If CrossFit is one thing, it’s addicting. Somehow when people get started, they never want to stop because the idea of tackling your next goat keeps you coming back for more and working harder than ever. Yet many times, when people see their least favorite movement, a long run, or 40 wall balls, they choose to skip out. The trainers like to call this WOD-shopping. Personally I haven’t understood the idea of WOD-shopping and I’ll explain why.
3, 2, 1, GO! It’s one of my favorite phrases, but man, nothing makes me more nervous/excited at the same time…especially when I know I’m facing one of my least favorite movements. That little nerve tingling adrenaline kick that you get right before the workout starts is addicting! No matter what I face, be it heavy deadlifts or 7 minutes of burpees, I know that no matter what, I will finish the workout because even if I want to quit, the rest of the gym won’t let me. Plus there’s this amazing sense of accomplishment when you do finish, even if it’s last. The same feeling goes when you walk up to the bar for a PR.
This week I realized that the competition this Saturday will be my 10th out of house CrossFit competition. Even after all of those workouts at all of those competitions, I still get the same nervous feeling before the WOD starts in class everyday. The next time you come into the gym, enjoy that excited/nervous feeling right before 3, 2, 1, Go and savor that sense of accomplishment when the WOD is over. So when you wake up the next morning and see your least favorite movement in the WOD, you’ll remember those feelings and drag yourself into the gym because there’s not much out there that gives you that same feeling everyday. So I’m challenging our frequent buyers to stop the WOD-shopping. Either make an agreement with yourself to come in anyway or post to comments if you want help being accountable. In the end, you benefit from the WOD, tackle another goat and maybe feel a little badass.
On that note, I’m moving on to my second topic. If you really like the rush, I encourage you to get into competitions. There’s nothing like the adrenaline you get when you know everyone is watching and your whole team is counting on you. Team competitions are a great way to get into competing if it’s something you’re interested in because it’s much easier to step out onto the mat with your team then on your own. Plus, most people will tell you that team competitions are tons of fun and really beneficial. You tend to push yourself harder and PR when you compete as a team because it’s not just yourself you can let down, your teammates are also counting on you. It also helps you to come to terms with your strengths and weaknesses so you know where you’ll need help from your teammates or when you’ll be able to help them out. The best part is, you get to spend a day with your Intrepid family who will love you no matter what happens!
This section applies most to those competing tomorrow, but is also quite applicable for the team workouts we often do on Saturdays. When you’re working as a team during a competition, a solid game plan and communication are key. Before you go into a workout, identify each person’s strengths and weaknesses based on the movements you face, and then develop a game plan. So and so starts first, we rotate in this order, we’re doing this number of reps at a time, this person will be strong here, weaker here, etc. However, sometimes mid-WOD, certain movements may be more challenging than you anticipated and you need to know when to put your ego aside and turn to your teammate for help. This is where communication is key, something like “last rep” so the next teammate can be prepared to jump in and start working. Also, the judge will be watching you the whole time, make sure you’re getting full range of motion and are making it obvious that you have correct for that meets the standard. Give them no doubt that your movement was good because no reps just waste time! Tap out before you fail! Most importantly, have a great time with your team. You compete because you love it!
For anyone that’s interested, Main Course, Leftovers and Cocktails will be competing between 8a and 2:15p at Axiom CrossFit this Saturday, Feb. 2nd.
8677 Utica Ave
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730