Friday afternoon is one of my favorite times at CF West Santa Cruz. Friday being Friday and all, Friday afternoon class seems to have a certain air of levity and fun about it. In fact, all the classes today seemed filled with confidence. I think maybe it was the 100 kettlebell swing WOD.

Sometimes a WOD comes along that seems kind of impossible and the completion of it seems to trigger…well, for lack of a better word, growth. I know it sounds corny, but it’s true. Killing a WOD that you didn’t even think that you could finish can fill one with confidence.

And here we come to what I believe is one of the main, yet unspoken, attractions of CrossFit. The feeling of empowerment that it gives. It’s not talked about a lot, especially among male CrossFitters, but it is undeniable. CrossFit is so hard, often so seemingly unrealistic, that it forces you to look at yourself in a new light. In the spirit of the adage, “How much can you know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight” (from which movie, folks?), CrossFit forces you into a fight with yourself. With your nerves, with your abilities, with your own perceived limitations. And it forces you to surpass them.

Nothing like a shot of confidence. CrossFit style.

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One Hand Isabel

30 Snatches with 1 hand 75/45#

Alternate hands every 5 reps or as needed.


One Hand Grace

30 Clean and Jerks with 1 hand 75/45#

Alternate hands every 5 reps or as needed.

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