You’re a CrossFitter

By Jocelyn

100 Words of Fitness. Surely you’ve heard it a million times before.

Eat meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and NO sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.

Practice and train major lifts: deadlift, clean, squat, presses, C&J, and snatch. Similarly, master the basics of gymnastics:pull-ups, dips, rope climb, push-ups, sit-ups, presses to handstands, pirouettes, flips, splits, and holds. Bike, run, swim, row, etc, hard and fast.

Five or six days per week mix these elements in as many combinations and patterns as creativity will allow. ROUTINE IS THE ENEMY. Keep workouts short and intense.

Regularly learn and play new sports!

Ah. It reads like poetry. I particularly like the last line. Regularly learn and play new sports. In CrossFit, we sometimes forget the importance of this. We get so caught up on the idea of being simply a CrossFitter, that we start to lose sight of the reason we started doing it in the first place. For most of us it was to get fitter, whether for sport or health, and to generally be better at things in life outside of the gym. But then before we knew it, we were putting off bike rides and friendly volleyball games with our friends or dinners with our family because we didn’t want to mess with our CrossFit schedule.

I love CrossFit just as much as the next CrossFitter (I am, after all, a competitive one) and I’ve done lot’s to rearrange my schedule around it. But I’ve got to say that some of the most enjoyable CrossFit moments had nothing really to do with CrossFit at all like the pick-up baseball games I started playing on Tuesdays and riding my bike with my dog up hills and over rugged terrain without breaking a sweet. And after so much CrossFitting, there’s much more on my list of things I want to try just because I think I can.

I’d encourage the same to all CrossFitters. Is there an aspect of CrossFit that you love the most? Try a gymnastics class or sign up for a ½ marathon. Love lifting heavy weights? Sign up for an amateur power lifting or Olympic lifting meet. Love the outdoors? Hey were in Santa Cruz baby- grab some friends and go mountain biking up at Nisene Marks, head to steamers lane for some surfing, or down to main beach for a volleyball match. The opportunities are endless and you know you can do it because, well, you’re a CrossFitter.

Workout:

F. Squat

3,3,3,3,3

Repeat the following cycle twice:

2 min

5-10-5 Cone Shuttles (5 to a station)

1 min rest

2 min

3 Jerks (155/105)

5 Pull Ups

7 Ball Slams