I’m not one to get all super yogi-ish. I dunno if that’s even a word. I really know nothing about yoga. I don’t do yoga. Like true yoga. I should. I TRY to do ROMWOD (basically stretching and mobility programing for CrossFitters, lifters, or other athletes) every day, but usually only do it 5-6 days a week, if I’m honest with ya. And usually when I do it, it’s just for the stretch, not the breathing exercises or the zen, and I’m usually on my phone while I do it, so probably not getting the full benefit of the stretch. But hot yoga is different. No distractions. It’s hot as balls, so you sweat everything out – especially if you go in really hydrated like I was, I guess. And constant redirection of your mind back to the present. It’s good stuff. 

I went with my friend Marlie to 90 degree Yoga in Greenville yesterday, since the Anderson one isn’t open on Sundays. Marlie’s husband, Harry, just deployed off to Afghanistan. So, Marlie and their 18-ish month old, pretty little girl, Ella, just moved back to Anderson temporarily to be close to family – and to workout at CFEC.

When the class started, the instructor(who had the prettiest hair, and it didn’t even get ratchet from doing yoga in that hot room for so long) told everyone to “Set an intention.” I didn’t really think too much about it at first, but she kept going back to that – “Go back to your intention.” And “Remember your intention.” And the more she did, the more it got me thinking how awesome this is – no matter what it is you’re doing. 

See, intention does not equal goal. I’m all about some goal setting – short term and long term. But intention(s) are great too because they help you to realize why you’re doing what you’re doing in the first place. It’s about forgetting everything else that’s going on in your life and focusing on the here and now- being in the present. 

This doesn’t just have to be in the gym or in yoga. It can apply to whatever it is you do in life. Why do you do it? If you don’t know, figure it out. Because it’s a process. If you don’t already know by now, CrossFit makes you hungry(in more ways than one- but here I’m focusing on how it makes you hungry to get better). Because of this, you’re going to leave the gym pissed off and frustrated sometimes. So, you have to remember why you do it in the first place. 

I’m not perfect at this. I’m going to have to figure out, because sure enough, I had a frustrating morning in the gym. But, this practice I learned yesterday helped me to keep going back to why I workout in the first place. It’s not to be some super great athlete. For me, I workout/do CrossFit for numerous reasons. But top 3 would be: Because it’s fun, because it helps me to get better, and because it helps me to learn a lot about myself.  And those 3 reasons are what keeps me hooked. That’s why even after I get frustrated with myself, I still can’t wait to go back tomorrow…or even later on today.

For me, I have the opportunity to coach, and although I’m not perfect at it, I do it because I want to play a role in helping people have the best hour of their day. People have to deal with crap on the daily – every single day. Jobs, kids, relationships, marriages, other crazy people…just to name a few. I love that our gym is an outlet for people to come and focus on the present and forget about outside distractions if they want to.

So, two challenges today–

1. When you go to the gym, figure out what your intention is. Remember, it’s not a goal. But instead, it’s why you do what you do. 

2. Try something new and uncomfortable. For me, doing hot yoga yesterday was uncomfortable. I promise, it was hot in there, but if you would have told me to do 100 burpees for time in that room, I would have been like, “SURE!” But for me to “find my flow and vinyasa and try to keep up and hold those poses….that’s uncomfortable to me). BUT It was a whole lotta fun! Honestly, I like my Sunday active recovery routine of going for a jog, but because I was willing to try something new, I’m already looking forward to going back. I need to figure that out since the Anderson location only has like 2 classes a day- at pretty inconvenient times. 

Like I said, hope that wasn’t too yogi fru fru for you. I’m still tough CrossFitter Alison. 

We had a great week in the gym. Man, I love that place. We’re doing this In House Competition. I talked about it last week. Good job Team #1 – All Stars for showing up to do your workout this week. It was tough, but I loved it. Here it is:

I looked at it, and set a goal. Unfortunately the second half of it was a little more brutal than I anticipated 🙂 so I was 19 seconds off I think from what I wanted…But it was a grinder for sure. And since it was a test week, I think we’ll get to see this workout again down the road.

The Athlete version had handstand pushups in it, which scared some people off. But others tried it, even though they didn’t think they would get very far. I got to judge my friend Sam, and she didn’t think she could do handstand pushups without an abmat, but she surprised herself and got through the first set of 25! Also, my friend Carrie didn’t think she could do more than a couple handstand pushups, but she got way more than she thought she could. Hope she doesn’t hate me for putting this picture up, but that’s pretty impressive for a mom of 2 who has only been doing CrossFit for a year.

 

But even cooler than all of this, we had tons of people out at the gym Friday night. There were kids everywhere. The workout was 17 minutes, and we only have 6 rowers, so it took awhile, but it was fun. So, we have 2 more weeks left of the C2K competition.

Saturday was great too. Saturday workouts at CFEC are FREE. So, you should come check it out. We usually don’t even touch a barbell. We try to do movements that can easily be scaled and aren’t too technical. Some people say it’s a lot of cardio, so if that’s more your thing, then you’d love it. We had a pretty good turnout this past Saturday. Good ole’ Nate the Great had been wanting to do this workout called 5K with balls. It ended up being a hit – because people could do it by themselves if they wanted to, or they could partner up and split the running and reps, or they could even scale it more and really cut back the running and reps. There truly was something for everyone. And at one moment, I looked around, and mostly everyone was doing the same workout, but everyone’s version looked a little different. That’s what makes CrossFit so great. It’s for everyone. If you know, you know. Anyway, 9:30 am on Saturday mornings…It’s the place to be. And it’s free. You can’t go wrong. 

Also, we did a crazy 18 minute workout on Thursday that had 6 minutes of 155#/105#  thrusters in it, followed by heavy KB snatchest – 6 min worth of them, and then KB cleans – 6 minutes. I remembered how terrible I am at those KB snatches. I understand that this last paragraph has nothing to do with the rest of this blog entry, but I just wanted to throw it in there. 

You can see everything else we did here.

Also, I’m LOVING the Olympics. I’m a huge Phelps fan. I mean, he’s always been pretty incredible, but this Olympics is different. Look at him! He was gifted the physique of a swimmer, and he’s doing great things with it. I know this commercial is old, but I watched it Saturday, and it made me tear up a little bit.. Weird. But it’s good.

 

It’s what you do in the dark that puts you in the light.

Also, this is pretty cool. Daniel and I saw this when it happened, and he pretty much said the same thing in the moment:

Anyway, I’ll leave that there. Have a great week!