One of the things I like about CrossFit are how many things there are to work on. Just when you get the hang of something, there are tons of other movements to focus on. It’s also really interesting to see everyone’s unique strengths and weaknesses. I tend to excel at bodyweight and endurance focused workouts while I struggle with workouts requiring heavy loads or that are short and super high in intensity .
My bucket list of things I’d like to improve on (or even attempt in the first place) is never ending…double unders, muscle ups, high box jumps, improving my deadlift, unsupported ring dips, becoming a more efficient rower, rope climbs, overhead squats…I could go on all night.
One BIG area of focus for me over the entire last year has been my snatch. This is one of the two big Olympic lifts and it requires a stupid amount of coordination, flexibility and strength. I am nowhere near perfecting my snatch but I have finally reached a point where I feel comfortable even performing the movement with a heavier load. Tonight I completed a workout using 55 pounds for my snatch for the first time ever!
I had my bar all set with 45 pounds, which has been my “safety weight” for a few months now. I mentioned to my coach that I thought I could try a heavier bar but I’d probably strip the weight after the first round. He said, “no, you’ll keep the 55 pound bar and take it one rep at a time.” He reviewed my form and gave me the good to go. Honestly, it was a bigger mental obstacle for me than physical. I didn’t believe I could do it. This is where having an encouraging and positive coach can change your whole mentality. I sacrificed some time in order to go up on my weight but it was totally 100% worth it and now I am so much more confident in my snatching ability!
The workout was…
12-9-6-3 rep scheme
- Power snatches
- 200 meter run or 250 meter row (I rowed)
I finished in a little over 12 minutes!
Enough CrossFit. Now, today’s eats.
Breakfast after training a 6 a.m. client was a Chobani Pear with sliced banana, strawberries and sunflower seed butter.
I picked up a kombucha midmorning in an effort to take in some probiotics to settle my system. I am all sorts of off right now. Weird sleep, weird digestion and blah. I am not quite sure how to get my body back to homeostasis. We’re not there right now.
Lunch was a tempeh sandwich.
Dinner after CrossFit and teaching yoga was leftover risotto and roasted broccoli. I added a chopped chicken breast that I sauteed with herbs de provence and diced tomatoes.
I’ve been up since 5:20. It is time to wind this day down.