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(Slow) CrossFit Progress

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
– Burpees
– 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.

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  • Rachel @ For the Love of Chocolate March 5, 2013, 10:27 pm

    Jen, I just did a similar workout at my box last week! 12-9-6-3 power snatch, burpees. I used 35 pounds and it was still crazy hard. I have done 55 pounds for power snatch in a strength portion of class, but never in the WOD. You should be proud! And you’re right…it seems like there is a neverending list of things to improve on in CrossFit.

  • Liz March 5, 2013, 10:32 pm

    You have a tons going in …… Ms . Multi tasker .
    How do you schedule? Keep it together ? I would panic and freeze . Tips ?
    Get up early , prep great food on the run . Get fitness and work all in ?

    To much info:
    Autism Teacher , mom to Marleigh age 3 , wife ,yogi and training for the Chicago Marathon .
    How to balance ???? Help help

  • Katherine March 5, 2013, 10:39 pm

    Your breakfast looks simply amazing!


  • Lauren K March 6, 2013, 7:41 am

    I am SO proud of you for doing that WOD with 55lbs. Knew you could do it and it was totally mental since I saw you do more than just one rep at a time! Now I need you to practice muscle ups. 🙂 You will have those in no time!

  • Holly March 6, 2013, 8:04 am

    Are the cross fit weight plates larger than normal? Or bars lighter? For some reason those weight plates look huge to me. I want to say I remember benching like 70 lbs but at that time the bar was like half the weight so the plates I used were much smaller!

  • She Rocks Fitness March 6, 2013, 8:41 am

    I’m about to dig into a breakfast very similar to yours! Love my GY in the morning. Some days it is just so refreshing and as always better with peanut butter and strawberries. Hope you are having a fabulous week! PS: that sandwich looks delicious. I haven’t had tempeh in so long…

  • Heather C March 6, 2013, 10:05 am

    I’ve been taking probiotics (whatever I find at Target or on sale via amazon.com) for about six months now, WOW, what an improvement it has made on my digestive system!!! I highly recommend, even kept me ‘normal’ while traveling when I typically get horribly screwed up! 🙂

  • Grace @ PracticingGrace March 6, 2013, 11:16 am

    Look at you! Bad ass 🙂 Very impressive and glad you refueled with some delicious risotto!

  • Colleen March 6, 2013, 12:29 pm

    You are so right that our minds hold our bodies back! Good job on that snatch!

  • Trish March 6, 2013, 6:35 pm

    That looked great! I am still working on hang power clean and snatch. Will I ever get it?

    Jen I have a question. My crossfit instructor says I should be able to maintain an upright torso during squats, but try as I might I CAN”T! I fold up every time. My physical therapist (my knees were really sore lately due to overuse injuries in my quads and I was doing some therapy) says taller people have a strong tendency to do this and it is not really possible to maintain an upright torso for them. My crossfit instructor is on the short side and also wicked fit. But I am really frustrated by this! any thoughts?

  • Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily March 6, 2013, 7:55 pm

    You are awesome! I watched that video and just sat there staring!! Great job, girl!!!!

  • Sara March 7, 2013, 11:12 am

    You made those 55lb snatches look easy! Great job!

    Are you signed up for the Open? I haven’t RX’d a workout yet, but our box encourages participants and I wanted to do it for fun, so I thought, why the hell not! I’m happy that I’ll at least be able to make it through the first portion of 13.1, but highly doubt I’ll be able to get even one 75lb snatch – I guess I’ll spend the rest of the time trying!

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