Be You

Aug 12th, 2014

Category: CrossFit

Be You

girls running
Each one of us has a unique body, mind, interests, talents, and personality that distinguish us from every other person on the universe. These differences are what make us want to be around each other. Aren’t you curious about the person standing next to you? Learning about their background, experiences, and views? I know that whenever I meet someone new, I play a quick (or long) game of 20 questions, which some of you may have witnessed by now! Genetics, as well as our environment and exposure, create these differences. I am so intrigued by the fact that there are billions of people in this world, yet not one of them is the same as the next, pretty insane.

The gym is one place where our physical differences come to the surface. How often do you hear someone say, “why can’t I lift that?” or “why don’t my legs/stomach look like yours?” Although diet, exercise, and training will help us get closer to these goals, it’s important to remember that we are all different. We all have a different set of genes, family background, and lifestyle we need to accommodate! At some point it’s more beneficial to acknowledge our differences and focus on our individual potential. Comparing yourself to the person on the next platform is great if it makes you push a bit harder, but not if it makes you come down hard on yourself. The biggest change I am working on in CrossFit is not getting so bogged down in comparing myself to others, but rather becoming more in tune with my individual potential and capitalizing on my unique strengths. Yeah, I look at the girls in the gym who can walk on their hands and bang out muscle ups in their sleep and think “oh man, wouldn’t life be just great if those skills came easy to me”. I’m learning that for the movements I struggle with, I need to not wish away my differences, but use my strengths to build up my weaknesses- unlock another path that will help me reach my potential.

Come to peace with your differences. If we were all the same, if we all had 6-packs, could squat clean a small house, or do legless/handless/whatever the hell competitors are doing, then there would be no point in working hard. And without working hard you would never uncover the talents and strengths you never knew you had in you.

Strength
Deadlift
2-2-2-2-2

WOD
3 Rounds
10 Overhead Squats (115,75)
10 Front Rack Lunges
10 Ring Dips

Level 2 (95,65)
Level 1 (75,35)

Conditioning
4 x 200m Shuttle Sprint*
Rest 1 minute between efforts.
*Start at the 300m line. Sprint to the 400m line, to the 200m line, to the 300m line.

Rest 5 minutes

EMOM 10
100m Sprint

Core
Double Alternating Tabata
-Hollow Hold
-Abmat Situps

DISCUSSION 9 Comments

  1. Kendra 08/13/2014 at 3:10 am

    Excellent post, Andrea. Very necessary to always keep this in mind.

    185# x 2 deadlift
    8:30 L2, red band at top
    holy moly, triceps are screaming with all the pushups and ring-dips
    very energetic night, barrow. love it! i just need to find those pr’s again too!

  2. nicole dholakia 08/13/2014 at 2:42 am

    solid post Andrea!
    deadlift x2: 235#
    WOD: 10:27 purple band then red/75#

  3. Joel 08/13/2014 at 1:55 am

    Deadlift: 300×2 PR
    WOD: 10:47 L1

    Still looking for that bell.

  4. jason barrow 08/13/2014 at 1:19 am

    The best part of this post is that NOBODY would ever say Andrea isn’t ALWAYS being herself. The realest!

    Deadlift: 350×2 (PR ALERT, WHERE’S THE BELL!?)
    WOD: 12:31 Rx
    At least we’ve been doing ring dips a lot lately…because I sure need to work at the,

    I don’t know if it was the PR Weather we had tonight or what but 7PM was EXTRA turned up. I have seriously never seen platform work like I did tonight. EVERYWHERE you looked someone was PR’ing, successful PR attempts on top of successful PR attempts. Even Kendra, who couldn’t be more used to 7PM, commented that we were “extra rowdy” tonight. Maybe it was that energy, or maybe the recent programming has led to all of these new deadlift PR’s? I don’t know, post those PR’s!

  5. Wheeler 08/12/2014 at 9:17 pm

    Great post Andrea!

  6. sarahpisborg 08/12/2014 at 11:58 am

    You’re my favorite, Andrea!!

  7. Matthew Whalen 08/12/2014 at 1:19 am

    Great post Andrea!

  8. bradmblake 08/12/2014 at 12:55 am

    Love this post. Beautifully written and so true.

  9. Shelby 08/12/2014 at 12:31 am

    This is my favorite blog post! Thank you Andrea!