Workout of the Day
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STRENGTH / SKILL WORK: OPTION #1: 15 Minutes Skill Work OR OPTION #2 (12 Min CAP) 3 Rounds at easy pace of 20 KBS 15 Burpees 20 thrusters (95/65) CONDITIONING: “Kelly” 5 Rounds for time of: Run 400 Meters 30 Box Jumps (24/20) 30 Wall Ball Shots (20/14) GRANITE GAMES 16.3 RX 12 minutes AMRAP: 12 chest-to-bar pull-ups 8 deadlifts
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- All my life, I've never considered myself athletic or an athlete. I never played sports in high school, unless you count the time the Drama Department played a game of Softball. I was such a stranger to the Baseball Diamond, that I walked into a bat, which was in full swing, at Home Plate. Ouch. Off and on since college, I've tried to become a runner. Sometimes I ran outside, sometimes I enjoyed the treadmill. I even ran a 5K, once. But all those times, I don't think I ever truly loved running. In the last few years, I discovered Yoga. Not just the Yoga that helps you stretch your muscles, the Yoga that makes you so sweaty, you slip on your Yoga mat. I even did back-to-back Yoga classes a dozen times. I really loved Yoga. I still do the occasional Yoga moves to stretch out muscles. But we got a puppy one Christmas and the Yoga classes got in the way of housetraining the puppy. Last October, a couple friends of mine told me that they had started going to CrossFit Kilter. When I heard them describe it, I quickly thought, "No. That sounds crazy. I would never do that. I couldn't do that, even if I tried." I had not been doing Yoga for almost a year and I couldn't remember the last time I had even worked out. My body was getting bigger and my self-esteem was shrinking. I was getting to the point that I'd have to go clothes shopping, so I'd have clothes to wear, that fit me properly, because the "muffin-top" doesn't look good on anyone. I really didn't want to spend money on a new wardrobe. I started looking at Pinterest at CrossFit pictures and motivational quotes for getting in shape. Then I decided to finally check out CrossFit Kilter. Before you start doing CrossFit, you should take the Foundations Class (introductory class). I went to three and Coach Dave taught me the basic moves for CrossFit. It was all new to me, but he was always patient and answered my questions. My first WOD (Workout of the Day) was enough to make me want to puke, but I didn't. I was sore, but I went back for more. I loved the family atmosphere. Everyone was always supportive, willing to give tips, answer questions and cheer me on. I have not met one person at CrossFit Kilter that I did not like. There were times I couldn't do the WOD as RX, but there was always a modification for a "newbie" like me. Coach Dave and Coach Jason know when to push you and when you are already doing your maximum effort. One day, we were supposed to do HSPU (Hand Stand Push Ups). I knew I couldn't do that. I remember even laughing and thinking, "I'll never be able to do that." But thanks to Yoga, I WAS able to do a headstand, against the wall. So I started doing that. I thought I could get away with doing just a headstand, every time the WOD included HSPU. But Coach Dave encouraged/pushed me to keep trying to do a handstand, against the wall. I was so happy (and shocked) the day that I was able to do a handstand, against the wall. Eventually, I started working on doing a HSPU. I've even recently tried to do a HSPU kip. I'm not great at it, but I'm constantly trying to do it better than the last time. I know I'll get it, someday. That's what is so great about CrossFit Kilter...you may not get something right away, but the coaches will help you progress and get there, eventually. It's been a little over three months since I started going to CrossFit Kilter and for the first time in my life, I can say I AM AN ATHLETE. I love CrossFit (Kilter). I love how it's made me stronger. As cliché as it sounds, I'm in the best shape I've ever been in my life. I'm still learning and I know that will never stop. There are still plenty of WODs that I can't RX, but I continue to keep trying. The only bad thing is that I've dropped four jean sizes, so I did spend money on a new wardrobe, but for smaller clothes. So I guess I shouldn't complain.~ Valerie M.