Who’s Ready for the Squat Challenge?????
Please refer to Monday’s post for details. Challenge begins on Wednesday, but we will accept sign-ups through Close of Business Friday. Everybody loves SQUATS!
Run 800 Meters
Rest One Minute
Immediately after your one minute rest on your final round, you have 5 minutes to establish a One Rep Max Clean and Jerk
*Final score will be time from 3 Rounds (including all three rest minutes) converted into seconds, minus pounds from highest successful lift x 5. If you do not care about your final score, just tell your trainer what your time was upon completing the 3 rounds (including rest) and tell them what your highest lift was*
Post Run, Highest lift and Final Score to Comments
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AMRAP 20 Minutes 10 Overhead Squats – 83/125 10 Hang Cleans – 83/125 325 Meter Run *5 rds to rx
EMOTM 6 Minutes. AMRAP on 7th Minute 2 Front Squats – 143/225 METCON AMRAP 7 Minutes 7 Toes to Bar 10 Box Jumps – 24/30 *5 rounds to rx
EMOTM for 8 Minutes 2 Split Snatch 4 Dumbbell Press METCON AMRAP 7 Minutes Squat Clean Thrusters – 73/115
STRENGTH/SKILL One Rep Max Clean and Jerk METCON 21-15-9 Shoulder to Overhead – 83/125 Pull-ups *10 Minute Cut-off
TestimonialI owe my ‘Crossfit junkie’ status to the one and only Kristin King. Back in 2010, I witnessed an amazing physical transformation in Kristin that had me asking “how did you do it?” Kristin went on to explain CrossFit and all that it entailed. I would be lying if I said that just the thought didn’t scare the crap out of me so it took me a few weeks to even entertain the idea of trying it out. Alas, I did. When I started I enjoyed it…but didn’t love it. I chose which days I would go based on the WoDs and I found that I didn’t push myself. In June of that year I decided to go back to school to get my masters degree. I felt as though going to school full-time and working full-time wouldn’t allow much time to workout so I decided to drop my membership and focus on school. During that time there were a lot of things missing. I had no social life, my self-esteem was at an all-time low and I saw my personality change from being that outgoing girl to becoming an introvert (WHAT???).
I finished graduate school in December 2011 and made the decision that after the holidays I was going to get back into CrossFit. In January 2012 I had a very frank talk with Kristin about my hesitations. I knew I would be starting over; I would be the ‘new girl’ again; I wouldn’t be able to walk for a week (again); I had that ‘I’m a fat girl’ mentality and hated the thought of working out in front of very good looking people, especially guys (*wink, wink*). Of course, as we would all expect, KK forced me to push all my fears aside and persuaded me to come back…and then it started…
I’m looking at this journey in CrossFit as my second chance. My first day back I felt like I was going to die (per usual). I couldn’t finish the WoD, I felt like a loser but hook, line and sinker…I was addicted. Of course I waddled like a duck for a few days but unlike my first attempt at CrossFit, I went back and didn’t allow my soreness to be my excuse. I began going 4-5 days per week and now go 6-7 days per week if my schedule allows. Some people say it’s healthy, others say it’s not but CrossFit now runs my life. I look forward to 7:00 pm when the WoD is posted and once it is I immediately start thinking strategy…or I start completely dreading it. I plan my family and social time around my CrossFit time. To say that CrossFit has changed my life would be a major understatement and this is why:
* I found that competiveness that I have been missing since playing softball and volleyball in high school.
* I now have a second family.
* Going to the box is what I look forward to everyday. It’s the one thing I do for myself because it makes me happy.
* Yes, there is a time where I have weighed less than I do now but I believe I am healthier now than I ever have been.
* I’ve learned to not pay attention to the scale, just because you weigh less doesn’t mean you’re healthy or fit.
* After 2 weeks I started noticing a difference in my body, which immediately increased my self-esteem. After 7 months I have lost 3 (almost 4) pant sizes (can I get a ‘hell yeah!’??).
* I am happier now than I ever have been. I am back to the Jenny I used to be. Outgoing, playful, not taking life too seriously, busting out random dance moves (if you can call them that) and living an overall positive lifestyle.
* When I started CrossFit I couldn’t do a pull-up. In fact, I started by doing the jumping pull-ups. I can now do Fran Rx’d.
* When I started I could only jerk 73 lbs, I can now jerk 143 lbs.
* I can snatch 100 lbs… that makes me happy. ?
* I can run a mile without stopping (although I will still b**ch and complain the entire time).
* I am finding myself Rx’ing more workouts than not.
Overall, my life has drastically improved in every way, shape and form since I rejoined CrossFit So ILL. Although I can give a lot of credit to myself for forcing myself to go even on days I don’t want to, most credit has to be given to Emma and Kristin.
CrossFit So ILL has been the tool for so many to reach their personal goals but it all stems from the programming, support and camaraderie within the CrossFit So ILL family. Emma pushes me to be a better athlete and Kristin gives me the confidence that I need to put more weight on my bar. I may be cussing them in my head because of what they make me do, but at the end of the day, all credit is given to them. If it weren’t for their passion and drive, I know I wouldn’t be where I am now and I would not have been able to accomplish what I have accomplished thus far. This is a journey and it is far from over so I’m just enjoying the ride…
~Jenny V, Contract Specialist: