It’s time to check back in with our Hale Case Study participants!
In this update, they’ve just hit the six-week mark—and if you’ve ever made a lifestyle change before, you know that’s when things start to get tough. The newness has worn off and all that’s left is hard work without the lustre.
But this is the time when it’s most critical to keep pushing onward, and that’s exactly what our participants are doing.
Natalie got a 40-lb. deadlift PR.
Jay’s down five percent body fat and got his strict muscle-up back.
Jon got a handstand and toes-to-bars and can go on longer bike rides with his kids.
Lilly passed the point she normally gives up.
“Around week four is when I tend to be like f**k it, I don’t care anymore,” she said. “But I stuck with it.” Now she’s down 4 percent body fat and around 6 lb.
Tune in above to see what the rest of the Hale Case Study participants have accomplished at the six-week mark.
˄ ˄ ˄ Things I’ve said out loud to myself during workouts.
It’s me trying encourage myself to stop being weak and keep going.
Have you ever listened to your own self-talk when you’re working out or before you’re about to try something difficult?
“I dunno about that … ”
“It’s a lot of weight … ”
“I can’t do that movement … ”
˄ ˄ ˄ Actual words we’ve heard around the gym.
We are SO mean to ourselves; SO negative.
We do it so often that we don’t even think it is negative. When I say it out loud, it’s in a joking or sarcastic tone, or sometimes in a drill-sergeant yell.
But it cuts so deep.
The words you use create the reality you live.
What’s worse is how your words affect the people around you.
When you say out loud “I can’t do that” or “jeez, that’s heavy,” the person next to you trying to pump themselves up to do the same thing loses confidence.
You can use the lightest, jokiest tone …
but the bottom line is …
You’re dragging them down!!!
Watch Wendy during a tough workout.
She suffers, it hurts, she wants to quit.
When she’s done, she goes outside and sits down with her head bowed.
You go to give her a fist bump and she barely lifts her arm.
Ask her two minutes later how it was and she says,
“It wasn’t too bad! I liked it.”
Is she lying to herself? Is that how she really feels?
This is what she tells herself every time and what keeps her coming back to do it again the next day.
Doing that every day has built her into one the best athletes in the gym.
But what do we do about it?
We all have to work hard to eliminate that negative self-talk and start encouraging ourselves every day.
The best way I know to train myself to do something is by rewarding good behavior and having consequences for undesirable behavior.
So let’s try it!
This week, your coaches will be looking to promote positive self-talk.
Every time we hear you saying something positive out loud to yourself or someone else, we’ll be giving you high-fives or fist bumps.
Every time we hear something like “I can’t” or “that’s crazy” or similar things that don’t help you or the people around you believe you can succeed, we’ll be handing out 3 burpees.
These will be entirely at the coaches’ discretion, can be handed out at any time for any reason, and there will be no appeals.
You want to be in an environment where everyone is encouraging you to be your best ALL THE TIME.
Our job is to provide it.
Let’s do it together.
Coach “let’s go!” Jay
Next Guest Day at Hale: Saturday, August 3
All athletes and guests welcome; no CrossFit experience required. Classes at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. FREE! New guests, please arrive 10 minutes before class to sign a waiver.
Summer of Skills:
Our next few skills sessions will be:
7/31: Oly Skills (Clean) with Nathan Loe* 8/7: Oly Skills (Jerk) with Nathan Loe*
All clinics at 6:30 p.m.
These are FREE for members.
*Advanced sign-up is required. Clinics are currently full, but email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the waiting list.
Is there something you’re dying to learn more of? Please drop a line to email@example.com.
Mark Freeman (of Freeman Technique, Cirque du Soleil, and Cal Gymnastics fame) will be running his clinics on Wednesdays at 5:45 a.m. Cost is $20 for members; $25 for non-members. Our regular 5:45-a.m. Group Coaching class will continue as scheduled.
Oakland Tri and Alcatraz Swim
Now that the Hero Challenge is done and dusted, the coaches are training for two upcoming events. More info to come, but the more the merrier! Give us a shout when you sign up!
As many rounds and reps as possible in 5 minutes: 10 slam balls 5 box jump-overs 5 sit-ups
2 minutes rest:
As many rounds and reps as possible in 3 minutes: 6 slam balls 3 box jump-overs 3 sit-ups
Guest Day! Each interval gets shorter (as do reps!), so it should feel like a fun build-up to a sprint by the end. Kind of like the beat drop in your favorite song.
Build your pace with each round!
2 rounds for time: 24-m 1-arm DB front rack walking lunge (1 DB, switch at half way) 24 alternating arm DB snatches 24-m 1-arm DB front rack walking lunge 24 toes-to-bars 24-m 1-arm DB front rack walking lunge 24 alternating arm DB snatches
Partner up on this one if you’re feeling like you need an easier day! It’ll be a good one to just get sweaty at lighter weights—or a shoulder and leg burner a bit heavier.
Weeks ago, we put a handful of Hale members under the microscope to see what would happen if they committed to good nutrition, consistent training and ample sleep.
It’s Week 5, and their progress is starting to show.
“It’s easier to move again … I’m feeling more confident about myself.” – Kim (lost 13 lb.)
“I’m getting stronger each week.” – Ron (lost 6 lb.)
Sure, there have been slip-ups and mishaps. Life doesn’t happen in controlled circumstances, and our participants are training for life. They have busy schedules. Stressful work projects. Days when they finish last in a workout and wonder if they really belong here.
But they’re not alone.
With the help of our trainers and nutrition coaches, our athletes pick themselves up, do another rep and keep on getting fitter. Of course …
“Burpees still suck!” — Coach Jay (lost 12 lb.)
P.S. – If you’d like to make the same progress as our partipants have, book a FREE INTRO session today.