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Fix Your Overhead Position

We’ve got a lot of snatches and overhead squats on the whiteboard today, and those are no easy tasks.

If you struggle to stay stable or even to get into a proper overhead position, you’ll want to watch this video before you head to class.

Living Better Podcast – Ep. 45 – Coach Heidi Gets Real

In this episode, Hale coach Heidi shares her journey from athlete to overweight to CrossFit coach.

Coach Heidi Gets Real

Coach Heidi has been an athlete all her life: Dance. Biking. Baseball. Football. Rugby. Swimming. Volleyball. Basketball. Skiing. Snowboarding.

But that doesn’t mean she’s never struggled with her fitness.

Shortly before joining Hale in 2013, Heidi had reached her highest body weight ever: 200 lb. You might look at what she can do now and think, “No way. She doesn’t understand the struggle,” but we assure you, she does—even now.

“As a coach, unless you are being coached, it’s hard to get to that scary place sometimes. You can do just enough. I don’t always push,” she admitted.

That’s why even coaches need coaches.

Heidi described being inspired by Coach Wendy to track her macros more carefully; today, Heidi’s at the lowest body-fat percentage of the past three years.

That inspiration is one of the reasons she decided to become a coach herself.

“The things you can’t see in yourself that others can,” she said. “And this is a big part of why I love being a coach: You can see the faces people make, you can see the little glimmers of fear or hope or excitement or all of those things, and you are not always self-aware enough to see them in yourself.”

It’s not about perfection, she continued. It’s about effort.

“Find something you can nail down and be confident in,” she said. “Find momentum. Do one very simple thing and do it really well, until that feels easy. Then you can take off a bigger chunk.”

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How even coaches like Heidi struggle with their fitness.
  • How committing to precise nutrition and accountability helped Heidi take her fitness to the next level.
  • Why Coach Heidi thinks you should be a grizzly bear.

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Living Better Podcast – Ep. 44 – Becoming Coach Dave

In this episode, Hale coach Dave shares how he went from member to coach and what he’s learned along the way.

Becoming Coach Dave

You’ve seen him at the front of class.

Maybe he’s cued you through a technical lift or high-fived you after a PR. Or maybe you’ve watched him overhead squat and wished you could move like that; be as athletic as him.

But he wasn’t always so at home in the gym.

“I’d walk in there and be very confused and scared of what to do,” he said of working out years ago in a conventional gym.

He was still intimidated when he joined Hale about four years ago, watching athletes do pull-ups and lift big weights while he could barely press 65 lb.

“I don’t want to be the weakest one,” he thought.

But he kept coming back. Soon, he realized everyone at Hale—coaches and members alike—was helpful and supportive.

Things started to click.

“Once it clicks, you realize the fun in it, and you’re accomplishing these things,” he said.

Today, Dave’s got a 175-lb. press—and even better, he’s the one helping others accomplish their goals.

“Give us a shot,” he said. “Check out CrossFit Hale, because (in) the environment here, I think you’d have a hard time not prospering.”

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why Dave kept training at Hale even though he was intimidated at first.
  • How he made piece with scaling workouts.
  • Why Dave continues to pursue tough challenges—like becoming a coach.

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The Voice in Your Head

Pick up that bar mutha f***er!”

“Let’s go b**ch!”

˄ ˄ ˄ 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.

Yikes!

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!!!

Not cool.

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?

WHO CARES?!!!

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

 

 


Announcements

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 heidi@crossfithale.com to get on the waiting list.

Is there something you’re dying to learn more of? Please drop a line to heidi@crossfithale.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!

  1. The Oakland Triathlon: Sunday, August 18 (Coach Jay)
  2. Odyssey Alcatraz Swim: Sunday, September 21 (Coach Heidi)

 

Workouts for the Week

Monday—TRAIN

A. Power snatch

1-2 reps per minute for 15 minutes:
Power snatch

Note your last 5 (hopefully BEST FIVE!)

Today’s your day to practice a great set-up and solid positions. Keep weight manageable for the first 8-10 minutes, then feel free to add if it feels GREAT.

GREAT snatches at a lower weight beat heavier but “janky” reps, all day, every day. Toe the line, but today is NOT PR-at-all-costs day.

B. 15 minutes: As many rounds and reps as possible:
3 power snatch (135/95)
10 wall balls (20/14)
100-m run

Fast singles will do the trick for power snatch. Unbroken wall balls. Keep your heart rate up with the run, but snatch under fatigue is the main event!

Tuesday—PERFORM

“Lynne”

5 rounds for reps of:
Bench press body weight (max reps)
Pull-ups (max reps)

This is a classic CrossFit benchmark. Choose body weight ONLY IF you can reliably do 3+ reps with this weight.

Otherwise:
(185/125)
MissFit (115/75)

Kipping pull-ups are the way to roll. Rest as needed between rounds, but do one set nearly to failure!

Wednesday—RECOVER

A. Warm-up

3 Rounds:
Skip around the gym
Bear crawl around the gym
1-min plank
30s/side side plank

B. Get Sweaty

15 minutes for QUALITY:
15 good mornings (empty barbell)
15 lunge + lunge + box jumps
10 half get-ups (right)
10 half get-ups (left)

HALF Turkish Get-up (just sit-up portion).

Butts and guts!

C. Mobility

2 mins/side: pec smash
2 mins/side: lateral hip smash
2 mins/side: glute smash

Thursday—TRAIN

Against a running clock:
at 0:00: 1000-m row
at 8:00: 800-m run
at 16:00: 500-m row
at 20:00: 400-m run
at 24:00: 250-m row
at 26:00: 200-m run

Track times for all of your splits—your pace should be getting FASTER as you go!! Use what you’ve learned for efficiency, cadence and breathing to hold it together!

Friday—TRAIN

A. Back squat for load:

5 sets of 3 reps

All sets are performed at 80% of 1RM. Brace between each rep.

B. 3 Rounds for time:
40 double unders
3 rope climbs
20 burpees

Shoulder things in all of the directions: Side, up top, in front!

The bigger issue here will be maintaining composure for rope climbs (breathe through the dubs!) and keeping the number of pulls down.

If you manage to go unbroken and with fast transitions, this one should be doable in under 10 minutes.

Saturday—Guest Day!!

As many rounds and reps as possible in 7 minutes:
14 slam balls
7 box jump-overs
7 sit-ups

3 minutes rest

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!

Sunday—TRAIN

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.

Scaling: Larrysano (50/35)
Rx: (35/25)

Living Better Podcast – Ep. 42 – Coach Larry, Man of Mystery

In this episode, Hale coach Larry shares how he found CrossFit, why he loves coaching and what he’s working on outside the gym. 

Man of Mystery

You know him as Coach Larry, one of your Hale trainers dedicated to making you better one cue, one no-rep, one high-five at a time. Coach Jay calls him the “Man of Mystery.”

But mystery no more! 

In today’s episode of the Living Better Podcast, Coach Larry shares his first CrossFit experience, 50 wall-ball shots for time—”After wall ball number five I felt like I was gonna die already,” he said—his career as a scientist outside of the gym, and why he loves coaching. 

“I just wanted to give back; seeing how the program changes lives and improves lives, and I wanted to sort of share that with others and be that somebody who changes somebody’s life for the better and improves them.”

Listen to the rest of Coach Larry’s story in Episode 42 of the Living Better Podcast.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How CrossFit helps Coach Larry try and conquer new things in and outside the gym.
  • Why he decided to become a coach, despite having another full-time job.
  • The secret to the six-pack abs in the movie “300.”

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Coaches’ Secrets

Have you ever looked at your trainer flying on the rings or back-squatting your PR for reps and thought, “They are superhuman. I’ll never be able to do that.”

Well, guess what? They’re plain old regular human, just like you.

Did you know Coach Wendy “gets in her head” while weightlifting? Or that Coach Heidi spent her first six months of training falling on her butt trying to learn the overhead squat?

It might seem like they can do it all, but each and every one of them has a goal he or she wants to accomplish. In fact, one of the reasons CrossFit Hale coaches are so excellent is that they’re constantly learning and striving to better themselves.

Watch the video above to learn all about how your trainers deal with struggles, set goals and work on their own fitness—just like you.

Meet Your Coaches!

They teach you to move.

They high-five you when you succeed and hug you when you struggle.

They make you do burpees.

They’re your coaches—but did you know that they’re human, too?

Many of them played sports before CrossFit, but not all. One is a scientist; two are former theatre geeks. One of your coaches once ate an entire large pizza by themselves.

Most were scared to try CrossFit at first—just like you might have been or might be right now—and every single one of them is passionate about helping people change their lives.

Check out the “Meet Your Coach” series on our YouTube channel to learn a little bit more about the people helping you get fitter every day.