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I Keep Waiting …

For fitness to get easier …

For the weights to feel lighter …

For food to get simpler …

We’ve been working on people’s fitness for DECADES!

You’ve probably been working on your own for just as long.

Why is it still so HARD?

It’s not your fault …

There are very few things in daily life that encourage you to get and stay in great shape.

Even if you CAN navigate the lies we’re sold about how to eat or work out.

You have to go OUT OF YOUR WAY to eat well, make time to train, and get a good night’s sleep.

You have to say no to SO MANY temptations in your daily life.

Fact is, it’s HARD.

We get it.

And if you are able to muster up the motivation and discipline to take ANY steps toward improving your health or fitness, we salute you.

You’re not always going to be perfect, you’re not always going to be happy about it, and you’re not always going to want to do it.

But we appreciate the effort you put in, week after week, to live a better life by improving your fitness.

And we promise to keep doing everything we can to support you.

See you at the gym.

Coach “Happy Monday” Jay

P.S. – A quick LOL for you. This is exactly how workouts feel some Mondays. 

 


Announcements:

Saturday, October 5: Guest Day at Hale

All levels welcome. 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Please arrive early to sign a waiver if this is your first class!

October 10 – November 11: CrossFit Games Open

With the new format of the CrossFit Games, this will be the first time the Open is held in fall (these results lead to the 2020 season).

We will do the Open WOD in Friday class each week—workouts will be announced on Thursday afternoons, and we may update the weekend’s programming to adjust!

Expect: a fun chance to THROW DOWN on a “Perform” WOD each Friday. One of these should be a repeat (re-TEST!) of one you’ve done in the past. We will not be tracking points with Early Birds versus Night Owls, but you will have a fun time competing with yourself and your swolemates. Get it!

Registration online is optional.

P.S. There are a few skills we are likely to see in the Open:

  • Overhead squats!
  • Advanced gymnastics: bar muscle-ups, muscle-ups, chest-to-bars
  • Toes-to-bars
  • Double-unders
  • STRICT gymnastics: HSPU, Pull-ups, etc.

You’ll see some of these more frequently in the programming, but if you’re looking to brush up, now would be a great time to schedule a few skills sessions. Email wendy@crossfithale.com to set these up!

Workouts for the Week

Monday—TRAIN/PERFORM

A. As warm up to B:

8-min EMOM:
3 power snatch

Work up to and beyond the workout weight—feel solid in the catch!!

8-min EMOM (or as needed):
Pull-up/bar muscle-up practice

Extended warm-up today—with the shorter WODs you should feel like you’ve had a LOT of practice before 3-2-1-GO!

B. PERFORM!

“Open 16.3”

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 7 minutes of:
10 power snatches (75/55)
3 bar muscle-ups

Take this as a chance to compare to your previous effort or practice some skills you haven’t had much time to try.

HIGH skill, low volume today. With light weights, this should feel SPICY! If you don’t have BMU, pick a scaling that you can move through unbroken or with quick singles. If you’re close, attempts are cool!

Tuesday—TRAIN

5 rounds, not for time:
10 body-weight deadlifts
400-m run

(30-minute cap)

Just. Do. Work! This should be plenty sweaty. Take your time to set up and get good, quality reps! Play with rep schemes and sets and breathing. This is PRACTICE.

Wednesday—RECOVER

A. Warm Up:

15 mins to accomplish:

3 rounds:
10/side slow plank knees-to-elbows
8/side Bulgarian Split Squat
(back leg on bench)

3 rounds:
10/side: side plank w/1 breath pause
12 Spanish squats
(3-2-1 down, controlled UP)
30-s rest

B. 5 rounds:
300-m row (80% pace)
Between rounds:
Max box/bar/ring dips in 1 minute

Sub push-ups as needed. Note total reps!

C. Mobility

2 mins tricep smash
10/side slow scorpion (3-breath pause)

Thursday—TRAIN

5 rounds for total time:
21 wall balls
30-s rest
15-cal row
30-s rest
9 toes-to-bars
30-s rest

Goal is to hit each set as hard as possible—keep T2B unbroken or FAST if able, move at an aggressive pace on the row! Your transition time COUNTS in your rest. BE ON IT in 30 s.

Friday—TRAIN

A. (Front rack) split squat for load:
5-5-5-5-5

5 per side per set. YIIIIKES midline and balance. Aim to drop straight down, NOT shift forward and back between feet.

B. 15-min EMOM:
Clean and jerk
PRACTICE

NAIL THAT SPLIT JERK!

Work up to 75-85% of max, and keep it cute.

Saturday—TRAIN—Guest Day!

One partner works at a time:
100-m run
1 DB man-maker
100-m run
2 DB man-makers
100-m run
3 DB man-makers

etc.

Push-up + row
Push-up + row
Burpee to squat clean thruster

Split work as needed, finishing 1 full man-maker before switching. One partner runs each round, or split to 50 m/each as relay.

Mandatory high fives!

Score is the round you finished (i.e. finished the 7 man-makers) plus additional reps (AND you ran 100 m)

Sunday—TRAIN

12-9-6-3 reps for time of:

Clean and jerks (135/95)
Chest-to-bar pull-ups

Rx +
♀ 125 lb. ♂ 185 lb.
Bar muscle-ups

How to Get Out of a Rut

Those last few weeks of summer can be brutal.

You’re squeezing in the last vacations, family visits, BBQs …

Then, BAM—school starts.

All the sudden there’s traffic everywhere, you’ve got a new commute to deal with, and life has spun up again.

But … it still feels like summer! The sun is shining bright, the days are still long, and there are still festivals and BBQs to attend.

The last thing you’re worried about is your fitness.

A few days turns into a week, then a few weeks …

But you don’t want to lean out too far over that edge.

After a solid five months of progress, vacations and illness put me right into that rut.

Here’s how I get out of it.

1) Figure out what has worked in the past.

Have you had success in the past? What were you doing? How did you start? What was the one habit that made the biggest difference?

For me, it is:

2) Show up and do the minimum requirement.

When it comes to fitness, only three things matter: training, nutrition, and recovery. We’ve found that training comes first because when you train, the other stuff eventually falls into line.

So, we start by suggesting you train every day, doing the minimum required to say that you showed up.

The minimum for me is showing up to class. I don’t tend to care about how much weight I lifted or how fast I go during this stage. In fact, I will try to do LESS than I’m capable of to make sure I can recover for tomorrow’s workout.

Often you find that you haven’t “lost” everything, and you aren’t “starting over,” you just haven’t trained for a little while and feel a little rusty.

Do this often enough and you …

3) Build a streak.

The first workout back after a long layoff is terrible. The second one is bad, and the third one is mildly uncomfortable.

By the time you get to the 4th or 5th one, you’re kinda back! You aren’t feeling amazing yet, but your body adapts and the rust is knocked off.

That’s why it doesn’t matter how you perform in that first week back. The only goal is to get to the point where you feel like you are back on track with a habit.

Each workout you do in those first few days:

– Builds confidence that “yes, you can still do this.”

– Reminds you that you aren’t in as bad a shape as you thought.

– Encourages you to show up for the next one.

Once you get 5-10 days under your belt, it’s time to:

4) Get motivated.

The success you experience by building your confidence leads you to ask for and want MORE. This is where the motivation kicks in and you should start setting goals.

This is also the time to start looking at your nutrition. Are you eating enough? Is it in the right ratios? Does it support your goals?

Once you have a goal and next actions, do exactly what you did to get here, and focus on (1) figuring out what has worked in the past, (2) doing the minimum, and (3) building a streak.

These steps will get you out of a rut in less than two weeks and get you back on track and motivated to go crush your fitness goals.

Coach “rut buster” Jay

 


Announcements:

Outdoor WOD Saturday, September 21

Guests, family, friends, and teens welcome. The workout will be beginner friendly. FREE! Meet at Albany Middle School/Cougar Field Track. Classes at 8 and 9 a.m.

Other Cool Events, September 21

Kenny is competing out at the Battle on Sunset.

Golden State CrossFit • 401 Sunset Dr., STE K, Antioch, CA 94509
Sat, Sep 21, 2019 8 a.m.
 
A handful of us are also swimming Alcatraz that morning with Odyssey Open Water. They are calling for more kayak/paddle board support. If interested, email heidi@crossfithale.com.

Workouts for the Week:

Monday—TRAIN

A. Deadlift for load:
5-5-5 at 65%
3-3-3 at 75%
1-1-1 at 85%

Take a set every 2 minutes. Work the set up. Make it solid.

Training Day. Lift heavy! Just getting a few solid reps at heavier weight. Practice some touch-and-go sets, and work up to a few heavy singles 🙂

B. 500-m row for time

C. 250-m row for time

Not expecting a new PR, but try to stay within a few seconds. Rest 5 min, then hit the 250-m row … at a FASTER split pace

Tuesday—TRAIN

5 rounds:
2 min on, 2 min off:
15 wall balls
100-m run
Max burpee to plate in remaining time

Transition times matter on this one. RUN out, RUN in, and get straight to the burpees. Score is total number of wall balls + burpees each round.

Wednesday—RECOVER

A. 12 min for quality:
10 cal row
10 PVC muscle snatch
Crab walk
10 banded pull-aparts

Get shoulders warm and ready to get PUMPED.

B. 15 min to hit 5 rounds:
10 bench press
6 rope pull-ups
Scale to toenail version w/negative
(3-2-1 down; alternate top hand 3/3)

Add weight to bench press as you go. Weight should be moderate today, and nothing you feel like you’ll be close to failing at 10 reps. Note final weight.

C. 1-2 Rounds
Bicep curl 21s (empty BB or slightly heavier)
7-half way to full up
7-bottom to half way
7-full curls

Hands out to ring–work on full elbow extension at the bottom. To be done unbroken.

Pec smash: 3 mins/side

Thursday—TRAIN

A. Gymnastics skills day!

10-min EMOM:
C2B/Pull-up practice, 3-7 reps

If you’re not to kipping pull-ups, choose an option that will get you closer to your strict pull-up:
Banded pull downs (with PVC)
2 negatives (only as you can maintain quality!)

B. 15-min AMRAP:
20 double-unders
10 DB weighted step-ups (1 x 50/35)
5 C2B

Rx+: 3 BMU

MissFit: Double-under attempts/jumping CHEST-to-bar.

Train—Gymnastics skills. Goal is to keep C2B unbroken as long as possible under grip and shoulder fatigue! This is good practice for holding together gymnastics to be smooth + steady in the Open.

Friday—PERFORM

A. As a warm-up:

Every minute for 10 rounds:
1 snatch (power or squat)
+
3 overhead squats

Work up to and beyond your weight for the workout today—you should feel smooth and stable!

B. “Nancy”

5 rounds for time of:
400-m run
15 overhead squats (95/65)

PERFORM: CrossFit main site generally gives some clues to the Open–they’ve done a version of this workout TWICE in the last week. We’ve also had repeat workouts with OHS and C2B. It’s been a while since we’ve hit some OHS—let’s get sweaty and get after it!

Saturday—TRAIN

In teams of 3:
20-min AMRAP:
50 push-ups
75 sit-ups
100 lunges
50-m buddy carry

8-a.m. and 9-a.m. at Albany Middle School/Cougar Field. Guests, friends, family welcome and encouraged to attend!

Sunday–RECOVER/TRAIN

For time:
40 synchro toes-to-bar
40 synchro single arm dumbbell hang clean and jerk (35 lb.)
40 synchro box jump-overs (20-in)
40 synchro single arm dumbbell hang clean and jerk (35 lb.)
40 synchro toes-to-bar

Grab a buddy and see if you can stay in sync!

September 2 – 8

Announcements

No Excuses Challenge 2019:

YES, we will be running a No Excuses Challenge this year.

The challenge will officially begin Monday, September 9 and run through Monday, October 21 (6 weeks!).

We’ll have a full informational kick-off meeting on Wednesday, September 4.

For the 6 weeks, you’ll be accountable for the following:

  • A MINIMUM of 15 minutes of exercise 5 days per week.
  • 7 hours of sleep per night, EVERY NIGHT.
  • 10 minutes of mobility/recovery EVERY DAY.
  • Eating according to plan (more to come).
  • Logging your success on the above EVERY DAY.

The challenge is for those of you who are starting from scratch and want accountability to make basic, healthy habits STICK. You’ll learn the following:

  • How to compose healthy meals (what types of food make you feel best?!).
  • How to nail down sustainable HABITS.
  • How to develop a mobility/recovery practice.

If you’ve done this before, you can expect to:

  • Re-visit those habits that always trip you up when “life” gets in the way.
  • Connect with your buddy and the crew and learn new skills and tweaks to make the habits easier.
  • Bring BACK the awareness of which of these habits make you feel your very best.

Cost is $89.

Sign up at the front desk.

No Excuses Challenge Info Meeting:

Wednesday, September 4 at 6:30 p.m. Bring yourself, bring your questions! Get answers!

Schedule Update:

Wednesday 6:30 p.m. will return to usual programming effective September 11. We will likely run specialty courses in the near future—stay tuned! Many thanks to all of you that showed up for the Summer of Skills classes! We had a blast. Please drop a note to heidi@crossfithale.com if you have any suggestions or feedback for next round.

Holiday Schedule Monday, September 2

8-a.m. and 9-a.m. classes only!

Volunteer Opportunity with Berkeley Food Network:

The Berkeley Food Network is moving into a new space soon, and Sarah could use some hands and warm bodies to help with the transition! There are slots available for September 7 and 14. Coach Heidi will be there on the 7th after morning classes. Functional fitness for a good cause!

Here’s the link to sign up.

Guest Day Saturday, September 7

Guests, family, friends, and teens welcome. The workout will be beginner friendly. FREE!

Workouts for the Week:

Monday—PERFORM

Team Series 17.1

9-15-21 reps for time of:
Thrusters
Bar-facing burpees

Men use 95 lb.
Women use 65 lb.

All reps are IN SYNC with partner–meet at top of every thruster and bottom of every burpee. This should be a fun challenge and a good push!

MissFit: 75/55

Tuesday—TRAIN

A. Tempo step-ups

5-5-5-5-5 per side

LATERAL step-ups. Choose a box that’s high enough to get your hip below parallel, but not so high you have to use a big heave to get up there.

“Tempo” will be:
Fast on way up
3-2-1 count on the way down
BONUS if you can pause for a breath at the bottom with foot off the ground.

These are a great way to build stability, strength, and positions for pistols. If these are too easy, descend with your “floating” leg forward of the box.

B. “Kriss Kross”

8 rounds, starting svery 3:00:
200-m run
8 burpees to 6″ target

EACH round is for time. Goal is to move FAST and not fall off the pace. 85-90% on the 200-m run, quick transition, and straight to burpees.

Wednesday—RECOVER

A. Warm-up:

Every minute on the minute for 12 mins (alternating)
Min 1: AMRAP: 3 squat thrusts + 3 KB swing
Min 2: 50-m farmers carry (1 arm, switch at half)

Focus on a nice, flat landing position with your feet. This will transfer over to awesome burpees down the line. Choose your standard KB weight–something you can swing without much concern 🙂

B. Get sweaty:

15 minutes for quality:
50-m sled push (90/50)
30-s L-Sit/tuck hang
10 inch worm + perfect push-ups

The sled will get your heart rate up. L-Sits are a “fun” skill to practice. Take your time on inchworm + push-up to make for perfect push-ups and a great stretch. 5 rounds would be a good goal today.

C. Mobility:

2 mins/side couch stretch
2 mins/side bone saw
2 mins/side LAX ball lats

Thursday—TRAIN

A. Deadlift for load:
3-3-3-1-1-1

Work up to a heavy single for the day. MAY be a new max, maybe not.

B. “Just Enough”

12-min AMRAP:
5 strict pull-ups
15 air squats
25 double-unders

Goal is to get some work on your pull-ups with JUUUUUST enough squats and dubs to get you sweaty!

Friday—TRAIN

A. Look (e)MOM, no HANDS(tands)!

Every minute on the minute for 12 minutes (alternating)
Min 1: 15-s hollow hold + 15-s arch
Min 2: 200-m run
Min 3: Handstand practice

Working on shapes! Open your shoulders, stack your ribs and hips and try to get a moment of balance in your handstands.

B. “Handlebars”

5 rounds for time:
Accumulate 1 minute in handstand
21 toes-to-bar
Rest 1:00

HS hold is cumulative, but call it when quality starts to suffer or you can’t compose yourself enough to feel like this is productive practice. Toes-to-bars will tax arms and midline even more, so finding a STACKED position is super important to minimize the amount of energy you put out.

This is NOT the time to “banana” yourself up to the wall and wait it out. Learn something! Start with one solid set of toes-to-bar (if you’ve never tried to do 21 unbroken, give it a go!). Ideally, commit to a big set that you’re not sure you’ll hit. If you have a few T2B but not 21, scale back to 12 or knees to chest + T2B linked.

Scaling options:
Freestanding
HS walk attempts
Wall facing (wall walk)
Pull a foot or two off of wall

Saturday—TRAIN (Guest Day!)

In pairs:
As many rounds and reps as possible in 20 minutes:
20 lunge complex (rev lunge right, rev lunge left, ball slam) (25/15)
20 partner push-ups
200-m run with ball

Lunge complex should be a fun challenge today—carry the slam ball the entire time, and end each “rep” with a smash and catch. Split reps as needed.

Partner push-ups: Both push up and high-five at the top. Run together, but pass off ball as needed.

This one should be a consistently sweaty 20 minutes. Good fun!

Sunday—TRAIN

5 Rounds for time:

15/10 cal bike
10 burpees

Hit this one fast and hard. Get the RPMs on the bike up as high as possible and maintain a good clip on the burpees. GO!

Running Into a Burning Building

You’re walking through the lobby of your office …

You smell smoke …

You see people fleeing in a panic …

Do you run in to save your co-workers? Or turn tail and run out with them?

Depends on how much you like your co-workers, right?

You’d like to say that you’d run in and be a hero …

But the smart thing to do is to call the fire department …

Let firefighters like Larry or Aaron save the day. You can still get credit for ringing the alarm! 🙂

Most “scary” situations in life are not nearly as life-threatening as they seem.

But we THINK they are.

And we are conditioned as humans to run from them anyway.

For a majority of things in life, this works well.

It’s easier to avoid scary situations if they’re not relevant to your life.

But what if they are?

If something you WANT is on the other side of fear—how do you deal with it?

Do you rationalize it by deciding you don’t want it anymore?

Or do you overcome the fear and do it anyway?

We know how it is the first day you walk through the door at Hale.

No matter how friendly we are, how approachable our members are, how much we tailor the workouts to you …

It’s a strange environment …

Where you’re doing things you’ve never done before …

and everyone looks like they’ve been working out since they could walk …

It’s flipping SCARY!!!

We can talk you through it, put guardrails in place, and guide you to the path that works for you.

But at some point you have to decide …

Will you run away from that fear?

Or run toward it?

When we talked to Ann MaryKenny and Sarah on the podcast, they described how they felt that fear at the beginning …

They said:

“Damn, this is hard … I’d better keep doing it!”

They ran TOWARD the fire instead of away.

And it’s not like it got easier over time.

They still get scared … we all do!

Some days fear can stop anyone.

But by overcoming it most of the time, Ann Mary, Kenny and Sarah got stronger, felt better and lost over 180 lb. between the three of them.

Now THEY are the people that look like they’ve been working out since they could walk.

After 10 years of coaching, we believe the number-one indicator of success is not background or history …

It’s attitude.

You can start anywhere in your fitness journey …

Got 100 lb. to lose? Got a bad back? Haven’t worked out in 15 years?

Doesn’t matter.

If you have the attitude of running toward the fire instead of running away,

You WILL become an athlete.

Coach “fire brigade” Jay


Announcements

Outdoor Workout: Saturday, August 17th

All athletes and guests welcome; no CrossFit experience required. FREE! Workouts will be at the beach in Marina Bay at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Arrive 15 minutes early to park and walk from the end of Bayside Dr.

From the trail, turn right onto the San Francisco Bay Trail then right again when it splits. Continue for 200 m or so, and you should see us on a long, sandy strip of beach. Maps available at the gym.

Oakland Tri/Classes Cancelled: Sunday, August 18th

If you’re free, please come support the Hale  athletes that are completing the Oakland Triathlon. Here is spectator information.

Jack London Square has a ton of fun options for post-race beer and lunch. 

Note: 8am class and Open Gym are cancelled for this Sunday!

Summer of Skills:

8/14: Shoulder Mobility with Coach Heidi (fix your overhead and front rack positions!)
8/21: Get Your First Strict Pull-Up With Coach Wendy

All clinics at 6:30 p.m.

These are FREE for members.

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

No Excuses Challenge 2019:

YES, we will be running a No Excuses Challenge this year. Save the date to start your meal prep on Sunday, September 8th.

Challenge will officially begin Monday, September 9th. Stay tuned over the next two weeks for more details!

Workouts of the Week

Monday—TRAIN/PERFORM

A. Back squat for load:
5 sets of 1 rep

5 sets of the same weight, all at 85-90% of your one-rep max. We’re getting even heavier weight on your back today—goal is to gain some confidence under the bar so when we re-test, it’s not a huge jump.

GET IT!

MissFit: Scale to sets of 5 at a moderately heavy weight—again, working on confidence, but not under something that feels “crushing.”

B. PERFORM

12-min AMRAP:
9 deadlifts (155/105)
15 wall balls (20/14)
21 double-unders

MissFit:
Deadlifts (135/95)
42 single-unders

Just enough of each movement to feel the burn. Try to keep all movements unbroken and transitions reasonable. Count down in your head as you approach. 5-4-3-2-1, and GET IT!

Rx+: If you break up any of the movements, start the set fresh. (That is, do ALL of your double unders unbroken.)

Tuesday—TRAIN

For time, in pairs:
2,000-m row
120 burpees
1,000-m row
100 pull-ups
500-m row
80 KB snatch (44/26)
(35:00 hard cap)

MissFit:
Ring rows
KB 26/18

*Switch every 250 m on the row. Split other reps any way you want!

This one is a bit of an enduro workout—aim for big sets on the pull-ups to start, and quick transitions and communication between you and your partner.

KB snatch is a bit of skill work at the end. Scale to DB hang snatch if you feel like it’s sketchy.

Wednesday—RECOVER

Warm-up:

12 mins for Quality:
5/side prone twist
5 candlestick roll to squat
5 big arm circles backward/5 big arm circles forward
5/side lateral box step-ups
50-m jog

Get Sweaty:

15 minutes, as many rounds & reps as possible:
1 Turkish get-up per side
30 jump rope skips per leg (ONE LEG at a time! or 100 with both feet)
20 alternating V-ups

Choose a weight that’s challenging for the TGU, or consider moving up and trying another weight if it feels too easy!

Lots of single arm/leg stuff today. Find your balance!

Mobility:

2 mins/side couch stretch
2 mins/side delt smash (against wall)
2 mins/side tricep smash

Thursday—TRAIN

A. 10 minutes to build to a “heavy for today” SQUAT clean + jerk

Keep those great mechanics you’ve learned in the skills sessions—this is “heavy but feels good,” NOT “heaviest ever with sketchy footwork.”

If you need to, drop some weight if things get sketchy, then work back up.

B. For time:
30 squat clean + jerks
(155/105)

**Complete 5 burpees after each 5 reps of clean and jerk. Workout ENDS with 5 burpees as well.

Today is a TRAINING day—that means if your touch-and-go clean and jerks get scrappy, you’re better off setting up for a fast single each time and chasing good movement patterns than doing sketch reps!

MissFit: 115/75

Friday–TRAIN

A. Handstand Skill Work

Every minute on the minute for 10 rounds:
5 sit-ups
+ 10-20 s of handstand practice

Wall walk
-3 strict pull-ups
-Freestanding handstand
-Handstand walk

Take a minute off as needed. No score on this one; just practice good positions under some core fatigue!

B. CrossFit Games: “Ringer 1”

For time:
30-20-10
Cal bike/row
Toes-to-rings

We’ll run this one in heats with a HARD CAP at 10 minutes. Sub toes-to-bar or straight leg raises for T2R as needed.

Should be fast and spicy. Dig in on the bike and try to keep big sets on the T2R.

Saturday—GUEST DAY at the Beach!

In pairs:
25 minutes, as many rounds and reps as possible:
Run to end of beach and back (together)
30 “log” clean to shoulder
50 “log” lunges

Rx+: Carry log on run.

We’ll meet at the beach in Marina Bay for this one. Wear layers of clothes you don’t mind getting sandy. You’ll get a good, constant sweat by running together. Share the weight of the log movements.

Sunday—RECOVER

Take the day off! Come watch the Oakland Tri and hang out for post-race fun.

If you’re antsy to get moving:

5k run for time. Post time to SugarWOD 🙂

Look Good, Feel Good or Perform Well?

Lately I’ve been messing around with my nutrition and I realized something.

Any good fitness program will help you improve the way you look, feel and perform.

But when deciding which program or diet to follow, you have to pick one of those goals to prioritize.

Of course, you want them all.

But when it comes down to it, which one are you willing to sacrifice for?

If performance is your priority, you need to push harder in training, eat to focus on performance and spend extra time working on skills.

If your priority is to look good, you have to make diet sacrifices, train for aesthetics and take a lot of selfies.

If your goal is to FEEL better …

Hmm.

That’s an interesting one. Because if your goal is to feel better, you can achieve that pretty quickly.

You’re only one meal and one workout away from feeling better.

Eat well and get to the gym, and you will be fired up.

Whereas you can’t change the way you look and perform much in one day, you CAN change the way you feel in just a few hours.

The best part is if you eat well and train for several days in a row, you feel better even if you skip a day or have cake at that party.

Feeling good becomes a motivator for you to keep training and eating well, which helps improve the way you look AND perform.

So really, the focus of your fitness program should first be to FEEL GOOD, then to look good and perform well.

Eat well, train hard, feel good.

Coach 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:

7/24: Oly Skills (Snatch) with Nathan Loe*
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 and space will be limited. Please sign up here or in person at the front whiteboard.

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

“NOT Pressed for Time”

4 rounds for quality:
5 deadlifts
10 strict handstand push-ups or DB strict press
20 sit-ups

Strength day! Upper-body press + deadlifts. Add weight to deadlift through the rounds—5 reps here must be unbroken, and aim to work up to something heavy for the day. Pick a challenging scaling for HSPU or DB press and work on strength and good positions.

Tuesday—TRAIN

“PCP” (Posterior Chain Pump)

16-min EMOM:
15/12-cal row
14 alternating DB lunges (50/35)
40 double-unders/80 singles
14 DB hang power cleans

MissFit: 40/25# DB

Score is total number of minutes you “made,” or completed. Scale back row/singles as needed. You should be working about 40-45s.

Fun with EMOM! You won’t have a TON of rest between each movement. Move quickly on the DB movements to save your grip. Shoulders will burn! Try to to control your breathing through the dubs and rowing to hold it together.

Finisher:

3 rounds:
10 slider pike ups/crunch ups
10 slider hamstring curls
30-s hollow hold

Wednesday—RECOVER (+Snatch Clinic,  6:30 p.m.)

A. Warm-up

Rowling:
Each partner, 3 rounds
200-m row

Other partner:
Round 1: holds plank
Round 2: holds squat
Round 3: holds 25-lb. plate overhead.

You BOTH do 1 burpee for each meter over/under 200!

Score is total number of burpees you do!

B. Get Sweaty

15-min AMRAP:
10 DB plank rows
10 AMERICAN KB Swings
10 parallette pass-throughs

Rx+: Dabble with pass-throughs (on boxes, as needed) without feet touching the ground at the front.

C. Mobility

2 min. kitchen sink stretch
2 min/side barbell trap/1st rib smash
2 min/side barbell tricep smash

Thursday—PERFORM

A. (as warm-up to main event)

Tempo Front Squat
3-3-3
3 s down
1 s pause
UP

Working on nailing down nice vertical position and drive out of the hole in prep for the 5 x 5 front squats!

B. Front Squat for load:
5 x 5

Working up to a heavy 5 for today–maybe a PR!

C. “Legs on Fiyah”

Every 5 min. for 3 rounds:
12 burpee over bar
12 front squats (135/95)
400-m run

Be safe but move FAST. Burpees are lateral over the bar—stay low and quick. Unbroken front squats and aggressive (but not all-out) pace on the run.

Keep track of your splits. Match or BEAT your time from the previous round!

Friday—TRAIN

“Farmhand Friday”

30-min AMRAP in teams of 3:
25 heavy ball toss
50-cal bike/row
150-m sled push
400-m farmers carry (53/35)

This should be a good chance to get outside and work with moderate weights and SIMPLE movements. No need to rush between stations—just a day to get work done. Stay in control of breathing and work hard when it’s your turn.

Saturday—TRAIN

“Dollar Fifty Dog Combo”

For time:
1-mile run

Straight into:
50-40-30
Pull-ups
Hand-release push-ups

MissFit: Jumping pull-ups

Hit the mile at a good clip—75-80%. Scale back as needed to keep run UNDER 10 min.

The bigger sets of pull-ups and push-ups will get nasty—this one is about stamina! Take the mile at a good clip and start chipping away!

If you get to Costco, you’ve run too far.

Aim for sub 20. Hard cap at 25 min.

Sunday—TRAIN

20-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2
Wall-balls (20/14)

10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
Toes-to-bars

Descending reps in this one will help improve the mental battle—try to go unbroken on the wall-balls and minimize transition time. I know you don’t WANT to pick up the ball, but do it! You may have to chip away at T2B in 2 sets to start. Your goal is SUB 12 minutes!

20 wall balls/10 T2B
18 wall balls/9 T2B
16 wall balls/8 T2B
Etc.

Groundhog Day

One of my favorite movies ever is Groundhog Day.

You’ve seen it, right?

(If not, close this email/web page and find it and watch it; it’s awesome!)

The main guy, Phil (played by Bill Murray), lives the same day over and over again in a small town, but he’s the only one who knows it.

He goes through all sorts of emotions: It’s confusing at first, then kinda cool, then depressing, then completely awesome!

One of the main things he tries to do is “get the girl” by finding out everything she likes and trying to “stage” the perfect day so she’ll fall madly in love with him.

He learns her favorite ice cream, her goals in life, and even recites some French poetry to try and impress her.

It works to get her attention, but he always falls short of the “madly in love” part (eventually leading to the depression).

At some point, he stops caring about her and focuses on helping people and improving himself, learning the piano, helping a homeless guy, saving someone from choking, etc.

The part that fascinated me about the movie were the piano scenes.

He signs up for piano lessons, and his first one was terrible. He had no idea how to play.

After living the same day over and over again and doing the “first lesson” over and over again … he begins to crush it.

One day while he’s playing Bach while chewing gum and looking totally relaxed, the piano teacher says to him,

“Wow, you say this is your FIRST lesson?”

There’s something about that scene that just gets me.

How good could you be at something if you just did it over and over again, every day … without fear that you’re getting too old, or “wasting time”?

What if you were able to let go of pretense, relax, and enjoy the process?

What if you had all the time in the world?

(This is the premise of the movie, btw … it was even in the trailer.)

I think about this often … and it’s why I’ve seen this movie at least 20 times.

People say life is short, but the truth is, life is LONG.

Every 10 years represents 3,600 days of life. You can master anything if you spend a few hours a day on it for 10 years.

If you don’t want to master something, you can be GOOD at it with focused practice in 12 months.

And if you just want to acquire a basic skill? Three months or less.

In three months, you can learn how to swim, train for and run a half marathon, lose 40 lb. or even learn the basics of piano.

But you have to be willing to start, and you have to be willing to be TERRIBLE for a while.

I see a lot of people walk into the gym and expect to be good at things on their first day.

When they aren’t, it’s a big hit to the ego.

“Why am I finishing last?”

“Why can’t I do this movement?”

“Why is everything so HARD?”

This leads people to quit because they just don’t get it, it’s too hard, or they can’t handle the ego hit.

Why would you expect something to be easy if you’ve NEVER DONE IT BEFORE?!?

The thing that makes Hale special is that it’s NOT EASY to do this stuff.

And because it’s not easy, it’s more than just a workout you do every day, day in and day out (like Groundhog Day).

It’s a set of SKILLS you have to acquire over time by PRACTICING them.

Phil found meaning in his life when he focused on improvement on a daily basis, not just having everything he wanted.

This brought progress and joy to his otherwise mundane days.

And it ultimately led to him escaping the loop.

Look at your workouts as skills you’re developing, rather than just goals you’re achieving.

Focus on getting better every day, and you’ll break out of the “Groundhog Day” mentality.

Coach “Punxatawny” Jay

 


Announcements

Summer of Skills:

Our next few skills sessions will be:

7/17: Rowing with Lauren Nielsen*
7/24: Oly Skills (Clean) with Nathan Loe*
7/31: Oly Skills (Jerk) with Nathan Loe*
8/7: Oly Skills (Snatch) with Nathan Loe*

All clinics at 6:30 p.m.

These are FREE for members.

*Advanced sign-up is required and space will be limited. Please sign up here or in person at the front whiteboard.

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)

Outdoor Workout: Saturday, July 20

All athletes and guests welcome, no CrossFit experience required. We’ll meet at Albany Middle School/Cougar Field. Classes at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. FREE!

Workouts for the Week

Monday—PERFORM

5 rounds, E3MOM:
9 deadlifts
5 squat cleans
3 thrusters

(You MUST stand up the 5th squat clean before you begin the thrusters. If you drop the barbell after 5, you may squat clean into your 1st thruster).

Heavy barbell work today. This does not have to be done unbroken—today, we are going for load. You should aim to finish the reps in 2 mins or less to allow for some rest before your next set.

Start with a heavy-ish working weight and add as you are able. All 5 rounds should feel like hard work, ending in one round at your top weight. Thrusters will likely be the limiter here!

Tuesday—TRAIN

500-m run—moderate (60% effort)
**rest 2 mins**
400-m run—fast (65% effort)
**rest 2 mins**
300m—faster (70% effort)
**rest 2 mins**
200m—fastest (75% effort)
**rest 2 mins**

500m run—moderate (75% effort)
**rest 2 mins**
400m run—fast (80% effort)
**rest 2 mins**
300m—faster (85% effort)
**rest 2 mins**
200m—fastest (90% effort)
**rest 2 mins**

(30 min cap)

Goal today is to work on PACING, not necessarily get the fastest time. You should actually feel a difference between your exertion levels on each run.

Control your breathing and cadence, control your workout! You should feel like each effort is ACCELERATING relative to the last one—not just holding on to go hard the whole time!

Wednesday—RECOVER

A. Warm Up:

15 mins for quality:
50 single skips + 20 on each leg
3 inchworm + push-up
(get a great calf/hammy stretch!)
5 box OH stretch to hollow

B. 5-min AMRAP in pairs:
P1 holds DB OH (2x 25/15)
P2: 1 round:
**Mini Cindy**
2 ring rows
4 push-ups
6 air squats
(switch, repeat for entire 5 mins)

Rest 2 mins

5-min AMRAP in pairs:
P1 holds active squat
P2 1 round Mini Cindy
(switch, repeat for entire 5 mins)

Rest 2 mins

5-min AMRAP in pairs:
P1 holds plank
P2 1 round Mini Cindy
(switch, repeat for entire 5 mins)

Score is combined rounds + reps for each round. Mini Cindy may only be completed while other partner is holding position.

Move fast, and hold. Work on positions (this = active mobility!) and focus on breathing in position to lock it in.

C. Mobility:

2 mins/side LAX ball delt smash
2 mins/side pec smash
2 mins/side puppy dog/child’s pose

Thursday—TRAIN

A. Max set strict pull-ups

Test it! Just once!

B. Every 90 s for 5 rounds:
3 strict pull-ups

If this is too easy, add weight! Note scaling (i.e. bands/negatives) or heaviest weighted load you worked up to.

C. 3 RFT:
500-m row
15 hang power cleans (115/75)
10 T2B

Training your row (and grip) for a long Viking journey. Focus on EFFICIENCY (LEGS!) in the row and smooth, even strokes.

Barbell cycling will be key to maintaining your grip on the cleans—DO NOT go to failure!

Lastly … T2B. Kind of rude, but this is your test to link them together. PRACTICE linking under fatigue, and you’ll be better off for workouts in the future. 6 + 4; 5 + 3 + 2 … whatever you need to do!

Friday—TRAIN

For time:
50 wall balls (20/14 to 10/9′)
50 alternating DB snatches (50/35)
50 alternating pistols
50 chest-to-bar pull-ups

Rx+ 70/50 DB
MissFit: 14/10; 35/25; lateral step-ups; jumping C2B

Single leg and single arm movements! You’re only as good as your weakest link. This one also alternates upper/lower body, but it’s likely everything will burn. Working on power, stamina, and pacing today.

Have a strategy to keep moving smoothly. Try to string together a few bigger sets of C2B to start, even if it means resting a little. PRACTICE these tougher skills under fatigue!

Saturday—TRAIN (& Guest Day at Albany MS)

Outdoor workout today! Meet at Albany Middle School track at 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. Guests welcome!

20-min AMRAP in pairs! (One person works at a time.)

Buy-in:
200-m burpee broad jumps

With remaining time:
AMRAP:
10 med-ball chest passes
20 MB Russian twists
10 MB over-the-back throws
20 MB fast feet

Get sweaty, work together. Note, try to “fall forward” on burpees, versus kicking legs back (kind of like an inchworm). Should be a fun burner!

Finisher:

In pairs, for time:

400-m walking lunge

Sunday—TRAIN

Take the day off OR pop in for Larry’s Legendary WOD.

This is a Granite Games 2018 qualifier WOD. Scale as needed!

14-MIN TIME CAP
15 burpees over Concept 2 erg
40/30-calorie row
15 burpees over Concept 2 erg
40/30-calorie row
15 burpees over Concept 2 erg

In the remaining time…

Establish a 1-RM snatch

Quick scale:
10 burpees over rower
30/20-cal row
Find max snatch OR complete one rep at moderate weight every 30 s.

Note snatch weight in comments

A successful workout today means:

1. You aggressively push the pace on the burpees/row just over the line you think you can sustain. Try to hold pace on row #2! Do not stop on the burpees!

2. You take a few attempts working up to a heavy-ish snatch with good technique. Allow yourself some time to cool off, load your bar, etc., before you take a crack at it. If you have time, start lighter than you think to get a few SOLID reps in, then take a few jumps.

Go-To Summer Snacks

I received a great question from one of our favorite people last week:

“Do you or any of the other coaches have some recommendations for snacks? With summer here, I’m looking for suggestions of things that are easy to grab on the go, take with me places, etc.”

We polled the coaches and pulled together a nice list we thought we’d share with you.

 

Epic low-fat pork rinds. I eat these a LOT. You can eat a whole bag and it has no carbs, 55 g of protein and 12 g of fat. They’re tasty and crunchy!

–Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries. No fat; not even very high in carbs. I like to mix them up when they’re in season and eat them by the cupful.

–Frozen mixed berries. Put a cup of them in a bowl, sprinkle with cinnamon and microwave for 30-60 seconds. Makes for an amazing treat!

–Pure protein bars. I don’t like to overdo it with the bars ’cause they’re essentially healthy candy bars … but who doesn’t like CANDY BARS??? These have a good macro ratio (better than most) with 20 g of protein and 17 g of carbs.

–Popcorn. I like to make it at home. I use avocado oil from Costco and put about 1/2 tablespoon of butter in the microwave (in a measuring cup like this one). It’s one of our go-to Saturday (and Sunday) treats that I always look forward to. If you want it done for you, get some individual-serving-size bags to keep you from overeating.

–Treats. I like to finish the day with some sort of treat after dinner. Usually, it’s two pieces of Dave’s Killer Bread (thin sliced) with Skippy on it. Sometimes if I really want to go wild, I’ll do one of these Justin’s peanut butter single packs in different flavors.

–Mind the macros. I’m always conscious of hitting my macronutrient numbers, which usually starts with protein. So I make sure I keep some high protein/low-fat options around like Sprouts pastrami, “Ascent” protein powder or the pork rinds above.

–If I need a quick and dirty source of fat, I take some liquid fish oil or macadamia nuts.

–For pure carbs, most fruit or dried fruit will do. Dried fruit is very dangerous, though—one handful can equal 3 apples.

–For the kids, I always keep little packs of apple sauce, lots of fruit, deli meat (Tiger loves salami), and a mixed-veggie tray we get from Costco.

–Go-to snacks: Epic jerky sticks or pork bags, Greek yogurt with fruit, avocado and balsamic vinegar. I always keep hard boiled eggs around and top with mayo and salt (also makes a cheap trip to Whole Foods instead of the hot bar). Celery and natural almond butter. For “purse snacks” for the family, I always keep Epic sticks and Marcona almonds from Trader Joe’s pn hand, and Jeffrey likes Rx bars. We keep pork rinds in the glove compartment!

Snacks don’t have to mean junk food, and healthy snacks don’t have to be boring. 

Try some of our coaches’ suggestions above and let us know what you think!

Coach Jay

 

Announcements

Summer of Skills:

Our next few skills sessions will be:

7/10: Running Skills with Jenny Maier*
7/17: Rowing with Lauren Nielsen*
7/24: Oly Skills (Clean) with Nathan Loe*
7/31: Oly Skills (Jerk) with Nathan Loe*
8/7: Oly Skills (Snatch) with Nathan Loe*

All clinics at 6:30 p.m.

These are FREE for members.

*Advanced sign-up is required and space will be limited. Please sign up here.

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)

Outdoor Workout: Saturday, July 20

All athletes welcome, no CrossFit experience required. We’ll meet at Albany Middle School/Cougar Field. Classes at 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. FREE!

Workouts for the Week

Monday—TRAIN

“Rannie”
50-40-30-20-10
Double-unders
Sit-ups
400-m run after each round

A bit longer than the traditional Annie sprint, you’ll have to pace this to keep your double-unders together! This is a test of coordination and stamina. You should (hopefully) feel like this is all downhill after the 30s!

Tuesday—TRAIN/PERFORM

A. Back squat waves (TRAIN)
(on the 2:00)
8-6-4
65-70-75%

8-6-4
70-75-80%

You’re working up to something moderately heavy … backing off … then working up a bit heavier. Get tight and grease the groove in the early sets. Stick with these sets—the last 4 should be tough!

B. “Ballin’ Outta Control” (PERFORM)

2 Rounds:
50 wall balls (20/14)
25/20-cal row
at 10 min, start again.

10-burpee penalty on the spot each time you break the set of wall balls. TWO scores today—one for each round.

Staminaaaaa! Big test of muscle endurance, breathing, and efficiency. The more you wobble as you get tired, the worse this will get. Dig deep into the pain cave on this one and try to go unbroken on the wall balls for both rounds.

Let’s not use too much strategy here. Go for as many as you can. Let’s see what’s possible.

Wednesday—RECOVER

A. 3 Rounds:
40 s on/20 s rest
Row
T Push-ups
Walking lunges
Plank up-downs

B. 15-min AMRAP:
1 turkish get-up/side
Side shuffle 50′ right/50′ left
5 T2B

Work on stability in the TGU and scale T2B to something you can do in one set. Goal is to learn LINKING or practice these so you could do them in a workout.

C. Mobility

2 mins/side monkey bars of death
3 mins/side: scap scrub with LAX ball and slam ball or 25-lb. plate

Thursday—TRAIN

5 Rounds
1 min on, 1 min off
50-m farmers carry (53/35 per side)
Max plate hops in remaining time

2 mins to rest/reset

5 Rounds:
1 min on, 1 min off:
50-m sled push (sprint! Light)
Max slam balls (15/10) in remaining time

2 mins to rest/reset

5 Rounds:
1 min on, 1 min off
10/8 cal bike
Max burpees in remaining time

This one will be SPICY. Get the first part done AS FAST AS POSSIBLE (we are working on speed!) and push for a few reps of the slams, burpees or hops in the last few seconds. Sprint, rest, repeat.

Friday—TRAIN

A. Push press for load:
5 x 5 with 1-second PAUSE at top

Working on the lockout and the “reload” of the push press—that is, PAUSE for a breath at the top, control the position and the dip down. NOT a 5-RM, but a heavy, successful reload. This will help with solid barbell cycling under fatigue!

B. 15-min AMRAP:
10 pistols
15 push press (75/55)
200-m run

WOO WOO pistol practice!! We don’t get these often, and there aren’t a ton of them. Rest as needed before picking up the barbell to keep the 15 push press unbroken.

MissFit: Lateral box step-ups w/heel tap + 45/35 lb.

Saturday—TRAIN

In pairs, for time:
80 burpees

5 Rounds:
30 med-ball cleans
400-m run
30-cal row
30 KB swings

Cash Out: 80 Burpees

This is a fun little sandwich. Buy in with burpees, cash out with burpees. COMMUNICATE with your partner to make transitions fast. You do not have to split work evenly!! Perhaps alternate who rows/runs. Consider sets of 10-15 on med-ball cleans when fresh, and break them up more as rounds go.

Cap: 45 mins

Sunday—TRAIN (or REST DAY)

NorCal Classic Online Qualifier:

10-min AMRAP:
30 double-unders
10 snatches

*Add weight after each successful round.

Rx: (45/35) (65/45) (75/55) (95/65) (115/75) (135/95)
RX Insano: (75/55) (95/65) (135/95) (155/105) (185/125) (205/135)
MissFit: 15/20/25/30/35 # alternating DB power snatch; 60 single-unders

Another fun one from Larry Legend! Find a cadence with snatches when weights are light and try to stick with smooth, steady reps. Weights should start to get heavy in rounds 3-4, possibly taking you down to 2-3 sets to get through the 10. Stick with it! Should be fun!

 

 

Living Better Podcast – Ep. 40 – Dee: “Suck It Up and Drive On.”

In this episode, Dee shares how CrossFit helped her get mentally and physically stronger after her mother’s death.

Dee: “Suck It Up and Drive On.”

Dee had been a cardio fanatic all her life, but when her mother passed away in 2013, she needed something different to distract her and help her process the loss. 

So she joined CrossFit Hale, despite never having picked up a weight before. 

“The first time you told me to jump on a box I looked at you like, ‘What?!’” she said to Coach Jay.

She’s faced many more challenges since then, from her first Murph to competing in the 2019 NorCal Masters competition, and says she’s only gotten better for it. 

“It was hard but it set off a trigger, I took it as a challenge,” she said of her first impression of CrossFit. “This is different and it’s difficult, but I want to learn how to do it.”

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How embracing difficult things has made Dee better.
  • How CrossFit has helped her improve her mental health and focus.
  • The best piece of advice she’s ever received: “Suck it up and drive on.”

Links and resources for this episode:

Thank you for listening!

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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.

Living Better Podcast – Ep. 39 – Kenny Kicks Butt; Loses Gut

How Kenny lost 35 lb., gained a 450-lb. deadlift and stopped running from the camera.

Kenny Kicks Butt; Loses Gut

Kenny had been in great shape all of his life. He played football in high school and baseball in college.

But once he joined the working world, his fitness took a turn for the worse.

“Once I started working, I just started eating everything in sight, and I just lost control,” he said.

He’d make half-hearted attempts to hit the gym, but would usually pack up and go home after 10 or 15 minutes. He needed something more interesting than the treadmill.

Enter CrossFit. 

His first day at CrossFit Hale, Kenny watched someone doing double-unders. 

“‘Is the rope coming around twice?’” he asked himself. “I thought I was seeing things.” 

It wasn’t always easy, but he committed to training—even when he felt like he didn’t know what he was doing or when he finished a workout dead last.

Three and a half years later, Kenny’s the one rocking out the doubles—and a few other skills, too—and is down 35 lb. 

“Be patient, it will come,” he advised. “All you have to do is show up.”

Listen to the rest of Kenny’s story in Episode 39 of the Living Better Podcast.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How Kenny lost 35 lb. after joining CrossFit Hale.
  • How he found balance with his diet.
  • How fitness has transformed Kenny’s life in and out of the gym.

Links and resources for this episode:

Thank you for listening!

Thank you so much for checking out our podcast!

Have some feedback you’d like to share? Leave a note in the comment section below, or email us.

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe via iTunes or Stitcher.

Subscribe via iTunes.

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