Crossfit: The Anticipation in the Air

It’s what I love about races – the excitement in the air. The nervous energy pulsating through the crowd. The feeling that today might just be day you out do yourself.
I finally realized THAT is I love about Crossfit. It’s not the individual moves or exercise — It’s the feeling of competition, motivation and ambition. You want to beat the clock, lift your heaviest and feel utterly spent at the end of a 12-min WOD (workout of the day).

Before each workout, I have a nervous rumble in my stomach. My palms are a little sweaty, my body’s amped up and I’m not really sure what to expect. It’s race day feeling. Just before crossing the starting line for a marathon when you hope to do your best but you know it’s going to be really hard. That’s what every day at Crossfit feels like.

No wonder so many people are addicted to this sport! Today, most of my body is sore in some shape or form. I did God knows how many squats yesterday and this morning’s endless rounds of push presses have got these shoulders screaming — but it’s more like screaming for joy from the pleasurable pain of hard work. And there’s much more to aim for.

I’m dying to be able to do a pull up. I am working on kipping pull-ups – the first step to the real thing. I know if my technique improves, I will have the strength to do it. I can tell I’m a little stronger because my push-ups are definitely more solid. However, I feel like I need to do some individual work with other moves to get it down. The 45 minutes of class time is just not enough! It goes to show you Crossfit requires more than just the basic effort.

The other beneficial insight I’ve gained from Crossfit is the importance of stretching. I have been a stretch slacker all my life. After my back started hurting last week, I got some help from a coach with important hamstring and IT band stretches. They have made a world of difference.

Apparently, I have extrordainarely tight hamstrings that need to be stretched out twice a day. Since I began doing this intense stretching, the back issue has disappeared. Wow (and thank goodness)! I will no longer resist my stretching obligations — including foam rolling. If I’m going to Crossfit and run all over the place, I have to make it a priority. Injuries happen — and they suck. When it comes to Crossfitting, you simply must pay attention to your body and treat it with care.

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Let the Games Begin!

The Crossfit Games are here! Starting on 7/11/2012, the first events will be hosted at Camp Pendleton in sunny California. If you can’t catch them in person, the schedule during which they will be aired on ESPN3 is as follows:

Friday, July 13: 5:15 – 11:15 p.m., ET
Saturday, July 14: 1:30 – 5 p.m. and 8:30 – 11:30 p.m., ET
Sunday, July 15: 1:30-7:30 p.m., ET

If you are attending in person, however, there are multiple Spectator Activities offered to enhance your CrossFit Experience, including personalized coaching in Olympic Lifts, strongman moves, gymnastics, and mindset from world-class coaches. You can even win a chance to challenge a CrossFit Legend to a WOD, though this is a feature available only to Full Access ticket holders.

As far as the games themselves go, expect to see a wide variety of events divided between Teams, Individuals, and Masters as athletes compete to be crowned the Fittest on Earth. More than 55,000 athletes and 1,615 teams have registered for the 2012 Open competition, with over 2,875 CrossFit affiliates being represented. This means more than 85 percent of affiliates worldwide have athletes participating in the Open.

Some of the competitors have back-stories that awe and inspire, such as the tenacious Jules Sterling, a 43-year-old mother of two, who just eight months earlier was diagnosed with breast cancer, and the persistant Matt Hathcock, who competed in the 2011 Open Sectionals despite a recent surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

Despite the competitive edge, one of his biggest attractions to CrossFit is the community and camaraderie prevalent in each box and competition. It’s this one-of-a-kind atmosphere that has put the team competition on his radar, and creates a close-knit family feel among the athletes.

So tune in, throw on you ZweetSport gear, and head to your nearest box to push yourself to your limits in honor of the CrossFit Games of 2012! You won’t want to miss out on catching these amazing events that will motivate and inspire you to continue towards your goals of increased strength, endurance, and mindset!