Monthly Archives: January 2013

Are We Really Broken People?

Yesterday at CrossFit Chilliwack my instructor Jay told us about a two day free presentation that started today. Kelly Starett is a hugely popular Crossfit athlete as well as physical therapist who put together a Primer for Basic Human Movement where the second part can be viewed tomorrow Jan. 31 at 9am PST.

The presentation was brimming with information and if you can watch it tomorrow, I highly recommend it. Replays can also be purchased with PDF downloads as well.

I was pretty much riveted to my laptop screen from 9 to 4 as the keys to alleviating the pain, stiffness, and poor balance in my body were virtually handed to me and everybody else watching the presentation.

CrossFit Getting Started

I have completed 5 weeks of CrossFit workouts which averages out to ten hours of classes. Here are a few things I’ve learned so far with my CrossFit getting started experience. . .

First of all, I am more convinced than ever that I made the right decision to follow the program. Along this journey I could have easily fallen into the predictable pattern of convenient excuses about my advanced age, poor level of fitness or the lousy weather (I cycle everyday).  But once I made the commitment, I discovered I had no desire to turn back at all.  In late 2012 my intuition had assured me that 2013 would be the year for change.  So “me voila” disciplining my mind as well as my body.

As tempted as I am during moments of weakness, I’m learning to veer away from all self sabotaging thoughts of  the strength and flexibility training I still need to do to achieve my desired level of fitness. Instead, I choose to enjoy the steady progress of my body’s functionality and take each WOD (Work Out Daily) as it comes. Lately, I’m feeling more flexibility  in those challenging squats and  more strength in my forearms when doing ring pulls.   I think I’m even standing taller!

Strength is the New Fit

If you are like me then you are probably spending at least 8 hours each day in front of a computer. That adds up to at least 40 hours a week of keeping the body inert while the fingers do all the work. Have you ever wondered where all this is leading to? Are you starting to notice people in the same age bracket as you pushing walkers down the street? Building strength has never looked so good.

I took a long and hard look at myself in the mirror and saw that all the work I had done so diligently in the 80s in building a strong core has disappeared. In my mind’s eye I thought I still had some remnants left in the deep muscle tissue but hey, who am I kidding. And something started happening to me in my late 50s.