As someone who is in the process of building muscle and cutting down my body fat percentage, I can tell you this. Carrying a body with excess weight and little muscle causes hesitation to move, nervouseness about attempting physical activity and clumsiness. You are worried you’ll fall, stumble and run out of breath because you are physically weak.
As I have gained more muscle, my apprehension is diminishing and there is certainty in my movement that I have never felt before. I am deliberate in my physical actions and am more confident. I run better, mover faster and am no longer scared of activity because I am physically stronger.
And THAT, my friends is a great feeling. Dissolve your predetermined notions about muscle and get strong.
Onward and Upward,
I was dining with a friend when 14.4 was announced and I immediatley had wished I had had a stiff drink before opening up the web and seeing the WOD:
60 CALORIE ROW
40 WALL BALLS
W 14-LB. BALL TO 9′
I could do almost every single one of those except toes 2 bar (T2B). Check out it’s place in the order of the workout. If you cannot complete it, you do not go any further. (Insert Frown). I could even deal with the fact that I could not go father than the power cleans because muscle ups are a ridiculously hard skill that only my coaches and a handful of people at the box can do. But Toes 2 Bar?? We work on that like in class like, a lot!
I’ll tell you this, I practiced and watched every video that I could in those four days leading up to my doing the WOD but it did not help. It did not help because in the times in class when I had the chance to improve and get stronger for months, I scaled and played it safe with friggin’ T2B.
So, I did the row, attempted T2B, because the judge that I had is a wonderful woman who would not let me do it without trying and I swear to you, if encouragement could have given me the power to do T2B, hers would have gotten me through every rep until the end. Once we called the fact that it was not happening, I had the chance to do 50 sit ups instead and complete the remainder of the workout. My score would only be the 60 for the rower but at least I could feel like I accompllished something. So I knocked out the 50 sit ups, did the 40 wall balls and got to 2 power cleans with my coach rooting me on. Rooting me on like I was on the 30th power clean. He is such a great coach and always finds a way to get to those who need it most.
At the end of it, I cried. For a split second I felt sorry for myself and then was angry that I copped out to learn the dreaded skill, Toes 2 Bar! And then I vowed to challenge myself more and I could not help but melt at all of my boxmates that did so well and ended up almost bursting with pride for them.
This is why I love CrossFit.
Four down, one to go.