OK, we have run through a long cycle of ME work, at least those who have hung on with me. I saw some great gains and hit PR’s in my 1RM in the back squat, Deadlift and Front Squat. My press still seems to be lagging behind, but that tells me I need to do some extra focus work on it. We will run some “normal” programming for the next couple WOD’s and then hit the CrossFit Total to see what kind of all-around improvement we have gained. Kudos to all of you who stuck with it, the benefits in real life and other WOD’s, MetCon and strength based, will be noticeable.
We welcomed a new client in this week, Athena F. She is excited to get going, has a great attitude and is very open to learn all she can. On top of that, she is displaying some great form and understanding up front as we started her fundamental sessions. I am always impressed with female clients as their attitude and work ethic is awesome – they are so easy to coach. They push hard, are open minded to new ideas and keep their ego in check. Hence the reason they show such great gains. This evening, Allison ran Jean, Deb and Brooke through a 5×5 Squat and Press WOD and the ladies killed it! They showed huge gains from the last time they did this WOD and were ecstatic, and so were we!
I am a firm believer that CrossFit is a great fitness tool for both sexes, yet I strongly feel that it is incredibly empowering to women, and therefore, we see some of our best gains and top performers being female athletes. CrossFit allows women to progress rapidly with solid work and dedication, bringing about levels of fitness, changes in body composition and new found self confidence that are unequaled. The long standing notions of what women are capable of , in strength, fitness and femininity, are being crushed. Ladies come to CrossFit and find a fun, exciting and open environment with no “meat head” feel, the worry of someone staring at their butt as they try squats, or being concerned about walking into the free weight section of the gym where all the Cro-Magnon’s hang out in “their domain”. Instead, CrossFit encourages women to make huge gains through a hands on, non judgemental training philosophy – that’s very comforting to many ladies out there who have been scared to try something new at the gym for fear of making a spectacle or feeling out of place. So, in the end, I tip my hat to all the lovely women of CrossFit. You are more inspirational than most male athletes and you are doing things most people think is crazy. CrossFit ladies kick ass!