SMILE & BREATHE
After surviving the emotional and physical aspects of the 2015 Crossfit Open I felt relief mixed with the sure knowledge that it is time to get to work! The Open tends to up end even the best programming schedules as movements/lifts/loads come in second to having a healthy, recovered master athlete.
My Master Qualifier prep was waylaid by a nasty upper respiratory bug that hit me upon completion on my 15.5 redo. Thankful the Open is past I am anxious to move forward in my training. I have found that when your body wants to rest – do not fight it….listen and rest. I always benefit in the long run when I listen to my body.
“The hay is in the barn” is what my Coach Mitch Potterf tells me when we are 2 weeks out from a comp. My focus is keeping my body fueled, hydrated, flexible and rested as we train toward the qualifier.
I love working out with a group and having my gym friends around me. I do “extra work” after everyone else leaves but Mitch stays and helps me push through. I can not put enough emphasis on the importance of having an experienced Crossfit coach supervising your every move. Many injuries are caused by incorrect small movements done over time under load. Only a coach who knows what they are doing will see this incorrect movement, help you make corrections and most likely avoid injury. Mitch also does all the programming at Fit Club so I can focus on having fun and training. Having a coach you can trust that writes master programming and supervises you is a pretty great path to success.
The qualifier will be a fun, hard, long weekend of work. If you thought the open was hard then get ready! The qualifier last year was heavier and more technical. To be able to focus on your training I recommend getting your videographer yesterday, get your judge, set up the times you will be performing your 4 workouts so that you will not be interrupting regularly scheduled classes at your gym. Go ahead and schedule 2 redos time slots with your crew – you can always scratch them if you don’t need them but it’s better to be prepared.
So this week I will train with a rest day on Thursday and have a 90 minute deep tissue massage. I do not post my daily programming because it is written for me – for where I am in my crossfit journey. We all have different strengths, weaknesses and body types. Master programming is never as simple as cookie cutter, one for all, etc. Each masters athlete has their own lifelong list of mobility issues, injuries and quirks. I recommend contacting me regarding programming or coming to Columbus for a visit to workout with Mitch and I if you are serious about your Crossfit goals.