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Life ain’t always beautiful, but its a beautiful ride

Guest Post By our very own Jen West

Visit her blog at: http://thebestofthewests.blogspot.com/

I was 30 at the time that I found out my unborn son was sick.  Like really sick. I am 33 now and I have lived oodles of lifetimes in those 3 years.  I have lived in hospitals, watched children die across the hall, and watched my own son cling to life.  It changes you.  I had to find a vice.  While writing has always been my vice,  I found I also needed something physical. I stumbled upon Crossfit. While I originally started at another gym and have since moved to CrossFit Naples, Crossfit literally saved me. It still saves me today.  There is something very therapeutic about it.  It allows me one hour to escape the fears that constantly swarm me and I get to do it in the most welcoming environment among some of the kindest, coolest people.

In the words of Gary Allan “ life ain’t always beautiful, but its a beautiful ride,” and that can be said for any one of us. Life is freaking hard sometimes and there are days where I don’t want to WOD. I would rather curl in the fetal position than go workout, but I drag myself there, and let me tell you when I walk out one hour later I am whole again! We all have our stories. The ones that form us into the people we are… the good, the bad, the ugly and the “beautiful”, but how amazing that no matter the journey we can all walk into the gym knowing we will simply become a blur of teamwork and support. For that, I am grateful.  For all of you, I am grateful.

WOD on peeps!

The West Boys

Wednesday’s Workout

Skill: Pullups

Review: 1. Beat Swing 2. Pullup strength 3. Push-away

Conditioning:

2 Rounds of “Helen”-
21 KB Swings
12 Pullup
400m Run

Thursday’s Workout

Skill: Row

Test: Max Height Box Jump

Conditioning:
21-15-9
Double Under
Burpee

50 Ways to Acheive Greatness

This was posted a couples of weeks ago but it was so good I had to repost. Here are my favorite of the 50 Ways to Achieve Greatness article posted By Diesel Strength & Conditioning.

1. Jump out of bed and crush the floor boards every morning by smashing your feet down and defiantly take on each and every day.

2. Breathe deep in the midst of turmoil.  Be calm and take deliberate action when everyone else is falling apart.

3. Live aggressively and appreciate every second.

6. Don’t start counting reps until it burns.

7. Hit 100 push-ups every day.

8. Dance for your kids when their friends are around.

9. Don’t be jealous, be inspired.

11. Be Swayze in Point Break, Youngblood or Road House.

14. Make a special handshake for each of your kids and throw it on them when they’re doing homework, eating, or whenever you can.

19. Find a mentor.

20. Do something you FEAR until it becomes a strength.

23. Be true to yourself. It will inspire others to be who they really want to be but are too afraid.

24. Always use a weight vest for your bodyweight training.

27.  Select three important goals that you want to hit each day and rank them in order of importance.  Focus on getting the most important one done first and work from there.

28.  Always have a beginner’s mind.  Approach every learning opportunity with enthusiasm.

29. Drink a gallon of water each day.

31. Progress, not perfection.  Stop beating yourself up for not being perfect and focus on small changes that make you 1% better everyday.

32. Be humble. Work hard.

33.  Stop being negative.  No one wants to hear it.  Be different and focus on the positive.  Remember, there are many people who are happy with much less than you have.

35.  Stop giving your energy to your past.  Live in the present and build your future.

38. Train every workout like you’ll never get to train again.  Push yourself and drive out your demons with every rep.

40.  Encourage others and inspire them to greatness in their lives.  You will get it back ten fold.  When you’ve given all of yourself, give more.

44.  “Fear is the only darkness.”

49. If you have good friends, hold on to them. Tell them everyday how much they mean to you and never let them go. They will give you strength and encourage you when you lose your way.

Welcome Mikkel to the CF Naples community!

Friday’s Workout

Skill: Push up
Strength: Deadlift 5×5
Conditioning:
1 min max DU’s
rest
500m row for time
rest
400 m run for time

2sets

Prove your fitness

How do you know that you’re getting in better shape? How can we beyond -a-shadow of a doubt test wheter CrossFit is making you fitter? Wouldn’t you like to know that your hard work is paying off? Well now’s your chance. The Baseline Challenge is a way to “prove your fitness”.

You can’t run away from this workout because we’re making everyone do it, even if you can’t make it on Saturday, December 15th from 9-10:30am. Why? Because this score is that important to us!

Wouldn’t you rather do it with a Live DJ, Prizes, and FREE T-shirt and Food?

It’s a no-brainer. Sign up today at the front desk!

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We would like to thank one of our sponsors of the Baseline Challenge…Fields of Green Lawn Care. Not only is Dave’s commitment evident in his results with CrossFit (losing 10lbs and 2% BF) his commitment is also evident in the way he treats his own clients. He told me the other night that people chose him over other companies because he knows everyone by first and last name. It’s a commonalty that we both share.

Thank you Fields of Green for your continued support to CrossFit Naples! For more information visit Fields of Green’s website HERE 

Fields of Green, Inc. - Irrigation, Lawn Maintenance & Landscaping.  Licensed & Insured  2316 Pine Ridge Road, #444  Naples, FL 34109  239-253-3438

Wednesday’s Workout

Skill: Pullup

Strength: Power Snatch (heavy)

Conditioning:
Teams of 2-
2 rounds:
8 Heavy DB Snatch (each arm) 32 total
50 Pullups
50 Wallball
-Afer last round 1000m Row (break up as needed)

Thursday’s Workout

Skill: Row

Conditioning:
21 Shoulder-to-Overhead (115/75)
100m Farmers walk (heavy)
15 Shoulder-to-Overhead
100m farmer walk
9 Shoulder-to-Overhead
100m farmer walk

**anytime the weight is dropped for rest or in transition there is a 5 burpee penalty

Athlete Spotlight: Agnes W.

We are so proud to feature Agnes for our Athlete Spotlight this month. Not only is she a great athlete, she always has a smile on her face. Her consistency and dedication to our program is evident in here improvements in-and-out of the CrossFit setting. Last Saturday she ran the Gobble Gobble 4-miler and did really well. Craziest thing of all… shes never run that long. Kudos to you Agnes!

Agnes W.

Hometown: Boguslawice, Poland
Age: 36

When and how were you introduced to Crossfit? October, 2011. My friend suggested CrossFit as effective and fast way to get in shape after my ACL replacement.

Favorite WOD/Lift: Deadlifts

I have always wanted to: live in Florence, Italy for a year

One word people use to describe me: down-to-earth

Outside of the gym I like to: spend time with my family & friends

Something nobody knows about me or would be surprised to know about me: I did a week long survival camp in the woods when I was 18 years old.

Favorite physical activity outside of Crossfit: Yoga and Skiing

Favorite place to eat in Naples: Jane’s Cafe On 3rd

Song that gets me pumped for a workout: Adele- Rolling In The Deep

Proudest Accomplishment: Group of lifetime friends I made over the years


Monday’s Workout

Skill: Squat
Skill: 5 sets of max HSPU strict. Rest as needed
Conditioning:
12 minutes of work:
1-1-1-2-2-2…

-Med Ball Squat Jumps
-Pushups (hand release)
-Box Jumps

Tuesday’s Workout

5 Rounds of:
100m row (or 100m Run)- first 8 athletes who show up get to Row (See you early!)
7- Push Jerk (#165/#105)

-REST

5 rounds of:
5-Front squat (185/135)
100m Run

(10 min cap on each couplet)

Training for Life

As you know Monday’s workout consisted of sprint intervals. To much of our surprise Santiago showed up in his military gear ready to workout. Dressed in camo pants, sweats, and boots he was ready to train. Many of you might not know this but Santiago is an officer in the Marines. We’ve had the pleasure of working with him while he awaits orders to his first duty station. He’d never tell you because he is too humble. I can’t help myself though I’m too proud of him to keep quiet.

I say all this because he gets it. He understands the purpose of CrossFit. He doesn’t train with us because he wants bigger biceps (though he does love doing chin-ups), he trains with us because one day his life will literally depend on his fitness capability. He trains to be sure he can handle whatever obstacle he might face. I was proud of him Monday morning while he sprinted in his boots. Impressively his times were just as fast as most people’s average sprint times.

It makes me proud to know he is the one going to protect us against our enemies. Our freedom depends on people like him. It’s very assuring to know he is one of the many soldiers who fight for our freedom. To you Santiago, we salute you!

Wednesday’s Workout

Skill: Pullups
Buy In: 50 second Air Dyne then…

Conditioning:
50 KB Clean & Jerk (Right) 24/16kg
50 Double-Unders
50 KB Clean & Jerk (Left)

Thursday’s Workout

Skill: Push ups

Conditioning:
500m row & 10 Squats; rest
400m row & 20 Squats; rest
300m row & 30 Squats; rest
200m row & 40 Squats; rest
100m row & 50 Squats

CrossFit is about life skills

When you find your life has changed in a number of ways because you CrossFit, do you ever wonder if the same is true for others? When I read this set of lessons from Life As A Plate, I figured I wasn’t the only one who saw changes and I could relate to what she says about the carry over of those lessons and changes into your ‘real life’. See what you think …

1) Finish.
If you start something, finish it. (Unless it’s a bad book, got no time for bad books.) No matter how tough the workout, no matter how tired you are, no matter what that little voice inside your head is yelling at you, FINISH. Finish what you start. In the gym, in your house, in your relationships. Don’t give up when it gets hard.

2) Take a Break.
It’s okay to rest. It’s okay to take time off from the gym to heal a sore muscle or an injury. It’s okay to leave the dishes in the sink for an extra hour because you want to finish a book. It’s okay to turn down invitations to dinner parties if you want a night at home of if your plate is too full.

3) Go Easy on Yourself.
You will have good days. You will have days so shitty, you’re imagining it over before it’s even noon. You will have days where you hit a PR on a mile run, or a lift you’ve been struggling with and days you can barely put one foot in front of the other. We are human. Each day is different than the last. What we eat, how we sleep, hormones, mood, life – they all affect us day-to-day and what combination one day can make for awesome achievements can shank you in the shower the next day.

4) One at a time.
When there’s a giant pile of crap to be done, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. I’ve tried really hard to internalize something a trainer once told me when looking at an insurmountable WOD full of squat-clean-thrusters. “One a time. Just do one at a time.” And you know what? You will eventually finish. The WOD. The laundry/dishes/deadline/cleaning/errands. Just in time for a new pile to accumulate, but it will end. I can promise you that.

5) You will say shit that you swore would never come out of your mouth.
Case in point: “I watched your snatch today from across the room. It looked super clean!”  “Clean up the family room or you owe me 20 burpees!”  “Yeah, I’m an athlete.”  “I climbed a rope.”  “I ran 4 miles through 20 obstacles today. I can handle arranging my shoe walk-in.” “Please do not use the cat as a kettlebell”

6) Setbacks happen.
Whether it’s an illness, surgery, or just a bad week, you will fall behind from where you are. It’s okay to take three steps forward and two steps back. It can be your lifting at the gym or your clean-eating regimen. A journey isn’t meant to be run on marathon feet. It’s a slow, steady, crawl with blisters.

7) Be Humble.
There is always someone faster, stronger, better. As soon as you think you’re good at something, someone will smoke your ass.  But if you’re humble and you accept your place in the great world of average, the day will come when you will be The Mom Who Kicks Ass or The Friend Everyone Loves or The Chick Who Rowed a 1:42 500m. And with humility (since you remember oh-so-clearly what the bottom of the barrel looks like.)

Bill Post-Baseline Challenge.                                                                                                   Next Baseline is December 15th. Mark your Calendars!!

Monday’s Workout

Skill: Row
Strength: DB Press Ladder

Conditioning: “Post Turkey Trot”

1 X 400m run
4 X 200m run
4 X 100m run

(rest as needed)

No scoring today…for some of us that’s a good thing coming off Thanksgiving

 Tuesday’s Workout

Skill: Air Squat
Conditioning:
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
Sumo Deadlift High Pulls 95#/65#
Hand Release Pushup