On Superman, CrossFit, and the Dreaded Fitness Plateau

Decisions. They’re the spice of life. As humans, we get to make a bunch of them every day.

Everything from the clothes we put on in the morning, whether or not we say hi to that stranger on the street, and what we eat for dinner. Many of the decisions we make are seemingly trivial. Some could even have an impact on our day (hopefully, for the better :-).

This post is about some of the more important decisions we make as humans; an ever-changing set of choices that governs our lives. This post is about priorities.

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16.3: Welcome to the Muscle Up Club

Each year, there is usually one workout that makes or breaks an athlete’s Open season. 16.3 was that workout.

Every year in the CrossFit Open, Dave Castro likes to weed out the great athletes, only leaving room for the exceptional. He’ll program a workout that contains an advanced skill, a heavy weight or some ridiculous combination of the two, such that only the elite will prevail.

With the 2nd new movement this year in the CrossFit Open, the bar muscle-up was this year’s separator.

For the everyday athlete in gyms all over the world, however, it was more of a motivator—just what people needed to get their first bar muscle-up… or die trying.

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Retesting Workouts in the CrossFit Open

I find the “retest” to be an interesting, yet common, phenomenon. Let’s explore the philosophy behind it.

Before CrossFit, I was an avid runner—10ks, marathons, ultras, and even a few triathlons. Upon finishing almost every race, the inevitable question is, “What’s next?”

“Are you going to do another one?” “Have you signed up for XYZ yet?”

Retesting Open workouts happens in much the same way.

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16.2: More Amazing Performances. Still No Oxygen.

Only a few days following the aftermath of 16.1, we thought we might see a shorter workout that actually allowed us the ability to breathe. Unfortunately, only one of our wishes was granted. With 16.2, there was still no oxygen in sight.

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CrossFit Addict’s Journey to 16.1… And Beyond

So much to talk about, I’m not sure where to start.

This year marks my third consecutive CrossFit Open since starting at CrossFit Addict back in December 2013.

In 2014,

I had no idea what to expect. It was all new to me, but it became quite apparent that something special was happening during those 5 weeks. I just couldn’t put my finger on it.

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Pick a Rabbit, Push a Rabbit

That’s Matt. He’s often my rabbit. I’d like to think we make each other better.

In case you’re not familiar with the term “rabbit” as it applies to competitive sport, let’s get that out of the way now.

The term “rabbit” is used to describe an athlete who is better than you, but only by a small margin. By chasing this rabbit, you push your limits and continue to get better.

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First CrossFit Competition? Here are a Few Tips for First-Timers

Photo courtesy of SuperFit Games

While I originally sat down to write out some tips for rookies competing in their first CrossFit competition, I realized some of this stuff applies to all competitors, first-timers and veterans.

Shout out to all 15 CrossFit Addict teams competing at the SuperFit East Coast National Championships this weekend. We’ve got quite a few first-timers.

If you’re getting ready for your first CrossFit competition, follow along for a few tips. I’ve been doing CrossFit for a little over 2 years, and I’ve competed in 2 CrossFit team competitions, both locally here in Virginia.

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Traveling Stream of Consciousness – Siesta Keys

Dude, why are you sprinting down the moving walkway, with your wheely bag, only to stop abruptly right behind that woman? Not cool, bro.

There’s a woman on the plane drinking a diet Coke. 10 years ago, I’d see this as normal. Today, I want to grab her arm before the bottle reaches her lips, and yell, “Stop! It’s been poisoned.”

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