YOGA AT SJ TUESDAY - Time Change
 
The new time is 6.45pm and will start THIS Tuesday (23rd Sept)
 
Schedule Change Notice for Santa Clara
 
Sat 27 - Sun 28th - GYM CLOSED 
Endurance Running Class 8:30am with Coach Cheryl 
Location: In Front of SC
Bring your running shoes and game faces! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 


Posted on February 21, 2014


NorCal CrossFit Feb. 22nd 2014

 

Coach Chris and Jason during a track session. Amazing what a different view of the world does for an image. 

Balance

This past month has offered me a lot of perspective on CrossFit, life, happiness, and balance. I have been receiving a number of emails asking for advice on this so I figured I would share my experience in hopes of helping at least one person who might be going through something similar.

In the first week of February, I blew out my back AGAIN. Those of you who know me know that this has been an ongoing issue throughout the past year and a half, due mostly to the scoliosis I have in my thoracic spine.

The first two times this happened, it felt like my world crumbled. I got depressed, cried a lot, and was entirely consumed by the injury and the fact that I COULDN’T do CrossFit. After all, who am I without the thing I love doing most? I felt like my identity was taken from me.

The first two injuries took about 5 months each for me to fully recover from. This current injury… I am back to training after just 11 days. The pain originated in the same place and was of the same degree, the muscles were equally as aggravated, doctors said the same thing… So what changed?

I honestly believe that the quicker recovery has been a result of mindset and finding balance and peace. Rather than stressing about not being able to train immediately after the injury, I took a deep breath and committed to a full 10 days OFF, and I mean actually off… no CrossFit, no running, no bodyweight work, NOTHING. I spent a lot of time lying on my stomach on our kitchen table because that’s about the only comfortable place I could find. I read books (which I realized I had missed dearly), listened to music, and “forced” myself to relax. This time, I didn’t take the time off begrudgingly. Rather, I came to the conclusion that my body was telling me something, and it was about damn time I listened.

For the first time in my life, I gave my body what it was asking for, and it has made all the difference. I got massages and acupuncture. I went to sauna and cold plunge. I let my husband and coworkers take care of me. And within just 1 week, it all paid off.  While I am not back to 100% training, I am pain free, and my quality of life is back (something I took for granted until I could hardly move).

I have found that letting go of stress, listening to my body, and taking some “me” time was profoundly effective in healing. Injuries are so rarely a case of overtraining or lifting wrong. They are often a result of under-recovering, failing to listen to our bodies, under-nourishing, and/or holding onto immense stress levels (guilty here!). We also so often get caught up in wrapping our entire identity in CrossFit and our performance in the gym. Remember why we do this, though; we want to be fitter, yes, but why? So we can be the best version of ourselves and do the things we love to do OUTSIDE of the gym.

If we are constantly stressed, over-trained, under-rested, and worried about our entire identity resting solely in our CrossFit abilities, I fear we lose track of the things in life that truly matter. Love yourself, take a deep breath, and ENJOY the process.

- Coach Laura

WORKOUT FOR SATURDAY

Either as an individual or in teams of two:

Open Workout 13.3

rxd

int

scale

150 Wall Ball (20/10ft - 14/9ft)

90 Double Unders

30 Muscle Ups

AMRAP 12min

150 Wall Ball (20/10ft - 14/9ft)

90 Double Unders

50 chest to bar pullups

AMRAP 12min

150 Wall Ball (20/10ft - 14/9ft)

60 walking lunges

50 pullups

AMRAP 12min

 

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YOGA AT SJ TUESDAY - Time Change
 
The new time is 6.45pm and will start THIS Tuesday (23rd Sept)
 
Schedule Change Notice for Santa Clara
 
Sat 27 - Sun 28th - GYM CLOSED 
Endurance Running Class 8:30am with Coach Cheryl 
Location: In Front of SC
Bring your running shoes and game faces!