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BLACK BOX WOD (current skill: press)
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Post-Elements WOD @7:30pm w/Rickke:
A. Front Squat 5-5-5
B. Pull-up Clinic
(kipping, strict – creating plans to getting both)
C. AMRAP 10 minutes
5 front squats
Pain in your ass
The only way out is through
5 barbell rules
Save the ocean, eat a squid (via)
What the fruc(tose)?!?!!
Northeast Regionals are this weekend and CFNYC is proud to be represented there by our team: Coach Sara C., Jackie Z., Cathy, Coach Mike K., Alex P., and Mike M. Here are interviews with Cathy and Alex–look for more interviews to come, as well as Regionals coverage as the weekend is happening!
1) Cathy, you competed in sectionals with no intention of qualifying as an individual or being a part of our team. Did you approach sectionals differently because of that? Not really, I wanted to the best I could, regardless if I had any intention of being on the team or not. I paid attention to what other females in the box were doing, I was always trying to get close to Jackie and Sophie, just as a goal for myself, but some of the workouts were complete PRs for me. I had never OH squatted that heavy before and I was able to get four, which I was excited about. Maybe if I had more sectionals to do I would get more PRs!?
2) When CFNYC asked you to join our Regionals Team at the last minute, how surprised were you? What emotions did you work your way through before saying yes? Since Avery, Sophie, and Christine were not able to make it this year, I had a feeling I might be asked, but was crossing my fingers it wouldn’t come to this! (Bad attitude I know!) My goal was to try out next year for the team, and feel a bit more prepared, but my time line moved up a bit, which I am coming to terms with.
I was petrified at first, I am not as strong physically or mentally as I would like to be going into this competition, but then I read a great article written on the CrossFit Invictus blog about a female in the same position I am in. I am now trying to have her mind set. She is freaked out of her mind, but excited she will be able to go and compete with a fun supportive team.
Everyone on our NYC team has been great, and I might not have a handstand pushup, but all I can do is go out and try my best, have fun, and get to watch amazing athletes.
3) Are you still glad you said yes? ; ) Yes, it’s probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and there are amazing people on our team: Sara, who got to compete as an individual last year, Jackie who has been doing Crossfit for less than a year and kicks ass, and then there are the guys: Mike K, Mike M, and Alex, all of whom are like energizer bunnies at our box. So not only is it great to be competing with them, but I think it is going to be crazy to see some of the top athletes in our region compete.
4) Any advice to new crossfitters and those who haven’t yet competed? It’s hard not to compare yourself to other people in the gym, especially when it comes to preparing yourself to compete. I think it’s important to play around and see what training works best for you. What works for the person next to you might necessarily be the best training for you. Most importantly, which I struggle with at times, is remembering it is just Crossfit, we are working out here, so we should be having fun!
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1) Alex, is this your first time competing as part of a team? If so, what are you looking forward to with the team aspect vs. individual? I’ve competed on teams before growing up playing sports, but this is my first time competing in a crossfit team competition. I’m excited for the team competition for several reasons. The strategy for a team is different than that for an individual. It has been fun trying to balance the strengths and weakness on our team. Competing as an individual can be lonely during a wod as you grind out for one more rep. I’m excited to have people doing the wods with me that I can look to for inspiration. Lastly, it will be a lot of fun to hang out with people outside of the box.
2) What was it like doing Sectionals week after week after week? Did you ever consider quitting? I didn’t really enjoy the Sectionals process. I thought the wods interrupted my training. The Sectionals did become a grind. I found myself getting to caught up in each Sectional wod instead of doing it once and moving on. By the last two weeks, it was hard to get motivated. I also enjoyed going to Sectionals last year and competing in person. The Open Sectional did not give me the same sense of excitement as having an event to go to.
3) How long have you been crossfitting, and what’s your previous athletic background? I’ve been crossfitting almost 4 years. I played football in high school which gave me a foundation of strength and familiarity with most of the olympic lifts. I wrestled extremely briefly and extremely unsuccessfully while in high school. After high school, I played intramural and rec league soccer.
4) Name one way in which crossfit has had a positive influence on the rest of your life (that has nothing to do with working out or nutrition). Crossfit has allowed me to meet interesting people. I recently moved to New York. Having a community to be a part of helped me transition to living in a new city.