Friday, September 28, 2012

I Look Down to Look Up

Today's WOD

8x4 single arm kettlebell press, 30 second rest between sets
weight: 1 pood (this was so challenging on my left side!)

5 rounds for time:
3 squat clean thrusters, 155/115#
15 pullups

Time: 7:43, Rx


Post-WOD. I wish you could see how it'd looked like I'd just gone swimming. For those that care, I had to partition the last two sets of pullups into a set of 7 and a set of 8.

For the Instructor Training Program at CFM, we're required to write a few blog posts over the duration of the session. I've decided to share my last blog post with you all!


"I Look Down to Look Up"

I look down at my torn up cuticles. My scratched nail polish. I turn my hands over, I see rough calluses and what looks like chalk still embedded in them from the mornings WOD. No amount of Dremeling would remove them. And I wouldn’t want them gone! How would I do pull-ups, farmer carries or deadlifts otherwise? These calluses are badges of pride.

I look down at my shins. Scraped. Permanently bruised from the heavy barbell I press and drag against them daily, snatching, dead lifting, cleaning. Tall socks work sometimes. If I didn’t have them though, that would mean my bar path was all wrong and my lifts would be suffering.

I look down at thighs; well muscled, vascular. I wear them with pride in a skirt and heels, showing them off as I prance. I wear them with shame when I try on a trendy pair of skinny jeans at The Gap. Skinny jeans on these quadzillas? Laughable.

I look down at my small ta-ta’s. And the cup size I’ve lost, but the bust size I’ve gone up, with all of the new muscles I’ve gained in my back.

I sometimes feel like I’ve lost my curves, but I realize I have not. I just have to look down, to see I have simply gained a new set of curves. The curve of my quadriceps, of my gluteus (thank you, squats), of my latissimus dorsi, rhomboids and deltoids. These are the curves carved out by hours under the bar. They show dedication and determination.

I just have to look down, to look up with the kind of pride and confidence that carries me through the entire day; strong enough to tackle any menial office task, traffic jam or spousal dispute. Strong enough to carry me back into the box, day after day, to tackle whatever the WOD calls for. Strong enough to get a little stronger, every day.

I look down and see blood, sweat, tears, strength, and determination. So that when I look up, I set my shoulders back with pride and confidence. C’mon world, hit me with your best shot. 


I'll let you know if it makes the CFM blog. ;) 

After assisting the Noon class, a few of us went on a hunt to find Baton Bob, a famous Atlanta local who twirls a baton in crazy getup. 


He blows a whistle and directs traffic. He's pretty famous, and gets a lot of cat calls, whistles and honks, but refuses to allow anyone to interrupt his performance for a photo op. :( 

The noon class did not have any easy day.


The AirDyne had it's way with Bridget. 

Have a great weekend everybody!

Would you rather run, row or Airdyne?

11 comments:

  1. hmmm... I think for quick work i'd rather row but for distance I'd rather run. Loved your post - beautifully written!

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  2. Great post! I love it! I would rather run!

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  3. I would love to row (I think!)! My gym is still working on getting rowers (we're a brand new gym). But I wish we had them, it would be great to cool-down after our WODs. and I LOVE LOVE your "look down" story. you took the words right out of my mouth. And you look amazing. So strong!

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    1. I used to HATE rowing because I was, and still am, so inefficient at it. Larger people are better at rowing than smaller people, just because they have more mass on the pull working with them. We have the upper hand in running, being smaller! :)

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  4. "I sometimes feel like I’ve lost my curves, but I realize I have not. I just have to look down, to see I have simply gained a new set of curves. The curve of my quadriceps, of my gluteus (thank you, squats), of my latissimus dorsi, rhomboids and deltoids. These are the curves carved out by hours under the bar. They show dedication and determination."

    i feel exactly like you, i don't have bar (i train with kettlebell at home, because here in italy there's not so much crossfit gym only three in all the country) i try to do my best with my equipment.
    my friday Wod :
    40 min run
    4*5 clean&jerk
    2*20 swings
    4*10 front squat
    3*10 pull over sit up
    3*3 turkish get up
    with my heviest Kettlebell 13 kg
    i wish one day have the chance to try airdyne, i'm curious to feel what kind of pain look like ;) a little bit masochist.

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    1. If you're every in the states, check out a CrossFit box!

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  5. i think baton bob needs to meet miss ashley in NOLA! miss ashley is complete with interesting wardrobe & whistle lol quite an icon there.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zN6iW2tXKyA
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCuyRTPNdm8

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  6. Great, great celebration of the athletic body. "Pride of ownership" is a term that comes to mind, a term used in advertising homes for sale to indicate a property that the seller has obviously maintained with steadfastness of discipline and impeccability. You've taken "pride of ownership" in who you are, how you train, and how you show up in your fitness and you have the right to look down and give yourself an 'atta girl.'

    I'm not a CrossFitter, I do other forms of training, but I love how CF has proven yet again that you can be a strong, fierce, bad-ass girl without compromising femininity.

    Kudos to you.

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  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE your words! So true and heartfelt...much truer than the statement "Turning 7's into 10's" which still pisses me off.

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  8. So awesome! I loved "I look down to look up" - so powerful, so true, so inspiring!

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