Thursday 09.12.13

Harry "Hot Bunz" Palley

Harry “Hot Bunz” Palley

Headstart
AMRAP 6:
10 Handstand Push-ups
30 Double Unders

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***Weekend schedule: Saturday 7am-9am and Sunday 8am-10am (open gym both days)***

Coach Rachel likes to work on her penmanship in her spare time. She also enjoys making pillow forts, playing leap frog with her friends, and watching old home videos on mute and narrating her life.

Coach Rachel likes to work on her penmanship in her spare time. She also enjoys making pillow forts, playing leap frog with her friends, and watching old home videos on mute and narrating her life.

Coaches Corner with Coach Rachel

“Competition!” It is a word that can be very scary. I’m sure you read that word and a few thoughts came into your head; maybe a time you competed in an event, maybe you thought of the person you compete against every day at the gym, or maybe you got nervous when you read it. In reality we are all scared of competition but at the same time it drives us. It is what makes us go faster, work harder, and why we keep going at it day in and day out.

With the competition approaching this weekend at the Reggie Lewis Center some of you are competing for your very first time and some of you are pros at this. Both athletes, the first timers and the pros, are all nervous in their own way. You are all so lucky to get to compete and I want you to keep that in mind. You don’t have to compete, you chose to and you get to compete, and for that you should be so proud of yourself.

I remember my first competition. I had just started Crossfit and swore I wouldn’t compete. I was a competitive gymnast so it was in my nature to compete but I was doing Crossfit just to “get in shape.” When the owners approached me and asked if I would do Beast of the East I was hesitant but decided to go for it. Going into it I remember only thinking, “what if I don’t do well?” I realize now and through experience the focus and thought should be “how awesome is this going to be!”

My advice to you, whether it is your first competition or your 100th competition; remember why you are doing it and why you signed up! You have worked hard and YOU ARE READY. Ready may mean coming in the top 10, it could mean you can do each movement at the weight in your division, but it could also mean you are simply ready to be in a competition with other athletes. Have fun, have no expectations, and do YOUR personal best. If you give it all you have you have already won. And also….. you get to do 5 workouts in 2 days, it doesn’t get much better than that!

My tips:

1. Sleep well Friday and Saturday night, you will be nervous and it may be tough but try to sleep and be calm.

2. Do not change your eating because you’re competing, your body is used to the way you eat so don’t change it now.

3. Warm up just as we do at the gym in class, don’t change anything. Again, your body is used to that so don’t get yourself ready an hour before an event when in class we get ready 20 minutes before.

4. Be confident, don’t let any negative thoughts creep in and when they do, push them away.

5. Control the controllables and let the other stuff go. You may have a “bad” “unfair” judge or an un-preferred spot on the floor. You cannot control that, stay focused. If you hear no rep, it IS a NO rep and move on. The longer you argue it the longer the workout will take you. Just make each movement perfect from the start to avoid this!

6. Have fun! This sounds silly and childish but it’s true. You are so fortunate to get to compete, people would kill to have the confidence and skill to be in your shoes. Enjoy and soak up every second of this weekend!

Good Luck to all those competing!