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Have you ever wondered if there was any validity to the blood-type diets? Oh… I guess I’m the only one.

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It seems like garbage to me that having one blood-type would lock you into an ideal diet — humans just love to categorize everything so this seems like one more attempt at putting us all into a box. And making meeeeellions of dollars at it with diet books.

Mark Sisson at Mark’s Daily Apple recently wrote a post on this very topic, laying my curiosity to rest. And the conclusion? Basically you should eat Paleo. Ha! If you need more than just my conclusion and the sound of self-congratulation, head on over and check it out. :)

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I’m something of an RSS feed addict. Ain’t nobody got time to sit at a computer and read stuff! No way, I do it on my phone. And since I always have my phone, I have a lot of RSS feeds and I’m always adding new ones.

Recently I found CrossFit Lisbeth: Words of the Day. I think someone shared a link on Facebook, leading me to the blog, leading me to read the previous 5 posts or so, leading me to subscribe. So….yeah. All this rambling to say: it’s an awesome blog! You should definitely go check it out! Lisbeth Darsh says some pretty insightful things about CrossFit, and life in general. And I gotta say, it’s a relief to know that I’m not alone in thinking the way I do sometimes. Apparently it’s just because I’m human.

Now, for your random viewing pleasure….

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A couple weeks ago we finally broke in the new sleds at SCF, working up to a 1RM. I managed to drag around 400lb. Booyah baby!

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Everybody knows who Kelly Starrett is and pretty much everybody I know has his book, Becoming a Supple Leopard. We Crossfit people are like a cult when it comes to this man: he is the God of fixing your broke ass. After my recent run of mobility issues (knee, shoulder, hips) I decided the book was a sound investment and picked up my own copy. Admittedly I haven’t done many of the exercises yet, but the ones I have tried definitely help. Like smashing the sh!t out of your pecs when your shoulder hurts. Or doing the couch stretch when your hips are so tight you can’t even do a normal squat, instead looking like an 80 year old with an artificial hip. I do expect some miracles though and can’t wait to read the whole book!

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I know I’m always curious about what other people do for their lifting regimens, and with so many options it’s fun to see what’s out there.

Here’s what I do:

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I didn’t come up with this and I have no idea who did — I got it from one of my coaches. So while it works for me, you’ll have to be the judge of whether or not it will work for you. :)


Last night I shadowed my first WOD — it was kind of intense! I had expected to just stand on the sidelines and watch (which I did do) but John threw me in and had me actually do some coaching on the front squats. I found that I was actually pretty comfortable with my knowledge on the technique; where I felt awkward was on the actual coaching part: what to say, when to say it, how to positively reinforce the correct movement while simultaneously improving on a weak area.

I am incredibly hard on myself because in everything I do, I want to be the best I can possibly be. Not necessarily the best in the world, but the best I can be. As a result I tend to focus on the areas where I’m weak rather than where I’m strong since I’m only as strong as my weakest link. That being said, I was pretty happy with how it all went. John and my friends gave me positive feedback, and, although I felt incredibly awkward most of the time, I felt like I knew what I was looking for. This was a great first step down the road of becoming a Crossfit coach!

 


For the past several weeks I’ve been seriously considering¬† whether or not I wanted to get certified as a Crossfit coach. It’s a pretty intimidating step for me because coaching shines a giant spotlight on the gaps in my knowledge and skill. On the other hand it also forces me to learn more and practice agile thinking, which will make me a better athlete. So really I’m just being selfish. :) After going to Regionals (as a spectator) I realized that Crossfit people are my people, though, and that I really do want to fall down this rabbit hole.

I talked to John, the owner of SCF and one of the coaches, and he encouraged me to do it, saying he would absolutely support that endeavor and provide the mentoring I need to go from noob to leet. This morning I took a deep breath and registered for the Crossfit L1 cert coming up in July.¬† It was pretty scary to plunk down $1000! I’m both super nervous and super excited — I really wouldn’t have taken the leap except that my friend Tierney is going too.

Oh. And then I found out that Crossfit has a variety of sport specific certs as well as a self-defense course. I’m going to be very poor if I don’t show some self-restraint!