Continuing this week with our “What Have You Learned?” series, I spoke with Alex Green. Alex will celebrate his one-year anniversary at Raleigh CrossFit this week- congratulations! He originally joined Raleigh CrossFit to improve his tennis game.
I play on multiple city tennis leagues throughout the year (played 70+ league matches and won 2 tournaments in 2014) and my goal was to be in better shape than anyone I face.
I remember my first workout like it was yesterday because I couldn’t move or breathe, was dead last, and very humbled. Like a lot of us, I love competition! I asked the guy next to me how long it takes before it gets easier and he laughed and said, “Um, it doesn’t!” Uh oh! What had I gotten myself into? I wasn’t sure if I liked that or not, but something was different here. I saw a group of people giving it their all no matter their strength, every time. Now, I had been on the gym schedule over the years – you know, the January to February resolution schedule and then fallen off the wagon, but I never could figure out why.
A year later, I now understand that it’s the competition and camaraderie we have that keeps us going. I can walk in after a long day at the office and not have to think. Sometimes that’s apparent and the coaches let me know to get those freaking elbows up! (Mark, I’m working on it.)
I used to think double unders were the coaches’ way of punishing me because I end up with gladiator style whip marks. At the end of the day, it’s that feeling you get when you finally learn how to kip or double under, then you finally RX. CrossFit has also made me better outside the box. My other love is tennis and I have seen so much improvement on the tennis court.
I have learned that patience, humility, and the ability to laugh at yourself goes a long way. And you know what?? I finally got double unders, but I still can’t keep those freaking elbows up. Always something!
So true, Alex! It doesn’t matter how long you have been doing it, there is always something to work on! Thanks for sharing, and keep up the good work!
SCHEDULE NOTES – UPCOMING NEXT MONTH
Saturday, Feb. 7 - We are hosting the 2015 Valentine’s Partner Event. The event begins at 1000a and will go until completed. There will be a class from 900-1000a if you are not participating in the event.
Saturday, Feb. 14 - Krispy Kreme Run – Coaches Chad, Graham, Chennelle and Kim will be running, along with several Raleigh CrossFit athletes.
Raleigh CrossFit Barbell Club
The first Olympic Lifting course of the 2015 season is upon us! It began on Tuesday, Jan. 5. This course is full, but if you are interested, we will be holding our first powerlifting/olympic lifting course in the Spring! This course will combine the powerlifts (Squats, Deadlifts and Bench Press) with additional focus on the Olympic Lifts (Snatch and Clean and Jerk). Equal time will be spent on both and you will learn how to really hone in your technique for all five lifts, which are maintstays within the Raleigh CrossFit programming. This course will run for 20 sessions, versus 16 sessions as the Olympic lifting course typically runs. The course cost will be $225. Based on previous speed at which these courses fill up, I wouldn’t wait.
The course will run from Tuesday, March 31 until June 6 every Tuesday from 615-745p and Saturday from 900a-1030a.
If you are interested in securing a place in this course (I can tell you that the Winter Olympic Lifting Course sold out in a week), please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on Facebook.
Also, this course completion will fulfill a prerequisite to participate in our newly established Raleigh CrossFit Barbell Club. This club is just starting and requirements of participation include completing an Olympic Lifting Course with Raleigh CrossFit or completing a test out of the movements required to perform the programming (squats, deadlift, bench press, snatch and clean and jerk). This programming is entirely separate from the main Raleigh CrossFit programming. We are launching it do the the requests of our athletes to have a class that specifically involves “LIFTING HEAVY”!
The RCF Barbell Club will officially launch in February, but if you are interested, please reach out to Chennelle via email at email@example.com or via Facebook messenger for more information. There is also a link on our website.
2015 Valentine’s Day Partner WOD!
Get ready! This workout has been a Raleigh CrossFit tradition since 2012!
Date: Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
Information: 2-person, partner workout. The workout will be modifiable/scalable for all levels. Find your favorite partner!