Zero Servings of Negativity

Zero Servings of Negativity

If you were to pick any of the coaches at CrossFit Peekskill to write about negativity and spreading happiness, who would your pick be?  Maybe Chloe, who is always smiling and giving out high fives?  Or how about Matt Strebel, who will stop mid workout just to ask an athlete how their day is going?  So why am I (Emily) writing about this?  When everyone knows that I am often the crankiest (I say focused!!) person at the gym!   Well…. I am actually very happy 🙂 And was recently inspired by a podcast that provided a “Recipe” for happiness.  There were a few main “ingredients” that really resonated with me.  All of which I usually try and follow on a regular basis.  This minimizes my stress, and I hope creates a little joy in others! The first ingredient is Zero Servings of Negativity.  What does this mean? Wake up each morning and START your day with a positive mindset.   The easiest way for me to do this is to forget about what you CANNOT control.  I do not spend my day focusing on things out of my control.  As my husband always says, Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.  It only adds stress to your day.  Focus instead on what you can control. Let’s say you wake up, check out the WOD in Wodify, and see a ton of burpees.  And you hate burpees.  Are you going to stress all day about going to work out and do burpees?  Or come into the gym and complain to your...
“Don’t get stuck in your ways” 

“Don’t get stuck in your ways” 

   We’ve all been there. A coach gives you a tip for improving a certain movement and all we can think (and sometimes say) is “I like doing it this way. It works for me.” 1 part pride, 1 part reluctancy to change. It is in our nature to only want to do something that we see as immediately beneficial.    It has happened to me before too (on more than one occasion). One that sticks out to me is when I went to a seminar on rowing and even though the coach there knew more about rowing than I did his way felt awkward to me so I didn’t really give it a shot. He told me to never let my ankles come up, keep perfect posture, and only lean back slightly. I tried it once and it felt slow so I went back to my old ways. The issue here wasn’t that his rowing tips weren’t useful from the beginning; the issue was that I wasn’t willing to practice. Because I didn’t get immediate results I assumed it just wasn’t the way good for me. I wanted to do it my way. It wasn’t until months later when my rowing still wasn’t getting any better that I truly gave it a chance. After 2 weeks of practicing his way lo and behold rowing is now one of my strengths.    I believe as CrossFitters that word “practice” gets lost on us. I think it’s because once we learn how to do something we assume that’s it, we’ve got it. Or maybe we’ve been doing something a certain...
Bring A Friend Friday!!!

Bring A Friend Friday!!!

Bring your friends/spouse/kids etc. to CrossFit Peekskill any first Friday of the month for FREE! That’s right. By now your friend(s) have heard the excitement (or agony!) of your workouts! Show ‘em what you are made of as they join you in a workout. Yes, we do highly intense workouts, but remind your friends, everything in CrossFit can be scaled accordingly. No need to be scared! Get ‘em off the never-ending treadmill cycle, pull ‘em from the weight machines – no more Globo Gym! Get your friend(s) doing functional movements that are constantly varied! There is no other workout that compares to what we do. The best way to learn about it is to do it!!!   Can’t claim the following to be original work…but…isn’t it the truth!!!!! Globo gym or CrossFit? A compare and contrast of a first-time Crossfit visit vs. a first-time Globo gym visit. Globo first: Enter gym. Notice front desk employee sitting in front of a computer. Wait about 15-20 seconds for them to stop playing solitaire. “Hi, I’m So and So. This is my first time here.” “Oh, let me get a “trainer” to show you around.” Walk through the gym. Trainer shows you the “cardio areas”, which consist of rows upon rows of treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes. Next, you are shown the “machines areas”. Various contraptions with diagrams that highlight whatever muscle group the thing is supposed to isolate. If you’re lucky, they’ll have Hammer Strength stuff!! You may get a line like “This machine is designed to work you exactly like free weights.” You think to yourself, “Hmmm, well why not just...
Going to the gym when its the last thing you feel like doing 

Going to the gym when its the last thing you feel like doing 

Going to the gym when its the last thing you feel like doing    Welcome to winter in the east. Who wants to get out of their cozy bed into the cold and go to the gym? Who wants to go to the gym after a long day of work when the darkness hits you like a wall and all you hear calling is your bed?    Whether you have winter depression or not, most people feel a bit of a decline in motivation during the winter months. The darkness does not bring on any sort of excitement unless there’s a pillow involved. Nonetheless, our fitness is still (if not more so) important.  I have said before that relying on motivation isn’t always on option. If I always waited to do something when I was motivated to do it I wouldn’t be writing this blog right now. But nonetheless, it is my job! And sometimes you have to treat fitness like your job. Which means: Never, ever give yourself an option. Do not schedule the gym in to your day with a question mark next to it. Do not set 2 alarms in the morning in case you don’t wake up for the gym. Do not let yourself think “is it really so bad if I don’t go today?” The absolute hardest part is getting there.    In the winter there is no amount of sleep that will make you feel like you got all you need. Instead of coming up with excuses for why you can’t go, suck it up and get your butt in the...
Seeing The Good Within The Bad

Seeing The Good Within The Bad

Many of us started playing sports when we were kids. It was a great way for us to spend time with our friends, learn important disciplines, and stay active. As you grow older these sports become a little more competitive and it requires a little more effort to be successful. As you progress through high school and college, you are playing these sports at your highest level. Some may continue on beyond college but very few can tell that story. A lot of us found CrossFit to fill that competitive void and to continue to work towards different goals. It is what keeps us in the gym, it is what keeps us working hard every day, it is our why.   I am one of these people. I was finishing up my college lacrosse days and needed something to keep me working hard every day. Enter CrossFit. CrossFit from day one has changed me as a person completely. I became more confident in myself and my abilities. It brought me out of my shell and allowed me to truly become the person I am today. Without CrossFit, I probably would have gone down a much different path. So to me, at the time, the most devastating thing that could happen would be having CrossFit taken away. In 2013 this exact situation happened to me.   I was your regular gym member at the time. I was working out 5-6 days per week for at least an hour, but sometimes more. I loved it. Every night I would stay up late to see tomorrow’s WOD and then plan my day...
When You Hit The Wall, Become The Kool-Aid Man

When You Hit The Wall, Become The Kool-Aid Man

    The honeymoon stage is always amazing. Everything is going well, you are the happiest you have ever been, you are on cloud 9. But all things have to eventually come to an end right? If you have been training consistently then you probably have experienced both the honeymoon stage and the dreaded slump, rut, or wall that pretty much every athlete will hit. Yes, you that have never lifted a weight in your life and just started CrossFit. You are an athlete!!   Plateaus or “hitting the wall” are inevitable in training and they are just part of the process. What you have to remember is that they are rarely permanent and there are ways to break through them!!   Most people want to fall back on the physical and blame everything such as work got crazy, relationship issues, kids, planning a wedding, the holidays, in the process of a move. Most often it’s not the physical that is stopping you but it is a mental barrier.   There are many different kinds of mental barriers. One of the most common is overtraining. This is very common amongst CrossFit athletes. It can manifest itself as either a physical or mental barrier. Maybe you set a goal and that is all you focus on. You have upped your intensity of your workouts and it is all you talk about. Whenever this happens it becomes harder and harder to maintain a high level of motivation Your brain needs a break and if you don’t freely offer one, your brain will take a break all by itself. You will lose...