RX BABY! A lesson in Crossfit Jargon.
The workout components of Crossfit are acronyms: AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible), HSPU (Hand-Stand Push-Up), TTB (Toes To Bar). The list goes on and on. Not only that, some the workouts, or WOD (Workout of The Day) have names. Most of the WODs have girl names. Greg Glassman, the founder of Crossfit explains the reason for this; "I thought that anything that left you flat on your back, looking up at the sky asking ‘what just happened to me?’ deserved a females name. Workouts are just like storms, they wreak havoc on towns.”
And with that piece of Crossfit knowledge; I give you Nancy. She was this weeks Wednesday WOD at Crossfit Blackfiars. We had 20 minutes to complete 5 rounds of: a 400 meter run then 15 OHS (Over Head Squats) at 30kg (66pounds). That's just over a mile of running and 75 overhead squats total. I did it and I did it RX baby!!!
Every Crossfit workout has an RX or prescription. If you are like me and unable to do most of the prescriptions, you can always scale it back. For instance: instead of doing chest to bar pull ups, I do negative pull ups. But I could actually complete Nancy and do the prescription. She's only the second WOD I've done that for. So gold star for me!!
I'm halfway through my month challenge, and with the consistency I've seen improvement. What's been nice about the Crossfit Challenge compared to the Yoga Challenge is I'm not comparing my current progress to my past self. So instead of thinking "Yay! I can do what I used to do at 23! Man, I did let myself go." I find myself thinking "Yay! I can lift a 30kg barbell over my head 75 times! I didn't know I could do that!" I find myself less stressed about what I can and can't do in the moment. I just shrug and think, "Maybe someday soon." Which is an improvement from last month when I was having an ongoing argument with my hamstrings. I'm going in with less expectations and so when something grand happens it's a surprise. And Surprise!! I can do Nancy! ...Heh...I said do Nancy.