It’s been a couple weeks since my last post – I intended to write every week of this cycle but it dawned on me that I don’t always have something to say. I guess that shouldn’t be all that surprising, lately I haven’t felt like I’ve had much to say at all. This week has felt very different than the last two, I’m hoping that means I’m adapting to the volume or at least feeling better about the movements, it’s decidedly not Crossfit, but for the amount of time and energy I have right now its perfect. I also realized that I haven’t said much about the program I’m following, it’s written by Layne Norton but it’s more or less focused on aesthetic strength, split into the three main strength lifts, squat, bench, and deadlift. Monday you do all 3, and I add olympic work, Tuesday is upper body strength accessory work, and more olympic work, Wednesday is squats and bench with heavy leg accessories, Friday is deadlifts and bench with upper body hypertrophy accessories, and Saturday is all squats with lower body hypertrophy work. It’s crossed my mind that perhaps a pure olympic lifting program would be a better fit for an off season Crossfit athlete, as that would leave more room to develop athleticism, I haven’t entirely ruled it out, but honestly I needed a program that I would find fun, as I’d lost that motivation and needed to get it back. I really don’t find olympic work, solely olympic work, all that fun, I’m not sure I could do that and that alone, which would lead me to add things in, which would burn me out again. The whole reason for this cycle and this phase of training is to undo the burn out, not lead myself back down that same road. I realize that I’m probably getting a lot of scoffs and guffaw’s right now, and that’s fine, a year ago I would probably have done the same if I’d been reading this. Maybe it’s a bit strange that I even brand this blog as a Crossfit blog, but I think its an important consideration for people considering their own path. The right one doesn’t always involve the mold of Crossfit; there are hundreds more definitions of fitness and ways to compete and be athletic that have nothing to do with competitive exercise. Maybe taking the competition away for awhile will help you focus on yourself, at least it has for me.
Frankly, as nice as this all sounds, I was doubting it pretty aggressively until this last week. It really didn’t feel like it was going all that great, I didn’t feel strong, my bar paths weren’t great, and as above, I was questioning if this was even the right thing to do, etc etc. This past week though it really started to click, I was adding reps, I was adding weight, I was adding sets and wasn’t feeling burnt out or tired. Honestly this has probably been the best week of training I’ve had since the Open ended, wayyyyy way back when. It’s affirming to finally make progress in some direction, even if it’s not the 100% correct direction, at least it’s movement.
Speaking of movement, I noticed lately that I’ve been moving much better, and I think I owe it two things, first is the Ido Portal Squat Routine 2.0; Ido Portal is a big natural movement guy, and I found his squat warmup on Instagram thanks to one of Max El-Hag’s athletes who said he did it everyday for months. I’ve been doing it every training day now for the last few weeks and have noticed a huge difference in my squatting. I’ve embedded it below, it’s quick and easy as long as you stay consistent. The second credit goes to RomWOD which I do most nights before bed, it helps me relax and is a nice way of doing new things in a way that’s already programed for you. It feels a bit like yoga, but yoga for an athlete with proper movement in mind, which is all I’ve really ever wanted from yoga. I’ve never done it as a pre-workout warmup, but I imagine it would be enough for some people, for me I need something a little more aggressive. I’ll write a full review of RomWOD here soon, until then I recommend you try it and see what you think, but I think money speaks loudest and I’ve had my subscription now for over 6 months, so I guess I like it alright haha.
I honestly thought I would miss Crossfit more, maybe I don’t have the energy to miss it, but it’s been months now since my last real Crossfit experience and I don’t crave it at all right now. I think it’s gotten so out of hand now, so unattainable, that I just don’t really understand why I tried so hard, what did I think I would accomplish? Probably not the kind of thinking Crossfit wants people to have, but I’m also not the average bear. I hope one day I can find the peace within myself to come back at a level that’s reasonable, that can give me everything I loved about it, without leading me back down the rabbit hole I’ve recently so often found myself in. I honestly envy people that can put the global nature of Crossfit out of their mind and focus on their local version, or even on just themselves. Frankly I don’t know if that’s possible for me, but I hope that it is, there was a point that I loved Crossfit and I’d like to get to that point again. Maybe that’s the larger goal to all of this, or should be; to be confident enough in myself that I can come back, that I can throw myself into it this again and not lose sight of the things that are truly important. For now I’ll settle for a good week, string enough of those together and maybe we’ll get somewhere worth getting to.
Gotta love cheat meals!
I love my muscle egg breakfast foods. Scrambled egg whites don’t really hit the spot anymore now.
Bigger every day! I wish I could put on size the way he has.
That’s it for now internet. I hope you all have a nice week!