As I’ve probably mentioned in one way or another, my gym progress may look different than many CrossFit athletes. I started CrossFit about 16 months ago as an uncoordinated, imbalanced stranger to my body. I am not far from that start in some ways, but I continue to push forward. Here are a few little proud moments from the past few weeks.
I jumped up on three 45-pound plates. This is maybe 8 inches off the ground. Previously, I had only jumped about 5 inches so this feels like a big deal. My Achilles has given me problems on and off which has derailed jumping for a while but I am back to working on it. Losing weight is also a huge help in getting higher off the ground. Soon I’ll be jumping on a 12-inch box.
This week, I did a kipping swinging knee raise as a start at transitioning from hanging knee raises to toes to bar. Awkward and tests my grip, but a good challenge.
I used thirty pound dumbbells in to do alternating dumbbell snatches in a WOD. My previous gym didn’t have all the increments so I now feel like I might get to the Rx 35#s sometime!
Not every attempt is successful, of course.
I attempted a double under and have the slap mark on my ankle to show for it. Not pretty, but failure is a start.
Today I did backwards lunges with dumbbells off a 6-inch platform. This was a total fail since lunges are a challenging movement for me on flat ground with no weights. I eventually did backward lunges with dumbbells on flat ground in the daily WOD.
I may not be doing movements as prescribed. But, I’m still inching along toward them. My path is long, but I am moving in a good direction.
New coaches have helped me see where I have become complacent in my progress. They are encouraging me to push forward and, because I’m accepting new challenges, I am not pushing back. Instead, I am giving it a shot and going after it.