What I love most about the CF training is one of its core principles: Routine is the enemy. There’s a seemingly infinite number of CF workouts and in the past six months, I’ve never repeated one. Not having the same routine helps keeps muscles constantly stimulated and forcing them to adapt to get stronger. Plus, it beats the boredom of other types of exercise.
Another CF advantage is that I never know what’s in store for me before any given workout. Another core CF principle, Training for the unknown and unknoweable means there should be an element of surprise to our workouts so that we’re prepared for whatever, whenever. At my gym, the Workout of the Day (WOD) is posted online the day before for those that want to preview—but I avoid looking at all cost. If I look, I will psych myself out.
However my best friend and fellow CFer, April, likes to know the workout in advance so she can psych herself up for it. She religiously checks the site..then would proceed to email them to me.
WOD: 20 minute AMRAP (AMRAP means As Many Reps as Possible)
5 Power cleans
10 Toes to bar
15 Wall balls
See you tonight!
I can’t get my toes to the pull up bar. Surely my body will fail me on the power cleans.
By mid-morning my stomach was in knots and by the afternoon…
I feel a “headache” come on. I have four loads of laundry that had to be done–tonight! There’s no way I can make it to the gym.
Then, I realized I was psyching myself out.
“Was I normal or having an CF-induced panic attack?” As soon as I saw my coach, Sam Martin of CFLA, I asked him if my reaction was normal? “Some people like the surprise and ‘unknown’ aspect of their workouts while others like to be surprised because they fear if they see something they don’t like, they won’t come,” he explained.
But on the flip-side, Becca Borawski, a CF coach and blogger said, “Some people are need-to-know-types. They might have injuries or schedules that they need to work around, so knowing the workout helps them.” Others, like April, just use knowing the workout to psych themselves up all day before it.
I’m convinced she spends the day visualizing how she’s going to “kill” me at CF…
Psych Up vs. Out
In the end, it comes down to different strokes for different folks. There are those who psych themselves up and those who psych themselves out. It’s important to know which type you are so that you can structure your exercise and motivation around what works for you.
For me, I decided that I had committed myself to becoming “shredded,” and knew this wasn’t going to transpire from folding laundry. I was also jazzed that I was narrowing in on jumping that 24-inch box and inching closer and closer to an unassisted pull up. I got my butt to the gym.
What motivates you? Find the exercise that you love (and fear). A hard workout won’t kill you, will probably make you stronger (in more ways than one) and you’ll always feel that amazing post-workout sense of accomplishment and euphoria once you’re done.
This post is from guest contributor, Kelly Plowe, MS, RD, (aka Julie’s niece).