I realize I am not the normal CrossFitter which is both awesome and sad. It means I’m doing something most people like me (whatever that may be) don’t do. I know I’m older than anyone else at my box, but I’m not the oldest person in the world doing CrossFit. I also know I sat around too long doing nothing and I’m not robust or even working up to being actually fit.
I also know that CrossFit is scalable. Everybody could do CrossFit if they wanted to. It is that niggling matter of wanting to do this that is what makes me proudest. I keep going even when my box isn’t geared to taking care of clients like me.
As far as I know, there aren’t a lot of folks from the box heading out to garage games or making nationals or doing anything other than showing up and working hard. We aren’t cranking out champions here. I’ve heard the word “outlaw” bandied about. I think it is wonderful to challenge your people with workouts that make them push themselves and make them grow in all ten areas of fitness.
I also think it is reasonable to assume that I’m not the only person who struggles with the proscribed WODs. There aren’t Rx things posted after all the names, so I’m not the only person scaling. I could probably have figured out how to do today’s WOD on my own, but for some reason known only to the gods, we started doing partner WODs on Fridays. This means I’m saddled with someone with who is pushing at a whole different level than I am. And they are saddled with me holding them back.
This might be fun if it took into consideration that I’m not fit or agile or capable of many of the different things that those who are younger and have been doing this for longer can do. However, there are times when I’m simply overwhelmed by the entire prospect of even showing up.
This doesn’t “encourage” me to “try harder” it only makes me think I should just stop and go back to fat slob and sit here and not feel guilty about not being able to do what younger, fitter, healthier, more athletic people can accomplish. It is defeating.
The WOD as written:
Partner Bear Complex!
- A Bear Complex is 7 times through this complex:
Clean + Front Squat + Push Press + Back Squat + Push Press
(The bar cannot be dropped during the entirety of the complex, or else it does not count.)
- You will have 15 minutes to find a max Bear Complex. Both Partners must complete the Complex.
Immediately when the clock hits 15 minutes:
7 Rounds for Time:
10 Deadlifts 315/209#
15 Box Jumps 30/24″
- While one partner is working, the other partner must hold a Handstand. If they come out of the handstand, the person working must stop until the other is back into a handstand.
- Each team can use only one barbell. If one partner requires a different weight, the team must change the weight before continuing.
Doesn’t this look challenging? I can’t do 35 lifting moves without stopping even with the lightest bar. So after 15 minutes of working hard, immediately lift 100 pounds more than I have ever lifted or stand on my hands while someone else does. Then do box jumps on a 24″ box, another feat I’ve never even tried.
Okay, I know I could drop the deadlift weights and drop the height of the box. I also know you just have one person doing all the deadlifts if you don’t both use the same weight. Now, what about the fact that I have never been able to do a handstand. I have been able to walk up the wall and get to a 120⁰ angle or so, but I can’t get upright. And I can’t hold it for very long even when I don’t have a sore arm.
This is the first time I have ever looked at a WOD and just stayed home because it was overwhelming. I know I didn’t go to the box yesterday but that was because I was hurt. I did get a massage and my arm is about 80% better.
I also made up my own little workout yesterday. I did a 200 meter run, ten squats, ten cherry pickers, lunged back and forth in my living room and entry way which was about equal to lunge down the mat, did ten of the stretches for my sore arm, and ten dislocates. My stick wasn’t long enough to clear my head for the passthroughs. Then I did a horrid tabata with sit-ups and Supermans. My score was 6 and 9 and I managed to do the same numbers all eight times. I never did anything to put pressure on my sore arm.
I hate that my box is defeating me by assuming we are all on the same level of fitness when the entire premise behind CrossFit is that we aren’t all on the same level and it is all scalable and everyone can do this. Maybe I’m defeating myself and I should have just showed up and made them think of a way to make this work for me. Or maybe I should just hang it up and realize this place isn’t really for me. It is for athletes and not Little Old Ladies.