You Are Going to Fail

FAIL. Nobody likes to hear this, but I'm all about the hard truth. You are going to fail. It's part of life. It's part of CrossFit. It's just what happens when you challenge yourself.

LOSE. You are going to miss a rep. Drop your bar. Feel your fingers slowly losing their grip even though you're begging them to hang on. You will feel your feet grow heavy and your lungs start to burn. And will fail.

JOY. But then the most amazing thing will happen. After the failure, you are going to succeed. Shake off the funk of that failed rep. Wipe away your tears from missing a PR. Just suck it up, chalk up, and try harder.

GOALS. The highs and lows, ups and downs...they are all just part of life in the gym. You have goals. And if nobody had to fail along the way, everyone would reach their goals on the first try. And what would be the fun in that? Instead of a list of goals, it would just be your "list of stuff that's easy". See how boring that sounds?

EXPECTATIONS. This is all about setting your expectations. So much of our lives is filled with instant gratification and easy-buttons. But in the gym there is no easy button, just hard work. And if along your path to achieving your goals you are okay with a few stumbles, it will make your journey a lot more magnificent.

So long, farewell

8/30/2014 - Team Saturday
In teams of 2, complete 22:00 AMRAP of:
30 KB Swings (24/16)
30 Pull-ups

As summer winds down, we have to say goodbye to some of our most favorite things to make way for things like football, sweatshirts and campfires. This summer, we have to say goodbye not only to grilling, boating and afternoons at the beach, we also have to say goodbye to Jill. She spends her summers up this way, but now it's time for her to head back home. But don't worry. When she comes back next summer, she promises to have her pull-ups! (yes, there WILL be a quiz)

Just a reminder that this Monday, September 1st, our Holiday Schedule is in effect! The only class on Monday will be the 9AM. 

Double, other reminder - mark your calendars for Saturday, September 6th! It's our 3rd annual Outdoor Adventure WOD-a-QUE!

Throwback Thursday – Old Fort edition


1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1 of:
Front Squat (82% Wednesday)
strict Pull-up
Power Clean (75% 1RM)

In honor of our impending Fort upgrade, I'd like to offer up this picture from June 27th, 2008 for Throwback Thursday! There's so much awesomeness in just one photo! As you'll notice, all of us were doing a box jump workout with ONE BOX, a bench, a stack of plates, and a stair stepper from a step aerobics video set. Yep. You'll also notice all the reasons we'll NEVER get our security deposit back from our landlord. Can you name all the things we changed about the Fort from when we first leased it?

Guys, it’s 65% effort


40:00 AMRAP @ 65-75%
1000m Row
100 Double-unders (must reset every 20 reps)
1600m Run

I know a 40 minute workout seems intimidating. But check out what % effort the WODFather is prescribing. He has this one marked as 65-75% effort. In the grand scheme of things, that's pretty moderate pace. On any given day, you'll be doing an 8-12 minute workout at 90% effort - so this will feel like a piece of cake. You shouldn't be breathing so hard that you can't carry on a conversation, so that should give you some idea of how to pace yourself.

And from what I can see, the weather tomorrow looks perfect for some running tomorrow!

Make sure you have our upcoming events on your calendar - the next one coming up is our Outdoor adventure WOD! We'll be heading over to Fish Lake Beach for an outdoor WOD, and then grilling and chilling afterwards. Bring the whole family!

Check out this picture of Cindy. Raise your hand if you wish YOUR MOM was as fit and fierce as Cindy!? Tomorrow is one day shy of Cindy's 2-1/2 year CrossFit-aversary, and I just want to say how proud I am! Cindy, you do an amazing job. You always give the workouts everything you've got, and you always have a smile on your face, and encouraging words for other people. WE LOVE YOU!!!

Hats aren’t always a good idea

Front Squat: 2-2-1-1 @ 21X1 w/ 3:00 Rest

15:00 AMRAP @ 90% effort:
5 Unbroken Thrusters
10 Unbroken Deadlifts (same bar/weight)
15 Bar-hop Burpees
200m Run

So I know this will seem kind of random, but let's talk about hats. Over the years, people always come into the Fort wearing a cute hat for their workout. I mean, look at Heather. She's adorable. I could spread her on a piece of toast and eat her. If she was paleo, I totally would.


So she's wearing a baseball hat, and for Front Squats, that's a fantastic accessory. But let's say we're doing thrusters, or push presses. Then your hat just becomes an obstacle with which your bar will most definitely collide, sending it flying. And truthfully, if your bar DOESN'T knock off your baseball hat during those movements, you're doing it wrong.

In most everything we do with a barbell, the bar must remain as close to your center of mass as possible. When you let the bar swing out and away from you, you're putting a lot of strain on your lower back, neck, and shoulders. Compare it to holding a fat baby (like my Avery) out away from your body, or resting her against your hip. Make sense? Mkay.

It’s “Dude Day”

5 sets of:
Accumulate 5 strict L-sit Pull-ups
1:30 Rest
5 Press @ 31X1
1:30 Rest

6 sets of:
20m Backwards Prowler Drag
Rest As Needed

It's not that I think the prowler is just for the dudes, but it definitely has a certain "bro-ness" to it. Pushing and pulling that thing around, loaded up to the top with weights is EXACTLY what I would expect a bunch of dudes to do!

That being said....some of our ladies went at these backwards prowler pulls with some POWER! So just remember boys, PULL LIKE A GIRL!

How Far You’ve Come

REFLECTION. While I was making some phone calls this weekend, I couldn't help but browse our list of members and remember fondly back to the first time I met some of you. You were nervous. And not just a little nervous, but really NERVOUS. I can remember how you looked around during your warm up. You were self conscious. You were afraid that other people were watching.

And you know what? They WERE watching. But not because they wanted to see you fail. Not because they were judging you. It's because they wanted to see you succeed. As you know by now, our community at CrossFit Fire is second to none. The people were watching you that first day because they were waiting for their opportunity to cheer you on. To build you up. To make you feel at home.

GROWTH. You've come so far since you first walked through our doors. You have grown to become a more confident version of your former self. You know how to load your bar, where the boxes go, and you've probably even memorized the warm up.

MEASURE. How far you've come is not measured in pounds on the scale. It's measured by what you keep inside. It's the internal journey of CrossFit that makes you a complete, whole human being. The biggest strides you've made won't be tallied on the whiteboard. Instead, they'll be tallied within your own mind.

YOU. So pay attention next time someone new joins the group. Pay attention to how nervous they seem...because THAT was you not so long ago. My, how far you've come. :-)