Sunday, April 27, 2014

4-27-14 CF Pandemic "I want to Compete"

Good workload today! I am going to attempt to update this blog with my training almost on a daily basis for the rest of the year. At the very least I am going to post the workout I did for the day if nothing else. Other days I will post a little rant/info/article like I did to (read rant below today's workload). Today we went to CrossFit Pandemic and trained with their Regionals team. I left that place with a thought about what it means to compete. Many people say they want to compete but I think are uninformed about what that actually means. Long story short, The CrossFit Pandemic team is very hard working and they are willing to "Compete".  Check out my rant about what it means to compete below the workout. I was going to post a video with clips from today's session but the video is taking forever to if its not here now, check it out at my youtube channel later once it uploads:

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With a running clock the whole time…

At 0:00 min…

2 Rounds for Time
30 Deadlifts 185/135
20 Burpees Over the Bar
10 Muscle Ups

at 20:00 min…

3 Rounds for Time
400 M Run
20 Toes to Bar
10 Back Squats 225/155

at 40 min….

Every 2 Min on the 2 Min until FAILURE….
Row 250
8 Power Snatches 115/75

5-4-3-2-1 Weighted Pull-ups
5-4-3-2-1 Weighted Dips
3 rounds:
10 strict HSPU/10 strict pull-ups
3 Rounds: 
10 dips/10 strict toes to bar/rings

"I want to compete"
This is a phrase that I have been hearing more and more every day and every week. Before you actually say these words, you must know what comes with that phrase. Showing up to the gym/box once a day, 3-6 times a week and getting a workout in does not mean you are doing what it takes to compete. Showing up to the gym/box up to 6 days a week and working out is only enough for basic health and fitness...and that is IT. Wanting to compete, especially in the sport of fitness, is a whole other level and requires more than just working out to be healthy. In the first few years of the sport of fitness people could get away with working out once a day and being able to excel. However, this is not the case anymore. People that are serious  about being a "competitor" in the sport of fitness are doing multiple training sessions a day multiple times a week. If you want to "compete" against these people, you must be willing to spend as much time as they are. If you don't spend that much time as your fellow competitors, you are not competing with them. Wanting to compete means more than just proving to yourself that you can enter into a competition and complete the prescribed tasks at that competition. To enter into a competition means that you are entering to "compete". What does 'compete' mean? I went to the dictionary online and searched "compete" and came back with the following definition: 'to try to get or win something (such as a prize or reward) 
that someone else is also trying to win : to try to be better or more successful than someone or something else'.
Basically, that means when you enter into a competition that you want to WIN by beating everyone else that shows up. By entering into a COMPETition, you should be telling yourself
that you are going to win this thing...because any other mindset means that you are not part of the competition nor are you entering for the purpose of "competing". 

Anyone can sign up for a competition and show up and give it his/her best; that does not make you a competitor...It makes you a PARTICIPANT. 

What makes you a competitor is the countless hours of hard work you do day in and day out to prepare for whats about to come when you go head to head with others that are expecting the same battle. If you are not willing to put in these countless hours of hard work that your fellow competitors are doing, you are not competing, you are merely participating. So before you decide whether or not you are going to enter into a competition of some sort, ask yourself, are you willing to do what it takes to win?
If you are not willing, you are a PARTICIPANT, not a COMPETITOR. Just to be clear, I am not degrading participants...I am just distinguishing the difference between the two and letting you know before decide to be one or the other. Stay up and train hard either way because in the grand scheme of things you are training/working out for good health.
***FYI- For all of you english majors and spelling/grammar Nazis, I did not go back and edit this so sorry for all the errors.