Rest Day News and Notes
- There are No Classes this Saturday as CFSBK will be hosting the CrossFit Open Sectional Workout for WOD 12.2. Click here to read more and sign up!
- Speaking of upcoming events, on March 31st and April 1st we’ll be hosting Shane and Laura Phelps-Sweatt for the CrossFit Powerlifting Seminar. Check out the Event Page to learn more and sign up.
- Inspired by a recent conversation in the comments section, Samir C decided to write a post on his blog about his thoughts on CrossFit’s relashionship with the Military. Read here
- The Paleo Potluck is coming up on March 10th! To learn more and RSVP please check out the Event Page. This event is open for all our community, even if you didn’t participate in the Challenge. We had about 100 people at the January Potluck and hope to have at least as many this time around!
- This Wednesday at 6:30pm CFSBK’s Strength Cycler’s will be particpating in our largest CrossFit Total to date. After 8 hard weeks of pushing and pulling steel these guys and gals are going to test their strength with three attempts at 1RM Back Squats, Presses and Deadlifts. All are welcome to come spectate and cheer
- Want to see some more cool CFSBK pics? Check out our Flickr page which is updated weekly!
Heavy: A Response
By Coach Margie
“How did your squats go?” I ask.
“Heavy. More weight than last time. But heavy,” you say with a mixture of disappointment, exhaustion, and maybe even a hint of disbelief.
As if you wish, you think, you expect that your increase in weight will feel lighter by virtue of the fact that you got a little stronger. And that’s your goal: to be strong enough that heavy weight feels light.
Well, I think you’ve got your goal backwards.
Weight should be heavy. You should be required to push. Getting strong is hard work, as Mark Rippetoe often says. It is a commitment; not something you suddenly arrive at, but rather a slow, deliberate journey that becomes more challenging over time.
Stress adaptation – a fundamental principle of physiology. When you tax your body it rises to the challenge by growing stronger. Your bones get denser, your muscle fibers increase their contractile potential, and your ability to recruit those muscle fibers becomes more efficient. Increase weight, increase capacity; increase capacity, increase weight. It is a harmonious vertical see-saw.
Once you gain enough technical proficiency to use loads that stimulate growth, you are at the glorious beginning of not just building tolerance for, but ushering in struggle. Struggle signifies progress. “Feeling good under the bar” means you gave it a fight, and are rewarded with the tired satisfaction of getting your reps done. It does not mean an effortless set of 5 where you barely breathed hard and didn’t ever once ask: “Is this rep gonna happen?”
Sure today’s weight will feel light one day: when it’s your warm up on the way to lifting something heavier. Relish heavy weight, it never gets easier. And you shouldn’t want it to.
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The Paleo Summit (Is Happening Right Now For free Online) Underground Wellness
Inhalable Caffeine May Get FDA Review Greatist
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (written by CFSBK Alum, Charles D)