In January, I started back at CrossFit again – deadlifts and all.
After a move and the birth of my daughter, my schedule got out of whack. I had to hunt for a new gym in a new neighborhood and adjust to a new schedule. But after a six-month layoff, it feels good to be chasing the reps again. Before I left, I had practices CrossFit for two-plus years.
Since returning, my biggest goal has been to find a rhythm with the movements again. I’m only going to the gym two days a week, so I’m nowhere near my old personal bests, but I’ll get there. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become more interested in the small details that make you perform better. So right now, outside of the gym, I’m focused on water intake, sleep and stretching. I hope improving there will carry over elsewhere.
Last week, after about two months back, I finally started to feel comfortable doing squats again. We’ll see where it leads in the coming months.
It’s given me the perfect balance between strength and cardio. It’s provided a way to satisfy my urge to compete. It’s helped me pay better attention to my health. And it’s something my wife and I can do together.
During the past year I’ve learned CrossFit isn’t so much about reps, sets or the amount of weight on the bar, but about finding your limit and pushing past it. After a recent workout, I mentioned to a coach that I felt like I wasn’t progressing enough.
“That’s because your limit changes constantly,” he said.
So far this year, I’ve already completed two of my three major goals: I did my first rope climb and I recorded a personal best in the deadlift, 235 pounds. I hope to keep pushing the limit forward in the next year and beyond.