Week 18: CrossFit Journey (Week 8 of 12 of the Strength Training Program)

June 12, 2018

A much needed “Deload” week during this 12-week strength program but unfortunately when we deload we throw in a ton of endurance so I saw my fair share of rowing and biking!

One of the things I worked on this week was really focusing on less weight and practicing my squat which has been shaky as of late.  I took a step back and realized that I needed to make sure my form was solid before progressing in weight.  The help I had in the prior week with how I thought about the squat position and then some additional insight this week by the owner of CrossFit RTP, Lei, got me feeling really confident about the movement.

18 weeks into this whole CrossFit thing and one of the things I look forward to is getting absolutely roasted during a workout where I feel I’ve pushed myself to the limit but kept going just a bit extra.  Unlike the old days when it was all about throwing around heavy weight, I’ve learned that lighter weights with deeper movement and staying active for a length of time can do way more in regards to building strength and muscle then doing the traditional 5 sets of 6-10 reps with some progressing weight.

Tip to those out there trying to get fit – Weight is great!  You aren’t going to get too bulky but you also don’t have to always do your max.  Lighter weight with more reps will still help you build strength and you’ll also trim the your body fat % too!

…One more thing…If you haven’t tried a team event or team workout I absolutely recommend it.  On saturdays, we normally partner up in groups to do the workout and it is an opportunity to meet and work with people of different skill level and strengths.  Additionally, you get a chance to cheer on your team so you can have the fastest time and they can also motivate you.  It’s a win-win and makes the workout that much more fine.  I’d encourage you to try it!

Until next time!

Brian

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