You Know What They Say About Excuses…
And now for our regularly-scheduled rant… This time we want to address a few common excuses we hear (both directly and indirectly) from people who aren't reaching their goals, yet aren't working hard to achieve them.
Excuse: CrossFit made me bulky (mainly an excuse from the ladies)
Answer: Actually, it's the food and alcohol that you put into your mouth that made you "bulky" There is a ton of research on woman and weight training and all evidence supports the fact that weightlifting helps you to stay lean, supports bone density, improves cardiovascular health, etc. CrossFit will make you look beefier than supermodels Giselle Bundchen and Kate Moss…but I consider that a good thing.
Google "Heather Bergeron" or "Annie Thorisdottir" or check out the women at a CrossFit competition, then let me know if you consider these women bulky. These ladies have enviable physiques. They CrossFit and they eat right. I guarantee if you do the same, your "bulk" will disappear.
Excuse: I need a Paleo Challenge to get me to eat right
Answer: So, what happens after the challenge is over? We've witnessed too many people go back to eating like they did before, gain weight back and regret all the bad habits they reverted to. Don't put the pressure on us to get you to take control of your health. Put yourself in control.
Paleo/Primal is a LIFESTYLE, not a fad diet. We are always here to help those who truly want to make life changes.
Excuse: If there was more weight on the bar, I'd be able to do it better. (this is mainly the men!)
Answer: Sorry, but if you can't squat below parallel with a bar overhead, then it's not going to happen with 95#. Same goes with cleans, snatches, etc. Rushing through the WOD, performing "quarter" squats, dips and pull-ups is not going to get you an Rx and it's not going to make you a better athlete. Lose the ego! Perform FULL range of motion…or it's not worth doing.
Bottom line: Being healthy is a choice. You've got to show up. You've got to do the work. And you've got to eat right. Performance is personal…don't worry about what the other people in the gym are doing, focus on your improvements. With this formula, you will be amazed at what you can achieve! The benefits you reap far outweigh the sacrifice.
Workout of the Day:
Three rounds for time of:
21 Front squat 95/68
Handstand walk 40 feet
Handstand walk 40 feet
(Note: handstand walking modifications include wall walks, handstand holds and bear crawls)