2014 CrossFit Games: Masters Update
CrossFit Games: Masters Update – The Most Important Workout Of All Time?
The first thing to understand is that there are two types of athletes in the world. There are those who have talent and those who don’t. Talent is what makes someone successful at something. And it’s not just physical ability either; it’s mental ability too! Talent doesn’t come easy to anyone. You need hard work, dedication, and most importantly determination.
But talent alone isn’t enough. If you want to reach your potential then you must put in the necessary time and effort into training yourself. And if you’re like me, you’ll probably do all three things before any other!
I’m going to tell you right now, I’ve been working out since I was 15 years old. And while my body still hasn’t reached its full potential, it’s definitely gotten better than when I started. But despite all this hard work and dedication, I haven’t achieved anything close to what some of the top competitors are doing these days!
And that’s why they’re winning! They train harder than everyone else! They practice longer than everyone else! They diet stricter than everyone else! And that’s why they’re winning at the games and you’re not!
Now with that said, there’s nothing wrong with working out. If anything it keeps you healthy and in shape! It’s when you start practicing which is dangerous and could result in severe injury or even your death! I’ve seen it happen to people around me, hell I’ve almost experienced it myself on several occasions! If you want to be a true champion then you need stop playing around and take this sport seriously.
For example, I’ve seen some people in your situation do the craziest things in their quest for victory. One guy I knew actually JUMPED off of a building because he thought if he pushed his body hard enough, it would enable him to jump higher! He broke both of his legs and couldn’t compete for at least a year!
Was it worth it?
I don’t think so.
Another person tried to starve herself before a competition. She ended up getting hospitalized because she had severe muscle atrophy and her organs were starting to shut down!
Again, was it worth it?
Not in my opinion.
I’m not going to lie to you, crossfit is a dangerous sport. It can and probably will result in injury if you’re not careful. But I’m sure you already know that, otherwise you wouldn’t have came to me for help. But what you might not know is that the better you become at crossfit, the safer it is! The more in shape you are and the stronger you’re able to push your body, the better chance you have of avoiding injury.
And as far as I can tell, you have a lot of potential in that department. So that’s why I’m here, to help you reach your potential!
You and I are going to take crossfit to the next level and create a workout program that will blow all of the other competitors out of the water. Right now I have two different training options that we can go through. Option one involves being away from home and staying at a camp where you will be trained by the best coaches available and put through grueling workouts everyday until the games begin. I can’t speak for your family situation, but I know that sometimes being away from home can help motivate someone and keep them focused. The other option is for you to stay at home and have your family help you with your workouts and prepare you mentally for the competition.
The downside is that I won’t be able to give you personal one on one training, but I’m confident that with your work ethic you will be just fine.
Ultimately, the choice is up to you, but I believe that no matter what you choose, you will come out a champion.
So do you want to go to camp or stay at home?
] You’re Going to Camp
Well I figured you’d pick this one. Most kids your age like the idea of being away from home and meeting new people that are just like them. If this is what you want, then I support it. I’ve made arrangements for you to go to a camp in Oregon where there are going to be a bunch of other athletes your age to train you in all aspects of crossfit. I’ve spoken with the coaches and they are very excited to get you ready for the competition.
This is going to be a great experience for you, just embrace the training and know that I will be thinking about you every step of the way!
Along with thinking about you, I will also be sending some care packages to you with supplements and energy gels that should help you in your training. If you need anything else, then you know what to do. I will be checking in on you from time to time to see how your training is going. Now that all that’s out of the way, let’s get down to bidness!
You and I are going to create a crossfit program that will take your fitness abilities to unseen levels! One of the most important aspects of the sport of crossfit is your overall strength. Without it, you won’t be able to do any of the other activities required in the games. We are going to be targeting that from the very start. I’m also going to be pushing you hard, but this should only be a good thing as it will help you get even stronger.
I’m also going to teach you how to do all of the crossfit workouts properly and efficiently. I’m going to give you a few short lessons on proper form for the more common movements such as push-ups, pull-ups, and squats. It is very important that you learn proper form as it ensures that you are getting the most out of your workouts and won’t get seriously injured. Proper form will also help you to go faster and farther, which means you will be able to do more workouts, which will result in even more gains! Let’s get started…
Lesson One – The Squat: This is one of the fundamental movements that all crossfitters should know. It also happens to be one of the best exercises for developing overall leg strength. I can tell you right now that your form is horrible from what I can see from here. This is going to have to change if you want to get stronger.
To perform a proper squat, begin by standing with your feet about hip width apart and point your toes out at about a fifteen degree angle. Push your chest out and arch your lower back. This is the starting position. Now, slowly lower your butt backwards while keeping your upper body straight and NOT leaning forward. Go down as far as you can without bending your knees and then push back up to the starting position.
I want you to do this exercise for a total of 100 repetitions.
In addition to proper form, there are also a few things that will help you get stronger while doing this exercise. The first thing is to use the correct weight. Start off light and gradually increase the weight as you get stronger. There are charts that will tell you how much weight to use depending on your height and gender, but I’m going to defer to your judgment since I believe you know your body the best. If a particular weight is too easy for you, then increase it slightly.
If it’s too hard, then stay where you’re at or even decrease the weight slightly. The other thing that will help is to slow down your repetitions.
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