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Reebok CrossFit Games 2011

12 Aug

The move to Colorado was delayed a week in order to attend the annual CrossFit Games… actually, it’s called the Reebok|CrosssFit Games now. Formality aside, I know it as the convention of fit hard-bodies. Everywhere you looked it was traps! deltoids! six-pack abs! and solid bums! made for oly lifting, sprinting, weighted pullups, and sled-pushing.

The energy was INFECTIOUS. It’s kind of pointless to write about it because it’s just one of those events you just have to experience. Not only could you watch these insanely fit athletes compete in an arena (yes, kind of like Spartacus but no one literally dies), but there was also bull-riding, stand-up paddling, coaching from Rob Orlando (yes, please,) workout gear shopping, jump-rope fitting, and CrossFit web-celebs to be met. In fact, it was at the CrossFit Games that I got to reunite with Joe Petrusky from CrossFit Love and hilarious and witty blogger, Fitbomb. For anyone that didn’t know, Fitbomb’s wife is the culinary genius behind NomNom Paleo (sometimes when I’m hungry, I go to her blog and drool at the pictures.)

Ryan "@deckerra" Decker, Joe Petrusky (owner of CrossFit Love), and me.

Henry "@fitbomb" and me!

Anyway, here is a very, very, very small collection of images. I got a little shutter happy (I’ve seen 6-pack abs before just not THAT many all in one location.)

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My Epic Intermission

15 Jun

My life has been nothing short of a whirlwind of the epic variety for the past month. For starters, Ryan and I have moved from Philadelphia to Colorado! (Actually, we are STILL in the process of relocating. We can’t move in to the home we’re renting until August. Oh, poop. I guess we’ll just have to travel to kill time. Didn’t expect this entirely but… me complain? Never!)

So here is a snapshot of what I’ve been up to since May 8th and a preview of what I’ll be doing up until August 1st.

Obviously, my CrossFit 5x/week schedule is, well, a little off-schedule. I can tell I’m weaker and slower but I keep reminding myself that in addition to being an end in itself, CrossFit is also a means to an end. I CrossFit so I can mountain bike, trail run, snowboard, hike. And I’m currently doing most of that right now so I’m content. But, oh, I do miss my CrossFit sessions. Can’t wait to get back under a bar.

Big Things Poppin’

12 Feb

©Jessica Camacho

That picture sums how I was about 2.5 weeks ago: lethargic, foggy in the head, UNMOTIVATED, unable to wake up, sick of these East Coast winters, groggy all freakin’ day, and out of energy.

I started noticing some not-cool things:

  1. I couldn’t go as hard at the gym. Just didn’t have the energy to.
  2. I didn’t even WANT to go the gym. (Highly unusual of me.)
  3. Bodyfat increases (naturally, given the above.)
  4. -10lb strength decreases on my squat and deadlifts

I’m a fan of: If you don’t like something in your life then PONY UP AND CHANGE THINGS. So, I sat down and literally wrote down some concrete goals:

  1. Get back into mountain biking shape – work the quads, hamstrings, all the good stuff.
  2. Squat, deadlift, bench press, and shoulder press every week to regain my strength.
  3. Benchpress my bodyweight in 2011.
  4. Get back into trail running shape – I should be able to run a 10k race on the fly without training for it.
  5. Work on the handstand pushups.
  6. Get back up to 3 consecutive strict muscle ups.

Then I set out to figure how to make all that happen. On a whim, I decided to search #CrossFit hashtag on Twitter. One thing hashtag led to another which led to this convo with Joe Petrusky, owner of CrossFit Love. (And, it just so happened that CrossFit Love is about 0.8 miles away. Puzzle pieces falling in place?  I think so.)

And the next thing I knew, I’m under a bar demonstrating a squat, doing interval burpees, finding my max pushups, shoulder pressing, doing sandbag sprints, bench pressing, doing clean & jerks, and learning how to use a kettlebell (and this is just my first week.) I needed this so badly. You have no idea. I’m going to be the next Mini Macho Camacho.

Don't laugh at my game face.

Sweet Diggity

28 Jan

Don’t be fooled by the rocks guns that I got,
I’m still, I’m still Jenny Jessi from the block.
Used to have a little, now I got a lot.
No matter where I go, I know where I came from.

I’m in a J-Lo mood after watching the hilarious American Idol tryouts this week.  Speaking of “used to have a little, now I have a lot” I had the opportunity to test out my max pullups (strict, no kip) in a friendly competition among friends.

Thirteen.  Thirteen strict pullups.

Man, I remember feeling defeated and crying under the bar ’cause I thought I’d never get my first pullup.  And now… Thirteen!  And it feels GOOD.  Kind of like THIS good:

 

“Six Times A Week”

4 Aug

This… motivates me.

“The men and women that decimate your times are not super-human.
What makes them different is not a gift, but an unreasonable desire
to push self-imposed suck beyond its logical limits.
What comes out the other side becomes Legendary.
Do yourself a favor and realize that there is
no technique in the world that will save you.
There are no pills, no secrets, no passwords on the path to Greatness.
You’ve got to embrace the pain, push the threshold, and feel the suck.
And then you’ve got to muster the courage to go back six times a week.
And then you’ve got to muster the courage to go back six times a week.
Six times a week…
Six times a week…”