3 rounds for time:
400m run
21 kettlebell swings
12 pull-ups

Jim and Chris wait until the very last two minutes of class to go head to head in a 500.

Clear Your Head, So You Can Do the Workout

A few weeks ago I realized that an instrumental piece of my attempt at an organized and efficient life had vanished from my life – I had stopped making lists. I come from a long line of list-makers. When I was a kid, my Mom made lists on big lined pieces of paper. I specifically remember waking up on the weekends to Mom saying, “Yoooohoooo, I have a list for you guys!” Dad’s lists were always much smaller pieces of paper and somewhat illegible.

Going to the grocery store? Here’s a list. Going on a hike? Make a list. Overwhelmed and can’t figure things out? Make a list. The tradition continued as my brother adopted the Franklin Covey organizational (list making) system in the Marine Corps and I prided myself on my At-A-Glance Planner. Somewhere in the transition to a smartphone I stopped making paper lists.

Many experts will say that you can only keep 7 things in your head at one time. You write it on a list, it gets out of your head, and you open up another space to think of something else you need to do. Clear out your list so that there’s less than 7 things as a baseline and you open the door for creative thought.  The creative thought can manifest in a number of ways – ideas, efforts (like in a workout), reflections, and new direction.

The other day I found myself in the middle of that heinous 10 minute 11.4 workout.  During the overhead squats, while fighting like hell not to put the bar down, my brain thought, “did I remember to move the laundry to the dryer before I left the house?  If not, it’s totally going to start smelling and I’ll have to wash it again.”


I was angry and upset after the workout.  My personal life has NO place in my workout.  That is my time.  And that’s when it dawned on me, I needed to get back to my lists because my workouts can be my time only if I give myself the space to make it happen.

Whether it be your workout or another hobby do yourself a favor and do everything you can to BE there for the workout.

Do you make lists?  How do you help immerse yourself an your hour of CrossFit? Post to comments.