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Using Your Fitness in 2012.


Using Your Fitness in 2012.

“Tabata This!”

Tabata Row
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Squat
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Pull-up
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Push-up
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Sit-up

The Tabata interval is 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest for 8 intervals.  Tabata score is the least number of reps performed in any of the eight intervals. Unit for the row is “calories”.

Using Your Fitness in 2012.

On a plane ride last week I was moved to the exit row.  Lucky me!  Prior to the flight the flight attendant asked us the standard question about helping in the event of an emergency, and then she asked a question I had not heard before, “are you able to lift 35 pounds?”

Thirty five pounds!?  Who can’t life 35 pounds?  As I sat there watching individuals put their carry-on bags in the overhead bins, I had my answer.  A lot of people can’t, or have a really hard time, lifting 35 pounds.

Nothing about what we do in the shop gives me more pause than when the work done on the mats transcends the walls of the gym and enables us to live betters lives for ourselves and the ones around us.  And not just in the immediate, but in the future as well.  I know that because of the work put in the health and fitness bank now, athletes will be putting their carry-ons into the overhead bin well into their 80s.

Throughout 2012 I saw my CrossFitting family members use their fitness.  A short survey produced some pretty neat examples of how CrossFit does prepare us for anything.

Eric was prepared for a day hike with my 71 year old father in Desolation Wilderness.  The short day hike turned into a 16 mile endeavor, up and over a peak and thousands of feet of elevation change, that started before the sun rose and ended as it was going down.  A little tired and a little hungry they woke up the next morning feeling just fine.  My brother used his fitness to climb over a building wall (bar muscle-up anyone?) to get one of his students who was locked in.  My Mom used her fitness to tirelessly care for her parents who in their final few months of life were not able to move themselves.  I used my fitness to carry our 88 year old neighbor into the house after she could not walk from her car.

Each of those examples allowed us opportunities to be with family and help others and that’s what it’s all about.

How have you used your fitness in 2012?  Post to comments.

4 Responses

  1. I picked up a guys motorcycle after he stalled it in front of me at a 4-way stop. The motorcycle fell and he hopped off in just enough time but then when he tried to pick it up (deadlift) he immediately grabbed his back in pain and fell down on the curb. I put my car in park, got out and picked it up for him and then held it in place as he feebly re-mounted the bike and rode off.

  2. Mango

    I carried a new couch with Ben from our truck into our house and then carried our old couch out and lifted it into the truck. There were stairs and corners involved and I felt like a total bad ass that Ben didn’t have to ask one of our man neighbors to help, but that I was capable enough to do it. Since then I’ve helped carry dressers and shelves no problem!

  3. I was the go-to gal when my (much!!) younger co-workers in the (since evaporated) job that brought me to Boulder (& Roots, YAY!!) needed help lifting & loading 280# massage chairs onto a truck. Also able to assist neighbor who has bad back move large furniture. And did I mention that should my frog prince appear one day stranded atop a 15′ high beam or ceiling joist, now confident I can climb a rope to rescue Him with a kiss??!! 😉 of course, he’ll then have to prove he can get down & dead lift my body weight, since I can…just sayin’

  4. wendy

    I built a big-ass fence!
    …and if you don’t think that is physical work…..? well, YOU go build a fence!
    250 linear feet, yo!
    Cleaning out 40 post holes = many, many, many squats.
    Moving bunks of lumber = walking deadlifts!!)
    Mixing 80# sacks of cement in a wheelbarrow (56 bags to be specific) => push / pull!!
    Installing 2×6″ cap rails => Snatches (to get the lumber over my head in one movement!)
    Good fun! Great use of physical ability….
    Happy New Year everybody!