September 16, 2011

Sunday CFer…Friday-style: Just 1 pushup

First, Update: Don’t forget there’s an incentive on the Incentive page open until 5pm tonight!

Then…A few of you suggested this Sunday CFer, so we’ll give it up for Melissa on Friday (since she’s an AM gal). In our book, she’s a “solid.” High intensity, perfect form, team player, wearin’ the badge…when she started she said “I just want to be able to do 1 pushup.” OK, which turned into “lose this many pounds, build this much muscle” which turned into “do this many pullups”…an awesome competitor! Never missed a Hero Week…that says it all about this CFer. Read on…

CF is the perfect fit for me for a few reasons: I do 2 crossfit classes a week and they are THE perfect compliment to my running that I do also at least twice to 3 times a week.  And, I’m super competitive, so these types of classes allow me to compete with myself and what I’ve previously done in workouts in terms of weight, how many consecutive pull-ups, etc.  There’s always faster, longer(endurance), heavier you can go…And, they are functional movements.  I try my darndest to remember my form despite how fatigued I might be feeling, and I find that this benefits my overall well-being.  I carry those basic form ideals to things I do in my everyday life and as a result, I can’t complain of any injuries or ailments.  I feel great, and I definitely can attribute that to paying attention to form.  Plus, cheaters never win, so to skimp out on things like not getting your butt below parallel or not fully extended plank on a bends and thrust is not going to do me any good.

And then, to throw in a class of traditional CF-style classes is awesome because you never know what you’re going to get, so it’s NEVER dull!!!  I have been to many, many different fitness joints and many different kinds of group fitness classes, and truthfully, none compare.  As a result of being pretty faithful to my MWF routine of classes, and with the additional impact of the 2 weight loss challenges (and the informational blog posts), I have never been fitter, have never felt better, and would never have expected to participate in many of things I’ve done since starting at CF. (1/2 marathons, duathlons,etc.)

One thing I HATE (but not really) is wall ball!!!!  But, give me slam ball any day!

Most memorable is pretty much the Hero Weeks, collectively.  I’ve participated in them all since the get-go, so I love the way they’ve grown.  And each one of them have such great examples of people digging deep and putting the nose to the grindstone.  It’s just classic CF and extremely indicative of the people who attend, which leads me to my last comment about CF and then I”ll shut up.  Nothing, and I mean nothing, compares to the quality of people who come to CF.  I’m not really great at words, so I’m not even going to try to put it into words…I’ll just leave it at that!

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    wicasa yatapika September 16, 2011 Reply

    Awesome Melissa…you are an inspiration! You Phreak!

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    Eric E September 16, 2011 Reply

    Your a badass Melissa! When ever I attend the 5:30 am class my goal is to try and keep up with you…..never happens

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    Jan September 16, 2011 Reply

    Thanks for bringing 110% every time you walk in the door – your strength, energy and dedication are something I appreciate a great deal! So, so glad you made CF part of your routine!

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    Gretch September 16, 2011 Reply

    Great write-up Melissa! You are definitely a pace-setter at CF!

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    ESchip September 16, 2011 Reply

    A well deserved shout out for Melissa who brings her “A” game every time she walks through the door. Perfect form, never a complaint, and keeps pushing till the whistle. A true leader in every sense of the word. Next year I wanna see you on ESPN’s CrossFit Games — Yeah, yeah!!!

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    Karen Oxholm September 16, 2011 Reply

    Great write-up and well deserved! And I have seen her running at 5 and 5:30am when she is not attending a CF class…as a matter of fact, it was just yesterday!! : ) Melissa, you are truly an inspiration to us all!!

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    Weesa September 16, 2011 Reply

    Way to go Melissa! Way to kick ass every time you step in the gym

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    Maria N. September 16, 2011 Reply

    Awesome write up and so true on all points. You are the girl to beat, and I appreciate you always giving your best…..I consistently push harder when I work out w/ you!!! Thanks for quietly encouraging everyone by your example! Keep on truckin’!

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    Melissa September 16, 2011 Reply

    Wow…here comes my lack for explaining myself well…but these comments are very overwhelming. Thank YOU!!! I’m not going to gush over CF like I usually do…but I will just say I am so thankful for having this family of Phreaks! 🙂

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    Gehret September 17, 2011 Reply

    Congrats Melissa!! You rock! Loved your write-up- thanks for your CF friendship and your continued dedication. I never can make a 5:30 class but love seeing you on a Sat, Sun, or during Hero Week. Thanks for making me push harder 🙂

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