“Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Quote shared by the amazing and strong Michele
With so many yoga schools in your area, you should feel free to shop around. I live in NYC and there is this thing called the Yoga Passbook which gives you coupons to hundreds of yoga studios. Also every city has a lululemon store which highlights many great yoga teachers. Be adventurous and go out there and try a bunch of teachers and different classes at different studios. Ask your friends to bring you to their favorite class. You’ll find something you like. Just don’t take one class and judge all classes by that one teacher/class/experience because there is a WIDE array of different styles out there.
Glenn Black is my kind of yoga teacher… because he doesn’t really teach yoga. Rather, I should say, he doesn’t teach asana (poses). He teaches awareness which is the true nature of yoga practice. To be truly aware of your body, your breath, your movement, your mind, your thoughts, this is what it means to do yoga, not to simply stretch. Don’t get me wrong, Glenn Black can stretch like a contortionist, but he teaches simple basic movements and encourages you to experience your body in the most basic of positions and hold them…and hold them…and hold them.
He is sarcastic and makes quips and jibes and pokes fun at you for not being able to hold your arms over your head or for not being able to sit still. He calls into question your abilities as a yoga practitioner and teacher. He asks a lot of your body and makes you question why you want to practice this thing called yoga.
I have studied with Glenn maybe 4 or 5 times now. He has definitely mellowed over the years. Also this was the shortest class I have ever taken with him so I don’t feel as beat up as I have in the past. Nonetheless, I have to wonder what the hell I’ve been doing with my body over the last few years, because I don’t think I’m any better at any of the things that he made me do 3 or 4 years ago.
The reason I keep finding my way back to Glenn is that he embodies what I strive for: virtuosity. He does the common things uncommonly well.
I had to travel down the CrossFit path for a while, but now I see how the road leads back to my teachers Glenn Black and Jill Miller and how the concepts they teach weave themselves into CrossFit because good movement is good movement. I want to move better and teach people to move better. The more I work with Kelly Starrett, Jill Miller and Glenn Black and others, the better I get at teaching and the more I recognize good movement and can conjure it.
Tabata Ring Dips
5, 5, 5, 5, 3, 3, 3, 3
8 sets of 2
Cut short at 105. Had to leave to do yoga.
30, 20, 10 reps for time of:
Overhead Reverse Lunges, 95lbs
Level 2 (7:30pm)
3 sets of 10 with side plank with scapular retractions
8 sets of 2
245 w/ 2 sets of chains per side
21, 15, 9
Box Jumps, 24”
15:18 Better than last time.
I really should have warmed up my handstand pushups before starting that workout. Went into the first HSPU and it felt terrible and went downhill from there.
“I was always stronger a week or two after a meet or a week or two before the meet, but very seldom on meet day.” Louie Simmons
I guess hitting 2 PRs right after Regionals is not such an odd occurrence in light of what Louie says. You train hard and correctly and you should hit a peak. I think I just hit mine. The beauty of this little peak is that I hit a PR in a running MetCon (“Helen”) and in a heavy strength MetCon (“DT”). That means I have not only increased my speed, but also my strength. That makes me feel good. Makes me think this stuff is working.
Now I need a rest day.
5 rounds for time of:
12 Deadlifts, 155lbs
9 Hang Power Cleans, 155lbs
6 Push Jerks, 155lbs
I tried to follow a pacing strategy that would allow me to finish under 10 minutes. It went well for about 6 minutes and then the wheels came off. Go every 20 seconds: 6 DL, 5DL, 4HPC, 4HPC, 3PJ, 3PJ. Each round would take just under 2 minutes if you follow that pace. Unfortunately, I fatigued on the jerks and got behind at the end of round 3. Once I was off the clock I just rested as needed. Basically the last 2 rounds took me as long as the first 3 rounds. I don’t feel so bad. I think sub 10 is still realistic but I need to work on my pressing strength. I definitely think all the handstand pushup practice made me stronger, but I’m still not quite there.
I am fairly certain this is a PR but tumblr sucks and I can’t search for my old times. Oh wait! Here’s a previous effort. But seeing as this puts me first on the leaderboard, I assume it’s my best yet.
Also decided that tonight was a good night to break in my new wrist wraps. They certainly helped on the PJs.
3 rounds for time of:
21 Kettlebell Swings, 24kg
Damn it feels good to get a PR! Went out of the gate really fast and didn’t think I could maintain the intensity. Held it together. Runs were all fast. Kettlebell swings were unbroken. Pull-ups were broken but fast.