A new year can mean a fresh start for many of us, but it can also bring on more responsibilities, a busier schedule and more stress. If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately read over a few reminders from one of my favorite websites, Lift Big Eat Big, that can help you learn to decrease the stress in your life and also keep it from hurting your performance in the gym.
“1. DO NOT stop training!!! Most people’s workouts are more of a stress relief than a cause of stress. It’s completely understandable if you are so stressed you don’t even think you can get out of bed to go to the gym and you stay home, but do not let this become a habit. To the best of your ability try to stick to a training schedule. Even if all you do is go into your box and jump rope, stick to your routine and try to make it in every day you can.
2. Another good thing to do is to try and minimize other smaller stresses in your life so that things don’t “pile up”. Maybe hire someone to mow your yard if work is really stressful right now. If your domestic life is rocky maybe try only watching funny movies or tv programs for a while so that there is some levity in the household.
3. Finally, make sure you stick to eating cleaner foods and getting good quality sleep. It’s very common for people when stressed out to want to eat junk food and sleep all day. A little junk food is ok, and a nap here and there is also ok, but try to the best of your ability to stick to your regular schedule.
4. The biggest key to minimizing the impact stress has on your training is to recognize it for what it is. Recognize that you are stressed but that it is also temporary, things will get easier. Take this time to do something fun you may not often do in the gym, or spend some time on just getting your clean and jerk up. Stick to a routine but have fun with it and use your workouts as a stress reliever. Working out, training, exercising, lifting, whatever you want to call it should enhance our lives not make them harder so incorporate these suggestions next time things get stressful and I’m positive you’ll be better off for it.”
Read the entire blog post here.
We hope that you feel safe and at home at SRC. We want to keep a fun, happy, stress free environment for you here. Use us as a refuge when life gets wacky.
1 RM Clean
1 RM Bench Press
1 RM OHS
**It is very likely that classes will run over on Total Day. This is not a workout that we want to rush you through. Take your time warming up to your 1Rep Max and take plenty of rest between attempts. All lifts should be done in this order. If you’ve just started training with us and are not familar with these movements, your workout will be a little different today. We will never ask you to find a 1RM for a lift you have not practiced many many times.
You get three attempts. The first 1 rep attempt would be a weight you know you can do for a heavy set of three. The second attempt would be a weight you know you can absolutely do for a single, judging from the first attempt. And the third attempt is the weight you want to do, based on your performance on the previous two attempts.
We are sad to see Coach Andy go, but are so happy that we had a chance to work with him and learn from him. We are thrilled that’s he’s been given a great opportunity to do one of the things he loves! He wrote you all a farewell note…
“What I’ve learned.
Hey guys! It’s been a while. I hope everyone had a great holiday season filled with family, friends, lots of laughs, and fantastic food.
As most of you know, I returned to New Orleans over the holidays. While here, I took some time to look into a chiropractic job offer I was given. As it turns out, it seems to be a pretty good opportunity. After much thought, I’ve decided to accept the offer and stay in New Orleans for a while. I love serving people through chiropractic, though it’s not without a heavy heart that I now have to spend time away from my SRC family. I was only in Greenville for a short while, but I feel blessed for having met such an amazing group of people.
During my time with SRC in particular, I learned many lessons. Most importantly, I learned the value of CrossFit. There are many reasons to participate in this movement. Sure, “increased work capacity over broad times and modal domains” is fantastic. But in my mind, one reason stands out above them all. Community. You guys. This CrossFit community is amazing! There is something special about the bonds that are formed through the pain of Fran or the grueling battle of Murph. We cheer each other on. We push ourselves through our own exhaustion, not to be the best, but sometimes just to help motivate the guy next to us to PR. We coach each other. We learn from each other. And I’ve learned a lot from you guys. Thank you for all of your hospitality, hard work, and motivation. I’ll be training harder than ever to keep up with you guys while I’m away. The next time I’m in Greenville, I’ll be stopping by so we can throw down together once again and maybe I’ll be able to keep up.
Cheers and all the best to you guys in 2013!” – Andy Abele