Last week, Patrick asked me, “Knowing all that you know now about fitness and nutrition, if you could go back to when you first started working out and eating healthfully, what would you tell your younger self?” I did not hesitate when I responded, “Work out harder.” Hindsight is always 20/20 and I can see clearly that I was not working out hard enough or in the right ways. Exercise, whether weight-lifting or running, is all in the mind.
With my current training for competition, I’ve hit a plateau during the past few months because of finishing up my Dietetic Internship. But now that summer is here, I’ve been working out harder than before. Part of that is incorporating some Crossfit workouts on top of my regular workouts and it’s helping to elevate my game. I can’t remember the last time I pushed myself so hard to my limit, and I loved it. One of the things that keeps me motivated at the gym is the challenge of it. With this added WOD at the end of my regular workout, I claw my way to the finish. “Beast Mode” is real.
If you are up to the challenge, add on this WOD at the end of your normal workout. Or you can just try it as singular workout (if so, do that cycle 2 times). As you progress, you’ll really learn to listen to your body, know your limits, and push even harder than you imagined you could. As always, remember to be safe especially with challenging workouts like this. Form is everything.