I hear from a lot of newer parents that they feel guilty about taking so much time away from their children to workout. So here are five reasons why it is so important for parents of young children to get their CrossFit on! Do it for yourself, do it for them.
1. Arm strength: The kind of arm strength that can carry a 35lb baby and carseat combo, a 5lb diaper bag, a purse, a 10lb work bag, a bag of toys, a to-go cup of coffee, and lock the door all at the same time without dropping anything or anyone.
2. Endurance: So you can do ten minutes of thrusters with your baby/child just to hear that belly laugh over and over.
3. Strength and Balance: So you have the leg strength and balance to use the restroom on a plane, while holding your squirming, screaming child during turbulence and not dropping him, knocking yourself out, or falling out of the door with your pants around your ankles.
4. Confidence: Hitting a PR in the gym or doing a pull up for the first time in your life builds confidence. Confidence in your own judgement as a parent is imperative. One, because you will have a LOT of decisions to make and, two, because every well meaning know-it-all woman in the store will tell you exactly what you should be doing differently. Trust yourself or at least flex at this lady to intimidate her.
5. Commitment: How many times have you said right before some seven round burpee bull honkey workout from the devil have you said ‘I”m not doing all those rounds! I will just do like five and see how I feel.‘? Then, at round five you decide to finish all seven rounds! Learning to finish what you started and fulfilling your commitment to yourself will help you when you must say NO for the 17th time. Stick to your guns.
From 7/25/13: Back Squat 3reps@85% 1rep@95% email@example.com% firstname.lastname@example.org% all of your one rep max back squat. If you did this on 7/25, add 2kg to everything. If you do not know your 1RM, every set should feel heavy toward the last rep.
24 Single leg hops over medicine over ball
12 Overhead stationary lunges using medicine ball
12 Medicine Ball Cleans