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Five things I learnt from my first CrossFit competition 🏋️‍♀️

My blogging game has been SERIOUSLY non-existant these last few weeks. It’s not an excuse, but I have been SO busy lately and I’ve had abit of writers block.

However, I’m back on it, and today’s blogpost is all about something I rabbit on about enough… CrossFit obvs. Ha!

So, as all my friends and family know, I do CrossFit and really enjoy it. It’s my productive hobby out of work, which is fun, but also allows me to keep fit and active and train with my friends who I’ve met there.

I recently took part in my first CrossFit competition, which was hosted by my gym. ‘Only The Brave’ was a chance to team up in threes and complete a series of four workouts throughout the day.

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It was TOUGH I won’t lie, much tougher than I thought, and I stupidly decided to train all the week before, which wasn’t my wisest move. But, as well as being challenging, it was also loads of fun and showed me where my strengths and weaknesses are and what I need to work on moving forward.

I thought it might be interesting to share my thoughts on the day, so here we have five things I have learnt from my first competition, which I will be taking away and putting into practice…

Strengths

Let’s focus on these first, because the competition was a great opportunity to excel in areas and CrossFit movements which I enjoy the most. My favourite workout was WOD 3, and I feel like this was the one which really played to my strengths. It was 21-15-9 reps of shoulder to overhead at 30kg and box jump overs.

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Weaknesses

The competition definitely highlighted my weaknesses and showed areas I need to focus on in the future. Rowing and the assault bike are the BAIN of my actual life, I’m genuinely not built for them!! However, I also think I’ve put up a mental block now, telling myself ‘I can’t do it’. Famous last words, because I can totally do it, it’s just something I need to work on a little harder.

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Community spirit

As cheesy as it sounds, CrossFit is amazing at bringing people together to support and encourage one another. The crowds watching each heat were so loud and inspiring and it really does make a difference. I don’t think I’d have hit my snatch PB of 38.5kg if it wasn’t for the crowd cheering me on. The adrenaline is unreal. *Excuse my horrendous ugly face on this photo!! *

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Stuff ya face!

Maybe not quite, but I’m a sucker for not eating and drinking enough, I don’t drink enough water in general, and when I feel nervous I tend not to eat. BAD MOVE. You need all the energy you can get throughout the day, even little snacks make all the difference and give you the sugar rush/energy fuel you need.

Best foot forward

Taking part in my first competition has made me determined to come back better than ever next year. I took part in the scaled division this year, which meant the weights weren’t as heavy. But, next year I WILL enter the RX division (this is the top standard). I’m so close to it, but just not quite there, so this has really opened my eyes, as to where I need to go in the next 12 months.

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