February 10, 2011

Workout of the Day:

20 Double Unders

7 Ring Dips

7 Front Squats 135/95 – sub Dead Lifts for scale

7 Hand Stand Push Ups – sub strict seated shoulder press with kettle bells

This was a killer workout. One that you needed to be mentally strong to get through. Especially, after the bar hangs yesterday and “Cindy” the day before. Ten rounds can seem like an eternity.

I was looking around on www.ted.com and I came across a video that I decided was worth sharing.

Dean Ornish shares new research that shows how adopting healthy lifestyle habits can affect a person at a genetic level. For instance, he says, when you live healthier, eat better, exercise, and love more, your brain cells actually increase.


In another, slightly longer video Dean Ornish talks about simple, low-tech and low-cost ways to take advantage of the body’s natural desire to heal itself.


What I found fascinating about this video was that Mr Ornish talks about how supportive social environments(ring any bells?) and community helping people live healthier, more fulfilled lives. He speaks about the optimal diet(definitely very similar to the Paleo Diet)  for health and healing. He also speaks about depression being rooted partially in a feeling of aloneness. He studied yoga for a long time with a swami and the swami makes a distinction between Illness and Wellness with the determining factor being the difference between the “I” and the “We”. He closes this talk with the idea that “anything that creates a sense of connection and community and love is really healing.” This makes so much sense.  It also really addresses what we are all about at Undisputed. Surpassing our physical and mental parameters while surrounded by like minded people who are genuinely invested in our success. I always feel a lot less lonely and a lot more connected to humanity after a Crossfit class . How does the social environment at Undisputed Fitness effect your workout and the way you feel?

Today kicked my ass. I felt mentally and emotionally and physically drained. It was the hardest class for me so far, psychologically. But minutes after, as my body started to calm down, so did my mind. And I learned, once again, that this experience is not just about pushing myself physically and mentally, but about being lifted up by those around me.

Comment by Alexis B — February 11, 2011 @ 3:42 am

Connecting with my Undisputed tribe makes ALL the difference for me! The swami’s distinction you quote above – about the correlation between ‘I’llness and ‘We’llness is exactly where its at! No wonder I’ve been feeling wobbly lately LOL – back to gym for my little butt!

Comment by Ana Deardorff — February 11, 2011 @ 5:36 am

Mobility WOD