New Found Motivation

Chad and I took a trip to Calgary on Wednesday and Thursday to be part of the CF Level 2 Cert as test subjects. Thursday morning prior to the cert I wanted to drop in to James' 6am class to get in a workout. I've been to Brett's class a bunch of times and wanted the opportunity to see how James runs his class.

WOW! "Michelle" was the WOD. 7 rounds for time: 25 DB Split Jerks (20#/h) and 25 jumping chin ups. My time was 18:37. OUCH! That was painful. The Split jerks were surprisingly easy compared to the jumping chins. The entire 7 rounds of pain all I could hear was James yelling and telling me that this workout was the first step for next year. The first step to the qualifiers and the first step to games and I needed to bring it. Despite struggling the last little bit with the drive and determination I need to have, that was all I needed to hear. I needed someone to scream at me and put it all in perspective. Stop dickin around and get your game on. The trip was worth it just to hear those words come out of his mouth.

James offered Chad to stick around and train with him, Chris Spealler and Brett Marshall so I ran out and grabbed a bar and coffee while we stuck around.

Another WOW! Haven't seen Chris since my level 1 cert and while it's not the time for peaking that guy always amazes me. Witnessed him doing AMRAP weighted ring dips with 75#!! That's like 60% of his bodyweight, and I'm pretty sure I saw him crank out 5 or 6 reps.

Spent the day doing the 9 foundational elements of CF. Sort of. We were instructed to do crappy reps, shady form, and common mistakes we would see in clients. No exposed hips on the med ball cleans, bicep curling, the famous U press, etc. I am feeling all of it these last couple of days. But it was wroth it. Got to meet Nicole Carroll! That has always been something I have wanted. She is just as short as me but has the strongest looking legs and butt I have ever seen. WOW!

After the testing was all done, Chad and I went out for dinner with all the big dawgs. Couple hours full of laughter and sharing of memories. Of all the laughter and good times, one thing that James said to me stuck with me and I'll never forget it... give yourself two years time, he said. Two years and you will be at the top of your game. You've only been lifting weights for a little over one year and you are above and beyond where anyone could want to be. Just be patient and you will get to where you want to be.

It means alot to hear him say that. To hear someone who has been there and experienced it all, and know that I have that kind of potential means alot to me.

4 Response to "New Found Motivation"

  1. Robin says:
    August 16, 2009 at 12:20 AM

    I'd love to hear more about the Level 2. Aaron and I are going in September in Vancouver.

    Nicole Carroll was at my level 1 in 2007. :)

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    August 18, 2009 at 10:53 PM

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  3. Anonymous Says:
    September 2, 2009 at 2:40 AM

    Katrina, what is "the famous U press"? (Does this mean a tweaked bar path when doing a press?) Never heard this term before. Why "U"?

  4. Katrina Burton says:
    September 14, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    U press... when the bar travels out and around the face rather than the face moving out of the way to allow the bar to travel in a straight line.

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