Do you look at CrossFit as play? What does the word play mean to you? Is it just for kids, or can anyone play?
Play is actually just a general term to describe a state of mind and body. Can you think of some of the characteristics of what it means to “play”?
The essence of play is in the moment. Play is doing something for the sake of it, with no expectation or thought about what’s to come, who is watching, or what it even means - it’s simply movement creatively expressed in the moment.
Another characteristic that could be used to describe play is the idea of holding it “lightly.” When a task, movement, or exercise is held “lightly”, there is much less thought about all the things we can’t control.
Have you ever found yourself before a workout (maybe even the night before not being able to fall asleep) thinking obsessively about it? I know I have - many times. When we fill our minds with thoughts about how fast to go, how much to lift, or even what other people will think (usually the crux of our anxiety), we are “adding” to the weight of our play.
The more we think about what we’re doing (especially things not in our control), the heavier the process will be. Making the process heavy, like worrying for example, the higher the energy demand will be, which means less energy (and enjoyment) for the actual movement.
To purely play means to demonstrate joy and love for the sake of it. And that right there is as performance enhancing of a state as one can be in.
Stacy, Steph and Nathan playing with some hang cleans this morning.
2x3 Hang Squat Clean 65-70% feel
2x2 Hang Squat Clean 73-78% feel
2x1 Hang Squat Clean 78-83% feel
*each set every 2min
10 Single Leg Hip Thrusts/Side
10 DB Side Lying Ext. Rotation/Side
*Add weight to Hip Thruster if possible
5 Minute AMRAP:
1 Deadlift (155/105#)
1 Hang Squat Clean (155/105#)
1 Front Squat (155/105#)
150 KBS (53/35#)
*100m Run every time you put KB down