Thursday – Sunday, June 20 – 23

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For athletes competing in the USAW meet on Saturday, Thursday and Friday need to be rest days. Amanda can around to meet with anyone to go over weights and answer questions, just let her know.

If not competing: Team Oly gym WOD


USAW Oly-lifting meet at East Valley CrossFit – go compete and good luck to our lifters!!!!! 

For those who have to stay home:  Gym WOD – Snatch and Clean and Jerk OTM and Grip Strength work


Everybody rests!!!

Why do you do it?
November 25, 2012 by Chris Spealler

Every once in a while it’s good to have a mental check and a shift in
your mentality if you need to. As my wife Sarah and I have talked about
me competing this next year or not and her supporting me in either
direction I go, I’ve decided to have a different approach. First I had
to ask myself why I would want to compete.

A friend of mine that played in the NBA sat down with me an encouraged me to think about
this. Do I want to compete because I love to, or because I feel like I
have to prove something or walk away on a better note? I think there is a
right and wrong reason to go again. It was a good reality check for me
and I had to shift my way of thinking.

For a long time I
competed not only because I loved it but in many ways it became more of
an identity or something that I felt like I needed to do. I started to
continue competing because I felt like I needed to win. Looking back it
was a large part of why I was competing. Tough to see it at the time,
but I was competing because I felt like I had to win the games. To put a
stamp of approval on the support the community has given me. That’s a
burden I put on myself that adds quite a bit of pressure.

Now I
want to compete because I love to. Why did I start CrossFit? I love
working hard and using my body in an athletic setting. It’s a way for me
to give back the gifts I’ve been given. That’s the focus now. I do it
because I love it. I’m still going to be a husband, a dad, and try to be
more present when I’m out of the gym. Not consumed by the previous
performance, or what I will have to do tomorrow.

Here are a
couple of things that have really helped me out that I have thought of
on my own as well as had some of my friends tell me.

1. I do it because I truly love it and it’s fun. I want to compete for those reasons.

2. Every day I walk out of the gym I will take away a win. Jason
Khalipa and I talked a few months ago at a seminar and he brought this
up. Such a GREAT way to think. There is no failure that day. Even if
things didn’t go quite the way as you planned, you still have a win
SOMEWHERE. Maybe it was a certain amount of unbroken double unders, the
way you approached the WOD mentally, or even a small portion of the
workout that went better than last time. Always stay positive.

3. What do you have at the end of the day? I’ve been blessed with an
amazing family. My wife is incredibly supportive in so many ways, my
kids are awesome and help put things in perspective, and I have a great
community of friends in the gym and around me at work on the weekends.
My result in any competition doesn’t change these things.

Since thinking like this I’ve had a few things happen.

– I’m having more fun again in my workouts and getting back to what it
was like when I first started. Doing it for the love of it.

– Because of this it has taken a huge amount of pressure off of me and I feel better both in and out of the gym.

– My fitness is improving. Less pressure = better performance. It’s the
way it’s always worked for me. It doesn’t mean we don’t take it
seriously or train hard but we can still keep perspective.

a look at how you view your day, your priorities, what matters to you,
what defines you. Make sure those things are in the right order. When
they are you will be much better because of it!


  1. Deload

  2. Tara Ross says:

    Oly Meet on Sat for me! 🙂
    Thursday and Friday: rest days!
    My priorities and what matters to me for the two afternoons off from work and WOD’s: spending quality time with KF relaxing, eating and resting well and to be present in those moments.
    Excited to be a part of the CFF crew on Sat at EVCF! Lets do this TEAM!

  3. Tara Ross says:

    team Oly WOD with Amanda Jesse and Ingrid. 13:05RX’d
    2+ hour mountain bike ride! So much fun!

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