AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK ON YOUR RESILIENCE

Resilience:

“an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change”

“the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.”

“the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress.”

With the easing of isolation restrictions this past week, it has been awesome to be able to offer outdoor group training and get the gang back together again.  On Wednesday we had a great turnout, and the feedback from those who attended has been really positive.

Obviously, the park sessions are something new and shiny after being confined to our homes for the last couple of months, and I know many of you are chomping at the bit to get involved.

What I would ask is that regardless of the weather, if you have reserved a spot, you show up and give it your all.  I say this only because I have been watching the weather forecast all week and, as you likely already know, it is meant to rain tomorrow.  I am worried that there may be one or two people who do not show up.

Under normal circumstances, this is not a major issue because we have never operated on a “reservation’ system before.  However, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we are only allowed to have 9 people attend each outdoor class, which means it is highly likely that someone will miss out.

Can I please ask that you treat less than optimal weather conditions as an opportunity to work on your physical and mental resilience.

This COVID-19 crisis has certainly tested our resilience.  It has thrown us into uncomfortable and stressful situations and forced us to deal with it.

One of the things we coaches admire and respect about you (the GEO members), is how day after day, week after week, you throw yourselves into an hour of suffering and discomfort at the gym to not only achieve greater fitness, but also mental resilience.  If you weren’t resilient, you would not come back.

The gym is, in a sense, a controlled environment.  You get to workout on a smooth, flat and dry surface.  Whilst we don’t have air conditioning or heating, the temperature inside the gym is pretty comfortable all year round.  There are toilets nearby.  A secure area to leave your belongings.  There’s a fridge to put your drinks and snacks in.  And you get to listen to some loud tunes while you push hard.

The park…..well, you are subject to the elements.  Along with the programming from the Coaches, Mother Nature dictates how uncomfortable you get.

We have no control over the weather, the temperature, the dryness of the ground, or the slipperiness of the surface.

What we can control is the programming we throw your way, and our commitment to show up, regardless of the conditions.

The Coaches have committed to running the park sessions rain, hail or shine.

If you do not want to get wet, wear a raincoat.  If you do not want to get cold, wear a jumper. If you do not want to do burpees on the wet grass, bring a towel or a tarp.

I guess what I am really saying is, embrace the discomfort.

Removing yourself from your comfort zone is good for the soul.  Just like you challenge yourself with your workouts in the gym, subjecting yourself to the elements and making yourself uncomfortable outdoors, creates resilience and forges an indomitable spirit.

So tomorrow, when you wake up and see that it is wet, and cold, and windy; get up, throw on your workout gear, and get yourself down to the park to put everything into the workout the way you would if you were in the gym.

Be resilient!  When you look out your window tomorrow and see it raining, say to yourself “Good!”

Ex-Navy Seal Jocko WIllink talks about the mindset of seeing challenges and misfortune as an opportunity to learn and grow. 

A group of UK celebrities are put through a compressed version of the UK’s SAS induction course.  This episode sees the particpants test their resilience.

HOW GEO HAS ADAPTED TO COVID

HOW GEO ADAPTED TO COVID

It has been a couple of months since GEO was forced to close its doors due to the COVID-19 isolation restrictions.  I don’t think many people envisaged the gym would be closed for this long.  And we are unsure as to when it will reopen.  There has been unofficial chatter that it may occur after the next school holidays, which will put the date at around July 20, or, if we are to believe the Federal Government, Stage 2 will roll out in early June if the NSW Government agrees.

23 March, 2020 – the last class at the gym before COVID-19 closed us down

So what has GEO done to ensure it members, young and old, have had an avenue available to them to continue training?

Well, even before the official gym closure happened, we were proactive in running classes online.  We could see the writing on the wall, so we started running some online classes to iron out any creases and get the coaches and members used to this new format of training, before having to throw all of our eggs into the one basket.

 

 

It paid off. We had a good system established, and we very quickly expanded our online timetable to provide 6 classes per day from Monday to Friday, 2 classes on Saturday, and we even put on a class on Sunday (traditionally a day of rest).

For our Young Guns (GEO’s youngest members aged 8-15), we could no longer coach them at the gym also, so we offered 2 online classes a week on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon so that they too could continue to pursue their health and fitness goals.  This proved to be highly successful – so much so that we had a heap of new kids sign onto the program. They love it!

The Young Guns have embraced online training

For our Personal Training clients, nothing much changed other than their sessions going online.  The same care and attention to their own personal goals and needs were still met.  In recent times, where isolation restrictions have been eased to allow visitors to homes, some of our PT clients have had their sessions run face to face with their coach at their home.  From all accounts, our PT clients are kicking goals and not skipping a beat.

 

With further easing of restrictions this week, we are now able to run outdoor bootcamps for up to 9 people (10, including the coach).

Today was the first dip of our toe back into the ocean of social training sessions.  Apart from having to do burpees on a dewy park surface, everyone was over the moon to be able to train together again with their friends, chew the fat, and chase some fitness…….all the while observing social distancing protocols, of course.

Park sessions kicked off today bringing the community back together

As we keep navigating our way through the ever-changing landscape, we will take on board feedback from our members and do our best to offer all of them not necessarily what they want, but certainly,  what they need, from a training standpoint.

In the coming weeks, there will be some changes as we transition from a purely online format to a mix of online and outdoor sessions.

Some of you will go with the flow, whilst others may resist.  It’s human nature.  I’ve been running this gym for nearly 10 years and whilst I know we have one of the most authentic and genuinely supportive communities around, I also acknowledge that everyone is different and everyone deals with challenges and change in various ways.

The strong community bonds have not wavered – not even online

One of the things this crisis has forced us to do is adapt. Adapt the way we work.  Adapt the way we look after our kids.  Adapt the way we shop.  Adapt the way we exercise.

We don’t know what the future holds so that ability to adapt must be held onto. The way out of this may be long and slow, with a few twists and turns yet to come.

Do what you can with what you have. 

Take advantage of what we are offering to you.  It might not be exactly what you like, but remember, the initial reason you started at CrossFit GEO was to train so that you could improve your health and fitness.

The program we are currently supplying is the best you will find.  We will continue to do what we can to get you closer to how things were.  Just jump on board and join us for this ride.

And watch this space.

~ Coach AB

 

SATURDAY SPICE

WORKOUT OF THE DAY

CONDITIONING

8 rounds for time of:

11 Hand Release Push-ups

30 Walking Lunges

19 Sit-ups

 

-then-

 

Extended “DT” 

5 rounds on each arm of:

12 Suitcase Deadlifts

9 Hang Power Cleans

6 Push Jerks

CHASE IT!

WORKOUT OF THE DAY

WARM-UP

2 rounds of:

30sec Deep Squat

10 Hip Swings

 

CONDITIONING

5 rounds with a 1:1 rest of:

1 min Wall Sit with lightweight

20 Goblet Squats with weight

10 Russian KBS

-then-

3 rounds of:

10 Sumo Deadlifts

10 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls

10 Ground to Overhead with KB/DB

-then-

For time:

21-15-9

Lemon Squeezes

Russian Twists

30sec-45sec-60sec

Hollow Hold

 

Optional Accessories

4 sets of:

10 Single-leg RDL each leg

10 Seated Hip int/ext Rotations

YOUR THURSDAY SELECTION

WORKOUT OF THE DAY

WARM-UP

2 rounds of:

30sec Deep Squat

10 Hip Swings

-then-

2 rounds of:

20sec Straight-arm Plank

10 Single-leg Deadlifts

 

CONDITIONING

3 rounds for time of:

5 KB Windmills each arm

10 Single-arm Push Presses each arm

15 Front Squats

 

For time:

200 Shoulder Taps

* EMOM – 20 Bicycle Kicks

 

AB Stabiliser

8 min EMOM 

1) 20 Mountain climbers + 10 Toe touches + Plank in remaining time

 

Finisher

5 min AMRAP of:

10 Kicksits

10 Rocking Supermen

15 Frogs

15 Rhino Steps

 

BARBELL CLASS

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