Drop-In to other Boxes

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Dropping In

A little over a week ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago – it was all work-related, but as soon as I had confirmation about my flights and hotel room, I did what anyone who’s become dedicated to CrossFit does.

I started looking for boxes to go to while I was away.

I knew I would be gone for three+ days, so I went online and found three boxes to visit.  I reached out to each of them, and they were all more than willing to let me come in for a session.

Why?  Why would I do that?

for-indiIt’s always good to go and see how other people do things:  you might pick up a new stretch to try (I did), get some tips on a movement (I did), learn a new way to work on a deficit (I did), or even find a jump rope that works just right for you (yes – I did that, too).

I started my tour with a stop at CrossFit Park Ridge.  One of the benefits of contacting boxes ahead of time is that you get to find out when a good time to stop in will be; in this case, it was 7:30pm.  It was a small group (just the coach, myself and two other people), so it made for a fun WOD:

 

 

 

Warm-Up:      500m row003 (3)
Standing pigeon stretch
Shoulder stretches

WOD: 15 minute AMRAP

– 105 single unders
– 7 box jumps at 24 inches
– 5 V-ups
– 3 power cleans at 105#

Cool-Down:    1000m row

Here, I got some tips on my foot position for my cleans, as well as found a jump rope that worked really well for me (so I have to save up my money).  Also, it was first time attempting V-ups, and it helped me make the connection to toes-to-bar.

The next night, I took a cab over to O’Hare CrossFit – probably the farthest one from my hotel, but definitely was worth the trip.  My coach was Becca Chilczenkowski, a Wodapalooza competitor who also finished 7th in this year’s Open for the North Central women’s division.  This place definitely gave me the hardest workout of the three:

Warm-Up:      Pigeon stretches13055157_1015215248574032_1748718601773437235_o

Lat rollouts with PVC pipes

WOD A: EMOM for 3 minutes
– Wall-facing goblet squats

WOD B: 3 sets of…
– 5 snatch-grip Romanian deadlifts at 155#
– FLR on hands for max effort

WOD C 3 RFT…
– 400m run
– 40 abmat situps
– 3 deadlifts at 195#

This was definitely the type of workout that reminded me of home.  One of the things I noticed was that there was no ‘Scaled’ or ‘Rx’; instead, programming was broken down into ‘Fitness’ and ‘Performance.’  We’ll see this again in a couple of minutes.

The next day started with a trip to my third and final box, CrossFit 88.  This one has connections to O’Hare CrossFit, as some of the coaches started off there.  Like O’Hare, the workout is broken down into Fitness and Performance, and while I figured I would be doing the Fitness version, the coach put me into the Performance group.  We ended up doing a very unique chipper, and it put me through the paces…

Warm-Up:      FLRs on hands

Kevin
Standing lunges

Skill: Double-unders

WOD: 4 min AMRAP
– 200m run
– 10 burpee box jump overs
– 20 hanging knee raises
– 30 push press at 95#
– 40 KBS at 44#
– 50 double-unders

Two minute rest, and then…

6 min AMRAP
– 200m run
– 10 burpee box jump overs
– 20 hanging knee raises
– 30 push press at 95#
– 40 KBS at 44#
– 50 double-unders

Two minute rest, and then…

8 min AMRAPIMG_2959
– 200m run
– 10 burpee box jump overs
– 20 hanging knee raises
– 30 push press at 95#
– 40 KBS at 44#
– 50 double-unders

As I look back at these three experiences, I’m definitely glad that I did them:  I got to see new places, meet fellow crossfitters, and do a few things that I hadn’t tried before.  And that’s something I want to do again, soon – but for now, it’s time to go back to CrossFit Breed.
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Because there’s no place like home.