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Congratulations to all of our Crossfitter’s who completed Murph this past Memorial Day!  Here are some stories from members Tom & Erin! 

 

 

Eren Turk

If you would have told me I was going to complete a Murph a year ago, I would have told you, you are crazy. Fast forward to last weekend and I was able to complete a 1 mile run, 100 seated push presses, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats & a another mile run. Although it was a “modified” workout, it gave me hope that I otherwise didn’t have to ever complete a regular Murph one day. My goal is to do the full workout with pull ups next year. Although it was this huge deal prior to doing it, during the workout it didn’t seem bad when broken into sets. To those who might be intimidated like I was, I’d say go for it… it was a fun, empowering & fulfilling experience.

 

 

Tom Zuccarro

I am the new guy at Crossfit 100. Exactly eight weeks before “Murph” on Memorial Day I was driving past the gym and decided to pull in and ask a few questions. There were no classes going on, but the owner, Marcela, was there and had time to answer a few of my questions. She offered me a free trial session and invited me to an evening class later on that day. I happily accepted and showed up for the class. Despite my nasty injury during the box jump event, I was hooked and signed up for the Beginner 5 session class, which I completed in a little over a week.

Having less than seven weeks of regular classes under my belt, I thought about skipping out on the “Murph” event. I voiced my concerns to Marcela and she convinced me to participate, and I am really glad I did. It was not easy, but I did not kill myself doing it either. I did not wear a vest, and I broke up the exercises into 20 sets as Marcela recommended. My goal was to run the first mile at 9 minutes, do the 20 sets in 40 minutes, and finish it up with an 11 minute mile. My Polar GPS watch had me running almost exactly as planned, but it took me 45 minutes to finish the exercises. 1hr 5 min was my time. Not good, but I was happy with that, and am now preparing for next year, where I plan to wear a vest and do the “Murph” in the order it was intended to be done.

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Growing up, I was always a “bigger girl.” It was the norm for me so I didn’t really care too much to change it. I could down an entire pizza, drink a 2 liter bottle of soda or eat a whole tub of ice cream with no shame. My weight did nothing but increase over the years, and by age 22 I was about 230 lbs.

I graduated in 2012 from UW-Oshkosh. Immediately after graduation, I went on a 3-week study abroad trip to Europe. I ventured through Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and France. It was an absolutely amazing experience, except for one thing: I was unhealthy and very out of shape. I had trouble climbing up the stairs in the cathedrals in Germany. I could barely breathe while hiking the mountains in Switzerland. I took gorgeous pictures, but was embarrassed by how big I was.

That was a huge turning point in my life. The day I returned from the trip, I purchased a gym membership. I started paying attention to what I was eating and I made a change. I counted calories, paid attention to macros and learned about the science of nutrition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My first year or so of “gym life” was at Planet Fitness – basically all cardio. I slowly got comfortable with different machines and eventually free weights. Then I switched gyms and started going to Xperience. After a few months there, I signed up with a Personal Trainer and learned A LOT about different muscle groups and movements and form.

In April of 2016 I joined CrossFit 100 for a 6 week challenge and never left. I thought I would absolutely hate a group class – who wants to watch me sweat? And why would I want to watch others sweat? Aren’t they going to judge me because I have no idea what I’m doing? Nope – wrong. I became addicted pretty quickly. I now go at least 5 days per week and do cardio on my off-days. I’ve made friends, hit PR’s that I didn’t think were possible and have had days where I wasn’t sure if I was alive after the WOD.

Since my lowest in 2014, my weight has fluctuated a lot. I’ve gone through the emotional roller coaster ride of self-love more times than I’d like to admit. I’ve hated my body, I’ve loved it, I’ve cried over it and I’ve tried every diet plan under the sun. I’m finally at a point where I have learned body acceptance. Having your workout be something you enjoy is extremely important in reaching your goals. Also, it’s important to realize that eating a tub of ice cream once in awhile isn’t going to COMPLETELY screw up your progress. Trust me, I’ve tested.

 

 

 

 

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Mary Carroll

No matter what your mind is telling you about Murph, it’s not true. Your body can do anything as long as you have no injuries! It doesn’t matter your age, conditioning, new to Crossfit or terrible at running. It’s about finishing the WOD, not finishing first just doing every rep. Let go about how much it is, you can only take one step, one breath, one rep at a time. Intellectually, chip away at the reps, by 10’s or 20’s. You will be surprise how quickly the reps add up. It’s a mind game kind of WOD! You can do it!

 

Scott Kogler

2016 was my first Murph. I’d been at CF100 for just a year. I was still learning the workouts, the skills and to be suspicious whenever Marcela says ‘it’ll be fun’. On the surface it was straightforward; a run, body weight movements and a run. Stuff I could do. And when folks who’d done the Murph before talked about it I sensed respect, anticipation and anxiety all at the same time, a challenge. I wanted to prove to myself I could do it too. It’s a milestone workout, like finishing a CF Open workout.

 

The worst advice I got for last year’s Murph was from my own inner voice telling me to wear a weighted vest. That it would somehow make the ordeal, er…experience, more fun. If I had a do-over I’d ignore that voice for my first Murph. The workout is hard enough as it is.

 

The best advice I got last year was to break it up into small pieces. Go as fine as you need. There’s no clock, it’s just you against you. I went with the popular 20 Cindy’s plan. Even so, by the middle teens I needed several pauses to get through 10 pushups. The pushups wrecked me.

 

I did it. I’ll do it again this year. You can do it too. And when it starts getting hard, count by two’s.

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Two CrossFit 100 teams competed at CrossFit Kenosha’s Spring Throwdown on May 6. Izzie and Jessie just missed the finals in 6th place for the Women’s RX division. Jens and Brett held their own in Men’s RX coming in 8th for the day.

Some highlights of the day included Izzie’s 3-rep split jerk at 155#, the guys finishing a nasty pistols/power clean wod under the time cap and the girls sprinting to 3rd place in a burning five minutes of thrusters and burpees.

Anyone interested in competing locally (Scaled or RX)? Stay tuned for info about upcoming competitions in our area!