Danielle Chaplick has been WOD-ing at Fenway for a long time with a big fear…the box. Many people that come to CFFF share this fear. I had myself convinced that I had to fall at least once on the 24″ during the WOD, so I did. It’s a mental struggle as well as a physical one and Danielle’s story is both inspiring and helpful to anyone who needs to think out of the box.
I remember the first day I came to Crossfit Fenway over a year and a half ago. I was admittedly a little apprehensive when I first walked into what appeared to resemble a gloomy tire garage with the overwhelming sounds of Eminem blasting and some of our finest male athletes grunting and slamming down some significant amounts of weight- quite a transition from the traditional fancy gym setting with locker rooms I had been accustomed to. I will also make the caveat that I am pretty much a quintessential girl. Even today I never throw a bar bell down, rather, place it back down as surreptitiously as possible. Needless to say, and much to my own surprise, I was hooked during the first class with Haley.
I came to CrossFit with what I considered to be a reasonably high level of fitness having run 3 marathons since 2010 at the onset of my membership. However, I very quickly realized how much stronger I could be and how I could improve my overall performance as a runner by incorporating this type of structure. What fundamentally appeals to me about CrossFit is that it never gets boring and the challenges are endless. Like most of us there are things during the WODs that I am very good at and others that I still feel behind the curve with. For example, jumping has been a huge barrier for me to overcome throughout this time, which I know was a mental hindrance not a physical one. I just don’t like jumping. Recently, during a class with Stacey, true to form, she pushed me (made me) finally overcome this barrier. All it took was one jump. Although it may seem trivial, for some reason it was just one of those things that I would never have attempted to push myself to improve if it weren’t for CrossFit. This is a really good thing.
I can’t speak highly enough about the CrossFit Fenway community and coaches. I remain constantly surprised at some of my capabilities that are realized through this programming. And, while I appreciate our beautiful new facility, I have to admit that sometimes I even kind of miss the days of locking the bathroom door with a kettle bell and showering with the yellow caution tape…
August 14, 2012
Power Snatch 2-2-2-2-2-2
(These DO NOT have to be touch & go. A brief reset before each rep is OK.)
7 Hang Power Snatches (60% best set power snatches)