Women’s Only: Getting Better Means Making Sacrifices

Love to Eat? Introducing

Are you passionate about food, nutrition and recipes? Unleash your inner foodie and check out our brand-new site - share your favorite recipes at Nutrition-WOD today!

Print
by MEGHAN PRUNTY

Women's Only: Getting Better Means Making Sacrifices
Now, I’m sure you’ve heard this before. I know I’ve heard my coach say many a time that if we want to get better we need to eat more, mobilize more, practice our weaknesses and drink less. Those are the obvious sacrifices for any athlete.

I’m speaking specifically to women about this one – getting better at CrossFit means sacrificing our (and society’s) body ideals. Now what do I mean by this? I will explain with a story…

We all make sacrifices. I had to sacrifice how I viewed my body in order to get stronger.
About 6 weeks ago I started a strength and conditioning program from Catalyst Athletics. At the same time I started an eating (I don’t like the work “diet”) program from Eat to Perform. Long story short, I was eating more and lifting more with the end goal of getting stronger.

So, I ate a lot of protein (150g/days) and added in more starchy carbs. In the beginning I felt a little bloated – like I was drinking a case of a beer each night, but I knew I had to see this thing through. After a few weeks the bloat went away and I was slowly but surely feeling stronger.

A couple days before my testing day I decided to try on this fabulous dress I bought a few months ago for a friend’s wedding coming up the next weekend. I absolutely fell in love with the dress – it was more than I wanted to spend, but it just looked amazing and was posh enough for this NYC wedding. Well, the dress didn’t fit… I was too nervous to even try to sit down in it, there was no way I was busting any moves on the dance floor, and I would even need someone to go to the bathroom with me! This obviously was not going to work!

At this point I was devastated. I’m a girl, and I loved this dress. Now it did not fit.

The next day I went into the gym and told my male coach my extremely girly problem… and at the end of the conversation I said, “I better PR on my lifts!” Obviously, not really into my tremendously girly problem, he kept it short and said, “You will.”

PR!

Testing day inevitably came and needless to say, I was ringing the PR bell like no one’s business! Below are my before and after numbers:

  • Snatch: 105 – 125lbs
  • Clean & Jerk: 125 – 140lbs
  • Back Squat: 180 – 200lbs

I was beyond excited! 125 was always my “dream” goal for my snatch, and after I stood up with that barbell, did a dance, and dished out some hugs – with a smile on my face I said, “That was totally worth my dress not fitting!”

A strength mentality: I will take bigger thighs and ass if that means my lifts go up and my times go down.
We all make sacrifices. I had to sacrifice how I viewed my body in order to get stronger. My legs, butt, and arms are all bigger; in fact, I think I only have one pair of jeans that actually fit now! But I’m fine with that. I will take bigger thighs and ass if that means my lifts go up and my times go down.

You have to decide if you are willing to make the sacrifice.

I leave you with this quote:

“Sacrifice is giving up something good for something better.” – Unknown

Originally from The Real Rx Blog

Meghan Prunty is a Holistic Health Practitioner and Fitness Coach. I work with active individuals of all ages and skill levels who want to shed pounds, gain self confidence and perform to their optimal ability in sport and life.

If you are having trouble reaching your weight loss and performance goals click here to schedule a free initial consultation today. Together we can increase your self confidence so you can lead the life you always wanted.

Printable Version

We Are Scouting Top Writers

Are you passionate about fitness and have something to say? Reach a huge online community and get the discussion going - start writing for Tabata Times today!

Share this post
@TabataTimes on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook 

Contribute to this story by commenting below:

Advertise Here

Most Popular of All Time

Beaverton CrossFit posted an article
Beaverton CrossFit posted an article
CrossFit 101 shared a link on Facebook

http://crossfit101.com/waiting-exhale/

CrossFit Los Gatos posted an article
Berkeley CrossFit posted an article
mindcoach published the post Confidence and High Intensity Performance on Tabata Times
I know we just moved out of ski season, but skiing has so much to teach us about mental strength...
Morgan Hill CrossFit shared a link on Facebook

week5 wod4 http://wp.me/p3Bc8L-jj

CrossFitOfFremont posted an article
Berkeley CrossFit posted an article
CrossFit 101 posted an article
CrossFit Potrero Hill shared a link on Facebook

WOD- Thursday, July 3 SKILL OF THE MONTH: MUSCLE-UP Weekly Homework: do this before class, after class, or at open gym to improve your muscle ups! Week 7/1-7/6/14 1. Swing Hip to Rings 3×8 2. Ring Supports 3×8 3. Ring Rows 3×10 4. False Grip Hang 2x …

CrossFit Oakland posted on Facebook

Thursday is a Recovery Day!

Telegraph CrossFit shared a link on Facebook

Thursday 7/3/2014 WOD http://www.telegraphcrossfit.com/thursday-732014/

Telegraph CrossFit posted an article
CrossFit Ashland posted an article
Beaverton CrossFit shared a link on Facebook

Announcements Fourth of July schedule! Friday - 8:30 AM and 11:30 AM Saturday - 8:15 AM, 9:30 Burn, 12:00 PM Main - Mobility with Roskopf Guest Mobilizer this evening! This guy knows how to have a good time! View Public Whiteboard: http://bit.ly/1vzh78F Metcon (No Measure) Expect some smashing, rolling, twisting, turning, laughing, crying and overall goodness happening to your crusty tissues!

Max Fitness CrossFit posted on Facebook

7/3/14 Come in, work on a skill! Make up a WOD.

CrossFit Dark Element shared a link on Facebook

http://cfdarkelement.com/whiteboard/

CrossFit Dark Element shared a link on Facebook

http://cfdarkelement.com/daily-wod/

Beaverton CrossFit posted on Facebook

Mobility Thursday night. July 3rd. 6:30pm - guest/substitute mobilizer! This guy's gonna tear you apart! Have a blast gang! RWR.

CrossFit Sweatshop posted an article
San Carlos CrossFit shared a link on Facebook

CrossFit Oakdale shared a link on Facebook

http://cfoakdale.com/2014/07/03/kevins-climb-completed/

San Carlos CrossFit shared an image on Facebook

Lots of snatches tomorrow #crossfit #snatch #fit #fitness #exercise #lift #wod #pr #crossfitgirls @mjett74

San Carlos CrossFit shared an image on Facebook

Working on our base. #crossfit #rowing #fit #fitness #wod #lift #exercise @mmaclean01

Concord CrossFit shared an image on Facebook

Welcome some new faces :-) great job tonight Courtney, John and Megan!!!

CrossFit West Santa Cruz shared a link on Facebook

Matt http://wp.me/suz1A-matt

CrossFit West Santa Cruz posted an article
Beaverton CrossFit posted on Facebook

Great work at the track tonight....tough session

CrossFit Potrero Hill posted an article
Beaverton CrossFit shared a link on Facebook

Announcements Fourth of July schedule! Friday - 8:30 AM and 11:30 AM Saturday - 8:15 AM, 9:30 Burn, 12:00 PM Main - CrossFit View Public Whiteboard: http://bit.ly/TQiSCw Main WOD Around the World (No Measure) 5 movements @ 70% 1 min each for 30 min Olympic lifting Clean and Jerk (1 clean + jerk each 90s ; add 10# until fail ) Perform 1 clean + jerk each 90s, add 10# ; until fail...rest 5 min , repeat...try to meet or beat it Men start - 135 Women -95

Telegraph CrossFit shared an image on Facebook

Working on Jerk Balances for warmups and position work in tonight's Weightlifting Class

CrossFit Mill Valley shared an image on Facebook

Worlds colliding to save lives. Juggling for Jude #poweredbymammoth

CrossFit West Santa Cruz posted on Facebook

Athletes, remember that the Firecracker Race will be running on July 4th at Harvey West. You'll need to park a couple blocks away and walk or run to the 9am class. :-)

CrossFit 209 Sport shared a link on Facebook

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=735577119822185&id=163071317072771

CrossFit 209 Sport posted on Facebook

What will you be making for your 4th of July BBQ??? Let's hear it!! https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=410308475776149&substory_index=0&id=271313329675665

CrossFit 209 Sport shared an image on Facebook

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=284606848385040&id=148284738683919 More info on knee pain!!

CrossFit 101 shared a link on Facebook

Scamper Pics are up!

CrossFit West Santa Cruz shared a link on Facebook

Super short read with great tips.

saulj shared a link on Facebook

Not saying anything, just saying...

San Carlos CrossFit shared an image on Facebook

Back in action #thrusters #crossfit #fit #fitness #exercise #lift #wod

CrossFit Oakdale posted on Facebook

http://www.playbuzz.com/erikw/what-crossfit-exercise-are-you

CrossFit Cypher shared an image on Facebook

It's the new planking? AM crew helds it down!

CrossFit Cypher shared an image on Facebook

It's the new planking? AM crew helds it down!

CrossFit Cypher shared an image on Facebook

It's the new planking? AM crew helds it down!

CrossFit Cypher shared an image on Facebook

It's the new planking? AM crew helds it down!

CrossFit Cypher shared an image on Facebook

It's the new planking? AM crew helds it down!

CrossFit Los Gatos shared an image on Facebook

Noon class finishing strong today! Kb's, push jerks and C2b pull ups! Oh ya ;)

CrossFit Envy shared a link on Facebook

Oops, forgot to mention, use the link to sign up and help a brother out :-P.

CrossFit Envy shared a link on Facebook

Hey everyone! Inov-8's, along with Skins and CEP compression gear, and other great gear for CrossFit.

CrossFit Modesto posted on Facebook

Just a little FYI guys, Friday July 4th. Coach Chris will be in at 5:30am for a workout and Coach Billy will be in at 9am as well! These are the only two classes for Friday, so prepare for some fun!

CrossFit Davis shared a link on Facebook

Make Coach Elliot happy and sign up for the Tommy Kono Meet coming up in August! There are sign up sheets at the gym! Talk to Elliot or any other coach for more info!

Arena Ready CrossFit shared a link on Facebook

Couldn't ask for a better athlete, coach, and friend to join us at Arena Ready! Too bad she's a Seahawks fan - I guess no one is perfect.

Tamalpais CrossFit posted on Facebook

July Happenings: Friday July 4th- 8 & 9am Classes only! Sunday July 6th- 9am Swim WOD at COM Kentfield Pool Sunday July 6th- Oly Strong moves to 10:15am on Sundays Tuesday July 8th- 11-11:45am CrossFit Kids starts, 2 spots left, register today! Parents WOD while your kid plays! Saturday July 12th- Crosstown Throwdown TCF vs Santa Rosa Strength and Conditioning – 11:45-2 pm at TCF, sign up on competition board located in SRB- all levels welcome! July 21st- Clarke Holland attends and dominates the CrossFit Games 2014

FTF Fitness posted an article
CrossFit Sandpoint shared an image on Facebook

We're officially announcing our High Performance Lifting Seminar with 2x Junior National Champion Phillip Wilhelm! EVENT OVERVIEW: Phillip Wilhelm (USAW High Performance Athlete) will be taking CrossFit athletes through a two day technique and development training camp that will give each athlete enough time to work on the basics while progressively advancing to more complex movements. This two day training camp covers the snatch and clean and jerk. Each day will start with a progressive introduction of lifts and overview of essentials. There will be mobility exercises and stretching before coaches coaching movements and exercises. Athletes should expect to be working with light low volume reps. This will enable athletes to focus extensively on motor pattern work and refinement of the bar path. Spots are limited, so if you would like to be apart of this epic weekend you can register and pay one of three ways: 1. http://hplifting.dov3webs.com/events/2014/08/crossfit-sandpoint-seminar/ 2. Put your name on the list next to the whiteboard in the gym 3. Email or call me to set up payment option. (kenny@crossfitsandpoint(dot)com) Early Registration (before July 21st at 9:00pm) is $195 Late Registration (after July 21st at 9:01pm) is $250 If you aren't already sold, here are some things to consider: - This is an insanely inexpensive seminar. I generally expect to pay at least $400-$500 for two days (and have paid a heck of a lot more). This one breaks down to be about $20 an hour with one of the top weightlifters in the United States. And, super bonus, you don't even have to travel. - On average, our normal classes spend roughly 20-30 minutes a day, two days a week working on the Snatch and/or Clean & Jerk. In other words, we only spend a total of an hour a week working on extremely technical lifts that take a lifetime to master. These 8-10 dedicated hours will improve your technique by leaps and bounds. - This is for athletes of all levels. Don't be intimidated if you feel like you're a beginner. You won't be holding anyone up. In fact, you probably stand to benefit the most of anyone. - It's not often that a coach/lifter of this caliber comes through the Inland Northwest, let alone Sandpoint. Take advantage. - This is open to the public, and spots are limited, so sign up fast. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

CrossFit Petaluma posted on Facebook

Schedule for the week of July 4th: Friday, July 4th: 10am class @ CSC only Saturday, July 5th: 10am class @ CSC only Make your way up to CrossFit Sonoma County to pick a Hero workout to complete in honor of Independence Day! The gym will be open from 10am-11:30am. Come in and throw down before a day filled with food, family, and fireworks!

Berkeley CrossFit posted an article
CrossFit 209 Sport posted on Facebook

4th of July hours 8 and 9 AM only!!

bevchildress published the post Do You Struggle With Chronic Disease? on
I live with Rheumatoid Arthritis Disease. I’ve done a pretty good job of keeping it at bay and...

@TabataTimes on Twitter

Watch the latest episode of GPTV