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Done with the Diagnosis

"I have shin splints"

"I have tendonitis"

In my experience coaching, one of the most crippling thing that happens to athletes is when then get a diagnosis for an acute injury (aka, short-term aches and pains). What's even worse is when the athletes try to diagnose themselves. The actual diagnosis, itself, is used for scientists to be able to reference specific things to each other, and the nature of the words sound way more serious than they are.

For instance, if someone says, "I have a severe Contusion in my leg," my first thought is Jesus, this guy might need to have his leg amputated, blood clots or something nasty. But nope, a contusion is a bruise, plain and simple. Somebody kneed you in the thigh. Walk that bad boy off.

Before I met Sabal, if someone told me they have a facial Epistaxis, I would imagine the horrors of reconstructive surgery and skin graphing. I don't even know what those are. But again, the diagnosis exaggerates the severity; an Epistaxis is a nosebleed.

Anyone remember Buzz? Probably not a true Epistaxis, but then again, it is probably the same thing.For acute injuries, a diagnosis means absolutely nothing to us. In fact, it can do more harm than good. When I hear some of our kids from the track team diagnose themselves with shin splints, they suddenly lose the ability not only to run, but to do push-ups, hollow rocks, and squats. They might as well check themselves into an assisted living home. Or when somebody comes to me with "tennis elbow" or "jumper's knee," they let that diagnosis engulf them. I prefer the Pat method.

"Chris, man, my knee is feeling a little juicy today"

Okay, now we are speaking the same language! Other good examples:

Mr. Carey: "My Achilles was really achy after my ugly attempts at double unders."

Erica: "Chris I have a question: so my back was feeling really bad after max effort deadlifts..."

Mrs. Fitz: "I have some inflammation around my knee after that ninja landing in dodgeball Friday night."

These are specific descriptions of what the athlete is feeling. But more than that, it gives off the vibe that there is a problem with one little thing, not the entire system, and therefore it's possible to work around it. As a coach, this means that we can actually have a legit conversation about taking some cracks at fixing it - whether that involves doing certain mobility drills, or modifying workouts, or jumping on the voodoo bands or Marc Pro. Throwing medical jargon adds a layer of intimidation that tends to stall the athlete's progress and discourages them from using any of their remaining functioning limbs. The only time I can see this coming in handy is when an issue moves past the short-term/acute stage. Jacob, for instance, came into CrossFit this spring talking about, "so I'm pretty sure I messed up by back, so I'll do my best to work around it". As it went on, he got it officially checked out and lo and behold, there was some legit pathology with his spinal disks - which no doubt gave him some relief and closure in knowing that he wasn't just being soft this whole time. But in my opinion, there is one self-diagnosis that trumps every itis or osis in the books:

"I'm sick"

This one really annoys me in the same way that I'm Busy does, and may be subject for another post altogether, but as with above, saying, "my head has been throbbing all day," or, "my nose is all stuffed up," or, "my throat hurts," or even something as simple as, "I'm just feeling a little off today for some reason" gives off the impression that this discomfort is a workable condition. Which, it is.

Leave the diagnosis for the doctors, take a crack at it yourself, and go about your day!

Pics of the Week: Mrs. Fitz Spartan Challenge

Last weekend Mrs. Fitz was not at our weekend workouts because she was participating in a Spartan Race held in part at Michigan International Speedway. She said she was part of a team that grinded through the course, and her training in CrossFit helped her make it through the ropes, bar swings, and the overall running. Here's a few photos from the action.

Way to represent Fitz-O!

New Graduate: Mrs. Fitz's HSPU Chronicles

Reminder - don't forget you guys can still vote for Mel's thing here. I think tomorrow is the last day.

Yo kids, this one has been a long time coming, but Mrs. Fitz has been working on getting her first handstand push-up for at least a month. In fact, I even put the ultimatum down and said she couldn't get her Summer shirt until she got the hspu. Well, while I was coaching the 10 am session this morning, I heard a YELP from the wall behind me. Shakes and Mrs. Fitz both confirmed it happened, so the camera was retrieved and we got video proof.

Here's the mashup of all her attempts plus the final one.

One Year Anniversary: Mrs. Fitz

On this day one year ago Mrs. Fitz completed her first day of Fundamentals with me.

Mrs. Fitz is another one of those athletes who I had a good feeling about right off the rip when it comes to fitting in with the Champions Club. And the cool thing was she came in with a pretty good athletic base; she played multiple sports in high school and still tried to keep active. She dropped Conor off for the 80's Workout and I went to introduce myself to her. After some small talk, she asked me if I had a session for adults, so I invited her to the parents version of the 80's workout the next day. It was her and I partnered up going against Mr. Z and Reggie. Somehow after that odd workout in muggy late-July, she decided this was for her.

Over the course of the last year Mrs. Fitz had wowed her fellow parents with her workout performances - whether it's max effort deadlifts, a long running workout with rope climbs, or a quick, intense 7-minutes of burpees. And she had plenty of graduations to go along with her workouts...

She can even do a hollow rock with Katie Shakes balancing on her hands - which I'm not sure is more impressive for her or Shakes.

As with everyone in the gym who stays around a decent amount of time, it's never just about the workouts, and Mrs. Fitz is no exception. From very early on everyone could tell she would be a good fit in our community. She can talk trash to David Sap in one breath then talk about mom stuff to Mrs. Kroll and Mama V in the next, and has a very healthy rivalry with Conor. She even brought in Mr. Fitz, who should be back any time now. Mrs. Fitz might be the Mr. Z of the mom's crew, only with even worse shoulder range of motion. Although, she can kick up to a handstand now on a mostly-regular basis.

True, this one is a keeper, kids. Congradulations to Mrs. Fitz on your one-year anniversary, and I think I can speak for everyone else in saying I hope there are many more to come.

Beast Mode: College Freaks

The Freaks are in college now, let that sink in for a minute.

Ricky Carey and crew just finished their first collegiate year and are now back at the Champions Club for the Summer. The 9 am session from last Tuesday featured Slick, Elizabeth Banet, David Saporito, Katie Shakes, and Mrs. Fitz. They put in a great performance on the wallball/box jump ladder. Check it out.

Pic of the Week Poll: Who Wore it Better?

Mrs. Fitz came in dressed for the occasion this morning at the 8:30 am session...

... only to be matched by Mr. Fitz at the 5:30 session later tonight:

Who do you think dressed better? It should also be noted that the picture of Mrs. Fitz above is believed to be her first ever double under. If so, congrats! Either way, I'd imagine these two should be leading the dress code front for the Summer's theme workouts.

New Graduate: Mrs. Fitz's Handstand

In the last few weeks Mrs. Fitz has been noted saying how she's "never going to get a kick up handstand." Recently, she had a breakthrough and managed to get a few with some spotters to assist. And today, she finally got that first one unassisted.

I was a little late with the camera, and she still held it for like 15 seconds, but I can assure it was legit. Great job!