Do you know what really gets my goat? When people come to training and they haven’t fueled their bodies right, they haven’t had a sufficient amount of sleep and still get frustrated by their performance in the box. To me, the problem here, is crystal clear! This person has unrealistic expectations. If you have skipped dinner 2 times this week, been under a copious amount of stress and or had less than 6 hours of sleep each night then you are most likely exhausted.
Demanding your body to “GO “or “pick that weight up” when you have starved it of nutrients and rest is extremely frustrating as a Coach. I see it happen all the time and 95% of the time it ends in tears. And guess who did this exact thing on Saturday morning…. Me. As I have recently launched my first online business The Babe Project, I had been working 70 plus hours per week, zero days off, brain working at 1 Kazillion kilometres per hour (yes that is an actual speed) and yes, I will admit, I have had minimal sleep, skipped meals (which is so rare for me) and had next to no ‘me’ time. <Big gasp of air>
Last week my job demanded so much of me. Interviews, coaching, business managing, online monitoring, email response, video footage recording and launching a membership website, which comes with a whole world of techhead stuff that even the nerd in me was overwhelmed by. I trained twice properly last week, the other sessions were mere attempts at getting a sweat on before a busy day, it was more so to clear my mind than exercise.
So I rocked up to training on Saturday morning like <insert matthew mcconaughey voice> “well, alright, let’s do this” head strong and totally ready to beast mode it. The workout looked pretty intimidating, it was a Hero WOD but I figured, ‘Go RX, you haven’t trained much this week.’
3,2,1 GO! Smashed out 12 Deadlifts like “BOOM, what!?” moved on to the pull ups and did 2 sets of 10 to complete my 20, then walked over to my 42.5kg Clean and Jerks and thought “I’ll do 6 touch and go,” then my body picked up the bar, cleaned it, jerked it and from then on I felt like a bus had hit me and I wished I could lay in the fetal position while listening to “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift (don’t act like you don’t like it).
After every rep, I felt that awful feeling of exhaustion and nothing left in the tank, I started to get really frustrated with myself. “Rev! Go!? Why wont you go? … Alright now you’ve really got to put it in- this is a poor effort, go!” and much to my disappointment I just couldn’t.
I think it was around the 3rd round, I was standing under the pull up structure, hands in the air, staring at the pull up bar and I felt it. My throat close up, my eyes start burning and then burst into tears. I did eventually get the WOD done, after sucking in a few big ones, pep talk from the Babes and just being a little more patient with myself between reps.
It gave me a huge wake up call! I had to take a step back and realise that I was being an idiot- massive week, exhausted and then expecting Beast Revie to come out- uh uh, my body expressed to me pretty quick that that wasn’t going down.
I realise that I am a motivator and someone that people around the world go to for inspiration and advice on living a well balanced, “zen” life but at the end of the day, I am human and I totally have those freak the f*&k out, “I just can’t do this!” moments. More often then you probably think! Luckily I have an incredible support network which a big part of is the Babes and of course Clayton and my parents- so thankful.
Later on, one of the Babes said, “wow it’s good to know that happens to you too” (in which I coughed up “gee thanks Vera!” haha!) and I see comments on Instagram from time to time, ‘you balance everything so well’ so here is the other side to my life. When shit comes crashing down and I think that I am incapable. The responsibility is all mine to pick myself up, rest up, refuel, refocus and now Im here. Sitting on the laptop, laughing at myself, rested, fueled and listening to my body, because it knows best.
THE WOD | Programmed by my darling husband Clayton
5 rounds for time:
12 deadlifts (225#) Women: 70kg
20 pull ups
12 clean and jerks (135#) Women: 42.5kg
20 knees to elbows