Small victories

About 4 months after starting CrossFit, I am starting to see progress. Small improvements but huge moral boost. Hard work pays off.

Photo: Victor Freitas


After feeling quite down for not being able to do a single bloody Power Snatch (trying so many times, failing, getting frustrated), I finally got some correct ones! Only with 25kg but I did quite a few and I am starting to understand (that's a big word) how the lift works. We had a coach I never had before and she insisted on the tension in the back and glute needed in the start position. It was a massive game changer. Hearing from that same coach that you have potential is also very good for the mood and temporarily eases the "not good enough" voice.

One of the greatest moments in life is realizing that just two weeks ago, your body couldn't do what it just did


The lift that allows you to move weights you never thought you could. Lifting 92.5 kg when I first tried to establish my one rep max was incredibly empowering.

I also did 3 sets of 10 reps with 65kg without struggling too much and it made me feel like I could move mountains. It was also quite amusing to see the face of the woman next to me when I was adding weight on the barbell. “But you're tiny!” she said. I answered with a smile while adding 10kg plates.

Team WoD with beasts - the road to motivation and inspiration

First time I was in a team with two very strong and experienced women (including one coach).

I was a very intimidated to start with, dreading to slow them down too much. My nerves made me feel like I really didn't know what I was doing.

But once I was in it, I got my sh*t together and did a good workout. It was motivating and fun. I felt encouraged and seen in my strength. It made me want to become better, as good as them, without feeling like I am bad where I am at now.

Unassisted pull ups

Open workout 18.3: Making people do unassisted pull ups for the first time. One by one.. until the time is up.. Registered or not, everybody had to do the Open workout. Even in the scaled version, no band was allowed for the pull ups. It was incredibly frustrating and rewarding at the same time. I did end up with tears of frustrations in my eyes, but it was a very good exercise. Don’t give up, go back to that bar, again, again, and again.

Don't stop when you're tired, stop when you're done

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