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Sunday 11 July 2010

Posted by The Coach on July 10th, 2010

Be like a very small joyous child living gloriously in the ever present now without a single worry or concern about even the next moment of time… Eileen Caddy. The Dawn of change.

17 Responses to “Sunday 11 July 2010”

  1. Storm said

    and then i get growled at by my mother for not growing up….

    A question for you all, why do you train, why do you train at
    ‘The Cell’.
    What has it given you and how does it make you feel.

    Post your thoughts

    S x

  2. The Cell said

    First person to say The Cell has given them man hands will receive 150 Burpees!!! πŸ˜› (yes Elle, I’m talking to you πŸ™‚ )


  3. Biljana said

    I train so I can do anything I want to do….

    Why do I train at The Cell?? I get asked this all the time because I drive so far to train there. I train at The Cell because it has the best coaches and programming!!
    The Cell has given me a new found family of like minded friends and the confidence to try new things and believe in myself! πŸ™‚

  4. andrew said

    I was talking about this with Peter on friday…having done some sort of training since 1983 (before some of my Cell mates were born) I was frankly bored with training but now I have a sense of enthusiasm for training again and am in better shape than i have been for quite some time. I like it at the Cell (well maybe not halfway thru a 50 rep set of burpees..) I enjoy the company of like minded people (coaches included) and really do miss it when i am ever away. I suppose since there are other CF affiliates closer to me I could try them out but have never really thought seriously about this as I consider the Cell my “home”.

  5. Tereena said

    I really enjoy coming to The Cell for a number of reasons:
    1) the people (including the coaches)…like-minded, hard-working, passionate, enthusiastic, friendly, interesting & interested πŸ™‚
    2) the coaches…lead by example, friendly, approachable, helpful, fun, caring, wholistic approach…I also really like the way both male and female athleticism and strength are valued evenly
    3) programming…aims to help each individual achieve their best physical, mental, emotional potential…therefore it is flexible, displays alot of foresight, gets results, is never dull and monotonous, and is challenging and rewarding
    4) personal agenda…having been through quite a stressful time the past few years I have enjoyed the challenge, support and focus encouraged to return to my former healthy self…also prior to coming to The Cell my exercise mainly consisted of walking/treadmill, aerobics, sporadic weights and swimming, gymnastics as a kid, and yoga which certainly have their merits, however they can become stale or uninspiring (with the exception of yoga), so I find it really enjoyable (and sometimes scary!) doing the different WODs and definitely feel stronger in my abilities as a consequence

  6. Tereena said

    But also Jase, it is true…sometimes two of my appendages have taken on quite a masculine-like appearance post KB or pull-up bar work…I didn’t say ‘man hands’ though…just non-feminine and calloused and gross…HAHA

  7. Pete Yeates said

    WU = Mobility, Squat x 5 @ 15kg, 15, 45, 65.

    Squat 5 x 5 @ 75kg – I have changed to a wider stance, so went light to ease my body into it.

    Handstand practice.

    Training for and participating in individual sports has been a part of my life since the early 80’s. I now get grumpy if I miss even one day, so I must be addicted to the endorphins released from training. πŸ™‚

    The Cell is full of likewise “addicted to training” individuals, including the best quality of coaching anywhere. I guess Birds of a Feather Flock Together.

  8. Tracy said

    I am the same as Biljana – most people look at me like I’ve got two heads when I tell them how far I go to work out, especially since my work place has an in-house gym (with REALLY crappy weights I might add)…

    I train because it makes me feel good. I love how strong I feel and that you are encouraged to be aggressive…and that most of the weight lifts we do wouldn’t be possible without aggression.

    I think this is such a weak point for our up-bringing of girls – “You are not allowed to get/show anger” which probably the female version of the mantra “strong men don’t cry”. It’s total bullshit.

    We are all human beings and allowed to cry and show aggression no matter what sex we are. Both things are healthy because the alternative – keeping those emotions in your body is VERY unhealthy.

    So, hooray to the girls for sledge hammer slams, punching bags and working out so hard you are grunting, yelling, swearing and sometimes crying. That’s why I train Crossfit.

    I love coming to the Cell because it’s become a community to me and wonderful place of support with like-minded people…and finally after 1.5yrs, Jason gives me a hug! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

    I have better posture, better mental strength, the emergence of shoulder muscles and pipes which I’ve always wanted. Love it! I don’t have man hands, just callouses but my guy doesn’t seem to mind!

    BTW – a HUGE thank you to who ever brought in the box of lemons – They were a lifesaver on the weekend battling my cold. πŸ™‚

    why do you train, why do you train at
    β€˜The Cell’.
    What has it given you and how does it make you feel.

  9. Amith said

    Why do I train? To be piss-fit !!

    Why do I train at the cell? Haven’t won the powerball yet…

    What has it given me? bursitis & tendonitis ;-0

    How does it make me feel? GOOD !!!

  10. Storm said

    Guys awesome responses, keep up the good work and the tremedous spirit and energy you all bring to the “The Cell”.

    I suppose as i asked the question i should answer it as well.


    I train to be strong and quicker, to be lazy is not acceptable to me; I want to prevent disease from attacking me by being healthy. I avoid consuming things that will poison or weaken me.

    I want to be able to squat till the day I die. I want to enjoy all the days that I have before me as so many have gone already. I want to lead by example for my daughter, the athletes I coach and for those that observe silently from the sidelines.

    I coach because it makes my day better even when the weather is not the best or we are not running on time and someone asks me a question I have no answer to.

    I do not know all and I don’t pretend to, I do read, experiment (fall on my butt a lot doing so) and try to increase my knowledge base for you and myself. There are days I feel like the dummy as I don’t know as much as others so I do what I do best, keep it simple, make it fun and help you achieve.

    I get a thrill watching you develop as an athlete, seeing you believe in yourself and achieve things they you never thought possible.

    Watching an athlete cheer and applaud someone else who has just got his or her first
    pull-up/overhead squat/lap around the block and exude the same excitement as when they got theirs is humbling.

    The only thing I expect is that you move well technically and don’t cheat the movements adjusting your attitude and mental strength when needed.

    Myself and those who train alongside you provide encouragement and the odd attitude adjustments when needed as you may fall into that dark hole our minds become when we are fatigued and cannot see the end.

    The only thing I don’t like is trying to coach, motivate and progress someone who does not wholeheartedly want to be in the class.

    I am here because I want to be not because I have to be, this place we call β€˜The Cell’ a training community dedicated to the whole and the success of the many, it is about the β€˜Us’ not the β€˜I’.


  11. Vicki said

    OK, I already had man hands – now they are just “mannier” so really, that doesn’t count as a burpee penalty methinks.

    Because I have been that lazy person and at a size 22 and well over 100kg’s I hated myself. So I started training at the gym and began to lose the weight. Pretty much got addicted after that and loved feeling fit. Back to square one again, but I know I’ll get there again with the help and encouragement from coaches and crew.

    Originally because Pete was banging on about crossfit and The Cell so much it gave me the wiggins. He offered me 10 PT sessions with Stef and Stef told me I really ought to be doing cells. Weeeeell, I was pretty much hooked by then. I loved the results I was getting and I get bored very easily so it suited me perfectly. Still got 4 PT sessions to take at some stage …
    Probably the first and only time I have ever done what Pete told me to.

    I have really used the skills that we have learned – I absolutely used TABATA as a labour tool and regularly power clean bags of horse feed, wood etc. I see it as useful movement – far better than doing the ole grapevine – I tried using that as functional movement only to find the grapevine should never be performed outside of a gym or drunk on a dance floor πŸ™‚

    It’s refreshing to share time with like minded people with similar goals and values. I haven’t met one twit at the Cell as yet, and am pretty sure that our “Cell” family won’t allow the idiots to enter!
    Our coaches are awesome and treat all of us as athletes and I think that’s a little bit special. Added to that, they walk the walk. They’ve done it all before and aren’t asking us to perform movements that they don’t do themselves.

    For me training needs to be both mental and the physical. No matter how bad I feel mentally or physically I always feel better after a session, more mentally set for the day. I am amazed at the mental strength being at the Cell has developed.

    I wish I had a pic of Pete before and after – he is a walking testament to crossfit and it’s benefits. In fact I think we all are … but he’s a case in point. It’s a community and a family.

    Plus, it’s really good for a perve!

  12. Elle said

    Yes Jase, the Cell has given me “MAN HANDS!!” – Rough, Calloused, ugly, sand-paper, neanderthal MAN HANDS, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything….. πŸ™‚

    I’m happy to take your 150 Burpees and more – BRING ON ANOTHER CALLOUS!!

    Me and my Michael Jackson gloves are ready…… πŸ˜‰

  13. Jason said

    Training is part of who I am – I have been playing sport since I was 5 and I have been going to “the Gym” since I was 16, I could literally count on one hand the weeks where I have not done some form of weight training. So why do I keep going? Without that part of my identity I would just be the short, funny guy. And being honest, I’m pretty vain, and I am keeping the six pack until long after people stop asking to see it.
    I want to be a roll model to my family and friends, to my kids and their kids, and I will gladly swap training and nutrition tips with anyone who is prepared to listen. There are numerous limitations that are outside my sphere of control and influence; physical will never be one of them.
    Why the Cell? When I started training at the Cell it answered the question – “How am I going to keep doing this until I’m 80?” The Cell and the people in it have rekindled my passion and priority for training.
    The use of measurement, feedback, progression and intrinsic and extrinsic competition ensure that I look forward to every session.
    Also for me training is a metaphor for life – because after all “the way you do one thing is the way you do everything!”

  14. The Cell said

    Just read all these comments and I think I have something in my eye now. Damn dust πŸ˜‰


  15. Mon said

    I have only been at the Cell a short while and I already feel SO much better for joining. I looked back in my book the other day and I am already pretty proud of the progress I have made, and can’t wait to improve more. I was thinking of joining for a while and it took a bit of courage as I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it and all I wish now is that I joined sooner.

    I love how it is scaled and no matter what your strength or circumstance you are performing the same action.

    I have always liked exercise but never never the way I do now. before if was the same old gym stuff that ‘normal’ people do. There is NO WAY I would of put weights on the bar that I am lifting now. I can only do this because of the encouragement, support and knowledge that the coaches of The Cell have provided and given and now I am confident in trying and aiming higher and constantly trying to improve my technique and PB’s.

    I absolutley LOVE it and am so glad I took the plunge and joined. I would recommend it to anyone that is not a member already.

    Yes I agree, my hands used to be so soft and now they have callouses which I have never had before, but they are worth it.

    Thank you to the coaches for all your work and knowledge you provide. I look forward to getting fitter, stronger and mentally and physically.

    To all the other people who in the classes motivating me and making me feel welcome to The Cell I thank you to making me part of your cell family.

  16. Jeff said

    They have my credit card number and it is close.

    Question 1 answered.

    Question 2. While I like being active it is several years since I participated in team sports and without that peer pressure my training has lacked intensity. Booking my sessions at The Cell means that if I don’t go I will be letting others and myself down, not to mention throwing away good dollars.

    Oh, yeah. I wouldn’t keep going unless I enjoyed the company there.

  17. It is indeed about being motivated. I like your article and the picture is wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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