The 7 Stages of the Whole Life Challenge

Here is the day we have all been waiting for!  It is time to register for the Whole Life Challenge. We’re excited to be 1 of over 125 gyms around the globe that are fired up and ready to take this on!

If you are still on the fence… why is that?

Are you worried that you are not going to do that well on the Challenge? Are you afraid of the scarey word “Paleo“? Remember, this is a challenge and it does not require you to have a perfect score on September 15th or a perfect score on November 10th.  It is about making healthy life changes throughout the 8 weeks and having a better score at the end of the challenge compared to day one.

Check out the post below from Tim at CrossFit High Voltage that he posted on his website yesterday.


…And in honor of tomorrow being the first day to register (remember, the actual Challenge Prelims start on Saturday, September 15 at High Voltage), I’ve put together what I’m calling ‘The 7 Stages of the Whole Life Challenge’. This has come from talking to so many of you about the benefits of accountability and participation…be sure to tell me in comments what stage you’re at! My mom, she’s finally reached stage 5! Boom. We’ll all be at Stage 7 on Saturday, November 10 (The Challenge Finals).

1-    Denial: I don’t need a Challenge, I’m fine. (me: Sure you are… have you SEEN this video? Awesomesauce!)

2-    Pain & Guilt: I’m too (insert yours here: busy, tired, perfect) already to take this on. I can’t do a Challenge in September – I’ve only got 4 more weeks to get ready for it, there’s no way I can be ready in 4 weeks.

3-    Anger & Bargaining: That’s not how I already do things! Maybe I’ll watch others do the Challenge, and see if they get any results with all this ‘regular and moderate exercise, improved nutrition, stretching, and fish oils’ sensible approach.

4-    Depression: ‘Everyone else is going to rock the challenge, but not me…there’s NO WAY I can do 8 weeks of this. I always (insert your crutch here), I can’t go 8 weeks without it! Ok, I’ll register, but I doub’t I’ll do well. Everyone else is perfect…everyone but me.

5-    The Upward Turn: Wait, this is actually pretty cool…everyone else seems pretty stoked about the Challenge too…they’re even looking forward to it…what would my life look like if I really took advantage of this awesome opportunity? (me: your life would be even more awesome, of course!)

6-    Reconstruction: You’re DOING the Challenge (starting with the Prelims on Saturday, September 15 at High Voltage) AND…you’re actually living the goals and life that others ENVY. Your friends & family want to register and get in on the awesomeness (and they actually can!).

7-    Acceptance & Hope: You have internalized the process that we’ve designed to help you live your healthiest life ever. Now, this doesn’t mean you’re perfect. This doesn’t mean you earned a perfect score but are miserable. This means you try hard, cut yourself some slack, and know a ton more about how your body operates, avoid the pitfalls that usually diminish your long term results and kick you off track, and saw some amazing results from the 8 weeks. By now you’ve no doubt inspired others in your to try to live healthier…now they’re not at stage 7…they’re maybe at 2 or 3…and that’s OK – you were there just a few weeks ago, remember?

Reminder: Advanced class tonight at 7:30pm.  We have some ladies attending tonight!

Today`s Workout:

Buy In – Back Squat 3-3-3-3-3 E3M

Increase weight each set trying for a 3RM on the last set.

WOD “Mosh Pit”

4 rounds:
5 squat snatch (75/115)
50 double unders
1 min rest in-between rounds

Score = Total time minus rest time (3 min)

GP – 95/135lbs
Zone 3 – scale double under reps as needed
Zone 2 – scale bar as needed, scale doubles to 150 single skips
Zone 1 – scale as needed.  If new to the snatch, sub hang squat snatch or overhead squat

Cash Out – MWOD

* Stretch out the forearms
* Roll out the shoulders with a lacrosse ball
* Roll out the calves


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