About Looking Good


“Athletic Skills Day”
2 min test of each skill
­Tire flip and hop (scored by completed flip and hop = 1)
Sit to stand, anchored feet
­Rope climbs
­Agility drills­ ali shuffle, icky shuffle, 3 attempts for time
Broad Jump for distance­, 3 attempt for max distance


Conga Time
In teams of 4, Conga-line style relay
4 rounds for time of:
250m Row
20 Box Jumps (must step down)
100m Farmers carry(50/35)
10 Burpee pull ups

Team Member #1 starts with 250m row.
When row is completed, Team Member #1 moves to box jumps and Team Member #2 starts on row.
Continue, conga-line style through the movements.
Team members may only move to their next station when the person in front of them has completed their work at that station.
Team will start Round 2 when all Team members have completed all four movements.
Round 2 starts in reverse order with the Burpee pull ups.I see a lot of material out there touting why CrossFit is better because it’s not about looking good.

First to that I say, “Really?”

Second, I say, “Who cares if I just want to look good?”

Well, to be accurate, I also want to feel good. But I don’t think looking good and/or feeling good are any less of a goal than anything else out there. Yes, one of the reasons I fell in love with CrossFit years ago was because it took my eyes off the scale and put them on much more healthy and fun numbers, like numbers of pull-ups or the weight of my deadlift. But that being said, those numbers are also only important to a point. Pursuit of any number can become unhealthy if it’s done without a well-rounded mindset. And so, I care more about the weight of my deadlift than I did ten years ago, before starting CrossFit, but care less about it than I did even one year ago. Yes, it was fun last year to lift 225lbs for a bunch of reps, but it’s also fun to be able to get out of bed and stand up straight. It’s also fun to fit in my jeans and not feel like a puffster, and with all that strength training I was definitely verging on puffster. And truth be told I can’t even remember how many reps I did on that peak day, so it can’t actually have been that important after all.

What I do know is that today I woke up and I felt good. I felt energetic and I felt light (whether the scale said I weighed more or less, I felt “light.”) I got out of bed without pain, I went for a three mile walk with the love of my life, and tonight we’ll do a met-con workout together at the gym. And when I looked in the mirror this morning I saw some abs. And you know what? I liked that, and I don’t feel bad about that being what I’m after.

Becca Borawski served as Program Director at CFLA for seven years and is now part of the extended coaching family. She is the managing editor for Breaking Muscle, a website designed for real athletes and real coaches. She lives in Portland, Oregon and is most likely preparing a paleo meal at this very moment.


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