Practice Simple Mind Training
By Karina Estremadoyro
We work on our strength and skills every day, but do we work on our mind? We know we need a strong mind if we want to become better athletes. Sometimes people let their mental wellness be just a beneficial outcome of working out and taking care of their body.
What if we are not in a working out mood, if we feel frustrated practicing a difficult skill or if we feel stressed about something that happened at work, or are just having a bad day? We then feel bad about ourselves and think that we are not good at something. What are we supposed to do then? We have a life outside the box and it affects our training, so everything has to stay balanced.
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“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
— Nathan Hale
Memorial Day is much more than just an extended weekend. Memorial Day, which started after the Civil War in 1868, was created to honor Americans who died while fighting for their country. It’s not to be confused with Veterans Day, which is an observance for those who served in the U.S. military.
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CrossFit Diamond Memorial Day Hours: 8:00 am and 10:00 am
In memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y., who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005.
This workout was one of Mike’s favorites and he’d named it “Body Armor”. From here on it will be referred to as “Murph” in honor of the focused warrior and great American who wanted nothing more in life than to serve this great country and the beautiful people who make it what it is.
Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed. Start and finish with a mile run. If you’ve got a twenty pound vest or body armor, wear it.
Athlete Spotlight Lauren O’Malley
Name and “board name” (or what should your board name be)? What are your stats (optional)?
“Law” – Nickname that stuck courtesy of my Mother who was born and raised in Queens; emphasis on the “aw”
Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?
I lived in Yaphank until I was 9 then moved to Kings Park,
did a short stint in Wantagh (CRAZY, I mean CRAZY, landlord),
now I’ve been in Deer Park the last few years but we are looking to move to an apartment further west on the south shore…
What do you do for a living?
I work for North Shore-LIJ Health System as a Credentialing Coordinator
When did you become part of the Diamond family and why did you join?
April of 2014
I joined to take part in something that my boyfriend (coach Jay) was so passionate about; I wanted to share that with him.
Plus, I met a few of the members and they were a huge selling point
What was your athletic background before joining CFD?
I was a soccer nut for years, I also dabbled in volleyball, softball, and track
Before joining CrossFit I mostly ran to stay in shape, now I’m trying to fit running back into my schedule
What is your favorite wod/exercise?
AMRAPs so people don’t have to wait around for me lol
Other than that I do not have a favorite – I love how everyday is different/not the same ol boring routine
What is your least favorite wod/exercise?
BURPEES – they suck the life out of me
What is your biggest milestone, achievement, or “A-ha” moment at CFD?
Doing a rope climb – I never thought I would be able to
What goal(s) are you looking to accomplish?
I have A LOT of goals! I guess my current top 3 would be:
- Really get my DUs down
- Be able to do non-modified push-ups for an entire WOD
- And of course I want to move faster and lift heavier #MFLH
What are your hobbies and interests outside of CFD?
There’s life outside of work and CFD? haha
Hobbies/Interests: “playing outside” – bike, rollerblade, lawn games, hike, beach, etc.; watching the Mets & Jets, fantasy football (this is my year!), traveling, fashion, sewing, and shopping
What is something that we may not know about you?
I have a twin brother that lives in Texas; we were born 1 minute apart
What is your favorite cheat meal?
I have to pick one?! I can’t haha…
Red wine / craft beer – sooooo good but empty calories people!,
Ice cream and anything with cheese that is vegetarian friendly
What is some advice or encouragement for someone just starting CFD or thinking of starting?
The same advice I give myself:
Try to make an effort to come 4-5 days a week and try your best to eat clean!
Make it a point to work on your weaknesses and don’t say, “I’ll never be able to ________” because you won’t ever be able to with that attitude