Rita Benavidez’s Blog

I Love CrossFit and Zombies
October 12, 2011, 5:40 am
Filed under: Fitness, food, Paleo

I love CrossFit. Some CrossFitters are assholes, sometimes I’m an asshole. If you don’t do CrossFit I bet you are even an asshole at times. Anyways I’ve been getting several hits from people who are knocking CrossFit, which is cool, it’s not for everyone. I’m not saying its for the elite, but it takes people of a certain mental fortitude and personal ethic. People who are competitive get sucked in. How could they not? In running, you’re either the best or your not. In body building your either the biggest, or your not. CrossFit gives the people who are not exceptional at just one thing a chance to be great at many things. To beat the elite runner at lifting, to beat the body builder in metabolic conditioning.  CrossFit is an opportunity for everyone to be overall good, and at times superb. Laugh at me now. Go ahead. I used to be a cross country runner, I’ve put in some miles. I was never very good, more of a middle of the pack kind of person.  Now that I do CrossFit, I’m still middle of the pack overall, but for individual things I excel. For example I can “squat” clean more than several girls thirty plus pounds heavier than myself.  I have great endurance for heavy lifting with high loads. Though I am overall bad at running I excel at running hills especially against other CrossFitters. Booyaaah!!!

My rant: I’m actually I BIG hater on CrossFit as well, for the longest time and even still gyms are allowed to open, run by people who have no business teaching. As a coach for this “sport” I hate such places and people because it reflects on the community of which I take part. Assholes!!! Part two here’s an article of my favorite clients!

That said I finally sent in my passport application. Guam, Brazil, World, here I come! So, if you love or hat me and you live in one of the places I eventually venture, and you see me, don’t hesitate to stop me for a chat!

I’ve made the conscious descision that the Zombie apocalypse should it happen will suck. Every morning that I wake up at 4a.m. I ponder about zombies and just how prepared I am. I think that the morning would be an ideal time for it to happen as my family would be nicely tucked in their beds meaning A. I know where they are, and B. they haven’t been exposed. I would for an afternoon zombie pop. I don’t know where my loved ones are at 2p.m. Shoot. So remember kids, hide your kids, hide your wife, and lock your doors. Below is a video to prepare you!  Kthnxbye!


Beat Up Fran
March 24, 2011, 3:31 pm
Filed under: Fitness, food, Paleo, Workout log

For those of you in the CrossFit cult you know what Fran is how much of a bitch she can be. I usually ace around 7minutes when I do her, but I finally pushed out a 4:49 and boy was that dumb. That workout wrecks your entire body rendering you unable to fend for yourself. Fran usually leaves you disoriented and writhing in pain, wishing your arms would fall off, and is accompanied by a cough, the intense feeling of needing to vomit and shit. Not the best feeling in the world.


In other news the weather in Northern California has been wet and windy. We’ve had tornado warnings, highways closing due to snowfall, and some flooding. Woot. And rumor has it that those of us living on and around the San Andreas fault will get shaken up in the near future! Get your first aid and survival kits together, better over prepared than not prepared!

Glad its Over
February 20, 2011, 3:12 pm
Filed under: Fitness, food, Stuff, Workout log

The Courage Games was definitely an experience. And once you overlooked the rain and the deafening pain of your hands and feet as they froze it was even fun. Don’t hate me for speaking up, but the judges were definitely not on the same page. They gave poor movers an unfair advantage over people who met movement standards. This is not the fault of the athlete of course, nor is it really the fault of the judges. It really comes down to the organizers and how it is their responsibility to hold everyone to the same standards. We see similar discrepancies in any CrossFit Competition, however, this was the worst I have yet seen. The reason this bothers me is because the outcome could have been different. However I feel like everyone took something from this event. Also, I feel that everyone left with a handful of new friendships. The first workout was fun. The second one made me cry for mommy, and the last one was a blast, but overall I’m glad its over.

Individual WOD #1:
a) 1.3 mile run
b) Ground to Overhead procession
Women – 65#, 75#, 85#, 95#, 105#, 115#, 125#, 135#

Individual WOD #2
10 KB Swings 53#/35#
40 Air Squats
20 KB Swings 53#/35#
30 Push Ups (hands off deck)
30 KB Swings 53#/35#
20 Burpees

Individual WOD #3
15 Deadlifts 275#/185#
10 Barrier Hurdles
30 Double Unders
20 meters out and back Overhead Lunge 45#/25#
Transfer your bar (275#/185#) 20 meters (anyhow)
20 Deadlifts 225#/135#
Sprint to Barrier
8 Barrier Hurdles
30 Double Unders

I think I’ll be getting sick. I think a full day of shivering left my immune system pissed off at me. Lesson learned, maybe think twice about doing a outdoor competition in the middle of Winter. I don’t care what the groundhog said this year, it is Winter still.