Open Gym with Cate

February 14, 2013
I often blog about my two daughters Taylor and Cate.  Taylor is almost 11 the precocious five-and-a-half year old is Cate  As it relates to our lifestyle, we're pretty active.  It's no secret that I talk incessantly about CrossFit and my gym CrossFit Omaha.  CrossFit is something I take time to do about five or six days a week, something I've been doing for just over one year.  I talked about my recent one year anniversary in a blog post earlier this week.

Naturally, my girls have been around it as well and  often witnesses to the workouts and lately my Cate has taken quite an interest in working out herself.

Cate and her big sister were off school today because of parent teacher conferences. So for noon class she tagged along for the ride bringing her pen and paper to practice writing and her teddy bear.

Today was an open gym day, so no directed workout, just skills practice or a make-up WOD from the week.  That means that the gym is more casual and it was pretty sparse today, a handful of people doing a few different workouts.  My friend Casey and I were doing a squat clean and jerk WOD leading up to a one rep max.
Squat clean

Squat clean and jerks are compound movements, and as the weights got heavier, we became more focused on what we were doing and almost missed what was happening on the other side of the gym where Cate had started her own workout, casting her sweater aside, and allowing her teddy bear to watch from the boxes.

As our coach Amanda, Casey, and I all looked over  we saw little Cate furiously working, a huge smile on her face.  Alone in the corner, without paying any attention to anyone else, she did her thing.  As the music blasted through the speakers, she moved through her workout and never broke stride.

She would later tell me she was doing sets of ten and that she did "so, so, SO many rounds."  

Cate's WOD
10 jumping jacks
10 jumping muscle-ups on the box
10 push-ups

I caught her on video briefly as she transitioned from the floor to her jumping jacks...

I can honestly say that this was easily the best part of my day.


  1. deserve a great big kudos..
    teach a little girl that it is good to be strong
    ...physical strength leads to a stronger sense of self
    ...and this leads to inner strength
    and this eads to little girls growing up
    looking in the mirror
    and liking what they see..
    good on you mommy


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