What My Dogs Have Taught Me About CrossFit by Coach Kelly
You’ve met Kaiah and Comet right? Our two furballs who like to jump and lick and bust through the gym door. Okay they’re not that bad… they do a fair amount of just sleeping on the couch. Here’s a few things I’ve learned from them:
- Work hard. Play hard.
When Kaiah and Comet are at the gym they run, tug, fetch and generally have a great time! It’s like an indoor dog park for them. They’re exercising but they make it look so fun. That’s how CrossFit is supposed to be right? We come here because it’s fun.
- Take rest days.
Kaiah and Comet have no issues here. Any day could be a rest day for them. We don’t let them just lie around at home all day every day. It’s not good for them and you know what, it’s not good for us either. However, rest is essential so that we can work hard and play hard (see #1).
- Love to run.
If you’ve ever seen them run they look like they are in their element. All four feet in the air, tongue hanging out, ears flapping – they were born for this. While I may not love, or even like, to run, I am thankful to have the ability to do so and experience a small part of what gives my girls so much pleasure.
- Take your fish oil.
Every night when I get out my bottle of fish oil, Comet hears it and comes running from any part of the house. She looks at me with big excited eyes and chomps down on her fish oil like it’s a piece of steak. She knows it’s important.
- Take care of your pads.
Kaiah and Comet’s pads can tear after lots of activity, just like our hands. Monitor them and take care of them to prevent tears.
- Eat paleo.
The girls eat paleo – no grains, no sugar, no dairy, no gluten and of course, no alcohol. People are always commenting on how shiny and soft their coat is (see also #4). We want them to be around ALAP (as long as possible) so we try to only feed them good things. We need to be around to take care of them so we try to also only eat good things.
- Be a member of the pack.
Kaiah and Comet are part of our community and we’re part of their pack. No matter your species, we’re all CrossFitters.