We are about to close up the year of 2019 and enter a new year. Year 2020 (yes I know, it is 20 years ago since we stepped into the twenty-first century…!). I love this time of the year, not only because of all the festivities but as a time for reflection and change as the new year approaches. I don’t believe in New Year resolutions to speak quite frankly. Mainly because most New Year resolutions last for about a month and then people go back to their old habits. But it is good to reflect on your current situation. What patterns do you seek to change in the new year? More importantly, are you looking for growth as a human? Personally I would like to change my family’s consumption patterns to work for a better and more sustainable environment. Drive less, recycle more, avoid coffee to go cups, avoid food waste and fly less. As a human I would like to recover more efficiently, read, study and educate myself in areas where I need it, and I would like to be more disciplined about eating plant based food. More importantly I want to settle my thoughts and be okay with doing what’s right long term and avoid any or all shortcuts.  Easier said than done, I mean who wouldn’t skip a few steps and avoid the uncomfortable.  But that’s not the growth I am talking about, I am talking about choosing the harder path and being in for the longterm game. Let’s try that approach in the New Year and see what happens. I am pretty sure it will be worth it!

 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Coach Char! 


Tuesday’s Workout

“Let Me See You Strip”


20 Deadlift (225/155)

30 Power Cleans (135/95)

40 Shoulder 2 Overhead (95/65)

50 OH Squats (45/33)

EMOM 3 Burpees


Wednesday’s Workout 

In 2:00 SKI ERG Max Cals :1:00 + Max Target Wall ball Shots

4:00 – Rest

In 2:00 ROW ERG Max Cals: 1:00 + Max Target Wall ball Shots

4:00 – Rest

In 2:00 AS BIKE Max Cals: 1:00 + Max Target Wall ball Shots



As we last week entered Thanksgiving celebration and the beginning of Christmas preparation – we also entered the period of ear infections, colds and the ultimate stomach flu. It is a wonderful time of the year. 

If you are a mother/father with young kids at home, it is almost a guarantee that you will get hit with some type of virus or bacterial infection. The week of Thanksgiving is the guaranteed “sick week” in our household. It happens E.V.E.R.Y darn year. This year we started off with one ear infection, followed by another ear infection and ended the grand finale with the stomach flu. No sleep or recovery between rounds. All this while trying to work, take care of our and other peoples health and enjoying (read prepare) for one of the biggest holidays of the year. Needles to say that when sh*t hits the fan, it can be really really challenging. But I wouldn’t change it for the world (only the stomach flu). 

At Oak Park – we practice hard emotional labour. We do that through physical and functional training. We do that through mental skills and we do that through breath work and active recovery. As a mother of two young boys, as an athlete and entrepreneur – I would never be able to get through a week of craziness and sickness as we had last week unless I had my physical practice and recovery patterns to fall back on. Crap will always hit the fan. The bigger question is what will you do and how will you behave when it hits you?

Please read and listen to Mindful Motherhood: Finding Flow, Abundance, and Bliss When the Doo Doo Hits the Fan! A motherhood series where we discuss topics like the one above. You can also check out www.soulgardenmoms.com

Stay healthy, keep moving and wash your hands!  

Tuesday´s Workout 

For Time
2K Row

Wednesday´s Workout

* = 200m Run