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Yes, Yes, Yes….New Personal Record in the Snatch!!

August 12th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Time to celebrate small victories over here….whoo hooo… It’s been a long six months of hard work, but, maybe it’s just now paying off! My new PR in the Snatch is 97 pounds and I am darn close to 102. For once the weight didn’t feel heavy, I did TONS of practice reps at lower weights and I’m super proud to have finally closed this gap over my last PR of 85!

Image Credit and Big Thanks to my Coach at CrossFit CDR.

Happy Friday!!

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Tags: Cross Fit · Olympic Lifting

Fun Fitness Exercises to Do With Your Kids

August 9th, 2011 · No Comments

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Tags: Fantastic workouts · Fitness for Kids and Family · Kids

Lost Your Sport, Find CrossFit

August 4th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Note: This post was inspired by an article in the LA Times sports section from Sunday.  The article was about a competitive gymnast who finished her college career at the top of her sport, then, all of a sudden had body image issues that lead to eating disorders.  Although this doesn’t have anything to do with crossfit, it is about knowing what to do when collegiate sports are over!

For those of you women or moms out there who were athletes in school and now, wondering years later…what should you do? Go find the nearest crossfit box in your town, and join up.  You’ll find your competitive spirit come back within three months.  I did, and if you read about lots of athletes in the Crossfit games this year, that you’ll find that they are doing the same.

In college, I ran track and cross country and not that I was addicted, but, I was committed to exercising, because at the time, I also loved food!  For two years, I ran.  Then, I transferred to a 4 year school and found bike racing through a friend.  I got addicted to that real quick because I was good at it without a lot of effort.  I also loved the competition, the camaraderie and the motivation to get better.  This lasted as long as I was in college working towards a goal– to get to Collegiate Nationals.  But once I graduated, I still enjoyed riding, but I lost my way for a while as I didn’t have any set goals.  {gained a few happy married couple pounds}. Few years later, I got married, and set a new goal– The Marathon.  Did my first one at age 28, and finished it in 4 hours or so.  And, I did it with almost no training.  Or, as I recall, it was run for an hour on Sunday, then, run for 1.5 hours on the following Sunday, and so forth until I got to three hours.  Lesson learned, you don’t need to run a marathon before actually running a marathon.  Years later, I got the running bug again, and trained for and ran the St. George Marathon– got injured, but, still got a 10 minute PR on serious training.  That was in 2008 and I haven’t run more than a 5km since then.  Guess that was enough of that, heh?!

Now, in 2010-2011, I’m addicted to Crossfit and loving it.  Why now?! Why must I have a sport now in my 40’s?  Because in order for me to stay fit and continue working on my goals, I have to find new goals to set.  I have to have accountability partner to make sure I do it right, and I have friends whom will say something if I don’t show up for a workout.  And, I have a coach who will text me asking where I’m at?!?!

What the heck is crossfit and why should you do it?

1. It’s a combination of gymnastic movements, weight training, and endurance through the use of a WIDE variety of modalities.  The 2011 CrossFit Games has athletes swimming in open water, throwing softballs for distance, handstand walking along with lots of heavy Olympic Lifting.

2. The cool part of it is you can always set new SMALL goals or new BIG goals to help you stay motivated.  You can compare your scores to other women in your area or just to yourself and see improvements..

3.  You can do it in your living room or you can do it in your backyard or at your local globo gym.  All it takes is time, effort and discipline.  But, I could say that about any sport, exercise or hobby you may find love for.

4.  The best part is that I am a seriously fit mommy and I could jump into any local running or triathlon race with little to no “training” and do just fine and that’s the beauty of it, we get good at LOTS of things we weren’t good at in college or high school.

Were you a collegiate athlete and do you still workout or compete now?

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Tags: Cross Fit · Cycling, cycling apparel, accessories · Fantastic workouts · Olympic Lifting · Questions for Readers

Fun Times…

July 21st, 2011 · 3 Comments

In a recent battle of the sexes at our local crossfit box, we were four strong women competing against all boy teams all of random ages. There were six teams, 5 all men teams and 1 woman team. Oh yeah. I was one of those four women, of course. Where else would I be on a Saturday morning at “oh dark hundred”?

Exhibit A: The sled push race. One girl was resting while we each took turns pushing that damn sled for a distance of 500 meters. Problem?! We were too light and had difficulties keeping it straight. Lost major time here.

400 pound tire flip. As many times as possible in two minutes. We got 32 flips and the winning team got 35.

In the end, our team of four finished 5th out of 6 teams. We made tactical errors with the sled push, but, still sorta had a good time. I was completely trashed after all this business…fyi.

Thanks to CrossFit Unforgiven for the photos!

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Tags: Cross Fit

Consistancy is Key

July 18th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Whether you are a two, three, five or six day a week, worker-outer, the key is to stick with your plan. Don’t skip a workout because you’re sore, or ate badly over the weekend, or drank too much…whatever the case may be, the important thing is to be consistent. There are days when I stink at crossfit! And, there are days when things go really well! Also known as the Highs and Lows of CrossFit.

Be Consistent with your food.
Be Consistent with your workouts.
Be Consistent with your sleep.

And, the results will be there!

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Tags: Cross Fit

Age is Irrelevant

July 14th, 2011 · 1 Comment

This is a subject I think about often.  I am now 40 and I am competing daily in CrossFit…And as you know, I just finished competing for CrossFit CDR’s Regional team and our team finished 10th out 54th teams in Southern California.  And, I am damn proud to be 40 and out there competing against girls half my age.  However, one thing for me, is that it sometimes TAKES a long time to get PR’s in events.  I don’t know why this is, but, I’ve been on a long plateau for six months, still training daily, but not hitting my numbers, so yesterday, I’m happy to report I finally got a legitimate PR.

Image Credit: CrossFit CDR

Yeah, for me!! That’s a 3 second PR and that’s a LOT for a sprint like that. And, guess what? The girl in front of me is 17, the girl behind me is 28 and numbers 4 and 5 are in their 30’s!!

Now, lets’ look at some of the women competing in the CrossFit Games:

Image Credit: The CrossFit Games Albums via Facebook

Becky Conzelman, age 39, mother of 2, competed for the USA National Women’s Cycling Team and then turned to CrossFit.

Angie Pye, age 35, mother of 2, lives and trains in Victoria, British Columbia.

Cheryl Brost, age 40, mother of 2, took 3rd in the North West Regional Competition.

Image Credit: The CrossFit Games Albums via Facebook

You can follow the CrossFit Games and read more about the women competing in the games, here, and I haven’t even looked at the women in the Master’s category!!

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Tags: Cross Fit · Olympic Lifting

Vacation Workouts to Go!

June 26th, 2011 · No Comments

For those of you diehards (like myself) who can’t possibly imagine 4 days without exercise, there is hope for you!! If you’re staying in a hotel and there is a ‘fitness center’ it is likely that you’ll be able to scrape together some kind of workout.
The following are some ideas for workouts you can do anytime/anywhere!!

1. REST DAY. Plan your rest days on your vacation days, hahahahahaha.
2. Pack a jump rope and an ab mat and string together some kind of cardio/ab workout.
3. In the hotel gym, you can do 400 meter repeats on a treadmill (gag me, I’d hate that.)
4. Swim laps in the pool and jump out periodically and do some seriously good chest to deck push-ups! All those sun bathers will think you look crazy, but, at least your muscles will get some work!
5.  There is always pushups, squats and lunges you can do in your hotel room.

On the go workouts crossfit style can also be found here.

It’s likely that I will make a scene in a hotel gym ( I always do, lol).
What do you plan for workouts on your vacation?

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Tags: Cross Fit · health and fitness

SoCal Regionals Recap!

June 21st, 2011 · 3 Comments

Pictured above is me in a full depth overhead squat with sixty-five pounds over my head. This is my favorite photo! This picture was taken during Day 2 of the Southern California CrossFit Regionals! I’m still completely overwhelmed that I was on the team and that WE made it to Day 3!! That means that with this workout of 250 Chest to Bar Pull-ups, 250 Kettlebell Swings, 250 Double Unders, 250 Overhead Squats, we managed to beat out several other teams to pull ahead into the the final ten teams in Southern California.

Yep, that’s me getting those chest to bar pull-ups done!! Before this competition I could only do one or two at a time! On this day, I was getting 5’s! Whoo Hoo!

Here is our cheering section surrounding us six athletes! We have an awesome support section!!

Day 3 workout for me was the “chipper”. 20 Calorie Row, 30 Burpees, 30 Ground to Overhead with 35 Pound Dumbbells, 30 Toes To Bar, 100 Feet of Overhead Lunges with a 25 pound plate over my head, finishing with a 50 foot sprint. We did this with a team of four. No person could advance a station until it was clear. This workout was BRUTAL. And, please excuse my language, but those 30 Ground to Overhead with 35 pound dumbbells was freaking HORRIBLE. {70 pounds is nearly 1/2 my body weight…} These ate me alive. If you look at photos of other athletes doing this, it didn’t look easy for them either, lol…

There were SIX amazing athletes on our team, I’m just one small part of it. And, we have three seriously strong ones but we all put our heart, blood and tears into these workouts and came out feeling really good about our experience. CrossFit CDR finished 10th in Southern California in our first attempt to reach the CrossFit Games and it can only get better from here! I’m am truly thankful for having this opportunity to compete in this competition–cuz it was a blast!

Photo Credit: CrossFit Awaken and CrossFit CDR.

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Tags: Cross Fit

So Cal Regional Update Day 1

June 18th, 2011 · No Comments

CDR is in 15th place after two workouts yesterday!  We moved from 21 to 15th in one workout…our coaches Calvin and Rachel are really strong individuals and they advanced us in the thruster ladder! Today, we will have two people completing the Deadlift/Box Jump Workout and I’ll be on the team of 4 completing the 250 Reps of Kettlebell Swings, Double Unders, Overhead Squats and Chest to Bar pullups.  The goal for the day will be to move into tenth place so that we may compete on Sunday!

To follow the action, you can like them on Facebook or check in on CrossFit Games site.

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Tags: Cross Fit · Uncategorized

The Night Before….

June 17th, 2011 · 1 Comment

So, I’m off early in the AM to compete in the Southern California Regional’s!

You can check us all out on CDR’s workout of the day page!

Life is good! Can’t wait to get started.

Wish us luck!

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Tags: Cross Fit