Posts Tagged ‘ Crossfit Jenks ’

I’m BACK!

Hello World!

Yes, I know… For shame! I am hanging my head right now at my long and sad absence from writing in this blog. It was not without lots and lots of guilt if that makes you feel better. I actually had bookmarked my blog address at the top of my browser and every single day when I would get on the internet I would look up and feel incredibly guilty for not writing. I could claim life, work, and everything else in between has kept me away, but there truly is no excuse for being gone this long.

So, here I am. I am not going to wait for a New Year’s Resolution to get this thing going again. For one, because that hardly ever works and two, because hopefully if I can get back into the swing of things, writing here will be more of a habit and not so much of a chore. So there you have it!

Updates are definitely in order! I am incredibly excited to announce that in September of this year, (my 2 year Crossfit anniversary Yay!) I got certified! Woo Hoo! I am officially a Level 1 Certified Instructor! Since then I have begun teaching at my affiliate and it is probably the most rewarding and fun thing I have ever done and the certification itself was an amazing experience. Besides the fact that we were in the presence of some Crossfit All Stars, we pretty much got a 48 hour non stop Crossfit workout! Who could ask for anything more!  Our Certification was in Allen, TX and our instructors included Miranda Oldroyd, Russel Berger, and Todd Widmann to name a few. They were absolutely amazing teachers and I learned more about Crossfit than I ever thought possible.

Although it was fun and exciting I definitely can’t say it was easy. Besides the fact that we literally had to memorize a 125 page manual before even showing up, at the end of the weekend they make you regurgitate all of the information on a 50 question multiple choice test. So the girls and I spent almost every waking minute of the weekend that we weren’t working out, studying and quizzing each other off of flash cards that we made. I can speak for all of us and say we were absolutely stressed out to the max! None of us wanted to be the one lady out of the group to fail the test and have to come back and face our affiliate, not to mention the awkward 5 hour drive home.

But after much anxiety and many kind words of encouragement from Miranda,

we all passed with flying colors! Hooray! And now we are officially Crossfit Certified!

And I am happily training at Crossfit Jenks. I started teaching the On Ramp class, Monday and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm and Saturday at 11:00 am. So if you are thinking of trying out Crossfit and not quite sure if it is for you, come out and try a free introductory class on Saturday!

Besides being an amazing workout and stress reliever, it is constantly varied and never gets boring. And I promise to be nice the first day 🙂

That is all I have for now. I promise to not be a stranger and keep up with the Paleo tips and Crossfit updates! Until next time! Stay active, stay healthy, and smile!

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I’m picking up Good Vibrations

Alright, enough is enough. Time to come out and admit. I am competing at Hell’s Half Acre Regionals for Crossfit. There. I said it. And even as I am typing this my stomach is doing flip-flops. To say I am nervous about the challenge ahead is probably a grandiose understatement. I am terrified. Hell, convincing me to compete in the Oklahoma Sectionals was probably like pulling teeth for many of my friends. Encouragement and kind words were only the beginning. My confidence was not exactly where it should have been for the competition that was in Tulsa on March 13th and 14th. Finally, I reluctantly signed up and then focused on my weaknesses for the months and weeks leading up to Sectionals. I don’t think that my nerves calmed for even a second that entire month and included many sleepless nights of worry.

All in all I am glad I competed. I ended up coming in 8th which I was happy about. I know I could have done a lot better on my first wod but was very happy with my performance on the second and third. I know what I need to improve on and what I excel at. I have found overall the Crossfit is a very humbling yet fulfilling activity. I have been humbled countless times during a workout that I thought I would kill…many a lady’s workout (cough…Isabel) had me frustrated and red-faced on the side of the gym, cursing the high heavens in anger. But then there are other times when I walk into a wod, stomach in knots, and unsure of my abilities only to knock one out of the park. Crossfit keeps me guessing and has mentally pushed me harder than I ever thought was possible in my life.

And now, onward to Regionals. Again I will be tested and hopefully will succeed. Another major reason I started this Paleo Challenge was to see improvements in my performance and training specifically for Regionals. So far I haven’t seen any physical differences which, I’ll admit, being a lady and all makes this whole thing very frustrating. But physical results aside, I have to say that Monday night was the first time I actually thought, “Hey maybe this Paleo eating is helping me become stronger and faster”. We had an affiliate team tryout and because I couldn’t come on Saturday, I had to do all three super secret wods in about two hours that night.

Man, I stressed all day and my motivation was lacking. After I showed up and found out what the wods were my confidence wasn’t any better. The wods included running, thrusters, kettlebells, snatches, rowing, etc. I know I looked like a scared puppy dog as I read the board. Oh lord, what did I get myself into. After brief warm up and stretching we dove into WOD #1. Ok, that wasn’t as bad as I thought. I tried to pace with the boys and ended up finishing first, much to my surprise. Now came a few max lifts. Knowing my abilities on these I wasn’t surprised with my snatch results, but was very excited about how the kettlebells went. Have I ever mentioned how I love kettlebells.  Finally WOD #3 and what looked like the hardest to me. In my head I just kept telling myself that it was the last one and I could push through the pain.

End result: very good. I ended up tying with the leading lady at our affiliate. She is amazing at Crossfit and always pushes me to be better.  I felt strong and was full of energy which was unexpected considering that I had just done three workouts. Now, I just hope this feeling keeps up!

This Paleo challenge has been hard for me and I have definitely hit some speed bumps. But I can truly say that I am stronger than I was yesterday and tomorrow I will be stronger than I am today, and that my friends, is progress.

When is this s*** going to kick in?

I don’t want to say that I expected to see some sort of results by now, but… Well ok, maybe I did. I was Paleo blog stalking before this whole Challenge began and reading the results of the many who have taken this same challenge. Whether that be a 30 day challenge, 12 week challenge, etc. these crazy Crossfiters all pledged to give this Paleo thing a try. And I swear that many claimed to be seeing results in the first week. I read many posts alleging that they dropped 5 pounds in the first week, saw their performance sky-rocket or witness visible differences in their body, ie: clothes fitting looser or flatter stomaches. Wow, that is awesome…but can’t say the same thing for me. My weight has stayed the same and I see no differences in my body. Definitely a downer in this whole process.

Now, I will admit, I didn’t have a ton to lose. After getting my body fat measured which was an interesting array of pinching skin… a humbling experience may I add, I know that my body couldn’t support losing like 30 pounds. Yeah, ok I am being realistic. However, I was hoping that some sort of results would keep me motivated to continue this whole deal. I haven’t cheated food wise yet, with the only indulgence being the alcohol, something I am pretty proud of. I will be the first person to justify that extra piece of chocolate or the small amount of something bad because, “this won’t hurt me”. My will power is strong, but my motivation isn’t.

If you have taken this challenge, or even gone a step further and changed your lifestyle, how long did it take you to see results? And when you started seeing results, what did you notice?

On a side note: I am very excited that I have successfully completed the Burpee Challenge at our affiliate, Crossfit Jenks. On January 1, 2010 we started the 100 burpee challenge which consisted of 1 burpee day 1, 2 burpees day 2, 3 burpees day 3, all the way up to April 10th which was Day 100. Me oh my did it get rough…there were a few days in the 80s and 90s when I was literally doing burpees in my living room and thinking to myself, what the hell was I thinking. But 100 days later I am happy to say that I am done with the burpee challenge. And a big bonus to me was that I designed the t-shirt that all of the challenge winners will be proudly wearing this year. Here is a sneak peek:

 

Breakfast left over No-atmel (Actually not bad warmed up later) 2 strawberries, 2 oz turkey lunch meat, 1 tbsp avocado

Lunch- salad with sunflower seeds (lemon dressing) 4 oz baked rosemary chicken-delicious) apple, hard-boiled egg

I Drank the Kool-Aid

Ok, well I guess it is a little late to say I drank the kool-aid, since it has been over a year now and I am more hooked to Crossfit than I ever thought was possible.

I actually learned about Crossfit while working out at a local YWCA. I had been taking a variety of classes there for over two years and had stopped seeing any results, or as everyone likes to call it, I hit a total fitness plateau.

So one day someone posted a flyer up about a new group class that claimed it could, “Get you in the best shape of your life” and immediately I was intrigued. Nervous to start something new, I signed up since space was limited and then spent the next week talking myself out of going. Only understanding that this would be an intense circuit-like training, I worried that I wouldn’t be able to do it. Many questions filtered through my head daily, which included horrid scenarios like, passing out, vomiting on myself and many other anxiety causing thoughts.

And then the day came, September 8, 2008. The Y Crossfit class took place at noon, so I changed at work and drove to the Y with knots in my stomach. I believe I sat in my car for about 10 minutes debating whether to go in or not, and finally, after a few deep breaths, got out and walked in.

Lets just say I made it through the class without any puking and minimal light-headedness. I was the most sore I had ever been in my entire life and more than excited to go back. It was just what I was looking for. I had danced competitively my entire life, so it incorporated that competitive, be the best spirit, while challenging me. Since I had been running on the treadmill for the last two years I had come to the point where I thought to stay in shape I would have to dredge on that horrible piece of machinery every single day. Well, I can officially say, Mind. Blown. It altered my view of working out and refreshed my spirit. I started hitting walls and then climbing over them. I was being pushed past points that I never thought were possible, when I wanted to give up, I learned how to “push past the pain,” as Breck, our trainer and owner of Crossfit Jenks always said. My confidence in myself and my abilities skyrocketed and it felt great.

Breck, the owner of CrossFit Jenks still teaches a slightly different version of Crossfit at the Y. Unfortunately the Y doesn’t have all of the necessary equipment like barbells, and pull up bars. We typically use dumbbells, box jumps, kettlebells and spin bikes. Attending both the Y Crossfit and his affiliate, Crossfit Jenks has helped me stay well-rounded in all of the Crossfit movements.

I could not imagine a day without Crossfit in my life. If I am not doing crossfit, I dream about crossfit, so I guess you can say, I drank the Kool-Aid and loved every tasty sip of it.