My First CrossFit Open | Workout 16.3

16.3

Aaand we’re halfway through! Five weeks seemed like a long time but it’s absolutely flying by. I want to do these workouts every week! This week though I wasn’t feeling too great on Saturday, so didn’t get to complete the workout with the full squad as usual. I did do it with one of my boxmates though (who smashed his way through it) and had some supportive spectators so I can’t complain too much.

I’ll be posting  series of mini blog posts over the 5 weeks of the Open, of which this is the third. Whilst these will be too late to offer any advice to anyone completing the workouts (workouts are released late Thursday night and scores need to be submitted by Monday) I’ll still be able to reflect on the workout and figure out what I can learn for next time.

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My First CrossFit Open | Workout 16.2

16 point 2

This weekend, along with the rest of the CrossFit community, I completed the second workout of the Open – 16.2. Whilst it’s unlikely I’ll be reaching the CrossFit Games (at least.. this year) I’m still loving being a part of this supportive community. I mean, how many other sports do you see where opponents are so supportive of each other?

I’ll be posting  series of mini blog posts over the 5 weeks of the Open. Whilst these will be too late to offer any advice to anyone completing the workouts (workouts are released late Thursday night and scores need to be submitted by Monday – your best bet is to follow elite CFers on Instagram to see what they have to say about strategy) I’ll still be able to reflect on the workout. What did I learn from 16.2, and how did I get on? View Post

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Running A 10K With No Training | The Manchester Winter Run

10k no training

What do you do when Vita Coco get in touch to see if you’d like to run the Manchester Winter Run 10K with them* – despite you having not run for months and months? When this happened to me, I said yes, of course – I’m never one to turn down an opportunity to be active!

This “yes” came from me a whole three weeks ago, so I thought I’d have plenty of time to take the legs out for a stretch, if only to remind them what a bit of distance felt like. Me being me, I completely failed to do that, so on Sunday I ran a 10K race on no run training, having not run any distance close to that since July!

Thankfully, it wasn’t as horrendous as it could have been, and I really enjoyed myself. A lot of the time I analyse things I’ve done wrong on this blog and the lessons gained from that, but for once I feel like I actually did something right, so here’s what I did that made running 10K on no training a really enjoyable experience.

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My First CrossFit Open | Workout 16.1

first crossfit open 16.1

The past few years I’ve enviously watched others on Instagram as elite and casual CrossFitters alike completed the qualifying workouts for the CrossFit Games. This weekend I finally completed my own very first CrossFit Open workout! You might be wondering why I bothered – after all, I won’t be going to the CrossFit Games any time soon. The Open is a fantastic opportunity to test yourself, to find weaknesses to work on, and join together with the rest of the CrossFit community – from others in your box to internationally.

I’ll be posting  series of mini blog posts over the 5 weeks of the Open. Whilst these will be too late to offer any advice to anyone completing the workouts (workouts are released late Thursday night and scores need to be submitted by Monday – your best bet is to follow elite CFers on Instagram to see what they have to say about strategy) I’ll still be able to reflect on the workout. What did I learn from 16.1, and how did I get on? View Post

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Yoga For CrossFit Athletes | The Top 8 Postures To Stretch, Align & Cool Down

yoga for crossfit

Quitting your day job and going to India to practice yoga is a dream for many, but it didn’t just stay that way for my friend Marley – she’s not long home from 4 weeks in Goa qualifying to become a yoga teacher. As well as being a superstar yogi, Marley is a big fan of weight training, so she knows only too well what it’s like to be inflexible as those of us who lift heavy and put a lot of demand on our bodies very often are.

If you’re anything like me as a CrossFitter, as soon as the WOD is done and you’ve finished your standard laying-on-the-floor recovery, it’s time to get some food in you and chill. There’s no stretching and no real cooling down, other than walking across the box to pick up your protein shaker.

By consistently adding in the following moves, as recommended especially for CrossFitters by Marley you’ll increase your mobility and flexibility, slowly bring your heartrate down, and reduce risk of injury.

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