swimming for crossfit

With a new year comes new challenges – and mine is to learn to swim properly! Not just for Tribal Clash, but being able to hit the pool every week to do effortless lengths is amazing to me. I started my lessons last night and will be learning every Tuesday for the next 13 weeks, so I’m sure I’ll let you know how I get on.

I’m very lucky that one of my coaches (and friends!) Emma is a mega swimmer, who has won international medals in swimming – with thanks especially going to her CrossFit training. She very kindly agreed to write a post about the benefits of swimming in relation to CrossFit, and she should know, having coached former Fittest Woman Sam Briggs, Games athlete Sara Sigmundsdottir, and Meridian Regionals athlete Emma McQuaid.

Read on to find out Emma’s tips and how you can start to add this awesome activity into your training – at any age!

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Pool photos by Neil Shearer Photography for Kitbox

12 days of christmas

It’s customary for every CrossFit box to celebrate the holiday season and have a big blow out at the end of the year with a massive WOD.. but incredibly, despite being three Christmases into the sport, I’ve managed to avoid it so far! This year, though, there was no getting out of it, so I got myself to Reebok CrossFit Stockport to celebrate the season with the gang.

The workout goes just like the song – so you do one rep, followed by one rep of the first move, then two reps of a new movement, then one rep, two reps, then three reps of another movement, and so on. This means you do a total of 364 reps for time, and there’s no simple moves in this workout, everything should be scaled so it’s challenging for you.

Click through to watch the video I made of the workout, and watch me suffer in the name of Christmas… You can tell I’m really not okay at the end!

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how why self reflection

How was your year? Mine was a pretty busy one! From work projects to CrossFit competitions to travelling, things have been non-stop, and honestly I haven’t had much time to reflect on my progress and assess where I was headed.

It’s so important to self-reflect, so this year I’m going to dedicate some time to it, and ensure I’m working towards my goals rather than shooting off in random directions.

Read on to find out why reflection is so important and the best techniques to use to self-reflect on your own year.

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why compete in crossfit

Entering a CrossFit competition can seem like a pretty big deal – all those people, gymnastics, and weights! But it’s something I believe every CrossFitter should try out, at least once.

If you’re sitting on the fence about entering then read on. This should convince you to enter faster than a judge can yell NO REP!

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Photos by Liam PDB Walsh

crossfit christmas gift guide

Since it’s now December 1st we can now officially start talking about Christmas – woohoo! In every store is the latest must-have toys, tech, and beauty products,just waiting to be chosen as a gift by the perfect receiver.

But what do you do if the person you’re buying a gift for’s interests are a little less mainstream? I can’t really help if their hobby is Warhammer, planespotting, or backgammon.. but I CAN help if they are into CrossFit, as so am I, and I, too, want stuff for Christmas. Read on to find out the best gifts you can buy your CrossFitting loved one this Christmas! View Post

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indoor ice rock climbing manchester

Ever fancied trying ice climbing? Or maybe you know nothing about it! In this post I will introduce you to the basics of ice climbing and show you how I got on at my very first session.

I’ve started trying to say yes to many more things – stuff I’d normally umm and err over, tell someone I’d get back to them about, then never bother getting back in touch. I now just say yes then figure it all out afterwards. That’s just how I came to try ice rock climbing this week!

Read on for all the info you need as a beginner ice climber PLUS watch the icy cool video I made on the GoPro Hero 6 of my session!

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The GoPro Hero 6 and ice rock climbing session were gifted to me by Currys PC World. You can check out their GoPro Extreme Sports Map of the UK here!

how to become a pt level 2 instructor 4

The secret is out – the past few months I’ve been working hard around my job and blog to qualify as a Level 2 Gym Instructor! It’s something I’ve wanted to do for years but was worried how I’d be able to fit the work in – but really it’s a completely manageable course as long as you’re willing to devote a couple of hours to it.

I did mine with Lifetime Training and will continue on to my Level 3 with them (I’ll cover the decision-making process for the fitness provider in another post) so I thought I’d cover the process on my blog for anyone else who’s feeling nervous about doing the course. As ever, any further questions please feel free to comment here, on my social media, or send me an email, but for now read on for my tips on becoming a Level 2 Gym Instructor.

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