You either win, or you learn.
Or at least, that’s what I tell myself when I don’t win something! I’ve already spoken of the many benefits CrossFit has brought me, but another is that it’s made me humble and more open to learning. Generally I enjoy doing things that come naturally to me that I’m good at (doesn’t everyone?) but I find CrossFit really challenging, yet I can’t get enough.
The extent of my challenge was brought home on Saturday, when I competed in my first CrossFit competition. Yes, it was just the QDos Fitness in-house comp, and yes, my partner Pablo and I came second to last in the scaled category, but I absolutely loved it – the whole day definitely exposed some of my weaknesses and also showed me where I am strong.
Goals are so important not just in fitness, but in life, too. They keep you moving, focused, and above all, you get a huge sense of achievement once you’ve finally smashed those goals you’ve been working hard to achieve!
Running was my main sport, and it’s easy to set running goals – I want to run my first 5K, I want to run X distance in Y amount of time, I want to run the Manchester Marathon this year. Now I’m not entering road races or even running as much, I’m finding I have to be more creative about my fitness goals, especially if I want to make them SMART – that’s specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timely.
You may remember that a few months ago I set myself two goals – a 100kg deadlift and a sub-45 minute 10K time, both to be achieved by the end of summer. Okay, I realise end of summer is a bit vague, but I sort of did that on purpose as I wasn’t sure how my life was going to pan out over the next few months. View Post
Going to the gym requires very little equipment. Just you, your clothes, some shoes (maybe some shoes tailored especially to your type of training, if you’re that way inclined), and a vessel to carry water around with you. Not even that – most modern gyms have water fountains you can stick your head under if necessary.
CrossFitters like to make things more complicated, of course. It’s never just a squat; it’s three air squats, a pull-up, ten handstand push-ups and a 400m run. It’s the same for the kit required. The longer I go to CrossFit, the heavier my gym bag becomes with completely necessary kit to enable me to complete a WOD. Read on to find out what I now consider to be my gym bag essentials. View Post
What I would give to be a California girl – sun all year round, green juice bars on every corner, and generally a chilled-out lifestyle. The grass really does seem greener. Right now the Californian dream is very distant, especially after the dismal summer we’ve had, but luckily this autumn Sweaty Betty are giving up a glimpse into the Cali life with their new Get Fit 4 Free workout, California Girl.
The workout is in collaboration with celebrity trainer Simone De La Rue, and promises to whip your body into that of a dancer – to paraphrase Simone, if you want the body of a dancer, then you dance! I took a look at the sneak peek video and gave some of the moves a go myself.
It’s been eight weeks since I started going to QDos Fitness, and I think I can now call myself a CrossFitter. It’s only when you stick at something consistently you can look back on what you’ve done and how far you’ve come, and I already feel I’ve come a long way on my CrossFit journey.
True, I have a long way to go before I walk into the CrossFit Games on my hands. But without reflection we’d never learn, so although I am a mere CrossFit rookie, I’ve already been thinking of the benefits CrossFit has brought to my life. Without further adieu, here’s the ways that CrossFit has benefited me, so far… View Post
Honestly, when I was invited to go workout with Jessie Pavelka, I didn’t know who he was. A HIIT class and the promise of a healthy buffet is more than enough to get me somewhere. Things started to get a bit more real when I told my friend Laura what I was up to: “Have you SEEN A Year to Save My Life?!”
Erm. No. I hadn’t, actually. Maybe I should get out more. Or should that be stay in..?
It was only fair that I got Laura involved, so one evening after work we went to the incredible Carden Park near Chester to go train with Jessie.
Remember I wrote a post, Get Spartan Fit, about training for a Spartan Race? I posted that after having a look around online for the obstacles, and after finding only a few (Spartan are cagey about which obstacles they have at each race) I did a bit of extra upper body stuff at the gym and headed towards my first Spartan Race with confidence.
Oh, how wrong I was. As I walked towards the race village last weekend and spotted some of the obstacles, I realised how under-prepared I was. Now I know the only thing that prepares you for doing a Spartan Race is to do a Spartan Race, because most of the obstacles are pretty unique. Of course, now I have completed a Spartan Super I feel much more wizened to Spartan’s suffering, so read on for my tips on surviving your first Spartan.