Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Burn Them With Fire.

If you have ever seen a movie with the name Rocky in the title, or any other boxing movie for that matter, you have seen a double under, whether or not you have actually taken stock of what you're seeing.

You know that part of the workout montage where the fighter is jumping rope, and he's going at it all normal-like, and suddenly he's got super speed and is whipping the jump rope under his feet at twice the speed? THAT is a double under.

And it can go take its friend the jump rope and die a horrible, fiery death.

Quite simply put, I suck at jumping rope. Just one quick little hop over one swing of the rope. Who honestly sucks at that past the age of 7? Isn't that a fundamental lesson you learn in PE in the first grade?

Apparently not if you're me!!

This fun little hurdle I have to work with would seem a moot point because I'm nearly 25 years old, and how many 25 year olds find themselves jumping rope, am I right??

Introducing Annie!!!

Don't let the pink fool you. This WOD is the devil.

Now remember, I am AWFUL at jumping rope on a good day with a nice, simple single. This WOD calls for 150 Double Unders. I have a max of, oh, 1. I have achieved 2 double unders in the history of my attempts. Ever. And not even in the same month.

To remedy this situation, those of us that simply cannot perform Double Unders must perform triple the amount prescribed in singles. That means 150, 120, 90, 60, and 30, but hey- who's counting?

(Its 450 total, by the way. Because me. That's who's counting.)

Today was a struggle. The trainers can attest to the sheer amount of frustration going on in my little corner of the gym as I found myself tangled up in the jump rope (literally. Like, wrapped around my leg while I frantically kicked like I was trying to escape a small demon child... or something. Idk. It was horrific.) and looking like a total spaz.

However, I am proud to say that after only a few obscenities (I'm working on that...) and minimal outbursts after the first catastrophic mess that was me jumping rope, I finished my WOD in 11:31!!!!!!! (I'm pretty sure that was my time... don't quote me on that...)

I think this is the first time I've done Annie, as the only other time I've seen it done was during my On Ramp, and I actually felt pretty awesome afterwards! I mean, I wanted to destroy every jump rope in sight, but that's a daily occurrence so I wasn't really expecting that feeling to go away...

If you have a jump rope at home, I encourage you to give this WOD a try!! I won't sugar coat it and say that its easy, because it most certainly is not. (What would be the point then, am I Right??)

See? There's even a motivational picture about it :)

I want some people to try it and tell me your results!! Its something new and will keep your body guessing, and I bet you can rock it!!

Until we sweat again!!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Progress Report

The past couple of weeks have been hectic, and sort of a blur. I have been so wrapped up in school and work and the gym, that most nights I come home and crash- literally.
Face first into my pillow.
It's adorable.

However, despite my exhaustion and desire to face plant, I have been itching to divulge my latest achievement!

*Drum Roll Please*

I have been weighed.
I have been measured.
I have been found kicking butt!!!
(Ten points if you got the movie reference.)

I've been doing Crossfit now for about 2 1/2 months, and from March 27th to April 28th, I lost 3 inches in my waist, gained an inch of muscle in both arms and in both legs, and took my body fat percentage down from 27% to 25.6%. 

Because...... Robert Downey, Jr........

I have been feeling so amazing, my skin has been clearing up (like whoa), I have more energy (when allergies aren't kicking me in the face), and I blame it on my progress with Crossfit.

In conjunction with Crossfit, I have been taking part in a yoga class once a week that has me finding ways to engage muscles all over my body- muscles that I had no idea I even had. And did I mention how relaxing it is?

Don't get me wrong- yoga is definitely a challenge and it keeps me on my toes (literally.) But I credit yoga for my better night's sleep every night. After a hectic 7 days, I find myself getting to the gym nice and early in anticipation for a little time just to focus on my body and my mind and get myself in check.

If you aren't moving your body in SOME way yet, in a way to get to a healthier you, whatever that movement may be, you need to be getting up and making it a point to better your body and your mind. Need some inspiration? I plan on doing a spotlight piece within the coming weeks on a reader (because I know there are some of you out there...)

If you're interested in being my spotlight piece, telling your story with your beautiful face shining bright, or anonymous, please contact me and let me know. I would love to give you all a break from my rambling!!

Until we sweat again!!