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Six Months of CrossFit

Sunday, May 15, 2011

This was on May 10th. :)

So today marks six months since I had my first WOD at CrossFit ACT. Letís go through a little journey of how Iíve progressed over this time.

My first WOD was:

Max rounds & reps in 8 mins of:

4 handstand pushups
2 pood kettlebell swings, 8 reps
10 GHD situps
I completed:
5 rounds of pike pushups on a 20Ē box, 25# KB swings, and regular sit ups.

I fell in love immediately and signed up that day. During the next six months, when my hamstring hasnít been injured, Iíve been doing KB swings with either the 45# or 55# now. I can actually do handstand pushups in a WOD now. And come on, I live off 100 GHDís after almost every WOD, if not weighted sit-ups with 45#KB or dumbbell. I can actually climb a rope now, do double-unders, however terribly. Iíve gone from barely being able to use a black band for pull ups to working on my strict pull ups on a blue band. I can do a freestanding handstand! In January I was able to run my first 5K on my own without slowing down or walking, when Iíve never been able to run more than half a mile without stopping. Iím not gonna get into the change of my weights right now cause Iíve only just gotten back to regular wodding since strength is over now and after a year, I think itíll make more sense to display those, but Iíve improved so much and Iím so much stronger now. I love every moment of CrossFit and canít imagine my life without it now.

And onto measurements.

Iím down 16 pounds.
My waist is down 5 inches.
My hips are down 6 inches.
Thighs have lost an inch each.
My arms have lost half an inch each.
Thatís all I was measuring from the beginning, Iíve added a few more things, but itís so hard to say because the loss is just general all around, parts of me go down faster than others that I donít measure, my face is just thinning out like crazy every other month.

Iím happy that I made the transition to this life. I could never go back and itís so hard to see people at Globo Gyms and the workouts they do and I want to grab them and go ďwhy are you wasting your effort? THIS MAKES SENSE.Ē I wish I knew how many squats Iíve done since Iíve started, how often Iíve been sore and loved every moment of it, even as I cringe walking down the stairs to do laundry. One day, my hamstring wonít act up like it does since I got hurt at the beginning of March, but healing is slow, especially without being able to see a doctor about it. It seems the only thing that really pulls it right now is running and deadlifts, so I wasnít able to do todayís WOD. Instead I tire flipped for a while and loved it, my first time :)

Iím running my first race on Saturday, the MetroDash. Not so much a race as an obstacle course, but Iím excited nonetheless. Who ever thought Iíd be competing like this? After this Iíve got the Spartan Race on June 4 in Tuxedo, NY. Itís like a lesser Tough Mudder, but a 5K in the mountains. Iím souped!
^ Edit: Looking back at this, I ran the obstacle course yesterday and it was so much fun! It's like this big adult playground, 15 foot cargo nets and climbing over and under walls, through tubes and under wires. Tire flips and kettle bells and pulling and pushing sleds. Beyond fun!

So after six months, I want to thank all the coaches that Iíve worked with over this time. Iíve learned so much and if it wasnít for you, I wouldnít be able to do what I do; your guidance has set me free from a life stepping machines, ellipticals, and 10 pound dumbbells. My trainer at Retro really got me prepared during our last sessions before I joined the box and if it wasnít for her, I wouldnít have jumped into it right away like I did. As well as my brother, whoís pushed me along and had discussions about our progress and what hurts and who did what. I love him.

I always had the drive in me and I was always a strong girl and I knew there was something out there for me. Iíve found my home at CrossFit ACT.
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  • TPELL21
    Great job, and great progress!
    I've been at it just over a year now and can't imagine going back to a commercial gym. The results speak for themselves.
    The MetroDash looked fun! Congrats.
    1984 days ago
    good work!!!
    1984 days ago
    Wow! That's terrific! I tried my first CrossFit class last Wednesday, and will probably try #2 this Wednesday. My daughter went, and she LOVED it! It's neat to see your progress!
    1984 days ago
    Loved reading this blog, your journey is very familiar! Way to go on all your hard work and I am excited for you that you found your passion and motivation in CrossFit. It is so fun and addictive!
    1985 days ago
    Thanks for the info! Will definitely have a look. I'm on week 3 of the SP 'Spring into Shape Bootcamp' & I'm actually loving it & feeling the benefits already!

    Have a great day:)

    Bee x
    1985 days ago
    Ladies, you can always try out CrossFit on your own if you aren't near a box. My box finds success because we follow the main site's WOD's (Bee, this means Workout of the Day). Go to and you can see the daily wod. At my box, our main coach sets up his own special WOD on the days that there is a rest day with the main site.
    GHD's are sit ups on a machine that is called a Glute-Hamstring Developer. Basically, your feet are behind stirrups and you start out in a sitting motion with your feet stuck there. With one hand on your belly and one hand stretched out, you stretch back down to the ground and touch and lift yourself back up to touch your feet, then switch hands for the next rep. It's a full range of motion, so you're working more than just the lower abs if you're doing regular situps.
    Be wary of these, if you do too many too quickly before you're used to the range of motion, you can hurt yourself. GHD's always take 36-48 hours before they kick in. Guaranteed you're going to feel your abs every single time you stretch. Me, I love the soreness. :)
    1985 days ago
    Wow! That's amazing, I'm so inspired! Well done:) Is there anywhere I can find out more about CrossFit? I'm not sure what all the 'WOD's & 'GHD's are (I take it you don't mean the hair straighteners!).

    Anyway congratulations on all your hard work:)

    Bee x
    1986 days ago
  • RKJ1969
    Wow - you're doing so great! I'm super jealous, can't wait til we move somewhere I can get access to a box and some great trainers like you've found!! Way to go!!
    1986 days ago
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