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Rugby and Cross Fit

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

So I am a Rugger. Specifically, I am flexible prop (meaning I can play tight head or loose head) for a local women's team that is part of a club in my state.

(For those who do not know: Rugby is an 80 minute game of non-stop play. It can be best described as slightly organized chaos. There are no helmets and giant pads and the only time the clock stops is for injury and half time. )

Rugby is far and away the toughest and best thing I have done. There is a postion for everyone's ability, you just have to like to get dirty and have to like to get physical. Once you play this sport, it is in your blood and there is no giving it up. The best part of the sport: you join a club, it can be like joining a family or becoming a part of tight knit community.

When I play during the season, sure I get bruised and banged up. However, I am hardly ever in a bad mood and frustration doesn't stick around. My worst day of rugby is better than a good day in the off season.

For a little while now, I have been battling injury and therefor weight loss. (as you are all well aware by now, god, I only keep posting about it in some way. lol)
No my injuries were not from rugby. My knee injuries happened before the season got going.



Anyway, last night my team had their first practice. It felt so wonderful to be able to do things like run lines, sprint up a hill, and run an extra long lap without feeling like death is coming! I was able to complete it all! It was just so nice to enjoy the practice for once.

I keep surprising myself: How and when did this happen?
I shouldn't be surprised at all, I have been working hard and have removed 26pounds of fat from my body!

I have to say, a big portion of it is due to time, of course!
I have been working at fitness now for over a year, eventually I am going to get fit!!
I mean really!

However, the addition of cross fit to my routine, I think has provided me that extra bump up.

If you don't know, Cross fit is a gym that focuses on intense workouts, a lot of olympic lifting, as well as body weight exercises. These activities are all timed and you do as many rounds or reps as you can in that time. It is intense. It is also seriously risky. If you are not aware of your own abilities and get caught up in the "do it faster, bigger, more, NOW!" You can get seriously hurt. However, if you are conscious of what you are doing, it is incredible. I have seen some amazing changes with my body in the 4 weeks I have been doing this.

I have been going to cross fit 3 days a week and I have been going to my regular bootcamp 3 days a week as well. The two combined = Fitter than ever before, Dale! Running laps and still energized! Boom!

I am not a complete fan of Cross fit. I don't like the pushing of woo, as a result, I am concerned about their pushing the "paleo diet" and their push to take supplements. However, I do love the work out and find their routines to be highly beneficial to those who play rugby.

I am seeing the benefit of doing Cross fit in combination with my regular fitness bootcamp.
My ability to run up stairs, up a small hill, do real push ups, and many other things are all my own personal proof that I am getting better and doing something right.

I still have work to do, I am not 100% there yet. However, you can bet the farm I am on my way!! I am just so excited for myself right now!!



Wanna watch some awesome rugby games? You Tube: New Zealand All Blacks vs. Australia. When I am not playing for my own club, I am an ALL BLACKS fan!
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