Fitness Lately – Lean and Lovely

Fitness Lately – Lean and Lovely

Good morning!

It’s been awhile since I’ve discussed my fitness with you all.  Since I’ve been enjoying my fitness plan lately I figured I’d share a little about what I’ve been doing.

If you’re a new reader or don’t know about my history, you can read a little about it here, here, and here.  Basically I come from a background of cardio, cardio, and more cardio.  This along with restricting calories and yo yo dieting has led to a plethora of health issues.  Mainly with my hormones and fertility.  So finding a way to continue exercise (which I love) while healing my body has been a huge goal for me this past year. [Read more…]

Travel WOD’s and a Family WOD

Travel WOD’s and a Family WOD

I know some people are against working out when they go on vacation.  I am not one of those people.  I’m a morning person and typically awake before the rest of my traveling companions so if I like to do something productive while everyone still sleeps.  Productive and enjoyable for me. Exercise!

I love getting to explore new gyms, fitness centers or towns on foot while getting in some good fitness time.

As you know we recently took a little vacation to Hawaii and the fitness room was one of the first things I checked out upon arriving.

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Fitness center and pool at our condo [Read more…]

MIMM – Wine, Two workouts and Hair Questions…

MIMM – Wine, Two workouts and Hair Questions…

Happy Monday!

Hope you all had a Marvelous weekend!  I mentioned Friday that I was feeling a bit under the weather but luckily kicked my cold to the curb in just a few days by drinking tons of bone broth and taking some natural immune supplements.  By Saturday morning I was feeling just about back to normal!

Which was perfect because we had a fun day planned and I did not want to miss it!

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Lorna Jane Roseville Galleria Opening

Lorna Jane Roseville Galleria Opening

You may remember awhile back I got the chance through my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship to try out some Lorna Jane apparel.

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I still love my chosen pieces and wear them often.  I’ve shopped online a few times but haven’t purchased anything because I like to try things on in person.  So when I hear there was a store opening up right here in my neighborhood I was so excited!

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It happened but in a way, I’m glad it did

It happened but in a way, I’m glad it did

I kept hearing about it happening to others.

I watched The Hubby go through a few of them.

I saw some workout friends do it then finally it happened to me.

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WIAW – Coastal Edition

WIAW – Coastal Edition

Good morning!

First off, THANK YOU for all your kind comments on Monday’s post.  We put a lot of work into fixing up our home after our little mishap and are over the moon excited to finally be able to share our hard work.

Second, sorry for the lack of post yesterday.  I was off enjoying this,

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Crossfit – Isn’t it all Heavy Lifting?

Crossfit – Isn’t it all Heavy Lifting?

Good morning!

Let’s talk Crossfit shall we?

Mainly a misconception it seems a lot of people have about the sport and I’ll admit I was one of them.

“I can’t do ALL the heavy lifting they do in Crossfit.”

I think a lot of people think Crossfit is only about heavy lifting.  You see photos of crossfitters with the barbell quite often because yes, you do use a bar in Crossfit quite a bit.

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Marvelous Monday Hashtag Edition

Marvelous Monday Hashtag Edition

Happy Monday folks!

I’m jumping right into MIMM this morning with a fun hashtag edition.

 MiMM MIMM #101 Three Word Weekend!

I’ve seen a few bloggers do this before including the lovely Katie who’s hosting this shin dig.  So thought it would be fun to hashtag a few snapshots from a marvelous weekend.

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“What do you do in Crossfit Class?”

“What do you do in Crossfit Class?”

Since beginning Crossfit I’ve gotten a lot of questions from friends, family and readers.  Many of those questions are ones I had before I started, so I thought it might be helpful if I answered them for you.

Keep in mind that all Crossfit boxes are not universal so what I discuss on here being done in mine might be completely different from another.

QUESTION – “What’s a Crossfit Box?

A Crossfit box is actually the gym itself.  Boxes are popping up all over the place these days but they typically have a warehouse feel and are filled with all things needed for a Crossfit workout. 

QUESTION – “I often see people posting WODS that are only 10 minutes long.  Is that how long the entire class is?” 

This is definitely a misconception I had way back when Crossfit started getting popular.  I remember reading blogs where they shared their Workout of the day (WOD) and thinking, “Really?  That’s it?”  Nope!  Most crossfit classes are an hour long.  As I said not every box is the same but here’s an example of what an hour would look like at Destiny Crossfit where I go.

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Warm – up starts right on the dot.  No late arrivals allowed!  Crossfitters line up in lanes and complete several warm up exercises including cross arm skip, knee to chest, high foot lunge, lateral lunge, walking mechanics, fast karaoke and slow karaoke.

Then it’s some form of running mechanics such as Rip N Out, Push up starts, 2 point starts, or falling starts.

Followed by something like stick jumps, bear crawls, ring series, or ladders.

There’s usually something to get your heart rate up such as tabata box jumps, heavy jump ropes, wall balls, Burpee tuck jumps or maybe double unders.

Just before the WOD is always technical work – push press, snatch, back squats, cleans, front squat, dead liftthrusters or some other technical move.

Next comes the WOD or Workout of the day.  WODs ufually range in time from 5-20 minutes.  It might be a AMRAP – As Many Rounds As Possible WOD or an EMOM – Every Minute On the Minute.  Maybe it’s a For Time workout where you do the WOD as fast as possible or maybe even a partner WOD where you do one exercise while your partner does another then switch.

after the WOD we complete a stabilization which might be toes to bar, kettlebell twists, pistols, ring dips, or some other form of stabilization.

QUESTION – “Don’t you miss your cardio?” 

There is actually quite a bit of cardio involved in Crossfit.  The other day we did a wod that included 30 bodyweight squats (squating  your body weight), 1 mile run then 30 burpees over the bar.  Definitely some cardio in there!  I tend to favor the cardio based WOD’s more than the heavy lifting because of my cardio background.  I think a common misconception with Crossfit is that it’s all heavy lifting.  Not so!  Yes there is a good amount of lifting but also a good amount of cardio.  I still do a few days outside of crossfit of spinning or sprinting but I only crossfit 2-3 days a week.  If I were doing more I might not add as much extra cardio.

QUESTION – “I’m out of shape how can I possibly start Crossfit?” 

You have to start somewhere right?  Crossfit is a great place to start because it teaches you the basic fundamental movements to give you a strong base.    There are many different levels of individuals in Crossfit and even some of those who have been there for years are still scaling back the workouts.  You can also search for a gym that offers Crossfit Light classes like the one I workout at, Destiny Crossfit, just started offering.  A scaled back workout and a little more one on one time spent with beginners, it’s perfect for anyone wanting to see what Crossfit is about without jumping in full board.  

QUESTION – “Won’t I get bulky?”  

I’m not going to lie, this is something I still worry about.  Everybody is different so this is a tricky one.  Yes, some women might get a little bulky.  However, it takes A LOT of heavy lifting to get really big.  It also depends on your diet and what your goals are.  I have noticed that my thighs have gotten bigger.  However, I’ve also had to cut back on my extra cardio and up my calories/fat to gain weight for fertility so this had definitely played a roll in that increase.  It’s important to take into account  your body type and your goals.  If you don’t want to gain a ton of muscle, then you don’t have to lift as heavy as some others might be.  It’s all up to you 🙂   AND there is no way (unless you are taking crazy supplements and trying your hardest) that you will look anything like the woman pictured above!

I’m still learning the ropes of Crossfit and am not sure I’ll ever be pro but am enjoying the challenges.

QUESTIONS
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Destiny Crossfit

Destiny Crossfit

I promise that my blog won’t become overloaded with Crossfit posts now that I’m loving it.

I still enjoy other forms of exercise and won’t bore those of you who aren’t into Crossfit with constant posts about the sport. [Read more…]

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