Tanja does Helen – again.

  Helen, my arch nemesis, we meet again… [evil stare]   This time I got upgraded to the correct kettle bell weight of 16 kg – and holy hell does that make a difference! On the last few kettle bell swings of the last round, I was convinced that I was going to throw the kettle bell mid swing and made sure I wasn’t aiming at anyone! Again, the pull-ups were not going to happen, so instead I did jumping pull-ups… that really were much more on the jumping side of things than anything resembling an actual pull-up. Tanja does Helen – take 2 3 reps of: 400m run 21 kettle bell swings (16kg) 12 jumping pull-ups Time:...

Second CrossFit session

  Once again a fantastic CrossFit session – also, looks like I may have found myself a new protein supplement!   I’ve been looking for a protein supplement so that I can have a quick breakfast of a protein smoothie on the go. Obviously this is NOT to replace a proper breakfast, only to provide me with quick -pre-workout nutrition. I prefer working out early in the morning before work. 5am wake-up unfortunately doesn’t allow me to be quite sane and awake enough to cook a proper breakfast, so I’ve realised that I need to give in a bit and allow myself a protein smoothie replacement on those very early mornings. I have been concerned about long term consumption of egg white protein powder (look up Biotin deficiency if you don’t know what I’m talking about) so I’ve wanted to find a lesser evil to replace it with. My workmate recently opened up his own supplement website and when I was asking for natural gluten free products, he found me 180 Nutrition. I tried it for the first time this morning and so far I love it! Not only did it taste yummy, it also kept me sated all through the workout and didn’t upset my sensitive tummy (miracle!). Now it must be said, that this protein supplement is not 100% paleo-friendly. Not only is the whey protein derived from dairy, it’s obviously the result of quite some processing. Also, while this product doesn’t contain gluten, it does contain grains (psyllium husk). Tanja does overhead squats & double-unders For time, 3 reps of: 10 x overhead squat 10kg 50 x double-under...

Survived my first real CrossFit workout!

  Not only did I survive the workout – it felt pretty damn good! Now my legs won’t stop shaking so I might just sit down for a while…   The warmup contained pull-ups and push-ups, which were pretty pathetic – the day I can do a proper unassisted pull-up, I will pop open a bottle of bubbles, right there and then. I kid you not! Front squats themselves felt good, as did the core workout and stretching afterwards. Now treating myself to some Thai beef and spicy pork and veggies stirfry! Tanja does front squats Front squats, 1 rep of: 1 x 35kg 10 x 20kg 1 x 35kg 20 x 20kg 1 x 35kg 30 x...
Today I did a weakling version of Helen

Today I did a weakling version of Helen

  Turns out I did a weakling version of Helen – 3 x 400m run, 21 KB swings and 12 ‘pull ups’.     The third and last fundamentals session felt great! Once again struggled with anything requiring upper body strength, but that was to be expected. By weakling session I mean that instead of using 16kg kettle bell, I was given a 12kg one and instead of swinging one above my head, I was told to focus on the technique and aim at swinging it higher than my shoulders. The kettle bell swings and running felt good… it was the pull-ups that were troublesome. There is no way I’ll be able to do anything even resembling a pull up at this stage, so instead, I was instructed to horizontally hang down from hoops, with my feet up on a box and pull up towards the hoops. Now I’ve completed the fundamentals and the plan is for me to join the regular WOD on Monday. Uh-oh… Tanja does (weakling) Helen CrossFit fundamental class 3/3 3 reps of: 400m run 21 kettle bell swings (12kg) 12 ‘pull ups’ Time:...
Second CrossFit fundamentals sessions slightly less humiliating

Second CrossFit fundamentals sessions slightly less humiliating

  I am happy to say that my second fundamentals session wasn’t made of quite so much fail. I’m still a weakling, but as the session was all about legs, I did much better than the previous time.     In fact, the session was very inspiring. I was able to do all the movements and while I was huffing and puffing after the first 5 minutes, it felt really, really good. Now I feel like I’m high as a kite on uppers; full of energy and very happy with myself for working out in the morning. Once again, the recovery advice from the trainer was ‘eat food’ – gotta love it. Just had a delicious paleo tasting plate as a recovery breakfast and I’ve got two freshly baked apple & currant macadamia cookies waiting as a snack. Starting point CrossFit fundamental class 2/3 10 minutes, as many reps of following as possible: 10 wall balls 10 sumo deadlifts 10kg short...
My humiliation has been documented & published

My humiliation has been documented & published

  Just saw photos posted from my CrossFit gym that were taken yesterday – of course my personal humiliation was captured as well… Ha – note the assisted sit-ups… not a good look! Especially when my workmate is in the background (the caveman in a grey t-shirt) pumping 140 kg of iron! I’m hoping one day I will look back at this and remember fondly how weak I used to be. When I no longer am that is. At the moment this is serving as a pretty high motivator to get...
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