After only three weeks of CrossFit my pants are falling off!

  Fabulous for the bum, not so good for the wallet: must go shopping for a smaller pair of workout pants…   I figured this would be quite effective, because in all seriousness, this is bloody hard and most of the time I’m just doing weakling versions of the correct movements. Yet, somehow, my bum & thighs have gone down a size in just three weeks of three sessions/week! I’m amazed and grinning like an idiot. And in even better news, I have finally convinced my fiancee to join in! Starting from Monday, he’ll be doing his induction sessions… I can’t wait to see what he thinks and how badly he’ll get hooked… It will be fabulous to share this addiction and excitement with someone! WOD Three reps (12-9-6), for time of clean + jerks, 14kg dumbbells wriggle on hoops* Time: 11:13 (* the exercise in question should have been a muscle up, but there is no way in hell my pathetic wriggles had anything to do with the proper version of the...

Tanja does Jackie

  Jackie is evil! Those thrusters were just ridiculously hard, even though I was doing them with just 15kg instead of the rd 20kg!   I’ve noticed that after every CrossFit session, I’m experiencing a combined sense of achievement and relief; achievement for being able to perform the WOD and relief that it didn’t kill me. I am amazed at how addictive this is. Every day after a morning session, I find myself giddy as a school girl, acting as if I was high as a kite on uppers. Slightly disconcerting, but at the same time utterly wonderful. The entire day, I feel like I’ve accomplished something great and every new muscle ache or tightness is like an additional nudge of reward. A confirmation of work done on my body. Can’t wait for the next session! Tanja does Jackie 1000 meter row 15 kg Thruster, 50 reps 30 pull-ups (jumping) Time:...

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┬áis not 100% paleo-friendly.┬áNot 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...
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