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...

Beginning of a personal CrossFit journey

  I’ve finally done it: I’ve started CrossFit. Today was the date of my first fundamentals class. Monday morning, 0700am, a humiliating hour of pain. And I loved it!   Make no mistake, I am not kidding or exaggerating when I say I’m a weakling. As a starting point, I could not do a single proper push up. Sit ups went slightly better, but by 15 reps, I began to struggle. Plain 15 kg bar without weights was enough to have me grunting. All it all, it was a very humbling experience. But look at the bright side: it shouldn’t be too difficult to improve from where I am now! Starting point CrossFit fundamental class 1/3 Tanja Female | 33 years | 5’3 | 53 kg 0 push-ups 15 sit-ups 15 kg bar, no...
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