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Crossfit Mayhem!

31 May

I mentioned in a previous post that my trainer went on holidays for 2 weeks.  To Bali.  Without me.  Yes, truth be told, I cried myself to sleep when she told me.  But that’s okay, she’s bringing me back presents and my love for her will be restored.  Temporarily, until she gets me to do kettlebell swings again!

So, whilst she has been gone I have been trialling Crossfit on top of my usual routine and let me tell you, I LOVE IT.  I’m trying as hard as I can, though, not to become a ‘Crossfit Douche’.  Example:

I went for my introduction session last Monday at Crossfit Kensington.  Troy, the owner, was incredibly helpful and showed me all the correct techniques for the exercises and we tried quite a few so he could check my form.

Boy oh boy, I didn’t know my own name by the end of it let alone the names of all the exercises!  We learnt the clean and jerk, the snatch, the deadlift, the sumo deadlift, the push press, the clean and press, kipping, strict pull ups, wall balls, jump boxes, double unders (don’t even get me started on these) and loads more.

Then there’s the acronyms – AMRAP, KTE, 1RM, oh my! But you get used to them pretty quickly, plus Troy puts the WOD (workout of the day, yep another acronym) on the website so that you can prepare yourself and look up on YouTube any exercises you are not sure on.  And of course he demonstrates and helps you when you are there too.  Thank god for that!

Once the introductory session was over I was keen to get stuck into a real class so I went along the next night.

Wah wah wee wah.  What a doozy of a session!  Here’s a run down:

Clean and Jerk
Test your 3RM (3 rep maximum – i.e. 3 reps of the heaviest weight you can do with perfect form)
Then
2 reps x 5 sets 80% 3RM

………………………………………

10 MU (muscle ups http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX29MMoK2Tg)
20 box jumps 60/45cm
30 lunges 20/10kg overhead
500m run
5 MU
15 box jumps
25 lunges
400m run
10 box jumps
20 lunges
300m run
5 box jumps
15 lunges
200m run
10 lunges
100m run
5 lunges

We needed to complete everything below the line whilst timing ourselves.  It was a really good, highly sweaty workout which was not all that different to my usual workouts with Nat, minus the muscle ups and heavy bar work.  My entire body was sore the next day and I loved it. 🙂

Crossfit will definitely become apart of my regular routine.  Crossfit girls have a strong and athletic physique that I admire so hopefully, on top of my regular sessions with Nat, I will soon achieve this physique!  Oh pardon me, not hopefully, I WILL soon achieve this physique! 😉

Are you a Crossfit girl or guy?  Are you keen to give it a go?

Project Tighten Up: Update 3 & Macular Degeneration Week

23 May

Can you believe that we are at the start of week 4 of Project Tighten Up?  I know I can’t!  Who’s been going strong still?  Don’t forget to share your progress at the bottom of this post!

My trainer is on leave for two weeks (woe is me!) but I have a trick up my sleeve.  My local Crossfit gym, Crossfit Kensignton, has a fantastic trial offer where you can try 3 weeks of crossfit for only $50!  I have always wanted to try it so this is the perfect time.  Not sure what crossfit is?  Check this out:

Hardcore yeah?  That’s why I think I’ll LOVE it.  I’m really excited and a little bit nervous!  I do similar stuff with my trainer so it shouldn’t be too hard.  Right?  Right??  Eep. I have my introductory session tonight so I will do a review post later in the week.

I am also focusing on being kind to my eyes as well as my thighs (boom tish) this week (22 – 28 May) as it is Macular Degeneration Week.  I’m extremely interested in eye health as, not many of you may know this, but I wear glasses all day every day at work!  Yup – I’m a regular four eyes!

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of vision loss and severe vision loss in Australia, affecting an estimated one in seven people.  Although the condition may not make itself apparent until later in life, preventative measures can be started much earlier.

Grant Fisher, Budget Eyewear National Eyecare Director says: “AMD already affects a large number of people in Australia, and as the population ages, more and more people will suffer. There are a number of steps everyone can take right now to limit the onset of the condition, some of which are as simple as stopping smoking and wearing sunglasses in bright light. It’s also important to have regular eye tests. Medicare covers a visit to the optometrist every two years, so even if you are on a budget, there’s no excuse!”

Grant suggests focusing on nutritious food to help prevent the disease. A poor diet with a high level of fats and low-level of vitamins can make AMD worse, so give junk food a break, and make sure you are eating the right vitamins and minerals.

Research suggests that diets rich in carotenoids found in leafy green vegetables, such as raw carrot, broccoli and raw spinach can reduce the risk of AMD. A high-level boost of nutrients zeaxanthin and lutein may slow progression of the condition. Lutein is found in egg yolk, while zeaxanthin is found in small amounts in most fruits and vegetables. I also wrote a post last year about eye health – check it out here.

All of these foods are featured on my Project Tighten Up Meal Plan so whilst we are working on tightening up our bods we can also rest assured that we are doing good by our eyes too (all the better to SEE our progress with my dears!).

Eye tests are painless and can easily diagnose MD, and best of all they are free with the cost covered by Medicare. When was the last time you had your eyes tested?

How has your progress been over the last few weeks?  Also, has anyone tried Crossfit?