These thighs are flappin in the wind! Why is it that I don’t pay much attention to the fact that I feel like a stuffed sausage because I had to jump off my bed to get into my jeans until its almost bikini season?! I start to realize that I need to do some pushups if I want to wear tank tops because that back fat Betty is staring me down in the mirror, and man do I need a TAN!!!!!! I start receiving the Victorias Secret swimsuit catalogues in February, I kinda want to throw up and thank God I have a good 3 months before anyone will see me with out a parka on…. At this point I’m in desperate need of a game plan.
I think I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I use to be a CrossFit fanatic… Or a CrossFit wannabe?! Either way I was into it for a good solid year and a half, received my Level One CrossFit training certificate (I was LEGIT!), and was dedicated to pretty much 5 days a week of WODs and hopping on the Zone/Paleo diet bandwagon. Besides the fact I was positive my legs were bigger than Matts, I was hooked. When I got hitched and shortly there after knocked up with Hudson, I traded CrossFit for Zumba… No joke! I was certain I would never make it back to CrossFit, having a baby at almost 30 was killing me! Silly I know, but with having babies at 18 and 20, 30 feels OLD! Fast forward to age 32 and saddle bag city, I NEED CrossFit back in my life! Matt and I signed up and I can’t tell you how good it feels to be back. It’s been two weeks and I already feel stronger.
For those of you who don’t know too much about CrossFit, it’s constantly varied, high intensity, functional movement. A lot of the workouts are shorter, more intense and are never the same. It’s like strength training meets plyometrics meets gymnastics meets falling on the floor (sometimes wanting to throw up) and so sore I want more…believe it or not, it’s addicting! The classes are filled with high energy and team work. Each class has at least one trainer and all of the trainers are educated in nutrition as well. It’s like having your own personal trainer and nutritionist in one! (Although they are NOT nutritionists, the education they receive in nutrition is priceless) When I was doing CrossFit previously, my blood pressure was lower, my heart was healthier and I felt strong, which is the part I missed most! The education I received from attending CrossFit has carried me through heavy groceries, deadlifting dog food to get it into the cart and it kept me from hurting myself by knowing how to lift heavy things the right way. Although I took 3.5 years off, because its functional and ‘natural’ movements that our body does almost daily, I remembered most of what I learned my first day back.
I also learned I can’t just eat what I want because I’m doing intense workouts, and believe me, I’m hungry ALL of the time when I do CrossFit. I truly believe diet is the most important factor to weight loss and health, and when you pair a healthy diet and a regular work out routine together, viola, you get optimal results and the best part is you feel AMAZING. One other thing I LOVE about CrossFit is I notice results FAST. There’s nothing more rewarding then seeing those muscles start to take form and the feeling of my abs on fire because that GHD machine that I love and hate so much. By the way, you won’t see the typical gym equipment at CrossFit, you’ll see rowing machines, maybe some air-bikes and GHD machines, but other than that you are stuck with jump ropes, boxes for box jumps etc, barbells and weights, kettle bells and pull up bars. But don’t let that intimidate you, it’s pretty awesome being a girl and able to do a clean and jerk! Seriously! An important factor to know is everything is scaleable. For instance, I can’t do a hand stand pushup, I may never be able to do a hand stand push up, so instead I do a handstand against the wall with a few ab mats under my head and BOOM! I’m doing the same movement, but one I can actually do! And to be totally honest, I can’t even really do those yet so I use the box jump box and get on my knees with my hands close to the box on the floor and do them that way… I have a ways to go and I’m ok with it!
Here’s an example of a workout we did the other day:
Burpees and Goblet Squats with kettle bells for time
We did 21 burpees and 21 goblet squats, then 15 burpees and 15 goblet squats and 9 burpees and 9 goblet squats as fast as we could for time. Even though I finished in just under 7 minutes ( I scaled my burpees to knee push ups and lighter kettle bell weight) I was sweating profusely and loved every minute of it.
One other important factor is along with stretching and warming up before class, we always work on certain things before the actual work out. Whether it’s strength, balance, core work, or all of the above, we’re constantly working on improving posture, form and skill.
So if you want to see those thunder thighs dwindle and more importantly feel strong and better about your body, I highly recommend checking out your local CrossFit. With over 13,000 locations worldwide, I’m sure you can find one nearby! Also, check out their website here for WODs (work out of the day) and even more information.
By the way, I still haven’t given up my Buti Yoga obsession! I switch off between the two.
They also have a kids program that’s pretty awesome and kids are crazy about it. I hope this helped you learn a little more about CrossFit and the amazing benefits and results you can achieve.