My Crazy Crossfit Family

March 1, 2012

I got my backside into gear a couple years ago and started working out fairly consistently. Up to that point, people who bragged about their fitness regimens annoyed me…especially when it was on Facebook.

At one point, I actually updated my own status to read, “I am getting tired of hearing how healthy everyone is. Tonight, I wanted to let you all know I drove to a movie theater, bought buttered popcorn, and never stepped foot into the theater.”

Yeah. That showed them.

I’m proud to announce I’ve done a complete 180. I am now that annoying person who loves to talk about my workouts. You can choose to “x” out of this blog right now. I won’t be offended.

(OK, have the slackers left yet?)

Have the rest of you heard of Crossfit? The program is totally nuts and I would never subject myself to this sort of pain if left to my own individual choosing. However, after watching a group of my coworkers workout for a couple of months together, my competitive nature kicked into full swing.

I needed IN.

Now we have formed a crazy Crossfit family. We’ve suffered together, shared goals, and are determined to help push each other to extreme levels.

If you are looking for a challenge or just want to mix up your workout routine (I need this in the colder months when I can’t get outside because I have a hate/hate relationship with the treadmill), I encourage you to check out Crossfit.

Their website posts a new Workout of the Day (WOD) every 24 hours so you never perform the same moves back-to-back. I rarely understand what the workouts are based on description alone so I reference the online videos to learn proper technique.

Thanks to my new gym rat support group, I hope to lose 10 pounds and conquer at least one unaided pull-up by May 6, which is also the day I will run Lincoln Half Marathon. Enjoy the pics.

Getting ready to do sets of box jumps.

Feeling pretty good about myself.

Until I witness this freak of nature.

I increased the height of my own stack after watching him.

The more I lose, the easier this will get.

Right now, I am having 50 lbs of weighted assistance.

Not only do the guys make this look easy, they widen their grip to make it harder.

My badge of honor.

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6 responses to My Crazy Crossfit Family

  1. 

    Love the popcorn comment! Now you are putting the casual exercisers to shame! Keep at it.

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    Megan Rodenburg March 1, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I knew the second I read “Crossfit” that I was going to ask you if you’re going to start posting pics of your blisters…low & behold, you read my mind 🙂 You’re crazy, girl. Good for you!

  3. 

    I have to say Heidi. I started working with a personal trainer 6 weeks ago. I never knew I would look forward to kettlebell swings, bench pressing, sand bags, jumping on tractor tires, planks and push ups on balls, throwing medicine balls, ropes, 100 different lunges and squats and weights, weights, weights, but I look forward to my two sessions with her each week. Sure, the first few times I thought I was going to die, but once you get past that, oh what a high it gives a person. I am proud to say that after only being able to do girlie pushups that I can now throw down 30 while one hand is on a ball, I have done pull ups and I can plank like a mad woman. How did I not do this before??? I think a great mix of cardio and weights, etc is perfect mix. See, I have turned into one that raves about the routine. Keep it up!! I envy you and your running ability, still working on mine, but this all will make it easier to sustain a run.

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      It’s an addicting feeling, isn’t it? That moment when you are completely exhausted and then feel entirely refueled. Keep the course, ladies! We may not be working out together, but somehow, we all feel part of the same movement.

  4. 

    I really want to try crossfit, but I think I need to build a little more strength first! What a great workout!!

  5. 

    Oh, Emily, from what I know about you already…you are very much a “I’m going to do what I set my mind on doing sort of gal!” Give it a chance and try it out when it feels right. I found the support group I needed; otherwise, I would never have started on this regimen solo. Keep up the good work. Love reading your stuff.