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Dr. Shrinker and Your Brain

In 1976, I was eight years old, and one of my favorite Saturday morning TV shows was Dr. Shrinker. It was about a nutball scientist that built a shrink ray, then used it on a group of teenagers whose plane crash-landed on his deserted island. The poor “shrinkies” were only 6-inches tall, so thimbles, sewing needles, spiders, and other everyday objects took on dangerous proportions. One of the... read more

What Happens In Vegas…

If you did your training this weekend… if you got enough rest… if you ate dino-chow… Cheers to you! I’m back from Sin City and will be re-joining you in the land of the fit, strong, rested, and well-fed... read more

Pinups and Pens

This has nothing whatsoever to do with CrossFit or eating right. But this so delighted me, I had to share. And since I’m sipping cocktails and tossing chips on the green felt for the next few days, it seemed appropriate. I’ll be back next week with more fitness adventure tales, but for now… getta load of this… Here is a collection of photos from a LIFE magazine shoot in which... read more

Now *THAT* Is A Box Jump

CrossFit 603 Disclaimer from Melissa Urban on Vimeo. Um, yeah… I’m still trying to graduate from the 20″ to the 22″ box. At Bootcamp this morning, I ate it on the wall that’s, like, 18″ or 19″.New goal: Dedicate myself to jumping high enough to land on the roof of an APD... read more

Tough Love For Yourself

This CrossFit mindset shows up all over the wonderful world of the Web. I found it on the CrossFit Las Vegas site, and the indomitable Aaron pointed to it in his blog today. 1. I will promise to do my best. My best will vary from day to day, from hour to hour, from minute to minute. But in that minute, I will do the very best that I can. 2. Lactic acid is my friend. The wind is my friend. Anything that... read more

Dear Legs: I’m Sorry

My quads are toast. (Mmmmm… toast.) Yesterday: 72 weighted squats plus sprints. Today: 200 air squats, box jumps, walking lunges, and running laps around the parking lot. Crystal was under-the-weather, so she gave us our assignment for the day and left us to our own devices. Blake elected me the boss, so I lead the warmup and tried to be motivating. I definitely don’t have the Crystal magic,... read more

Pancakes in the Age of Enlightenment

Back in the good ol’ days of my 30s, we lived in San Francisco. The economy was booming, swing music was all the rage, and we spent Thursday nights at the Hi-Ball Lounge (photo of Frank behind the bar, leopard velvet settees), sipping martinis and working on our East Coast Swing with the cool cats and kittens. We followed the Brian Setzer Orchestra on tour for summer vacation and rocked our faces off... read more

I’m a Guest Blogger on PopCandy!

Y’all know I’m a PopCandy junkie. It’s fun, it’s sometimes snarky (but in a sweet way), and it’s 100% paleo-approved. The too-fabulous-for-words Whitney Matheson is on vacation this week and invited her readers to fill in while she’s away. If you’d been here a week ago, you might have heard me whoop I learned I was going to be one of her guest bloggers. And now my... read more

Two-Fer Tuesday

Days ’til Vegas: TWOWorkouts today: TWO 5:45 a.m.#1: CrossFit Women Indoor @ CrossFit Central3 rounds, for time: 24 back squat, 1/2 body weight (70#) 12 ring dips 6 in-and-outs My time: 11:55 This thing looked like a miserable monster on the whiteboard, but I actually loved it. I’ve amped up my calorie intake a little bit over the last week, and I can feel it in my workouts. Plenty of gas in... read more

Sometimes You’re the Bear

I’m on my countdown to Vegas, baby. We’re leaving Austin Thursday morning and by 1:00 p.m., I’ll be at CrossFit Las Vegas for a workout (I hope I do a good job representing CrossFit Central; I’m nervous about the workout!) By 3:30 p.m., I expect to be wearing a dress that exposes too much leg and cleavage, sipping a cocktail, and placing a $10-chip on the pass line at the craps... read more

A Workout of Things That I Hate

This blog post could also have been called “These are a few of my least favorite things.” Our CrossFit Women workout this morning: 10 – 15 – 20 – 15- 10 reps, 20-minute max: thrusters, 50-lbs. pullups situps Let’s take them one at a time, shall we? ThrustersI’ve documented my disdain and disgust for thrusters here and here and at every workout ever in the... read more

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