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Dear Mel: We *REALLY* Hate You. Respectfully, Your Legs

Still recovering from last week’s Legstravaganza, my legs = Jell-O + lead. Warmup400m runbutt kicks, high kness, lunges, punter kicks SkillsPVC squat warmup3 X  [10 overhead squats + 2:00 rest]3 X [10 back squats + 2:00 rest]My numbers: OH squats: 45 – 55 -60 / back squats: 110 – 110 – 110 WOD800m run7 X [5 unbroken overhead squats 45# + 5 kipping pullups, blue band]800m runMy... read more

I Like Words

Words, arranged in kickass order, from CrossFit Watertown: Pick a priority today. One thing that you want to do better. Today and today only. Not for tomorrow or next week or next month or next year. One thing you want to improve today. Just one day at a time.... read more

Dear Mel: We Hate You! Love, Your Legs

A few days ago, I read the article “Top Ten Checklist: Do YouTrain?” and lamented that it’s been too long since I’ve run sprints and gotten my fanny under a bar for heavy back squats – numbers 1 and 4 on the checklist. I thought to myself: Self, when we get back from Prague, let’s go to the craptastic gym and lift some heavy stuff once a week… and wouldn’t it be... read more

Prague POD: August 26

In September, Dave and I are going on a 2-week holiday to Prague. I’m going to eat a dumpling (and a strudel), wear a black leather jacket, and walk on cobblestones. I’ve been asked so many times, “Why Prague?” that I’ve decided to show you. It’s the Prague Photo of the Day (POD). How could I not be excited about a city that inspires this? [photo] According to the... read more

Awesome Alert: Female Tennis Players in Slo-Mo

Beautiful. Powerful. Mesmerizing. Check out these NYTimes videos of kickass tennis players smashing the hell out of the ball while simultaneously looking like princess ballerinas… who could kill you with their pinkies if they wanted to. Included in the slide show are Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams, Elena Dementieva, Jelena Jankovic, Samantha Stosur, Victoria Azarenka, and Vera Zvonareva. Watch them... read more

Prague POD: August 24

In September, Dave and I are going on a 2-week holiday to Prague. I’m going to eat a dumpling (and a strudel), wear a black leather jacket, and walk on cobblestones. I’ve been asked so many times, “Why Prague?” that I’ve decided to show you. It’s the Prague Photo of the Day (POD). [photos] From all accounts, Prague has a kickass public transportation system that... read more

Yay, Burpees! (And Ring Pushups)

I slept lousy last night. I watched the first 5-10 minutes of three episodes of Knight Rider, so that should give you some indication of what it was like. Snooze –> wake up  with a start –> remove eye mask –> turn on Knight Rider –> drift off –> repeat (I know what you’re asking yourself: “Why on Earth is Mel watching Knight Rider?”... read more

Everybody In The Pool

Bonita and I have been throwing around the idea of a swimming WOD for months. And since it’s been over 100 degrees in Austin for more than a week, now seemed like the ideal time to jump into Deep Eddy and swap running the track for swimming laps. I dug up a workout from an old CrossFit Journal article, put my own spin on it (i.e., shortened the swimming intervals because most of us hadn’t swum... read more

Prague POD: August 20

In September, Dave and I are going on a 2-week holiday to Prague. I’m going to eat a dumpling (and a strudel), wear a black leather jacket, and walk on cobblestones. I’ve been asked so many times, “Why Prague?” that I’ve decided to show you. It’s the Prague Photo of the Day (POD). [photo] Let me preface this by saying that I am not a big drinker. I am a light-weight,... read more

Weighted Pushups

I totally want to try this… although maybe with a 15-lb. plate to start (That’s Neghar Fonooni of... read more

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Crazy International Costumes

Delighted. Charmed. Aghast. Amazed. Inspired. Amused. Jealous. These are the feelings that surged through me as I scrolled through these astoundingly awesome and colorful and wacky costumes at the Miss Universe Pageant. Like any good drug dealer, I will give you a free sample, and then you can visit the links below for the whole shebang. You’re welcome. Miss Universe 2010 National Costumes, Part... read more

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