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Pretty Like You

The woman in the video above is Katie Makkai. She’s a poetry slammer,  and in this piece, goes to town on the word “pretty.” She works herself up into a pretty good – and justified – froth: This is about the self-mutilating circus we have painted ourselves clowns in. About women who will prowl 30 stores in six malls to find the right cocktail dress, but haven’t a clue where... read more

Hell Yeah, Handstands!

Today was the first time I ever did handstand holds in a WOD. And I did them in another new spot in the gym: on the lifting platform… with no convenient lines to hint at foot placement and plenty of crash-worthy stuff nearby. But I didn’t crash. And I held the hollow position quite nicely, if I do say so myself. Skills5 sets:2 hip snatch + 1 hang snatch (above the knee)2:00 restMy weights: 35... read more

In Case You Were Wondering…

I didn’t intend to ignore most of the good lessons I’ve learned in the last two years; it just sort of happened. The universe has sent me a smack pack of reminders, and I’m sharing them with you so you don’t have to receive a similar gift basket of your own. It started last Saturday night with a wedding. The evening was balmy. My husband Dave was looking SO handsome. Romance was... read more

Friday Flashback: I’m Probably Going to Say No

I’ve been blogging here since 2008, and – if I do say so myself – there’s some good stuff in my archive that you might have missed. On Fridays, I’m going to take you on a Friday Flashback and point you to some good stuff from the checkered past of The Clothes Make The Girl. Friday Flashback: I’m Probably Going to Say NoOriginally posted on April 18, 2009, this entry was an... read more

It Didn’t Look That Hard

The rest periods built into our workouts this morning tricked me into thinking they “wouldn’t be that bad.” HA! Even the warmup was tough! We were all drenched in sweat and groaning before we’d even started the Skill work. And the skills felt like a WOD. Which, I guess, made the WOD feel like punishment. But A+ to me for using the 24kg kettlebell for swings. I did four of the rounds... read more

Strength Training Tuesday – 04/12/11

In my quest for lean superhero-ness, I tackle the Strength Training Workout posted by Coach Wes every Tuesday at CrossFit Austin. Tuesday, April 12, 2011 – Strength WOD 5X 1 press + 2 push press (heavier than last week) – 70# 75# 80# 80# 85#(fail)5X2 back squat @ 85% max – 3 sets @ 135#, 2 sets @ 130#5X2 deadlift @ 75% max – 150#plus… 2 chest-to-bar negative chin-ups @ 5/5 tempo*... read more

The Presses Were A Trick

I must have still been half asleep when I read the workout this morning, because I thought it looked kinda fun. Running! Overhead presses! Wheeee! Except it was 10 rounds.Of 85-90% effort on the running.With just three little presses in between. At the end, when I’d run 1.25 miles in 200m increments and the sweat was running off my face and my ponytail was plastered to my neck and I was beyond sweat... read more

Review: Everyday Paleo

If you’re part of the online paleo community, you’re probably familiar with Sarah Fragoso and her family-oriented paleo blog Everyday Paleo. If not, here’s the Cliffs Notes version: she’s a CrossFitter and paleo eater, but she wasn’t always that way. She and her family have redefined what family meals and family time in the kitchen can be – and she’s sharing her... read more

Unbroken Has Left Me… Broken

OK. I’m exaggerating. I’m not broken, but I am butt-tired. Our marching orders this morning were to do chest-to-bar kipping pullups unbroken. The scaling requirement was to commit to a number we could do for all 5 rounds, chest to bar.  I opted to do jumping pullups, instead of the band because I can’t do a string of unbroken chest-to-bar with a band (yet!). Um. Yeah. Jumping pullups... read more

Friday Flashback: Snatched From The Jaws Of Doom

I’ve been blogging here since 2008, and – if I do say so myself – there’s some good stuff in my archive that you might have missed. On Fridays, I’m going to take you on a Friday Flashback and point you to some good stuff from the checkered past of The Clothes Make The Girl. Friday Flashback: Snatched From The Jaws Of DoomOriginally posted on December 16, 2008, this entry is all about... read more

A Dirty Dozen of Double-Unders

Sucking it up with the double-unders on Monday paid off in spades today! I got 10 DUs unbroken and then… to my extreme surprise and delight, I got another 12 unbroken. A dirty dozen of double-unders. I realize, of course, that this means my days of swapping double or triple singles for double-unders in a workout are over. It’s true DUs all the way for me now. I can feel the welts already. But... read more

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