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Strength Tuesday 2/5/13 (w/ Bonus Bear)

In my quest for lean superhero-ness, I’m following the Wendler 5/3/1 strength training program. Twice a week, Dave and I are hitting the craptastic gym in our Converse to lift heavy and crank through a mini-metcon. Grin Grimace and Bear It Not this bear: Or this bear: Or this bear: Nope. I mean a bear like this: I mean the deadly Bear Complex. In case you’re not familiar, it’s a... read more

Strength Monday & Friday (w/ Bonus Musical)

In my quest for lean superhero-ness, I’m following the Wendler 5/3/1 strength training program. Twice a week, Dave and I are hitting the craptastic gym in our Converse to lift heavy and crank through a mini-metcon. It’s De-Load Week, It’s Delicious, It’s De-Lovely It was our week four of the Wendler 5/3/1 program, which means deload week! Hooray! If you’re unfamiliar with the... read more

Strength Friday 1/18/13 (w/ Bonus Hell Week)

In my quest for lean superhero-ness, I’m following the Wendler 5/3/1 strength training program. Twice a week, Dave and I are hitting the craptastic gym in our Converse to lift heavy and crank through a mini-metcon. The Week From Hell I’m so very happy it’s Friday because this week was grueling, frustrating, disappointing, exhausting, and, frankly, a total asshole. The yucky stuff that... read more

Strength Monday 1/14/13 (w/ Bonus Handstands)

In my quest for lean superhero-ness, I’m following the Wendler 5/3/1 strength training program. Twice a week, Dave and I are hitting the craptastic gym in our Converse to lift heavy and crank through a mini-metcon. 2013: The Year of Pullups and Handstands In honor of my “You Are Here” intention, I’m not setting goals around pullups and handstands. Instead, just like I do with yoga... read more

Fran Punched Me In The Nose

[image from The Hopper Deck] Full disclosure: Before today, I’d never done Fran. I know! The answer to “What’s your Fran time?” is a CrossFit staple. But for a variety of reasons, I always missed it when Fran was on the whiteboard for class. And since it includes two of my least favorite movements – thrusters and pullups – I’ve never tackled it on my own. It’s WAY... read more

Wow. Neat. Ring Dips and Pullups. Again. [sigh]

Remember on Friday when I said I was totally over doing “negative” pullups and dips? Guess what was in our workout today… pullups and dips. I rejoiced. (Not. at. all.) But, as usual, once I started moving, I found that, miraculously, my heart was in it. Two thumbs up on starting Monday with a workout that kicked my butt pretty hard. Warmup400m runhigh knees + butt kicks + lunges + punter... read more

Signs of Life

At one point in 2008, I declared 2009 to be the “Year of the Pullup,” fully intending to learn to do a kipping pullup during that year. Surely, I thought, if I have a whole year I can learn to do it. Everyone else can do it…  Then the Frankenneck happened and last summer I managed a deadhang chinup from a box and felt all kinds of optimistic about my kipping possibilities… then... read more

I’m With The Band

Not this band… Or this band… I am in THIS band, but it’s not the one I mean. I mean this one: Yesterday’s CrossFit Women workout was a monster, and I’m still feeling the after-effects. It was five rounds of stuff that, taken individually, didn’t seem too bad. But the sum of the parts meant it was a palm-killer. Observe. CrossFit Women5 rounds for time:10 sprawls + kb... read more

CrossFit High Five

After a low-energy weekend and a sick day from the corporate overlords yesterday, I’m back! I’m working on some tasty stuff for you today, but in the interim, I wanted to point you to a post from the lovely and badass Jessica. It’s a list of resources to help prep your hands for the demands of heavy lifting and kipping pullups. There are many, many things wrong with my kip, and chief... read more

Hangin’ At The Track

Even though it’s old news now, I wanted to share the workout Dave and I did on Saturday because it was 1) fun;  2) difficult enough to be interesting; and 3) a good one to do with friends that may not be CrossFitters yet or when you don’t have equipment within arms’ reach. Warmup, easy pace3 rounds:10 squats10 kettlebell swings (replace with pushups if no kettlebell)10... read more

A Workout of Things That I Love

A few months ago, I wrote about a Workout of Things That I Hate™. It would be more accurate, I guess, to say they’re things I “love-hate,” but still… thrusters, butt-killing situps, and pullups… not my favorites. Today was much better! CrossFit Central is creating workouts named for CFC clients this month, and today was my day. Like a 4-year-old, I love anything with my... read more

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