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"Junk Drawer" Workouts

So… I don’t want to brag or anything, but… f*ck it. I’m gonna brag! My CrossFit Central coaches are now officially known as the 3rd fittest woman in the world — hello, Carey Kepler! — and the 9th fittest woman in the world — hey, Crystal McReynolds! I feel quite blessed and fortunate to have these ladies kicking my ass a few times every week. On Sunday,the final... read more

29 Minutes In Hell

We did it! This was the workout we chose for ourselves last night… Tuesday Backyard WorkoutFor time:200m hill sprint + 50 box jumps + 10 pullups + 5 burpees200m hill sprint + 40 box jumps + 10 pullups + 5 burpees200m hill sprint + 30 box jumps + 10 pullups + 5 burpees200m hill sprint + 20 box jumps + 10 pullups + 5 burpees200m hill sprint + 10 box jumps + 10 pullups + 5 burpees … and this... read more

Pick a Card. Any Card

The first year we lived in our house, every time I stepped outside, I collected the pecans that littered the driveway and yard. Like a squirrel, I scurried, zig-zagging across our property, plucking pecans off the ground and stuffing them into my pockets of the “basket” I made from the hem of my shirt. Dave teased me that I was going to grow a tail. A few weeks later, I made a pie from OUR... read more

Everyone Starts Somewhere

I felt a little down when I left the gym this morning. Some days it just seems like I’m never going to get a pullup. Today was one of those days. Our workout was the I AM CROSSFIT workout: 3 X (7 cleans + 15 pullups + 400m run). It’s not one of my favorites. The last time I did it was in January, and I used a 65-lb. bar for the cleans, finishing in 11:04, well under the 15-minute cutoff, and a... read more

The Good News is… There’s Lots of Room for Improvement

Aaah, Saturday: Weight Watchers meeting, the final workout for the week, and then breakfast… I love it! On tap for today, Spartan Challenge workout #1: 50 pullups + 50 burpees. This workout was one of the WODs at the CrossFit Games qualifier a few weeks ago. Before I tell you my time, check out the way that some of our CrossFit Central coaches killed this thing — keeping in mind that they had... read more

Hello, Arms?! Are You Still Attached?

I love the “fresh start” of Mondays. The whole week is layed out before me like a blank sheet of paper, and there are plenty of opportunities to write good stuff on it, like… “Got a great night’s sleep.”“Woke up before the alarm and went to CrossFit Central.”“Did 72 pullups with the blue band.”“Ate blueberries and milk and chicken and... read more

2009: The Year of the Pullup

Looks like I’ve got no excuses now. Dave built me my very own pullup bars as a Christmas present. See?Yesterday, my kickass plyo boxes arrived.And my Superband is on its... read more

… And Mel Is Down For The Count

Oh, my! I just woke up from one of those naps where I feel like I’ve been slipped a mickey then hit over the head with a cast iron skillet. That was some good napping, y’all. My day started at 4:30 a.m. after another night of tossing and rutching and pillow fluffing. I don’t know what was up with my sleeping, but I did get to start a new book. (More on that tomorrow; The Jane Project may... read more

Officially Freaking Out

Tomorrow is the kick-off for the I Am CrossFit Challenge. This was me last night: In a dreamy internal voice, “La-la-la, it’s so nice to be lying here watching NCIS, feeling all proud-tired after my 11-mile run. I am so awesome… la-la-la.” [check email] “Oh! Cool! A video of what we’re doing at the I Am CrossFit workout on Saturday. Sweet.” [watch the... read more

Presidential Pullups

“Two staffers had just passed this site and done two pull-ups. Not to be outdone, Obama did three with ease, dropped and walked out to make a speech. Missoula, Mont., 4/5/2008.” Photo by Callie Shell – see more of her photos of President_Elect... read more

CrossFit Central: Where Women Do Pullups

2009: The Year of the... read more

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