I’ve received tons and tons of questions about the changes I’ve noticed since starting CrossFit about a month ago. I honestly didn’t expect too many in this amount of time, but I’m definitely starting to see some! Here’s a quick summary:
- I’m stronger. I did a rope climb. (I did another one last night just to show Mal since he didn’t go to Saturday’s class. It’s my new party trick. Give me a rope. I’ll climb it!) I also did 35 push-ups the other day. Prior to starting CrossFit, I could do only about 15-20 in a row.
- My posture has improved. I sit at a desk all day, so, not surprisingly, my posture stinks and my shoulders sort of slump forward. The other day, when I was walking Murphy, I noticed how straight and upright my back felt from all of the back strengthening exercises I’ve been doing at CrossFit. Mal also noticed my better posture, so I’m happy it’s not just in my head!
- It’s easier to eat well. Remember those delicious Maple Scones that I blogged about last week? Well, there are still four of them in my kitchen, which means I didn’t eat them all in 48 hours like I normally would. Cleaning up my diet has made sweets, especially in large quantities, much less appealing. Although, an occasional piece of dark chocolate is always appetizing to me!
- My hip doesn’t hurt. Since starting CrossFit, my hip hasn’t bothered me at all while running. Obviously, I’m not putting in marathon training miles, but I’m still averaging 10-15 miles per week.
- My running is possibly faster. I did 10 sprints on the treadmill at speeds between 9.0 – 9.5. Five of those sprints were at 9.5. I’ve never run that fast on a treadmill ever. I’ve never actually tried, but still, maybe I’m getting faster?
I’ll actually have some more concrete changes for you in 8 weeks. My CrossFit started a Grain-Free Challenge yesterday, so we took some pre-challenge baseline measurements to use for comparison at the end of the challenge in mid-March. Here are mine:
You probably noticed that the Max Burpee measurement is missing. I did it, but I can’t remember how many I did. I did the Burpees with Mal, so I just emailed him to see if he remembers my count. I want to say I did 21 Burpees in a minute? *Edited to add: Just heard back from Mal… he said he did 21 or 22 Burpees in a minute and thinks I did 18 or 19.
The Grain-Free Challenge involves three parts (measurement improvement, performance improvement, and nutrition log scoring), but I’m only participating in the measurement (weight and waist circumference) and performance parts. The challenge ends on March 10th, so I’ll be sure to update you guys with my post-challenge results. I’m actually really excited to see how much I improve!
Last night’s CrossFit workout was straight up strength training:
1. Sumo Stance Dead Lift 5-4-3-2-1
2. Weighted Chin-up 5-4-3-2-1 (Girls 5×5 w/appropriate band)
3. Glute Ham Raise 4 x 6
4. Grip Work Pinch Plate 3 sets 20 seconds
My max weight on the Sumo Stance Deadlifts was 145. I probably could have added some more weight, but I’m really trying to work on my form. I’m actually a little nervous doing all of these heavy lifts, so I want to make sure I get down the form perfectly before I start adding some serious poundage. The last thing I want to do is get hurt! Thankfully, our coaches are constantly watching us and correcting our form when we’re lifting these heavy loads.
As soon as I walked in the door after CrossFit, I grabbed some roasted pumpkin seeds to snack on. I needed food ASAP!
For dinner, Mal and I cooked up a delicious Dry Rub Steak with Avocado Salsa inspired by a recipe from Everyday Paleo.
The steak was pretty amazing, but the avocado salsa was the highlight of the meal for me. I actually went back for a second serving of it by itself.
After dinner, I enjoyed some mint chocolate for dessert.
Question of the Day
Have you ever seen fast changes from a new workout/fitness routine? If so, what was it? How did it change you?