• Sweaty Beast

    July 18, 2012

    Woohoo! Two CrossFit workouts in less than 24 hours! It feels so good to be back at it!

    Well, hello, CrossFit 781. Oh, how I missed you.

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    Yesterday’s WOD was the perfect way to ease me back into CrossFit. After we warmed-up, we spent 15 minutes on one of our “GOATS.” Of course, I picked Kipping Pull-ups (since they’re my nemesis). I don’t know if it was watching the women at the CrossFit Games or what, but I busted out three pull-ups in a row—multiple times, actually. Mal said they looked great, so I guess I finally figured out Kipping Pull-ups. Hooray! Now, I just need to figure out how to string more of them together, so I can do them in workouts.

    The rest of the workout involved two rounds for max reps of Thrusters, Pull-ups, Rowing, and Burpees. What I like about this workout is that you could pretty much pick any four exercises and use this same workout format (1 minute on, 1 minute off). It’s only 16 minutes total, so you can really push yourself on each of the exercises.


    2 rounds, for max reps

    1 minute thrusters

    Rest 1 minute

    1 minute pull-ups

    Rest 1 minute

    1 minute row (calories)

    Rest 1 minute

    1 minute Burpees

    Rx: (95, 65)
    L2: (75, 45)
    L1: (55, 35) (Band Assisted Pull-ups)
    Beg: (45, 25) (Band Assisted Pull-ups)


    After CrossFit, Mal and I cooked dinner on the grill. I added a little olive oil, salt, and pepper to some asparagus and then placed it in a tinfoil tray.

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    I covered it with another piece of tinfoil and then cooked it on the grill for about 15-18 minutes. Meanwhile, Mal grilled up some chicken breasts. We often grill a bunch at once, so we can have leftovers and conserve propane.

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    On the menu: salads with grilled asparagus and chicken salad made with sliced celery and red grapes. Delish!

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    For dessert, I helped myself to a serving of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Mal bought it earlier in the day, but he had a softball game last night, so it was my chance to have some. Usually, when we have ice cream in the house, Mal eats it right away, so a lot of the time, I don’t get to have any. Anyway, it was amazing—I forgot how much I like Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream. (I’m more of an Almond Joy or Coffee Cookie gal.)

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    Snack/Breakfast #1

    This morning, Mal woke up at 5:30 AM to teach the 6:30 AM CrossFit class. For some reason, I was wide awake laying in bed when his alarm went off, so I got up and joined him for the class.

    Before I left the house, I snacked on a sliced banana with peanut butter and chia seeds.

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    Here’s Coach Mal writing today’s WOD on the whiteboard!

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    Today’s workout was tough! We basically did two workouts in one class.


    EMOM 10

    3 Hang Power Snatch & 3 Overhead Squats @75% of 1 RM Snatch



    5 rounds for time of:
    400 meter run
    15 Overhead Squats

    Rx: (95, 65)
    L2: (85, 55)
    L1: (75, 45)
    Beg: (55, 25); 4 rounds

    We started an EMOM 10 (Every Minute on the Minute for 10 minutes) of 3 Hang Power Snatches and 3 Overhead Squats. I used 55 pounds, so by the 7th round (7 minutes into the workout), I was dying! Those Hang Power Snatches got heavy real quick!

    The WOD was “Nancy,” which I first did back in early January, so I was gunning to improve on my time. In January, I used 35 pounds for the Overhead Squats and finished in 14:28. Today, I increased my weight by 20 pounds (55 pounds) and finished in 14:49. I’d say that’s an improvement, right?! Next time we do “Nancy,” I am doing it prescribed (65 pounds), dammit!

    Let me tell ya, I was a sweaty mess by the end of this workout!

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    The tank top I’m wearing in the photo above was given to me by GNC at the CrossFit Games this past weekend. Fitfluential worked with ViewSPORT to have them made for us, but it’s not just a regular tank top. It’s made with “sweat-activated technology,” so when you sweat a message/logo/design is revealed. Check it out!


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    How cool is that!?! I sweat like crazy, so this is the perfect tank top for me!

    Snack/Breakfast #2

    After CrossFit, I mixed up a coffee-protein shake. I used one scoop of protein powder and then filled the shaker 1/3 full with iced coffee, almond milk, and water.

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    After I drank my protein shake, I took a shower and then made some scrambled eggs with asparagus and Brie cheese.

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    Question of the Day

    On a scale of 1-10 (10 being super sweaty), how much do you sweat during workouts?

    I’m a 10 without a question. On more than one occasion, I’ve been asked if I just went swimming because I was so sweaty after a workout.

    P.S. I’m hosting a giveaway on Trading Up Downtown to win two jars of Teddie Peanut Butter, which is the best peanut butter ever!

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    { 16 comments… read them below or add one }

    SuzanneU July 18, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    10 all the way.


    Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings July 18, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I’m definitely a 10. My shirt is always drenched and I have to keep getting a paper towel to wipe my face at the gym!


    Michele July 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I’m only like a 3 on the sweat scale no matter how hard I work out. My face gets bright red and I get real hot but hardly sweat at all.

    Love the shirt! I saw the guy who invented that technology on The Shark Tank. Apparently it’s working out for him!


    Emily July 18, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    That shirt is so cool! I am honestly probably a 3-4, I really never get very sweaty. I am so excited for when I can try CrossFit when I get back to school!


    BroccoliHut July 18, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    I used to be one of those people who barely sweats at the gym, but once I started taking thyroid medication, I started sweating A LOT. I soak through my shirt during pretty much every workout now! Definitely a 10!


    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin July 18, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Congrats on your improvement on Nancy!

    I get super sweaty during workouts, especially on my face! I’m jealous of people who can leave the gym and still look presentable, because I definitely can’t. 😛


    Melissa July 18, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    The guy who invented sweat activated logos was on the show shark tank. All of the investors dissed him, which I thought was ridiculous! They said people would never be inspired to work out harder for a logo. I disagreed then and I am happy to see the product at work!


    Emma July 18, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    congrats on the pull ups!! for me at least it seems like once you can do a few (like two or three at a time) and can do multiple sets, it doesn’t take that long to be able to do more – like five or six and up to ten!

    That tank top is SO COOL! I would guess I’m like a… 8? on the sweating scale? I sweat more than most people, but not the sweatiest person I know haha.

    OH and the asparagus looks great! One of my favorite summer veggies!


    kristen @ livinlifeinlouie July 18, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I sweat a ton as well! thats why I like swimming, people can’t tell haha


    Chelsea July 18, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    I’m actually not a sweaty person during workouts! If I had that shirt though I would totally make it my goal to sweat a TON more during my workout haha. I’m probably like a 3 on the scale as of right now though.


    mary @ minutespermile July 19, 2012 at 6:36 am

    wow, that shirt is the coolest thing ever! i want one!


    Dannielle July 19, 2012 at 8:17 am

    That shirt is pretty awesome!! I’m a bit jealous!


    Mandi @ Miles and Mascara July 19, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Congrats on the improvement, so awesome! On the sweat scale, I’m probably a 7 or 8, on average. 10 when its super humid (i.e. May through September). That shirt is awesome!


    AllieNic @ Frisky Lemon July 19, 2012 at 10:00 am

    Congrats on the kipping pull-ups! I’m a severely sweaty beast– even my knees sweat. No joke. I usually have drips of sweat running from my knees into my socks. Who knew knees could sweat that much?!


    Erin July 19, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I’m like a 15! I sweat soooo much it’s ridiculous. I do kickboxing and I’ve slipped on my own sweat before… it’s that bad!


    Laura @ sweatingforit July 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Wow! I love that tank top, very cool. I sweat so much lately in this heat that sometimes it looks like I just got out the shower!


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