Good morning from a very happy pug!!!
In fact, we enjoyed walking and talking so much, we totally lost track of time and ended up rushing to get ourselves to the 6:00 PM CrossFit class.
Thankfully, our box is cool with dogs (the owners have a Dachshund), so we brought Murphy along with us. He hung out while we worked out.
After a 10-minute warm-up, we spent the rest of class working on our 1RM for Deadlifts. I worked with two of the strongest women at our box (one of them being one of our coaches), so they really motivated me to surpass my previous 1RM. The personalized coaching tips definitely helped me improve my form, and I ended up with a 235-pound 1RM Deadlift! Whoa. My new 1RM is a 35-pound increase from my previous PR and 85 pounds more than my first attempt at Deadlifts back in December. Isn’t that crazy!? If you told me 9 months ago that I’d deadlift 235 pounds, I would have never believed you. Ever. I’m truly amazed by what CrossFit has done for my fitness level.
Last night, the energy at our box was electric. Almost everyone achieved a new PR, so we were all pumped up—cheering and high-fiving like crazy. It was awesome and it made me think how much I love this sport. I honestly can’t imagine my life with it. Then, I starting thinking about all of the different forms of exercise I’ve done over the years and how much I’ve enjoyed each of them for their own special reasons.
My first experience with exercise was at 3 years old; my mom signed me up to take ballet classes. Of course, I never saw ballet as a way to burn calories or improve my cardio endurance, but even from this young age, I saw exercise as something fun. I went on to take tap and jazz classes and then played soccer in elementary and middle school. By the time I got to high school, I played a different sport pretty much every season—soccer, indoor soccer, basketball, tennis, and track. At 16, I discovered the gym and step aerobics. In my 20’s, I fell in love with long-distance running, Body Pump, and yoga, and now I’m on a CrossFit kick. As long as I stay motivated and regularly exercise, I think it’s okay—actually, more than okay—to change fitness interests from time-to-time.
After CrossFit, I came home and whipped up a quick dinner, which was chicken salad made with mashed avocado, salt, and pepper on top of some leftover spaghetti squash. Simple and delicious—it’s a good thing too because I was not in the mood to cook. Those deadlifts took a lot out of me!
After dinner, I enjoyed a few spoonfuls of vanilla cake batter coconut butter straight from the jar.
Question of the Day
How did you first discover exercise?
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