Alternate post title: “Secret Physique Hingham, Murphy Likes Cupcakes & My WODs Are In A CrossFit Magazine,” but I thought it was ridiculously too long.
After breakfast yesterday morning, I headed to Secret Physique in Hingham to take my friend Chrissy’s class. She texted me on Tuesday night to see if I wanted to go since her husband was also taking the class. We’ve been trying to get together for a few weeks now, so it was the perfect opportunity to catch up and get my sweat on at the same time.
I took my first Secret Physique class back in May at the Pembroke location, but since then Secret Physique has opened a closer location for me in Hingham, so I was excited to check it out. FYI: There’s childcare in the mornings at the Hingham location for the moms out there!
The studio was beautiful!
The class I took was called “Barre Works 3,” which is a more intense cardio version of the Barre Works classes. It combines cardio (lots of plyometrics) and barre work, so it was like a barre bootcamp, which was right up my alley. I was huffing and puffing, my quads and butt burned, and I was a sweaty mess by the end—all the makings of an awesome fitness class! Thanks for the invite, Chrissy!
After class, I hit up Whole Foods for a few groceries and then stopped by the salad/hot bar for lunch.
While I was eating my lunch, a very special package arrived for Murphy. It was his (smaller) therapy dog vest!
And it fit! Hooray!
Murphy keeps his business cards and chapstick in the small pocket.
He’s so damn cute.
Our visit to the senior home yesterday went really well. Murphy is definitely starting to get it and runs right up to people and lets them pat him. He’s like the pug mayor.
During one of our visits, Murphy had a little bit of cupcake. An elderly woman, who was in the middle of eating a bright pink Valentine’s Day cupcake when we arrived, was so excited to see Murphy, she didn’t wipe off her hands when she went to pat him. Murphy, being the food whore that he is, took full advantage of this and quickly licked the crumbs and frosting off of her fingers. Of course, I immediately had a heart attack (bad behavior + the possibility of him biting her) and quickly pulled him away, but the woman absolutely loved it! She started laughing and using baby talk to speak to Murphy while she continued to pet him. Having Murphy lick her fingers made her so happy, and it was really sweet. Murphy kept licking his lips and being all pug-goofy, so, thankfully, we all had a good laugh about it.
After our visit, I came home and mashed up a couple of avocados to make some guacamole. (I added garlic, garlic powder, lime juice, salt, and pepper.) I ate the quac with wasabi rice crackers from Whole Foods, which are the bomb. I’ve been buying these for a few weeks now and, as soon as I open a package, they’re gone in just a few days. (Mal loves them too!) They’re awesome with guacamole or hummus.
When Mal got home from school, I was still wearing my workout gear from the morning (I know, I’m gross), so I joined him for CrossFit. The WOD was Thrusters and (Chest-to-Bar) pull-ups, so I really wanted to go.
3 – 6 – 9 – …
*continue adding 3 reps after each round of thrusters and pull-ups until time runs out.
Rx: (100, 65)
*Choose a weight for your thrusters that you can easily do 10 reps with
*Scale pull-ups based on ability: pull-ups, band pull-ups, etc.
Score = total number of REPS. So let’s say you get up to round 15, and you do all 15 thrusters and then 8 pull-ups, your score will be 83.
3 Thrusters + 3 Pull-ups = 6 reps
6 Thrusters + 6 Pull-ups = 12 reps
9 Thrusters + 9 Pull-ups = 18 reps
12 Thrusters + 12 Pull-ups = 24 reps
15 Thrusters + 8 Pull-ups = 23 reps
Ascending Fran ladder? Yes, I’m crazy and wanted to do it. Fran is one of my big fitness goals for 2013, so I wanted to see how I’d do.
I picked 55 pounds for the weight for the Thrusters (same as my last Fran), but I wanted to do all of the pull-ups without a band. (I did kipping pull-ups instead of Chest-to-Bar pull-ups.) It was brutal, but I ended up completing 100 reps, which is Fran + 10 reps. Of course, it’s not in the 21-15-9 rep scheme, but it definitely gave me some confidence for the next time Fran comes up at our box.
After class, I picked up an issue of SWEAT RX that was on the table in the lobby of our box.
While flipping through the magazine, I chatted with Mal and one of our coaches. I wasn’t really paying attention to the magazine until the words “Marathon Monday” caught my eye. (It is my favorite day of the year after all.)
It turns out that a bunch of my travel WODs were printed in the magazine! Pretty cool, right? I’m not psyched that the publication didn’t ask my permission or credit me, but it’s still awesome to see my WODs published in a CrossFit magazine. Hey, I guess I’m pretty good at creating travel WODs!
After CrossFit, Mal and I came home, showered, and then tried to convince the other person to cook dinner. Since I almost always cook dinner, Mal offered his services and cooked up some ground turkey with frozen veggies mixed in. I was starving and ate two servings.
After dinner, we shared a bar of Raaka dark chocolate with sea salt. Holy crap, it was awesome—one of the best dark chocolates I’ve ever tasted.
The Raaka chocolate was part of a gift basket that my friends at Whole Foods sent me to celebrate their upcoming Chocolate Fest.
Local folks: the Hingham Whole Foods is hosting their Chocolate Fest from 4:00 – 6:00 PM on Monday, February 11. I’m going to try to stop by!
Question of the Day
What’s your favorite kind of chocolate?
Mine is dark chocolate with sea salt or dark chocolate truffles with chocolate filling.
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