• CrossFit

    In December 2011, I took my first ever CrossFit class, and I loved it almost immediately. Since then, I’ve grown to love it more and more. I honestly can’t imagine my life without CrossFit, so it often becomes the topic of blog posts. Here are some posts about my favorite way to workout!


    The links below are just some of my CrossFit-related posts. Click here for even more posts about CrossFit! 

    CrossFit Q & A + CrossFit Q & A II + CrossFit Q & A III

    I love that so many of you are interested in learning more about CrossFit. I’ve received a ton of questions from you guys over the past several months, so I decided to do a couple of Q & As on CNC. If I missed any of your questions, just leave a comment on this post, and I’ll do my best to respond!

    Recap of the 2012 CrossFit Games

    In July 2012, I had the opportunity to attend the 2012 CrossFit Games on behalf of Reebok and GNC. It was an amazing opportunity and made me fall in love even more with the “sport of fitness.”

    5 Reasons Why You Should Try CrossFit

    CrossFit has changed my life and it could change yours too, so here are five reasons why you should try it!

    At-Home and Budget-Friendly CrossFit Ideas

    In the past several weeks, I’ve received a ton of questions from you guys asking for cheaper and at-home ideas for CrossFit. It seems that quite a few of you want to try it, but don’t live near a CrossFit location and/or don’t have the funds to afford a membership. With that said, here are a bunch of at-home and budget-friendly ways to get your CrossFit on!

    A Feel Great Workout: CrossFit

    CrossFit is the hot new workout right now, and like many other health and fitness enthusiasts, I wanted to see what it was all about. So, about a month ago I took my first CrossFit class—I loved it almost immediately. The culture and workout method really spoke to me, and I signed up for a membership that very same night.

    How CrossFit Changed My Body in 3 Months

    A bunch of  readers asked if I’ve seen changes in my body and physical abilities after three months of doing CrossFit. Here’s a post about the changes I experienced.

    Proper Footwear for CrossFit

    Apparently, running sneakers (like I wore for the first month of CrossFit) are the wrong type of shoes to wear for lifting weights. Here’s a post about what you should wear and why.

    Running + CrossFit: A Match Made In Heaven?

    CrossFit really interferes with my running— not really my motivation to run, but my physical ability to actually do it. Typically, I’m too exhausted to run after a CrossFit workout, so I try to run before, but, sometimes, my body is just too tired from the previous day’s workout, so I skip my run all together. Here how I try to balance both workouts.

    Bob Harper on CrossFit, The Biggest Loser & His Last Meal on Earth

    I had the opportunity to interview Bob Harper, and many of his responses included mentions of CrossFit! See what he has to say about it!

    Bob Harper Interview: All About CrossFit

    Bob Harper has been training at BRICK CrossFit in Los Angeles, where he has been rockin’ the WODs and absolutely loving it. So, when the folks, who represent both BRICK and Bob Harper’s Smart Success Products, contacted me, I was all about asking them for an interview. In this interview, Bob talks all about his love for CrossFit!

    15-minute (Or Less) At-Home WOD

    Mal and I created our own WOD and did it our basement. No CrossFit? No problem! We cleared some space, turned on some tunes, and got down to work.

    Travel WODs (for Cruises)

    Except for the last WOD in this post (which calls for a jump rope), these workouts don’t require any equipment and can pretty much be done anywhere. Mal and I just found some space near the track on the cruise ship and busted out the exercises.

    Recap of the 2012 Northeast Regional CrossFit Games

    Spectating the 2012 Northeast Regional CrossFit Games was a blast. It was a lively experience and there were a ton of fans cheering on fellow box members, family, friends, and their favorite athletes. I left feeling inspired, motivated, and ready to work hard at CrossFit!

    Recap of My First CrossFit Workout

    I didn’t know what to expect going to CrossFit for the first time, but I loved it! Here’s a post about my first experience and intro session with CrossFit.

    { 27 comments… read them below or add one }

    brandee February 5, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Thanks for putting all of these together in one post! Really helpful! I don’t have any locations within an hour so I’m trying to figure out how to do this work out from home!


    Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope February 5, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Love this!


    Erin February 6, 2012 at 11:36 am

    My free month trial ends next Wednesday and I am not going to be able to purchase a membership, so I really, really appreciate this post! I think I’m going to find a basic gym and do the workouts from the main site there until I can afford the CrossFit location here. Thanks again!


    Kait Fortunato March 3, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Hi Tina

    Looking to get more into crossfit and attempting to start at home before joining a box! For the Travel WODs how many should you do in order to have a “full” workout at one time? I see some are timed and some are by the amount of exercises. How many exercise or what length of time is best to start with? Thanks so much!


    Tina March 3, 2012 at 8:35 am

    It’s really up to you and how much time you have to exercise. Most WODs are 10-30 minutes, so you could pick and choose one or two (or three) workouts to do at a time. Some of the WODs are really challenging, so you might even feel like you got a serious workout after just one!


    Kait Fortunato March 3, 2012 at 9:00 am

    @Tina: Thanks so much! I hope you have a nice weekend.


    HW April 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Hey Tina, I was wondering if you could tell me more about the bands used for pull ups during CrossFit. How to know which ones to use and if they really do help you? thanks!


    Tina April 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    The bands are great for assisted pull-ups, and they definitely help! As far as which to choose, it really depends on the individual and their current abilities and strength.


    Lilly July 24, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Hey! I emailed you the other day about cross fit. I looked up some information on it and a few minutes ago my brother and i did a workout in our side yard. It was tough and although it was short I definitely was feeling the burn (and sweating)! thanks for redirecting me here!


    Miranda September 10, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Hey Tina! 🙂
    I was just wondering if CrossFit would be okay for a teenage girl to do. I’m 17 years old and am really intrigued by it… is it too old for me?



    Tina September 10, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Not at all! Lots of high school studies participate. There’s even a CrossFit Kids. Contact your local box about an intro session! 🙂


    Julia September 18, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Took my first crossfit class today! I completed the WOD in 6:17 and now I’m ready to compete with myself!!! It’s expensive but I’ve signed my life away! can’t wait to watch the transformation happen!


    Bruna @ morgbu.com April 2, 2013 at 6:51 am

    great summary! thanks


    Dana May 1, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    I was wondering if you have any favorite pants for crossfit? I need to refresh my workout clothes, but it’s tough to find stretchy workout pants that aren’t a little see through in those WODs with lots of squats! Thanks for the help!


    Tina May 2, 2013 at 7:56 am

    I actually just blogged about my favorite workout pants last week. Check out this post: http://carrotsncake.com/2013/04/how-to-become-a-therapy-dog-team-new-black-workout-capris-and-getting-ready-for-bikini-season.html


    Dana May 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I don’t know how I missed that. Thanks!!


    Lawrence July 2, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I just got into it recently and am loving it. I incorporate it in my bodybuilding workouts and the conditioning is amazing! Trying to get to the 2013 games this summer.

    Keep rockin!


    Hannah @ Dance-in-the-rain.com July 15, 2013 at 2:26 am

    Hi Tina,

    Firstly, I’ve never commented on your blog before but I love it and always look forward to your posts!!
    Having read your blog for a while I’ve been itching to try crossfit but I’ve been battling cancer for the last ten months which included a major operation in January and I’ve only just been signed off by my surgeon to exercise again! So I decided to get right back into life and on Friday I went to see a box near me and met some of the coaches and was so impressed and tonight I’m going to my first ever WOD! How exciting!!
    Just a quick question, I want to be able to track my improvement / measurements etc and have bought myself a notebook to use as my crossfit journal. Do you have any advice on how to set one out? Do you have a section for each WOD and then write the dates and results underneath it? Or do you set it out like a diary and just write each WOD under a date?


    Tina July 15, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Yay! I’m so glad you’re doing better and thinking about giving CrossFit a try!

    Here’s a post about setting up a notebook to track your workouts: http://carrotsncake.com/2012/04/the-importance-of-performance-tracking.html

    You could also buy a CrossFit journal like this one (http://www.journalmenu.com/crossfit-journals/), which lays out everything nice and neat for you. I actually have a very similar one.

    Hope this helps and happy WODing!!! 🙂


    Carrie August 10, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Love your blog. This is the first time I’ve posted on your site! I have been into CF since 2009, but had to take a year off to have my son. (silly dr wouldn’t let me lift) I was right back into the box when my little man was 5 1/2 weeks. Going to the box is my 4 year old daughters favorite part of the day and my son is now almost 7 months and he is our box baby. My coach has even coached WODs while giving him a bottle so that I can get my workout in. I appreciate your honest posts and that you are encouraging women to get fit. I also wanted to share something my husband and I have been working on to make sure we can wod and not lose our jewelry. I would appreciate any feedback! Thank you and keep up your blog…I love it!



    Tyler October 3, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    I just started doing crossfit a couple of months ago. I am already an addict and can’t get enough of it. I love how it makes me feel and quite honestly I have never tried another workout that makes me sweat like it does! Crossfit combined with my regular cardio such as running is a fantastic combination.


    Zach October 30, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Great read. I’m an L1 Trainer in Athens, OH and just started a blog of my own at coffeefitnesslife.com. Would love to hear more about your fitness journey and recipes!


    joskimo November 10, 2013 at 7:30 am

    I absolutely love Bob Harper and it was The Biggest Loser that started me on my fitness journey and found out about Crossfit. It is so cool that you got to interview him. Great blog!


    Kris April 29, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Thanks for these posts. I started CrossFit almost a year ago, and I’ve definitely seen the improvements I made. The best part about CrossFit is the community at my box – they’ve been very supportive, and I love it whenever I PR my WODs. One of the greatest feelings in fitness. I’ll have to read your posts on Bob Harper. Thanks again!


    Brandon May 27, 2014 at 1:34 am

    Hey you have a really cool blog! I am doing some research on peoples favorite CrossFit gear, I would love to feature you on my blog or just find out what your favorite CrossFit shoes, socks, etc. Keep it up and good luck!


    Johnathan Leo July 23, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Wahoo! Hope you’re enjoying the crossfit games this weekend! You’ve got a ton of free information on here… thank you!


    CrossFit VU August 17, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Thanks for putting this together, Tina. A few of the resources on your link list really helped me improve the way I articulate certain aspects of training to beginners.


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