My Least Favorite Exercise

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Good morning! Happy Hump Day!

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He who is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.


It’s funny”¦ the workouts I’m not psyched about doing at CrossFit always end up being my favorites, which is exactly what happened last night.

I’m not a fan of Squat Cleans. They actually might be my least favorite exercise because they’re really hard and my quads burn like a mofo when I do them. So when last night’s WOD called for unbroken Squat Cleans, I knew it’d be rough.


“Good Luck”

For time:


Unbroken Squat Cleans

300 meter shuttle sprint

Adv: (155, 115)
Rx: (135, 95)
L2: (115, 65)
L1: (75, 55)
Beg: (65, 45)

*Touch and go at floor only. Even a re-grip off the floor is a foul. Penalty is 3 Burpees per penalty. No dumping. Use same load for all sets. Rest as needed between sets.

As expected, the WOD was tough, but it was a good, challenging tough, which, of course, is one of the reasons why I love CrossFit so much. The workout pushed me out of my comfort zone and really made me work for it. I used 75 pounds for the Squat Cleans, managed not to die, and finished in 10:45.

Another great thing about this workout is that Mal and I got to wear our new CrossFit gear for it. (My friends at Reebok sent us some goodies.) I wore my new CrossFit hoodie (it’s fleece-y inside – love), which kept me warm during the shuttle sprints outside before the WOD, and Mal wore a pair of CrossFit Knit Shorts 2 and CrossFit Tri Blend Short Sleeve Top. Mal liked both items, but he really loved the top. It’s made from a cotton blend, so the fabric felt soft and comfy like a regular t-shirt, but acted like a performance top (breathability, sweat-wicking). He also liked the color and how light-weight it felt during the WOD. For the shorts, Mal thought they ran a little large, but maybe they just weren’t his style. He’s normally a medium and the waist fit fine, but the legs were long and wide””Mal said they’d be great for a guy with big thighs! Even still, he liked the way they looked (color, design) and enjoyed working out in them. Thanks, Reebok!

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After CrossFit, Mal and I came home, showered up, and then tagged teamed dinner, which was Make-Your-Own-Tacos. He cooked up the ground beef with a can of Rotel (diced tomatoes and green chilies) mixed in while I prepped the toppings. Tacos are such a great weeknight meal””fast, delicious, nutritious!


Before and after dinner, I snacked on some peanuts. I’m pretty sure I’m going to turn into one at the rate I eat them and peanut butter.


Question of the Day

What’s your least favorite exercise?

P.S. I stumbled upon this old post about Murphy last night. It still cracks me up, so I just wanted to share it. My dog is ridiculous.



  1. I strongly dislike squat cleans but I have to say.. I am completely addicted to crossfit thanks to you!! I signed up last month and I’m never going back!

  2. Chair pose in yoga is my own version of hell. And I hate lunges! 🙂

    Murphy is adorable, as always. Such a character!

  3. Yikes! Any WOD called “Good Luck” has “least favorite exercise” written all over it! 😉 Love the gear. My least favorite exercises aren’t actually the ones that kill (burpees, renegade rows, tuck jumps, etc.), I enjoy those ones no matter how much they kick my butt. In fact, that’s precisely what I like about them. The exercises I tend to not like are ones I find boring, such as extended cardio sessions (unless it’s in a fun group exercise setting) and very slow-paced yoga. Those sorts of things.

  4. I hate hate hate mountain climbers. They’re hard, yes, but I mainly hate them because they annoy me for some reason. I’d rather do burpees, which is just sad.

  5. I just can’t love running. I used to do it and got up to ten miles but never really loved it. In fact, sometimes hated it! So, I found other ways to keep fit. I do agree though – I think I felt most accomplishment when I ran because I disliked it!

  6. just curious – with Reebok announcing it’s laying off workers, are they going to continue to pay for your crossfit after the end of this year?

  7. I hate overhead squats and rowing! But that workout looks really tough. Also, I really needed that quote right now, I have been skipping crossfit in lieu of easier workouts because I’m scared I won’t be able to do, ugh, terrible thinking.

  8. Equipment-wise, Prowler and Jacob’s Ladder ALWAYS get me. As far as moves go, I hate wall balls and pull-ups; the latter mainly because I can’t do them unassisted and they always hurt my pre-carpal tunnel wrists. :-/

  9. Mountain climbers (have you tried them with a paper plate under your feet!!!) and burpees have been my least favorite things for a while. This week one of our wod’s included Manmakers with dumbell cleans…um, what a butt kicker! New least favorite thing.

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