Why I Crossfit (And Why You Should, Too!)

Hello!

First off, I am participating in the #CanadianBloggerSeries, the brain child of Heidi Murphy, where each Tuesday someone writes about their part of Canada. I’m scheduled to write about Ontario on April 17, and I already have some fun ideas that I hope to be able to make work! Today’s post is by Lisa from Smores N  More, and she’s also talking about Ontario! Please check her blog out and her post over on Heidi’s blog, The Balance Project!

I sure used a lot of exclamation points in that paragraph. But I digress…

Today I want to talk more about Crossfit, and weight lifting in general.  Over the last week I’ve talked to a lot of women that I know, and they seem to fall into 1 of 3 camps.  The first believes that muscles are not feminine, that women shouldn’t lift weights or have muscles, and are baffled that I’m striving for the 250lb deadlift or the 100lb clean and jerk.  The second feels that muscles and strength are fine, as long as they aren’t obvious muscles, and there isn’t too much definition (ok, this sounds eerily similar to the first camp).  And finally, the third group is where I fit in – where “strong is the new skinny”, and we feel that having muscles is just fine.  I’m not striving to be a body builder by any means, but the fact that I have wicked back and shoulder definition and I’m working on the elusive ab muscles positively thrills me.

It's only 60lbs but it looks impressive!

Why all this negativity towards strong, capable women? Some of the ladies who fall into group 3 with me believe that the others in the first 2 groups are “jealous” and know they won’t ever try to achieve the same sort of physical fitness we are striving for.  I’m not sure that this is true, but I don’t think that I have the answer, either. All I can do is tell these women why I do what I do, and hope that I can lead by example and change even one persons’ mind!

I started Crossfit because I was interested in powerlifting.  I had been introduced to Crossfit a few years ago by a (believe it or not) pole dancing instructor I had, but I never thought that I would be able to a) do any of the workouts I saw on the main site or b) be able to afford it.  As I did more research, I found out that the Crossfit workouts can be scaled in order to make them appropriate for every ability level.  I tested out 2 different boxes in my area, fell in love with the second and haven’t left.

What I like about Crossfit, and lifting weights as well, is that I am pushed to my edge every time I step into the box or onto the platform.  While I love running, I find that I’m more challenged with weights.  I’m actually *good* at lifting weights.  I’m not built to be a runner – as I’ve said before, I’m built to plow fields – and so I might as well use my body type to my advantage.

Lifting weights gives me confidence, and in the last few months I’ve seen weights and Crossfit give so many other women confidence, too.  To be able to do something that you never thought you could do before, and do it well, is such an ego boost and it translates into every aspect of their lives.  I just want every woman to feel the same kind of confidence I do, to feel good about themselves after every workout, to workout because they LOVE it and not because they *have* to in order to be skinny.  Because, let’s face it, a woman with a little bit of muscle (or a lot) is *hot*.

Please go check out Lisa and Heidi’s blogs! And if you have any questions about Crossfit please feel free to ask!


It’s Been A While & Workout Update

Yeah, so clearly I did it again.

Disappeared, that is.

But it’s the end of January, the holidays are over, and I am determined to make this little blog here thing work this time around. So I apologize to anyone who may have been missing me (ha!) and I promise to stick around this time.  I have some exciting ideas for the blog and I’m looking forward to rolling them out over the next few weeks.

Workout Recap – January 23-29

Monday – 16km 10km on the treadmill
I’d had a rough weekend at work, it was raining out (ok it was pouring), and I find the treadmill to be super boring. I fully intended to do my full long run on the ‘mill but after 6miles I just couldn’t do it any more.  I was mentally and phsyically exhausted so I called it a day. 

Tuesday & Wednesday – rest due to work

Thursday – Olympic lifting class
So I am completely smitten with Oly lifting & power lifting and lifting in general.  I have gone to 2 classes at my Crossfit box and I will continue to go, as often as I can.  If you follow me on twitter you may have seen a photo from that class, me with a 60lb jerk. Love it.

Friday – Crossfit and 8km on Treadmill
I did a 15 minute crossfit workout – every minute on the minute for 15 minutes – 2 strict presses (55lbs) and 5 box jumps (20 inches).  It was a lot more tiring than it looked.
I hooked up with the treadmill again as it was (again) raining and getting dark (and lately I’ve been afraid to run on my own, especially in the dark).  I started with some easy mile repeats, then ended up doing 4 x 400m repeats with 200m rest in between.  I apparently can run faster than I thought! This was also the first run with my new shoes (more about them later).

Saturday – Crossfit (again)
19:30 workout – 5 rounds for time, 100′ farmers walk (40lbs each side), 10 burpees (I subbed 10 situps and 5 push ups), 100′ bear crawl, and 10 pull ups.  My pull ups are getting a lot better and I think I will have to go down a band soon.

Sunday – 16km
This was my first long run with my new orthotics and I think they helped tremendously.  My knees are achy today but I believe that is due to my crappy old shoes (which shall never be run in again!). Between my new shoes, my foam roller, and my orthotics I hope to have this pain thing figured out in time for the Chilly Half in 5 weeks!!

This week I plan on stepping up my running and getting back to proper running workouts, and potentially taking a step back from Crossfit.  My plan is to concentrate mostly on running until after the Goodlife Half Marathon in early May, and then turn my focus to muscle and strength building for most of the summer.  I refuse to give up my Crossfit completely though, but as evidence by my slow and painful run yesterday, I need to give my legs a break every now and then in order to be able to run, well, better.

I am really looking forward to yoga tonight – need to stretch out all my sore muscles.  I hope everyone had a great weekend and that you all have fantastic workouts planned for this week! :)

Carly