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Fashion Friday & The Open Announcement 14.4

Hey guys! Happy Friday! I can't tell you how happy I am this week is over - I finally threw in the towel this morning and I'm home sick from work. I wish I could enjoy this day and the warmer temperatures coming to DC, but blah! I'm still sick! Anyway, did you see the Open Announcement for 14.4? It looks AWESOME! Aaron and I have been watching the Open Announcement each week and we got pumped last night watching Josh Bridges - he's a beast! (And when I saw we got pumped, I mean as pumped as you can get between tea, tissues, and lots of NyQuil.) I was also really excited to hear that the Open Announcement for next week features Rich Fronning and Samatha Briggs! It's going to be so fun to watch!

The bad news is that we have to go out of town this weekend so I'm not sure I'm going to be able to do the Open at my box like usual. (Insert sad face!) I don't think I can handle doing it today being sick, but I have to find some time at some point!

I love that 14.4 involves cleans - they're my favorite! I'm not so thrilled about the toes-to-bar, which I find extremely difficult! There's also no way I can do a muscle-up, but the first half of the workout so be fun anyway!

I also love that I have an excuse to buy more workout clothes! I've been really committed to that lately and last week, had a fun time at Old Navy trying a few things on:

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Lately I'm loving anything neon! I think it's because I'm so desperate for spring and summer!

 

So, I'm curious, are you watching the Open Announcements?

Last year I wasn't doing CrossFit at this time and didn't watch the Open. I only caught the tail-end of the games, but I have to say, watching these various athletes perform has been really inspiring! It's been helpful too - I think watching this open announcement really helped me with my snatch form!

How about you? Do you watch CrossFit videos for helpful tips? 

CrossFit Open: Week 3

So you'd think after two weeks of CrossFit Open competitions, this would start to get easier or at least, less nerve-racking, but nope, it doesn't! I was just as nervous Saturday as I've ever been even though the workout was one I knew I could do -- box jumps and deadlifts. I made the mistake of signing up for the last heat and that meant hours of pacing around the box, watching others and just waiting around for my turn. It looked SO hard, too! Everyone was on BEASTMODE! Check out these badass photos of Wendy and Naomi!

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Naomi really killed it - she had just completed a half marathon that morning! Get it girl!

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One of my biggest concerns was knowing how much weight to put on the bar between rounds because we had to load it ourselves and each increment was different (add 40 lbs after the first round, 20 after the second, 30 after the third, etc). But the benefit of going last was that the weights were already laid out in order for me!

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While waiting for my turn, I warmed up with an 800 m run, a 500 m row, and some stretching. But seriously guys, the waiting is the worst part! It's SO much anticipation for 8 minutes - just 8 minutes!

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When it was finally my turn, I blew through the first round of 10 deadlifts (at 95 lbs), the box jumps, and the second round of 15 deadlifts (at 135 lbs) and box jumps.

Cue the most ridiculous faces, ever! (No pinning allowed!)

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The third round of deadlifts at 155 lbs took awhile longer. My plan had been to split the 20 reps into two sets of 10, but I had to re-rack my weights a few times.

When I got to the fourth round of deadlifts at 185 lbs, I wanted to do more than one at a time but it was hard! Instead, I'd get one, drop the bar, and then do another. It was a lot tougher than I imagined it would be! Hence all the frightening faces I made!

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Is there a ghost in front of me? Cause I look SHOOK! Haha

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Seriously these pictures are the best! Lol! There's how you FEEL doing CrossFit and then how you LOOK doing CrossFit! Two very different things!

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I ended up getting 22 (of the 25) reps at 185 lbs and finished with a score of 112 reps. I was hoping to break 200 lbs with the deadlifts but there's no way I could have gone any faster than I did! Given more time, I probably could have got to the next round (205 lbs) but who knows if I would have been able to deadlift that? Maybe I'll try this workout again in a few months...

During this workout in particular, everyone was really encouraging and I don't think I would have done as well without so much support from the others at my box! Aaron was yelling from the sidelines, Naomi was my judge, and Wendy was standing by yelling out too! The owner of our box, Linsey, was also really encouraging! It was awesome! I love that everyone shows so much support for their fellow CrossFitters! It's all part of the fun!

To read about the other Open workouts, go here and here

Oh, also, did you notice I ditched the black this workout? I'm slowly trying to revamp my workout wardrobe! :)

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Do you make funny faces when you deadlift? 

How'd 14.3 go for you? 

CrossFit Open: Week 2

Morning friends! Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was great! Week two of the CrossFit Open was really fun! Thursday night, I watched as CrossFit headquarters announced 14.2 - the workout was two rounds of 10 overhead squats and 10 chest-to-bar pull-ups with a 3-minute cap; then, two rounds of 12, 14, 16, and so on! See the full workout here. Well, once again this week, the event was so much more than a workout! Our box was full of people, there was a keg, and we even had a photographer from CrossFit Headquarters in attendance! As soon as I arrived, I found Naomi to commiserate about our lack of experience with chest-to-bar pull-ups. Naomi looked so cute! She is the most fashionable CrossFitter I know! Check out her adorable hot pink headband!!

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And then there's me... in all black...

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Haha! Anyway, my other friend Wendy was there too!! CrossFit is so much more fun with friends!! :)

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As the first heat was warming up, one of the veteran CrossFitters at our box, Andie gave me some tips on chest-to-bar pull-ups. They were so helpful! She suggested an alternate grip and emphasized swinging, from a hollow rock position; she also said to use my knees to kick myself up above the bar. It all sounded so easy in theory!

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I didn't want to exhaust myself doing pull-ups so I found a barbell and practiced my overhead squats, which were no problemo! I wish entire workout had been squats! I can overhead squat for days!!

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I was in the very last heat so I got to watch everyone else compete. It was really exciting to watch the veteran CrossFitters go on and on for several rounds. We all look pretty calm in these photos but there was actually a lot of yelling and screaming to keep going!

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Both Naomi and Wendy went before me and I'm super proud of them both!

Wendy got her first chest-to-bar pull-up! Woo hoo! Way to go girl!

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Naomi PR'd her Overhead Squat, meaning she broke her record of squatting 60 lbs overhead, by equating 65 lbs! I knew she could do it!

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When my turn was finally up, I was so nervous! I didn't really feel comfortable trying to get an unassisted pull-up with so many onlookers!

But, once I started, I didn't pay the crowd any attention. I just kept jumping up, trying to swing and pop up over the bar. I tried about a dozen times but just couldn't make it! I think you can see on my face how bad I wanted to, though!

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I finished the workout with a score of 10 for my 10 overhead squats, and even though I felt silly for all the hype that surrounded those 10 squats, I was proud of myself - once again - for showing up and giving it my best effort! (I just hope 14.3 lasts a little longer than 3 minutes!)

On Sunday I did my three favorite things: cleaned, went to the grocery store, and meal prepped! I made PaleOMG's Tex Mex Hash Casserole and it's delicious!! I'm so impressed with all her recipes - they've all been so good! I also hardboiled eggs, made trail mix, cut up some apples, and I put together my first overnight oats!

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It consists of 1/2 cup gluten-free oats, 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/3 cup greek yogurt, 1 tsp chia seeds, 1 tsp almond butter, 1 banana (sliced), and some walnuts. I can't wait to try this in the morning!! How can it not be good?

After that, I laid out my clothes, took a shower, and watched the season finale of True Detective (that show is so creepy, by the way... I think I've decided I don't like it)!

Now, I'm going to bed but by the time you read this, I'll be at my new job! Here's to hoping my first day goes well!

Can you do pull-ups?

Have you tried overnight oats?

Last-Minute Gift Ideas for the Fit Valentine

Warning: this isn't your typical Valentine's Day gift guide. There's no boxes of chocolate or even chocolate-covered strawberries here! We're trying to get summer-ready! Can I get a "HELL YEA?" Fit-Valentine

Oh, you're wondering about those delicious looking heart-shaped cookies? They're actually made from Chocolate chip cookie dough Questbars! A genius idea I spotted over on my new favorite blog, Fit and Fab! (Go. There. Now. And make sure you download her Bridal Bootcamp! It looks REALLY good!)

Other fun *fit* Valentine gifts could be:

What are you getting your fit Valentine this year?

Gift Guide for the CrossFit Bride

Fit for a Bride is becoming more and more a place for CrossFit brides and I couldn't be happier about it! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I'd be doing CrossFit, let alone telling the stories of other CrossFit women! Some of our most recent features include Natasha talking about CrossFitting her way to her wedding, and well, this engagement shoot has CrossFit written all over it -- there's a lot more Crossfit content on the way too! (Seriously how many times can you say CrossFit in one blog post? Too many, huh? Alright, moving on.) This is the guide for you fit brides! Especially those that like to lift heavy, do double unders, and wear knee socks for rope climbs! You know, CrossFit stuff... Sorry, couldn't help myself! :)

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Keep Calm Tank // Jump Rope // Similar Socks // Foam Roller // Reebok CrossFit Lifter Plus

Yea- I pretty much want ALL this. Those CrossFit Lifter Plus Shoes are badass!!

What are you asking for this Christmas? 

Do you have a crossfitting friend you're buying for?

Fashion Friday: Reebok-Crossfit Clothes

Like I mentioned, I'm starting Crossfit soon. In honor of that I thought I'd put together an all-reebok outfit. Reebok is the official crossfit sponsor! Crossfit-Outfit

Fit 2 Kick Ass Top $28 / Reebok Crossfit Chase Short $19 / Reebok Crossfit Racerback Bra $21 / Classic Nylon Slim $55 / Reebok Headband $12

 And yes.. I do hope to be wearing those itty bitty shorts one day!

Do you do crossfit?

What do you wear?