CitySports Outdoor Reebok CrossFit Series

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

So, I won’t lie to you guys, I am not a Crossfit addict. In fact, I have technically never officially tried “crossfit.” However, I’ve been enjoying all things fitness that aren’t running lately so Crossfit seemed to just be a natural progression. And last week I finally got to try a class thanks to  City Sports and CrossFit Back Bay. Every Thursday night from now until August 21st, you can participate in a free CrossFit workout on the Greenway (North End entrance, near the intersection of Cross and Hanover). The event says 6-7 but we ended around 6:45 so you have plenty of time to stretch and cool down afterwards. To participate in one of these workouts, you just need to register online and show up. Some parts of the workouts are done with partners so having a buddy or 10 around you would make it more fun. Or you can do as I do and make a new friend! Nothing like doing burpees with Tina from Carrots ‘N’ Cake. P.S. for someone who just had a baby, she is in ridiculous shape! 

It’s about 2 miles from my office and since Boston’s public transit is slower than the average runner, I decided to just jog my way there. Plus, I really wanted to test out my new Nano 4.0 that Reebok sent me.  They’re all the rage in the crossfit world for their shock absorption and traction. I can’t wait to try them in my Tabata class where I’m sliding all over the place in my running shoes. 

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So I got to the Greenway about 5 minutes to 6, because I forgot there’s a giant hill, called Beacon Hill, on the route I picked. And lucky for me, they had some water bottles for those of us who don’t always come prepared. I was quite thirsty by the time I got there.

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The workout of the day was simple and easy for a Crossfit newbie like me to follow. We started with Tabata style warm up, learned some new moves and ended with a partner workout that I’ll explain more.

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The tabata warm up was 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated 16 times of squats, lunges, high knees, jumping jacks, push-ups, and sit-ups.  After learning the hard sore way, I focused more on my form vs. how many reps I could do in 20 seconds. 

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After our warm up, we went over the moves we would be doing with a partner. Between the two of us, we would do 100 squats or squat jumps, 100 sit ups and 100 alternating jump lunges. And to keep things from getting too stale, we had to do 3 burpees every minute on the minute. Since all the moves besides the burpees are broken up between you and a partner, you end up doing only 50 of each in increments of 10 with a rest between each while your partner does their set. Similar to tabata in a way but less pressure it fitting it all into 20 seconds. 

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And our reward for the workout was more exercise! We finished the evening off with some core work of planks and V-ups.

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It may look easy, but try holding this for 3 minutes straight and you will feel everything shake. 

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Overall had a great workout and if the weather continues to be this gorgeous, I’ll be showing up weekly! Loved this cross-training alternative to all the cardio I’ve been doing for my 70.3!

QOTD

Have you ever tried Crossfit?

Does your city have any free outdoor workouts that you participate in?

Weekly Recap – The week Tabata handed me my butt on a silver sore plate

The theme of last week can be summed up into one word. Soreness.  But let’s start from Monday,

Monday – 8 Miles 7:38 pace on the treadmill

and on a side note, my little garden pepper plant flowered! I really hope I get at least one pepper.

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Tuesday - 45 minute tabata class, 45 minute spin class and concluded with 30 minutes of swimming! Busy day!

What is tabata? It’s basically a high intense interval workout. You do a move for 20 seconds rest 10 repeat until you get 4 minutes. The actual moves and how many you do are up to the instructor. I couldn’t do anything with push-ups because of my shoulder injury so instead I just did more squats.

Since I haven’t started to feel any soreness yet, I did an evening spin class followed by 30 minutes of swimming. I’m still slow and my shoulder is cranky, but I try to get out there and get used to the water.

 

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Wednesday – 5 miles run 7:48 pace
Squats + lunges after not doing them for a year means I am literally limping around the office. Taking a single step by day 3 was worse than torture. Trying to get up was an even bigger pain. After sitting at my cubicle all morning. I stiffened up and felt terrible. I did try to shake myself out a little bit with a 5 mile run. Actually, I was going to 8 but 5 was all my soreness could tolerate.photo 2 (9)

Thursday – 45 minute spin class

I had all these glorious plans of running or maybe a power hour spin class. Instead, I could barely get myself out of bed. I did finally make it to spin class and for 45 minutes I felt a million bucks better until I went back to sitting. Other than that, instead of working out, I did lots of napping and trying to eat as much protein as possible. I don’t know if it helped, but I like to pretend it did. Plus salsa and eggs are like the best thing in the world.

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Friday – 1 hour swim 2K yards

Technically my swimming time was more like 57 minute but let’s just round it up.

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My favorite candy in the world. I recently picked some up when I went to visit my parents in upstate NY, because the Walmart there is the only store that carries non-stale ones.

And yes, I took a mental vacation day on Friday. Ran errands, got my hair done, sacrificed a perfectly good hair day for a swim.

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I don’t know why I’m glaring, call it a mild heat stroke.

 

And I have no regrets…

because when you go to the pool in the middle of the day, the only person you have to share a lane is yourself. Yup, all the screaming kids, the dbag who only swims in fins and the crazy but baller lady who does breast strokes in a shower cap generally tend to not be there on an early Friday afternoon. It actually made swimming pleasant. I even hit up the hot tub and sauna afterwards for shoulder therapy.

I don’t like to brag, but I would make a killer stay at home cat mama.

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Saturday. - 8 mile run 7:55 pace

I posted this on instagram and I’m sure many agree, but I struggle so much with staying motivated to run in the summer. My mind gets so easily distracted with the heat and summer BBQs, that three hour runs in the morning is the last thing I want to do. I wasted 2 hours before I finally made it out the door for an hour. It’s shorter than I wanted to, but I did make it outside so I’m happy with that.

Sunday – 4 trail miles 13 minute pace that involved being lost followed with 1,000 yards of swimming. 9.1 evening miles at 7:58 pace.

So cut my trail run short so I could get to the pool before the masses woke up. Saw a hairball the size of a cat which doesn’t sup[rise me much.

After my swim, heading to the beach to check out some baller sand sculptures!

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And I concluded my day with a 9 mile run because it just felt like a nice night.

 

QOTD

How was your weekend? 

Ever been to a sand sculpture competition?