“Just call me the PR queen” – Yvonne’s Adventures in CrossFit, Newbie Blog Nov 6-10, 2017

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“Just call me the PR queen” – Yvonne’s Adventures in CrossFit, Newbie Blog Nov 6-10, 2017

Newbie Blog: Yvonne’s Adventures in CrossFit –
November 6-10, 2017 “Just call me the PR queen.”

by, Yvonne Moreno

Monday November 6, 2017

Holy Front Squats Batman!!!

After being off for a week, I came back to an awesome WOD.  I was super excited to see that we were working on squats today. I PR’d my back squats a couple of weeks ago and I was wanting to get another PR today.

Today’s WOD consisted of the following;

5 Rounds (resting completely between each round) of:
2X Front Squats at 85% of heavy (10 minutes before start to determine heavy)
10X Lunge + T Spine Rotation

Then finishing off with;

6 Minute Grind:

5X Renegade Rows
5X Kneeling DB Press
5X Toes to bar or leg raises

“I know I have more in me and
I can’t wait to see what this body can do.”

Just call me the PR queen because my PR today I got a 115 pound Front Squat!  Now I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but when I started CrossFit in June, I would use the ladies bar with no weights and was super done by the end of the WOD.  I know I have more in me and I can’t wait to see what this body can do.  Yes, I am overweight, and my journey is long, but if I keep winning at every step, it’s going to be one hell of a journey!

Tuesday November 7, 2017

Another day, another squat WOD!!

Again with the squats! Interestingly, today’s exercise was one that I’ve never done before. It’s the Squat Clean. I must admit that I peeked online last night so I knew what was coming. I did what I always do when I see something I’ve never seen before, I went on YouTube to check out a video. 

Drew took us through this particular squat in stages, which helped because my squats rock but my cleans, not so much. Today’s WOD was the following;

10 Minute Squat Clean Practice

Every 2 minutes for 10 rounds:

1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 Squat Cleans
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Chest to Bar Pull Ups (or in my case ring rows)

I know it looks confusing, but it’s basically 1 Squat Clean and then 10 Ring Rows… in the first two minutes, 2 Squat Cleans and 9 Ring Rows the next two minutes, and so on and so forth. It easy at first, because the hard part of these two movements is the Squat Clean. Towards the end, however, I was dying. The very last round I could barely do the one Ring Row. 

I liked that I tried something I hadn’t tried before. I remember this movement from Foundations. Now that I’ve hit some PRs, it’s very satisfying personally. They are small PRs, but for me it means a lot. I am getting stronger. I would have never been able to deadlift 115 pounds when I walked in here back in June. I’ve come a long way and still have longer to go. Stay with me as the fun continues.

Friday, November 10, 2017

I had an interesting thing happen to me today and I wasn’t going to dwell on it, but nonetheless I am dwelling just a little.  This morning I had my annual work health assessment blood draw which is administered by a registered nurse.  So I go in the room and smiled and said my good mornings and sat down.  The nurse looked at me and before returning the sentiment or even before verifying that it was me by asking my name, she looked me strait in the eyes and ask, “Have you thought about having the gastric bypass surgery?”

Ok so for those who know me well, even for those who don’t but have been around me enough, I am not a little wall flower, shy girl, NOPE not me. Yet her question rendered me speechless. 

“Now that I’ve hit some PRs, it’s very satisfying personally. They are small PRs,
but for me it means a lot.
I am getting stronger.
I would never have been able to deadlift 115#
when I walked in here back in June.”

I’ve been a big girl all my life. As a child, and in my teen years, being bullied because of my weight was a regular occurrence.  As a matter of fact, if kids weren’t making fun of me, I wondered why. What were they up to? However, I’m a grown ass adult now. And I have never had another grown ass adult be so rude to me before. 

I mean, yes, I am fat. However, I would think that a nurse would be trained to ask sensitive questions like those. I mean, if she’d said, “Good Morning and your name is?…” and then asked me, it would have been fine. But she didn’t. 

She saw me the way the rest of the world sees overweight people. She saw someone that is clearly in need of help. I don’t know if she intended to be rude, or if she makes a commission with a local surgeon and just saw her opportunity, but it shook me up nonetheless.

This experience was an eye opener. Here I thought I was making progress. No worries though. I will work harder. I am actually hoping and praying that when she comes in next year the results of my hard work will be obvious, and I can show her that hard work is far better than what a surgery can ever produce. There, I’ve stood on my soapbox now it’s time to jump over it!!

Today’s WOD consisted of working with my old friend, the rower.  I used to love the rower because it got me out of running. Until the day I just ran instead of rowing, and I haven’t looked back since.

On today’s menu;

4 rounds of 3 minutes each
10 calorie row/ski/assault bike
10 deadlifts

6 minute grind:

10 V ups
15 second left side plank
10 Supermans
15 Second right side plank

I wasn’t on my game tonight. I was still reacting to my earlier encounter with the medical professional from hell. Yet I was here and I gave it my all. That’s something that you have to remember, there will always be someone trying to tear you down, whether it be in fitness or in personal life situations. Under no circumstances has anyone walked in your shoes. So, keep your chest up, look forward, keep the bar close to your body, and lift.

Thanks for coming on this journey with me.

More Adventures in CrossFit with Yvonne! – Wildcat CrossFit Newbie Blog : Oct 23rd – Oct 27th

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More Adventures in CrossFit with Yvonne! – Wildcat CrossFit Newbie Blog : Oct 23rd – Oct 27th

 More Adventures in CrossFit with Yvonne!
Wildcat CrossFit Newbie Blog : Oct 23rd – Oct 27th


by, Yvonne Moreno

Monday October23, 2017

Last week was awesome and so here I am again.  I’m ready to start a new week with a new purpose and that’s to do my absolute best.  So I come in thinking that today I was going to “crush it” as Drew likes to say.

The almighty board says that today we are working on a EMOM (every minute on the minute) WOD along with pistol practice.  I didn’t think it was going to be as hard as it was.  The following was today’s WOD:

10 minute Pistol Practice

EMOM (until 50 reps of Thrusters):

5x Pushups
10x Double Unders
Max reps of Thrusters

Ok, so I started off doing overhead hanging cleans instead of Thrusters; we practiced these earlier, and I guess I got a little confused.  Ryan quickly corrected me, but like anything when you start off wrong, it seems like it’s not going to end right.

To be honest, this was probably the hardest workout I’ve had to do in a long time.  A combination of issues happened to me today.  First, I started off with the wrong move, then I should have gone lower on the weight. I wasn’t feeling well as I am fighting a nasty cold and lastly and, more importantly, I was the last one to complete the EMOM.  I hate being the center of attention, it makes me nervous and what happened?  Everyone finished way before me.  I ended up finishing up at 11 minutes and 57 seconds.

I was tired, shaking and upset.  I was upset because it was one of those days that I knew I needed to scale it back, but my ego got the best of me.  There’s that word again, EGO.  I was feeling so good about my progress that I pushed it, and then I went home feeling miserable and embarrassed.

I thought about it though, and I realized that I’m as human as everyone else.  A couple of weeks ago this guy who always comes in and is in excellent shape fell off the assault bike out of exhaustion. He over did it. It happens. This guy who’s goal is to get back into the military and is a superb athlete was just plain tired and probably shouldn’t have been working so hard.  Today was a bad day and I and I over did it.  It will pass and tomorrow is another day.

Tuesday October 24, 2017

So a couple of weeks ago, when we had a WOD that consisted of running, and more running, with a side of running, Drew mentioned that he would maybe publish a WOD online and then list a different one on the board.  Well kids, today was the day.  I don’t usually check the workout online ahead of time, however my friend, Anneth, noticed immediately that the WOD wasn’t what had been published. I just smiled and shook my head.  Trickster McTrickerson, aka Drew, just smiled when I reminded him that I was there when he thought up this maniacal plan.

On the board today was the following:

1 mile run (3 minute rest)
800 Meter run (rest)
400 Meter run (rest)
200 Meter Run (rest)
100 Meter Run
30 minute cap

What was published online was:

15 Minute AMRAP
10x Push Press
10x Front Rack Lunges
200 Meter Run

Let me tell you, we had a LOT more people at this running WOD than we’ve had on the last couple running WODs, so apparently Drew’s plan worked!  I did take him aside and asked him if he thought it was better if I rowed instead of the running, because I can’t run a full mile unbroken.

Drew told me he’d rather I run, but he said to take 30 seconds breaks when I couldn’t run anymore.  He said you can walk the 30 seconds or rest but you have to run, and so I ran.  I ran until I couldn’t, and took my 30 second breaks walking at a rapid speed.

Let me tell you that when I came in at 29:01 minutes, I was tired!  I ALSO made it under the 30 minute mark!  I was super proud of myself and so was Drew for that matter!!  The latter made me smile, because for a super badass, Drew can be a softy sometimes!!!

Thursday October 26, 2017

Happy Birthday Drew!!  My son and I decided that we would make some cupcakes for Coach Drew since we missed his birthday yesterday.  After our little birthday fun, I braved the walk to check out what he had us doing today.  It’s another chic!

Today’s workout was ‘Kelly,’ one of the ‘Girls,’ that group of the CrossFit workouts that helps you measure your progress.  I’ve never done ‘Kelly’ before, so I was excited to see what I would score on this one.  ‘Kelly’ consists of the following;

5 rounds for time:

400 meter run
30 box jumps
30 wall balls

“By the 3rd round I was feeling really tired, but I didn’t want to give up.”

I’ve been taking Drew’s advice when it comes to the running, and taking my time to make sure that my endurance stays level. Because of this, I’m getting a little faster at these timed WODs.

My box jumps are still at the step up level.  I’ve tried to do the jump, but I’m just not strong enough to make that jump.  I’m working on it though.

I decided to break up my wall balls into sets of 10 because those can get really hard.  By the 3rd round I was feeling really tired, but I didn’t want to give up.  I ended up finishing at 37:02.  Last as always, but as least I finished.  That’s my new motto, “at least I finished.”

“My legs were shaking, and I could feel my hamstrings protesting.  Another PR in the books!”

Friday October 27, 2017

Happy Friday Folks!  After yesterday’s ‘Kelly’ I was hoping to take it easy today, but that went out the window when I saw we are working on Deadlifts today.  I was super excited because I wanted to PR … today!

This was one of those slow WODs, which I like. I allows me to add weight to the bar slowly and reach my potential at my own pace.  Today’s WOD consisted of the following;

Deadlift sets:

5-5-4-4-3-3-2-1-1

Completing each set at the heaviest weight possible

Rest as needed between sets

I started at 65lbs for the first set of five.  I added 10 pounds at each round.  My last PR was 115 pounds, which I reached on my first set of 3.  In the end, I wound up with a new PR of 155 pounds.  My legs were shaking, and I could feel my hamstrings protesting.  Another PR in the books!  Another very productive week in the books.  I’m feeling better and better as the days go by!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Adventures in CrossFit, with Newbie Blogger Yvonne, October 16-19, 2017

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Adventures in CrossFit, with Newbie Blogger Yvonne, October 16-19, 2017

Adventures in CrossFit with Yvonne!

by, Yvonne Moreno

Monday October 16, 2017

Today folks I made CINDY my B!tch!!! Sorry for being so vulgar, but I was just so excited when I came in the gym to see her name on the board for today’s workout. Just a little reminder for those of you that don’t know what the heck I’m talking about: In Crossfit they use a certain group of WOD’s to measure your progress. Some of them are named after women and don’t ask me why. I have my own opinion about why this is, but I will not submit you to it.

Here is what was written on the board:

‘CINDY’
20 Minute AMRAP

5X Pull Ups
10X Push Ups
15X Squats

Core 4 Rounds

10X 1 Arm KB Swings
8X Russian Twist/Side
6X Strict Toes to Bar or Leg Raises

Last time I did Cindy was in July or August and I managed 10 complete rounds. Folks, today I completed 15 complete rounds, plus 5 pull ups, and 10 push ups. This, for me, is a significant increase in my strength and durability. These moves are simple moves, nothing special, but you put a time cap and ask someone to so as many and they can in that time, it gets pretty difficult. I was so proud of myself and I was beaming as I walked out the door. I mean my smile could not get any wider.

Tuesday October 17, 2017

I was still riding that high from yesterday’s WOD until I read the board today! On today’s menu we had burpees with a side of running.

I swear that I think Drew is trying to kill me! I laugh and bitch and moan, but I’m still here!!

Today’s WOD consisted of the two things that I think are my least favorite: Burpees and Running! We also worked on handstands, which I think will take me a long time to even get off the ground, but I work at it just like everything else.

“I was so proud of myself and I was beaming as I walked out the door. I mean my smile could not get any wider.”

10 minutes of Skill work on:
Handstands

then:

6 Rounds:
15X Burpees
200m Sprint

Needless to say, I was tired. Yet I completed it in about 19 minutes. I don’t know if I’m expressing myself right when I say that I am getting more durable. Is that correct? I mean I am not running the whole time as it’s a lot of sprinting, but I’m moving fast and I run as much as I can. I’m completing these running WODs in last place every time, but the key word is that I’m completing them! I’m feeling better about myself each and every time I walk into the door. Try it, I dare you.

Thursday October 19, 2017

Today was another one of those days that makes all of these worth it. I’m telling you that this week was one of those weeks that proved to me that I am getting better, stronger and healthier.

Check this out…

8 Rounds:
3X Back Squat
All reps at a 3,2,1 tempo (3 seconds down, 2 seconds pause, 1 second at top)

Now let me tell you that I’ve had issues with the Back Squat before. It used to be super painful to place the bar on my back. I definitely was doing something wrong and I talked to Jen about it. She corrected my form as I was placing the bar to high up on my neck and my arms weren’t hold it right. She also showed me a couple of things I can do to stretch and strengthen my back and shoulders.

“I’m feeling better about myself each and every time
I walk into the door. Try it, I dare you.”

The highest weight I’ve ever done on a Back Squat was 75 pounds and on that it was one and I was done. Today I started at 75lbs for my first two rounds and that was easy. I added a little more weight and took it to 85lbs for the next three rounds. I added a little more weight and completed one round at 95 lbs. This was hard but I said to myself, “What’s another 5 pounds?”
I added my two baby plates to take me to 100 lbs. I did my first round and I couldn’t believe it. It was hard and very heavy, but I did it and then I did it again!!! My back squat PR is now at 100lbs. Can you believe that? I still can’t, and it brought tears to my eyes later on as I was driving home.

Here’s where I get sentimental and you can stop reading if it gets too sappy, I won’t mind. This week was major for me because I judge my progress not by the scale, but by my ability to do things that I wasn’t able to do before.

My back squat PR is now at 100lbs.
Can you believe that?
I still can’t, and it brought tears to my eyes
later on as I was driving home.

I come in every time with a clean slate and take full advantage of what the coaches are trying to teach me. I don’t know many things in life, but I do know when people care and whether their approach is hard and unassuming or friendly and super encouraging, I know that they care.
The hard ass coach only wants to make sure that I do things correctly so I can take full advantage of the WOD and sometimes some words of encouragements come out and I secretly love that they do, because I know he hasn’t forgotten that I’m in that class.
The easy going and more talkative coaches see me and know that I am trying the best I can and are always there to make sure I’m working hard and cheer me on.  I know all the coaches care because they take time to correct me, encourage me, to ask questions and to listen.  Never in my life have I had this kind of encouragement in my health and well being; not by any doctor, not by any coach.  It was a powerful week for me.

Until next time…

Adventures in CrossFit with Yvonne, Oct 2 – 6, 2017

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Adventures in CrossFit with Yvonne, Oct 2 – 6, 2017

Adventures in CrossFit, Wildcat CrossFit Newbie Blog

by, Yvonne Moreno

Monday October 2, 2017

Today we worked on wall balls, running, and burpees. I have yet to master any of these exercises, so it was kind of a difficult one for me. Luckily, I’ve got determination, because if not I would have turned around and walked right out the gym door! LOL

20 Minute AMRAP

Whenever I see a long AMRAP, I know that it’s going to be exhausting. Today’s AMRAP was exactly that as it consisted of the following:

5 Burpee Pull Ups (that’s right a burpee and then a pull up 🙂
200 meter run w/ball
10 wall balls

Oh my goodness, guys. I was wiped after this one. Anytime you add a run to an AMRAP, holy hell it takes the most out of me! But you know what I love about it and what keeps me coming back? It’s the freakin’ support that I get from EVERYONE. I mean, people see me barely moving on those 200 meter runs and they give me encouragement as they are running. It’s the “you got this” and the “almost there” that keep me going. I got home, crashed, and took a little nap!

Tuesday October 3, 2017

Today we ran…yup that’s all we did, we just RAN!!!!

So I think that when Drew was deciding what to do for this lovely Tuesday he decided that Yvonne just needed to run because she doesn’t like to run!!! Oh my God dude there was so much running today!

5 Rounds
400 meter run
1 minute rest
100 meter sprint
2 minute rest

And then…

6 minute Accessory
5x single leg DL per side
5x single arm KB swings per side
5 Half kneeling KB press per side

I was done by the end of the first round!! I didn’t finish the entire thing because we had a 30 minute cap, however I did get within one round of finishing, so I think that’s acceptable. At least Drew said that it was, and anytime Drew tells me that I did good, I believe him wholeheartly, because he’s a bad ass!!!

But you know what I love about it and what keeps me coming back? It’s the freakin’ support that I get from EVERYONE.

Here’s the thing about me and not giving up: All these coaches haven’t given up on me yet. No one in this gym has, as a matter of fact. My body is not conditioned for all this crazy exercise, but it’s getting there with the help of everyone I encounter on a daily basis. I went home super tired, but feeling proud of my progress!!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

And the torture continues…because why should today be any different from Monday & Tuesday!

Today’s WOD was:

400 Meter Farmers Carry (I used 2 20 pound DB)
15 Power Cleans
15 Pull-ups

Yes, folks this was my worst nightmare. The running from a couple of days ago was just exhausting but if you would ask me what my least favorite exercises are, I would rattle off, “Farmers Carry!!” straight off the bat.

After the first 400 meters, I came in for the Power Cleans and I couldn’t grip the bar. And I had to do 15 of those. I was in so much pain, but not the ouch I’m hurt pain. It was a “this burns and I’m getting stronger” pain, but it was pain nonetheless! It’s funny, because at one point I walked with the new girl Amanda, and she was telling me about how she grew up on the farm and she should be used to doing Farmers Carries, but you never get used to it. Good Time today folks!

Friday October 6, 2017

Here we are at the end of a hard week. Every day was hard, but I survived and now here we are and when I look at the board, all I see are push presses. After this last week I don’t think my arms can handle it. But like Nick explained, these will be easy well controlled slow and with plenty of time. He was right. The time allowed us to get control of these and make sure our form was right. Today we worked on 8 rounds of 3 Push Presses followed by 2 clapping push ups.

Like I said before the time allowed us to make sure that our form was correct. I increased the weight slowly and got up to 75 pounds which is my PR. Nick took the time to correct some issues which felt better on my arms. We finished off with a 12 minute grind of 10 alternating Z press, 10 KB Plank Pull Thrus and 10 V-ups.

It was a good week to test my overall physical health. I can absolutely tell you that 2 months ago I would have been rowing and not running. I wouldn’t have shown up for the ‘All Running All the Time’ WOD and my DB for the farmers carry would have been 10s instead of 20s.

I’ve come a long way, but there’s still whole lot of road still left to travel. After this week I think I made some coaches proud of me. My success is totally their success. Thanks guys for another great week at Wildcat CrossFit.

Yvonne’s Adventures in CrossFit, Sept 25 – 29, 2017

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Yvonne’s Adventures in CrossFit, Sept 25 – 29, 2017

Yvonne’s Adventures in CrossFit, Sept 25 – 29, 2017

by, Yvonne Moreno

Monday September 25, 2017

On this beautiful Monday afternoon, I found myself wondering why in the heck didn’t I stay home today. The answer came to me with a quickness. Because I love this place!! There you have it. It all came down to this, I love coming here and busting my ass. Because in the end it’s all worth it.

Today though I wasn’t too sure. I came in early and saw part of the previous hour’s WOD. Holy Hell what is going on here! I saw Coach Ryan participating and he was red faced and working really hard! LOL, don’t tell him I said that. So listen to what was on the board:

8 Rounds:
3x Front Squat (increasing of course)
2x Box Jump

12 minute Grind:
5x Renegade Rows
Floor Length DUMBELL bear crawl (yikes)
5x L Press (you sit on the floor legs out in front of you and press DB up)
Floor Length DUMBELL bear crawl (yikes)

Ok, here’s the thing, I can do bear crawls, the ugliest you’ll ever witness at a CrossFit gym, but nonetheless it’s a bear crawl, but today I had to add dumbbells!! Holy mother of hell!! Man though, today I saw people who have these amazing strong bodies struggling, and it put things into perspective for me.

“EVERYONE struggles, not just me.”

You walk into a CrossFit gym and see all these people in great shape and developing and shaping their bodies. Well, these workouts are not easy for them either. EVERYONE struggles, not just me. I love knowing that. It makes me want to be in this box with these awesome athletes even more then before!!

Tuesday September 26, 2017

So you know how the saying goes, “you learn from your mistakes”? Well, today I learned from my mistakes. I decided that today, since I had time in the early morning, I’d come in and workout with Laurie. Now, let me add this before I start my whining: If I could, I would workout early in the morning every day. I just think that for me, since I’m a morning person it would workout better, but I can’t so I’m usually an afternooner.

Having said that, I worked out Monday evening and then came right back 12 hours later and worked out in the morning. OMG I am in so much pain because today after all those squats last night and crawling on the floor I had to do Deadlifts and Burpees!!! Yes you read right Deadlifts and Burpees!!!

“Sore doesn’t even do what I’m feeling justice, but lets not talk about that right now…”

The positive thing about today is that Laurie introduced me to an alternative to a Burpee that really works for me. Before I would go down to the floor, attempt a push up, walk my hands back up, stand and jump and I really didn’t feel like that worked for me. Laurie taught me a new way that I love and feel working a lot better. I grab a bench, lean forward, put my hands on the bench, walk my legs back in a inclined position. And then I jump forward towards the bench, then stand and jump. This, by the way, looks better then what I used to do, too. Thanks Laurie!!!

Thursday September 28, 2017

Sore doesn’t even do what I’m feeling justice, but lets not talk about that right now because I have some good news today.

I don’t usually weigh myself because I just don’t think that the scale really proves your progress. For me, the gauge of my progress has been my ability to do activities that I hadn’t been able to do before, like run or jump rope.  However, today we had to weight ourselves at work for a wellness competition that I had reluctantly joined some time ago. Check out these results:

Today I am 26 pounds down from when I started this lifetime commitment to myself.  That 26 pounds that I will never see again!!!

Ok enough with the sappiness, did I mention that I am SORE!?!?! Today’s board revealed that this workout wasn’t gonna be any easier. Check it out:

A. 10 minute Pistol Practice

B. 21-15-9 with a 15 minute cap:
Burpees (I got to practice my new way)
Pistols
Pull Ups/Ring Rows

I came in at 9:10 minutes. Not bad. I think that hardest part about this WOD was the pistols. I don’t have the best knees, but Ryan showed us some pretty good alternatives using the ropes, the rings and the pillars. I ending up using the pillar and the rope to hold myself up and found that it was easier and I could get lower then before. We finished up with some awesome stretching because, did I mention that I was SORE. I told Ryan as much when he asked. Apparently I wasn’t the only one!

By the way, Welcome to Wildcat CrossFit, Amanda!!!

Friday September 29, 2017

A great end to a great month…until I saw that we would be running a lot today! LOL!!!

Listen I want to explain myself. When I walked into this place I couldn’t run five feet to save my life. I worked at it. Now I can run 100 meters, take a short break and run another 100 meters!

So when the WOD calls for 400 meters, I only run the 200. First of all, I know I can, and I’d rather run 200 meters, than run-walk. So I’m sorry if you only see me running 200 meters instead of 400 meters. Believe me when I tell you that one day I will run to the end of that street with you, I promise!

Today’s WOD

5 Rounds:

10x Handstand Push Up (or in my case inverted push up by help of a workout bench, legs on the bench, arms down on the floor)
15x Air Squats
400 Meter Run (or in my case 200 meter run)

This one wasn’t hard, but it was exhausting. I was tired and I think I hurt my knee during the warm up so I was tired and in pain. 🙁 I wasn’t as sore from the week anymore, but I was tired.

It was a great week full of great things. And there are more awesome things to come, so stay tuned!

Yvonne’s CrossFit Journal – Special Edition – Two Weeks of Workouts!

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Yvonne’s CrossFit Journal – Special Edition – Two Weeks of Workouts!

Yvonne’s CrossFit Journal – Special Edition – Two Weeks of Workouts!

Week A: August 28 – September 1, 2017

Monday August 28, 2017

Hey kids, it’s time for another week of my adventures. Today we start the week on a good note because I got to bring my son to the gym with me. He told me that he likes to see his mama work out. He actually loves coming to the gym with me! I think he’s secretly in love with Jen! LOL!!

 I told Lauryn that I couldn’t do pull ups and, being the hard ass that she is, she insisted that I get on a box and try a jumping Pull-up.

Today we started with a quick warm up and got into the workout immediately. We got into the AMRAP with a quick set up to make sure we knew what every movement consisted of. The set included 5 handstand push up or regular push ups, 10 box jumps, 5 ring dips, 10 lunges (per side), 5 pull ups or jumping pull ups and 10 air squats. I was ok with everything except the pull ups. I told Lauryn that I couldn’t do pull ups and being the hard ass that she is, she insisted that I get on a box and try a jumping pull up.

This is what I love about coming to this gym. My very comfortable limits are pushed daily. My success in here is due to the fact that no one is letting me get comfortable. I’ve never even stood on a box higher then the little baby foot high boxes and today I stood up on a big girl box and reached up and touched that dreaded bar. I put my hands around that bar and jumped up to get my head above that bar and I wasn’t scared! Thanks for pushing me Lauryn!!

Needless to say, I crushed that AMRAP. My son joined me for the 400 meter Farmers Carry and we talked about his day and he kept asking me why I was walking with the “heavy things.” All I could I tell him was that I wanted to get healthy so I can watch him grow up to be the great man I know he will be. The perfect end to an awesome day!

Wednesday August 30, 2017

Rounding off the awesome Monday is today’s even more awesome Wednesday.

Today’s WOD is called “Death by Triplet.” Yes that’s right, the word Death is in the title. Oh my God I’m gonna die!!! LOL The set was 1 burpee, 5 double unders (jump rope) and 1 thruster. Here’s the kicker, you do these in a minute then at the start of the second minute you start and add a burpee, 5 double unders, and a thruster. You do this at every minute adding to each set, until the minute you can’t complete the set. I lasted 4 minutes, but those were the toughest 4 minutes ever!

So here’s today’s high. Noah and Zach were coaching. Zach is new and is learning the ropes of coaching. Noah hadn’t seen me jump rope yet. As you can probably recall, Jumping Rope was one of last week’s big deals.

When we were practicing before the start of the set he saw me jumping rope and was so excited for me that my light was beaming brighter then the sun! Zach asked why I was celebrating and I told him that when I started CrossFit two months ago I couldn’t jump high enough off the ground to get the rope under me and now I can get about 20 jumps without stopping. It’s the little things!!

We finished the workout off with a mini 10 minute grind of 5 single arm KB swings, 5 overhead stationary lunges, 5 single arm renegade rows. It was another great day at the gym and another great day on my fitness journey.

Thursday August 31, 2017

Last day of the month folks and here we are at it again! I came in early today and had time to chat with Jen about my progress. We talked about my goals and I didn’t have one. I mean I’m still riding high on my jump rope ability, but Jen’s right I need to start on my next goal. Jen suggested I work on my deadlifts. My max deadlift so far is 95lbs. So this will be my next goal!! Hold me accountable folks.

Today’s set was a 15 minute AMRAP of 10 hang power cleans, 10 box jump overs, 10 American KB Swings and 10 burpee broad jumps. Today’s high: Thinking that a light kettlebell would be ok to use and having Lauryn push me out of my comfort zone and made me use a heaver one … and finding out that I am stronger then I thought I was!

Friday September 1, 2017

So I came in today to a WOD which would push me to work on my next goal. I was just talking to Jen about Deadlifts yesterday and lo and behold: today’s focus is Deadlifts!!

The WOD today was a 21, 15, 9, 15, 21 set, which is horrible! I mean who would want to do this to us on a Friday? LOL!!

Considering the fact that today we have to do a total of 81 deadlifts, I decided that 95lbs would suffice.

I tried to go heavier then my 95lb max, and tapped out at 105 lbs. I did a couple of reps at this weight, but considering the fact that today we have to do a total of 81 deadlifts, I decided that 95lbs would suffice. Oh I almost forgot that in between these sets you have to take off and run for 400 meters. I scaled that down to 200 meters, because I can run that far.
Let me tell you that I was dying at the end of this WOD. However I joined the Yoga class because as I like to say, “on Friday’s we do Yoga!”

The deep stretch and awesome conversation is just what I needed to end another great week. Oh, and by the way, I’m down another pant size!! Boom!!!!

BONUS BLOG! Another Whole Week of Workouts:

Week B: September 5 – 8, 2017

Tuesday September 5, 2017

Death by Back Squats!

Today I learned a little bit more about my abilities in the squat category. My air squats are awesome, but all other squats need a lot of help!

Today’s WOD was a real eye opener for me. It consisted of 5 rounds of 5 back squats (increasing in weight) and 3 iron mikes (jumping lunges).

I told Jen that the Back Squats were hurting my back. She checked my form and saw that I was carrying the bar right behind my neck instead of lower down on the backs of my shoulders. The right way to hold the bar for a Back Squat is to make sure that your elbows are pushing back and up, holding the bar across the upper back.

Here’s where my mobility got in the way: My elbows weren’t cooperating. Jen showed me an exercise to help me with this issue. She put a band over the pull up bar and pulled one loop through the other. Then she grabbed the band with both hands and backed away from the Pull-up bar. Facing the Pull-up bar she extended her arms forward and then pulled her elbows back so that her hands pulled the band towards her shoulders/collar bone, squeezing her shoulder blades together.

Jen explained that if I work with a resistance band this way it might help me increase my mobility. Believe it or not, this helped my form a whole lot because it made me more conscious of my movement. As I was completing my rounds I become determined to stop trying to muddle through and start making sure that I am working on my form. I’d rather take the extra time on the form and befit from the movement.

Today was one of those days that forced me to stop and reflect on my goal. My goal is to make sure that I am getting the most from every workout. Sometimes we are in such a rush to get through, we lose the benefits of the movements. Take a step back and work on your form folks, believe me you will feel it and when you feel it, it means it’s working!!

Wednesday September 6, 2017

So with yesterday’s revelation I decided that today I was going to use Open Gym to work on my barbell moves. So I set up my rack and my barbell and weights in the back gym. I started off with a quick run to loosen up and then got started.

I set up to work on Deadlifts, Back Squats and Front Squats. My Deadlifts need work too, so this is as good a time as any to get that work in. I started with the Deadlifts and got up to my all time high of 120 lbs. I could have probably gone heavier, but after doing 5 sets of 5 I wanted to work on Squats and didn’t want to exhaust myself on Deadlifts.

I practiced my Back Squats with 65 pounds. My goal is to make sure I get these right before I start adding more weight. I did another 5 x 5 set on each Back Squats and Front Squats. I put in a solid 40 minutes of work, took another 200 meter run, and I was done!!

Open Gym but it was super beneficial because I was on my own at my own pace and I made sure I was using correct form.

Thursday September 7, 2017

Today was another lesson on thinking I can’t do something and finding out that I can.

The WOD today started off with 5 rounds of 5 Curtis P’s, 7 pull ups or ring rows, and a 200 meter run. The Curtis P is when you Power Clean the bar, lunge on each side and Push Press. Again, I think that I’ve got the Power Clean down with little tweaks here and there. However, I can’t get all the way down on the lunges, so I do what I call a ‘Baby Lunge’, I still feel it. I’m hoping that with time that mobility will come.

We finished off with weakness work on muscle ups and Pull-up work. Here is where I learned my lesson. Drew and Lauryn demonstrated the move we needed to work on. The move starts with hanging from the rings with your feet on the ground and body bent back paralleled to the ground, legs tuck under your butt; pulling yourself up to standing, crouching forward keeping your arms tucked tight to your side and pushing up.

So I saw this and thought there is no way I would be able to do this. I tried and got to the bottom position, but I couldn’t pull myself up because essentially you’re pulling your own body weight. Coach Drew saw me and suggested I start from further back so as to help with my weight distribution.

I tried it and I DID IT! Man that was so satisfying! Here again was a example of me not thinking I could do something because of my weight and a coach pushing me (this time it was Drew). So I have to say, Drew that you’re the man! You pushed me and I thank you for that! You’re my favorite this week!

Friday September 8, 2017

Today I was so tired by the end of the workout that I called Drew, Ryan and Lauryn, Jen! I’m so sorry guys, but I came in thinking that this WOD was going to be a piece of chocolate cake. Boy was I wrong!!!

Nick was coaching two of us today and I must say that I like it when it’s a small class. We warmed up with some lunges and a few other back and forth moves to get the blood pumping. Today’s EMOM (every minute on the minute) was a 15 minute scale to fit one minute exercise. Basically, you have one minute to complete the round however you want to complete it, as soon as possible because you get to rest for the time not used.

On the board, the set consisted of 5 pull ups or in my case ring rows, 10 push ups and 15 air squats. Because you have to allow some time for rest between sets you can scale it to have at least 10 seconds of rest and, believe me, you need every second of rest you can get! I ended up scaling it back to 8 push ups and 10 squats and this barely gave me those ten seconds.

Oh wait there’s more…

After the 15 minute session we rested for two minutes and then started what I am now calling The Burpee Torture or TBT for short! After a very short 2 minute rest we started a 5 MINUTE MAX BURPEE set.

Yes I said that correctly, 5 minutes of continuous burpees!!! OH MY GAWD!! I WAS DYING, but guess what? I did it and yes, it was hard and yes I was tired but I took my time and kept moving and just got it down.

No one is going to stop me from getting my health on, even Drew, who I am convinced sits in a dark room every night tapping his fingers thinking of new ways to kill me when he puts the WOD’s together.

We finished up with a Tabata (a session of 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest) of V ups or in my case leg raises. I don’t know who I was much less who anyone else was when I walked out of the gym which is why I called Drew, Ryan and Lauryn, Jen!!!

 

Yvonne’s CrossFit Journal: August 21-24, 2017

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Yvonne’s CrossFit Journal: August 21-24, 2017

Yvonne’s CrossFit Journal : Aug. 21-24, 2017

By, Yvonne Moreno

08/21/2017

Hey guys…it’s Monday and I came into the gym so excited to get this week started. I had a great week last week, even though I wasn’t able to make in every day as I’d hoped, I still did my steady three days. I feel like I’m cheating when I don’t work out every day, but as long I make it in 3 times I guess I’m ok.

So I walk in on a Monday high and then I look at the board!!! Dude, big mistake! I just kept staring at it wishing it to go away! I tried to wipe it clean, but Ryan was right there and I couldn’t bypass him! Happy Belated Birthday Ryan, 26 years young…ahhh to be that young again! Anyway, I digress because I don’t want to talk about the WOD today … much less tell you how much it sucked!!

Today Coach Drew decided that everyone was going to run and run we did! Get this. Today was a 12 minute AMRAP of a 200 meter run and a KB chain (swing, snatch, clean and press), adding one rep with each new round. I was dying!! I ended up doing 5 rounds, which is pretty good. We finished off the day with a 8 minute grind of 8 half kneeling KB press, 6 renegade rows, and 4 strict toes 2 bar. For the toes to bar, I modified it by doing leg raises (laying down and raising both legs up at a time towards your head.)

It was a good workout and it really didn’t kill me as much as I thought it would. I just think about getting through it instead of worrying about it. I’ve found this method to be most helpful in CrossFit when the exercise is not hard, but requires a lot of cardio. Just run until you can’t, right?

8/22/2017

Big day today folks!! Let me start by saying that the very first time I came in to do my very first WOD on June 29, 2017 the first item on the warm up was a 20 second jump rope. I couldn’t jump high enough off the ground to get the rope under my feet, so I put the rope away and continued with my go to work around: small toe jumps.

From that day, I’ve always just done this movement whenever single or double unders were on the whiteboard. Jumping rope is one of those activities that I had put in the “Someday” column, along with running.

Well, I’ve been running for a few weeks now. I’m not a very good runner and I probably make runners cry when they see how I run, but I try, and I move, and I just do it.

Today, the workout included 50 double unders and so Jen asked me about jumping rope. I told her that I just do the work around and left it there, but I thank God that Jen didn’t leave it there. She said, “Well maybe someday soon you’ll be able to jump rope. Do you want me to show you how to choose the correct size?”

“Sure,” I said humoring her. She proceeded to tell me that in order to size a jump rope correctly, you step on the rope with one foot and pull the ends of the rope towards your armpits. The rope, not the handles, should come up to your armpits. As it happened, the first rope I chose was the right length.

“Try it,” Jen said.

In my head I was thinking, “If you build it, they will come.” And then …

I FREAKING JUMPED ROPE!!!

I can’t do Double-unders, but I can do about 20 singles at a time. That damn rope goes under and over and I am jumping high enough to get it done!!!

Yes, you read that right, I can jump high enough to get that rope under and over!!! Man, I almost cried!! Baby steps folks!!

Jumping rope might seem like a pretty small thing to you, but for me, I hadn’t jumped a rope since I was in elementary school. This Is Huge.

Yes, you read that right,
I can jump high enough to get that rope
under and over!!! Man, I almost cried!!

Today was one of those days that make all of this worth it. The small victories are much sweeter than any double chocolate cake with chocolate frosting will ever be!

Well hot damn…I can jump!!!!

8/23/2017

Ok, so yesterday I was so excited about JUMPING ROPE that I jumped until I couldn’t jump anymore! I am so so sore, and I swear that last night I heard my feet saying, ‘WTF?!?’

Today, we started off the workout with two rounds of a 200 meter run and lunges. It was raining and Lauryn made us run anyway. She’s relentless!! Its true that I now run a little, but I’m still not used to running a whole lot, and those runs wore me out, but as always I just got it done. This is my mentality lately: Get It Done! Running is not my favorite, but I get it done!

This is my mentality lately: Get It Done!
Running is not my favorite, but I get it done!

We continued on to work on Deadlifts and Box Jumps. This workout consisted of 5 rounds of 5 Deadlifts (increasing) and 3 Box Jumps. I’m still substituting the Box Jumps with step up onto a low box. I tried for one two feet jump, but I’m still not there yet. I like these workouts because I’m working at my own pace and I can take it slow. I ended up at 95 pounds, which I believe is my max at Deadlifts.

For durability we did 4 rounds of 10 leg raises, 10 KB Russian Twist and a 30 second plank. My core was screaming at me to stop! The original workout required hanging leg raises. As this is not something I can do, I did leg raises and I think achieved the same result: TO BE SORE AS ALL HECK, am I right? The 30 second plank was on point for the first 2 rounds, however the last two were broken into 10 second bursts. Today wasn’t hard as far as movements, but it was very effective at leaving me feeling like I worked out for five hours instead of just one!!

8/24/2017

Barbell Hour!

I came in early today and joined this awesome class. I’m all about learning lifting technique and this is the class for that.

Today we worked on Deadlifts, Power Cleans, and Front Squats. I wanted to come to Barbell Hour because I realize that I need work on my form. I stayed on one weight even thought the workout was written as increasing weight each round. Noah agreed that working on my form is a-ok in this class.

When working with weights, you have to make sure that you are doing so correctly so as to avoid getting hurt. I love that I can come to class and say, “I need to work on this or that,” and there’s always someone there to help me. I’m getting better day by day and it’s thanks the wonderful coaches who have worked with me to make sure that my form is good and helping me to push myself to my full potential.

Have a great weekend and hope to see you at the gym!!!

 

Yvonne’s CrossFit Journal – August 14 – 17, 2017

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Yvonne’s CrossFit Journal – August 14 – 17, 2017

Yvonne’s CrossFit Journal – August 14 – 17, 2017

By, Yvonne Moreno

August 14, 2017

Hey guys, I’m at it again! Today was one of those days that the angry Gods of Running descended on me. I didn’t look at the WOD ahead of time, but maybe I should have! Today’s workout consisted of a lot of running, and the lovely Lauryn. Remember I previously told you about her? She’s the one that so super sweet and nice, however when she’s coaching you she’s really good at pushing you to do the best you can.

We worked on clean and jerks for the first part of class. I always get a little apprehensive when I see five rounds of anything, but today I was pretty sure that I wasn’t going to pass out. I’ve started figuring out that some workouts are a little easier for me than others. Today, I knew that it would be a good workout, and that I probably wasn’t going to be dying after.

Not to say that I find any of this easy, but I’ve learned to love some activities more then others. Today it was 5 rounds of 10 clean and jerks, 10 box jumps, and a 200 meter run. I have to note that this class was smaller then most which means that Lauryn was able to work with us individually to perfect our clean and jerks. I like that individual time with the coach because the last thing I want to do is not get the most from an activity.

Today’s 8 minute grind took me to the floor for the entire time. The grind included 8 hanging leg raises (which I can’t do so I did 8 leg raises from the floor), 8 Russian Twists, and a 30 second hollow hold. The hollow hold starts off with laying flat on the follow and raising your legs and chest and arms up off the floor and holding. I’ve done a lot of yoga before, so I’ve done a lot of these, but holding them for 30 seconds sort of sucks!!

In better news…I’m down a pants size!!! That’s right, so now that I’m not spending money on unhealthy food and habits, I’m gonna be buying a new pair of pants!!!

August 15, 2017

So I’m adding another name to the list of girl names I am not fond of. Second on the list is CINDY first on the list is ROXANNE!!!

Today I was introduced to this Bi*#h named CINDY. Ok, so for those of you who are new to CrossFit, there are certain workouts the CrossFit world named after women. I’m thinking that it’s because these are a bitch to get through, and so far, I’m right on that one. After doing some research, I found out that the workouts with the girl names like Cindy, Helen, or Fran are different types of workouts not repeated often, but are designed to track your progress. For instance, if you did 10 rounds of CINDY last time, you should be doing more than that this time.

I did a CINDY today!! This means that I did a 20 minute AMRAP of 5 pull ups or ring rows, 10 push ups, and 15 air squats. I pulled off 10 rounds plus 10 push ups. Oh my goodness guys, I hate CINDY. If any of you have a daughter named Cynthia Roxanne, I’m sorry, but I hate that name!!!

I’m proud of my progress, and I can guarantee that I wouldn’t have done that many rounds a month ago! Progress people; I love progress!!!

August 16, 2017

Forgot my sneakers, so I couldn’t break a sweat today.

August 17, 2017

Ok, so today was one of those days that I almost passed out!!

The lovely Lauryn took us through a warm up and then hit us with the good stuff.

Five three minute rounds of 5 explosive burpees, 50 double unders, and 5 deadlifts. I worked up to 75lbs on the deadlift, so there’s that, but the burpees and double unders almost killed me.

The fun part of the day was trying to do a handstand. Needless to say I can’t do a handstand, but Lauryn took us through easy practice moves to get us started. For me, I started at the downward dog position lifting one leg at a time hopping up each time. We practiced for about 15 minutes and then we did some arm stretches. I love working with Lauryn because she takes us through yoga poses that can be incorporated with our CrossFit workouts, this makes mastering the moves easier.

Once again, thanks for coming on this adventure with me. I appreciate all the encouragement I get from ya’ll! See you at the gym!!

Yvonne’s CrossFit Journal – August 8 – 11, 2017

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Yvonne’s CrossFit Journal – August 8 – 11, 2017

Yvonne’s CrossFit Journal – August 8 – 11, 2017

Wildcat CrossFit’s Weekly Newbie Blog

By, Yvonne Moreno

Iron Yoga

Namaste!

This week, I tried yoga at Wildcat for the first time. It wasn’t my first time to the yoga rodeo, but I wanted to try it out here at this gym too. Man, let me tell you that the basic yoga class I usually attend has nothing on this!! I know most of the basics, but this class turned it up a notch and I loved it!! My form isn’t that great, but I do have a lot of flexibility, so some positions come easier to me.

It was a small class of 3 which allowed us the time to come into each position correctly. Yoga definitely helped with my sore muscles after a tough week. I also love the mindfulness and peaceful feeling that come with practicing yoga. Yoga has always been one of favorite things to do. I absolutely believe that you should try yoga at least once. You might be surprised!!

I know most of the basics,
but this class turned it up
a notch and I loved it!!

Monday August 8, 2017

Happy Monday!! So I know I’ve said this before about checking the WOD online before coming to the gym, some people say: Don’t. I say, Sure why not.

I checked the WOD online and saw that today we had a seven minute row!! Seven minutes of rowing!!! Omg I was seriously thinking of maybe sitting this one out, but what’s the fun in that, right!? I walked my happy butt into the gym and I find out that Ryan is coaching this rowing workout too! (Read my earlier blog post here about another memorable workout on the rower where Ryan really helped me to ‘dig deep’). As soon as I saw Ryan, I knew then I should have stayed home, just kidding, (but not really)!!

The last time Ryan coached me he was at me to row harder. I did. And I had my overall best score on that round, but man, was I in pain the next day! Ryan pushes me to give everything I have to give in my workouts, and when he pushes I never disappoint! Today wasn’t any different.

…a maniacal smile crept over Ryan’s face as he told us that we had to beat our pace boat and row for SEVEN MINUTES…!

Ryan mixed up the warm up today by sending us off into the neighborhood to run the block stopping at every corner to so lunges and squats. What did I do? I took off and half ran and half walked my ass around the block to do squats and lunges! OMG I was done after that.

But, alas I wasn’t done. The next thing I knew, a maniacal smile crept over Ryan’s face as he told us that we had to beat our pace boat and row for SEVEN MINUTES! I won’t lie. I was intimidated. Thank goodness this happened before class:

I ran into Anneth, a lady I met a while back and she gave me some great advice. Anneth told me to keep a steady pace and don’t try to over do it. This way it doesn’t become too much, and that just what I did.

Ryan put us on the rowers for 30 seconds to establish our pace and then we were off! I sat down and rowed like my life depended on it and ,in the end, I did a great job! I rowed 1237 meters. Ryan did say that the 2000 m for men and 1750 m for women goal is for the best athletes in the gym and that only two other men and one woman had reached that goal. So, in the grand scheme of things, I did a great job. We did put Ryan to the test after class that he did an awesome job coming at 2025 meters. Good Job Ryan!!

Tuesday 08/08/2017

I thought that after yesterday’s row extravaganza I would be a lot more sore then what I’m feeling today. I didn’t look at today’s WOD in advance, but when I was in the gym and I approached the whiteboard I almost had a heart attack!

Yes, that says an AMRAP of 100 meters and Dumb Bell Thrusters (increasing at each round by one). Ok, so if you’ve been keeping up with me, I recently was able to reach my goal of running at a very slow pace the 200 meter run so today is pushing me to not only run 200 meters but to do that multiple times.

To start, Drew made us star in our own comedy show by making us do bear crawls with a foam roller on our backs. Mind you, if you drop the roller you have to get up and do burpees. Needless to say, we were all giggling at every crawl. I couldn’t even get to two crawls before losing the roller. Drew finally had mercy on me let me just crawl sans roller. It was very entertaining. He wanted us to complete a few rounds of these, however I had to giggle again when I heard him say, “Ok, just one round will be enough.”

I’ve learned that when it’s something that I’m really nervous about doing,
I just have to jump in and do it; not sit and think.

After the hilarious warm up, we moved on to the 12 minute AMRAP. I didn’t even think about it when I chose my dumb bells and jumped out the bay door to get started. I’ve learned that when it’s something that I’m really nervous to do, I just have to jump into it and not sit and think. I took off for my first round. I ran the first 100 meters and completed the first thruster however the second 100 meter got a little tougher but I ran it. By the 4th and 5th round I was walking/running the meters but still doing the best I could. I ended up with 7 rounds with a 50 meter run into the 8th.

To finish off today, we did a 400 meter farmer’s carry…oh but it wasn’t just any farmer’s carry. To start, we had to do an overhead kettle bell carry, when that got to be too much we could drop them down to a front rack position and when that got be too much we could lower them to the regular farmer’s carry, but if you put those suckers down on the ground, you had to start all over again with the over head carry. LONGEST 400 METERS IN MY LIFE!!

Drew did mention that his classes always work harder and I have to say that he’s right! Thanks for the push Drew!

Wednesday 8/9/17

Today I came in a little earlier then usual and joined the 4pm WOD, which I might say is my favorite time to come. It was my first time training with Noah and I was also super sore from yesterday’s cardio explosion.

We talked a little about how I’ve been doing and he mentioned that part of the Wildcat membership includes a nutrition evaluation and nutrition coaching. I totally want to set some time aside to meet with him. Let’s not forget that a big part of being healthy is eating healthy in addition to working out.

We worked on cardio and arms and I got on the bike for the first time since Foundations. Man is it hard to get to 10 calories! The workout was an AMRAP of 10 calories on the bike or 14 on the row, 10 kettlebell swings, and 10 pull ups. The bike slowed me down, but I ended up doing three rounds and a row, which I think was pretty good.

We did a lot of work on our arms today, which is what I needed because I was very sore in that area. It’s nice to have trained with Noah, because I like knowing what to expect from each coach. Noah is really good at showing me how to correct my form and how to make each movement easier for me. He made me get on that damn bike and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

Thanks for the advice and the help Noah! Look forward to working with you again!

Thursday 8/10/2017 & Friday 8/11/2017

Hey Kids! So yesterday was a big day for me. When I walked into this gym over a month ago I wasn’t at a healthy weight … and I’m still not a healthy weight. However, yesterday I stepped on a scale and found out that I’ve reached a very significant goal! I’m out of a range that I’ve been in for a long time. I mean I like four pounds out of that range.

I am so damn proud of myself,
I was riding that high
all day yesterday.

Listen folks, all this happened by doing two things; walking into a scary CrossFit gym over a month ago, and changing my nutrition.

CrossFit has completely changed me in ways I never thought possible. Now, when someone says run, I know for sure that I can for a certain distance. When someone says get on the row machine, I know the damage I can do in 7 minutes. When I see that we are working with weight, I know what my max is and I know how far to push it.

I can do so much in the gym that I could have never imagined I could and that’s all because of the people around me that have helped me and have cheered me along the way. Ryan, Lauryn, Taylor, Nick, Drew Noah, and Jen have been there to help me reach this goal and I have no doubt in my mind that they will be there to help me reach my next goal! Thanks so much guys!!

Ok enough of the sappy!! Yesterday I was introduced to the Turkish Get Up’s. These are now my least favorite and I choose to block them from my memory from now on. We started with 5 rounds of 3 push press at 85% max. For me, this was 55lbs. And 5 bottom-up kettle bell presses on each side. We used a low weight for the bottom-up and it didn’t seem like it was going to be hard, but once I hit the 5th round I was feeling that weight. It was nice getting back on the barbell after a couple of weeks.

We finished with 3 rounds of the those damn Turkish Get Up’s on each side and an over head carry down and back. Man! Trying to get up off the floor with a kettle bell in the air is hard! I mean, I managed to get my ass off the floor, but OMG These Were DIFFICULT.

Ok, so the movement goes like this: … Bear with me, because there really is no way to explain this in writing, but I’ll do my best. You lay on the floor with your arm extended in the air with the kettle bell, same side leg bent, and then you have to get up off the floor with that arm still extended in the air, then you have to come back down to the floor. Ok, I know that wasn’t a good explanation, so here’s a picture for you. Go ahead and try it!! I dare you!! LOL

Let’s just say that today I am going to end the week with a big ol’ NAMASTE and do some yoga to reward my awesomeness.

Have a good one people, and I hope to see you at the gym!

 

 

 

 

 

Another Week in the Life; More Adventures of a Newbie CrossFitter

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Another Week in the Life; More Adventures of a Newbie CrossFitter

Newbie Blogger Yvonne:

Another Week in the Life; More Adventures of a Newbie CrossFitter

By, Yvonne Moreno

August 1, 2017

A good start to a new month! I ran again! For some reason I was thinking that my 200 meter run (a big milestone I reached last week) was all in my head, that it didn’t really happen. But it wasn’t! And it did! Not only did I run 200 meters to warm up, I took another 200 meters after class. Damn was I tired, however I love the fact that I can do it!

Today’s WOD was a little tricky for me because it required movements that I couldn’t quite do. But, as I always do, I modified, and still got in a great workout.

Drew took us through a rigorous warm up and row competition. First team to 50 calories was declared the winner of The Thunderdome … just kidding, but that does sound exciting! Anyway, my team lost by like 3 calories. I’m not a strong rower, so I felt kind of bad, but it’s all in fun, right?

Not only did I run 200 meters to warm up,
I took another 200 meters after class.

Our workout today was a 10 minute AMRAP of 15 wall balls, 10 walking lunges (20 total) and 5 calories on the bike or row. I’m getting better on the wall balls. I almost made it to the line on most of those throws. My lunges need a little work, but I still did ten on each leg. In the end I did a total 3 rounds, which Drew reminded me was better then two rounds! His humor kills me!!

To finish off, we did a 6 minute grind. This is where I had to modify because today for this grind we needed to do 5 stair steppers and a down and back overhead KB carry. The stair steppers required me to handle two kettlebells in front rack position, go down on one knee and get back up. I tried twice but once I had to get up I just couldn’t do it without dropping the weights. So I just replaced these with squats with my KBs. The walking over head carry looks easy, but after a few of these walks you really feel it! The 6 minutes felt like 20, but I took as few breaks as I could and pushed through the exhaustion.

& I hope to see you at the gym!

August 2, 2017

I want to first say welcome to Ray who finished his Foundations and did his first WOD today! Yay!
I’m so happy I get to see someone completing their first WOD. It takes me back to about a month ago when I was in his shoes! This WOD was a hard one too and Ray did a great job!

I am so sore today because yesterday’s WOD kicked my butt! Plus, I ran twice and my body seems to be punishing me for that!! Anyway, let me give you a piece of advice, when someone tells you that today’s WOD is a tough one, believe it!

I know I keep mentioning my 200m runs,
but sometimes I still can’t believe it!

Today’s WOD started with a 400 meter run and I ran 200 meters … because I can now! I know I keep mentioning my 200m runs, but sometimes I still can’t believe it! So then comes the fun stuff. Today we practiced muscle ups, handstand push ups and pistol squats. HANDSTANDS!!! I saw that word and almost bolted!!! Lauryn calmed me down and then showed me and alternative way of accomplishing this move. She explained that if we take a box and place our legs on the box and our hands on the floor and do a push up this is almost the same. Basically you’re planking off a box and doing a push up. This move was still extremely difficult but if you can’t hand stand it works as a work around.

Then came the real workout. Six rounds for time! We started off with 4 bar muscle ups or ring muscle ups, 6 handstand push ups or box push ups and 8 pistols, four on each side. OMG guys, being sore from the day before and add this to the mix, oh boy was I feeling it. I was so proud of Ray for finishing this WOD because I barely did!

Good Job everyone and I hope to see you at the gym!!

August 3, 2017

Ok guys I’m here again! I can barely move but I’m here. I’ve had been coming in every other day, but this week I made the decision to come in everyday if possible. My body has noticed.. and is protesting this decision with every move I make.
I had to really stretch today. I came in 15 minutes early and used some of my yoga knowledge. I made sure that I stretched my legs and arms to make sure that today’s WOD didn’t kill me.

Let me tell you a short story about how in a just a few minutes I learned to hate a song that I used to like! You know that song “Roxanne” by The Police? Well I now hate that song. I hate it with a passion! The story starts with lovely Lauryn saying, just as sweet as possible, “When I turn on the song, start running around the gym. And every time they say “Roxanne,” drop and give me a burpee!”

Do you know how many times they say
the word “Roxanne” in that damn song?

Do you know how many times they say the word “Roxanne” in that damn song? Twenty-six times!!! Yes, you read that right, not only did I have to run for 3 minutes and 12 seconds, I had to drop and do 26 burpees during these 3:12!!! The longest three minutes of my life. I will hate you forever “Roxanne” the song!

Then the dreaded 30-20-10!! Yes folks after the “Roxanne” torture I had to do 30 burpees, 30 calories on the row, and then 20, and then 10 for time. I thought I was going to kill the lovely Lauryn! My time wasn’t bad at 14:57. We ended things with kettlebell 1 arm swings and down & back waiter carries with 12 pounders.


Man, was I tired today! But listen when I tell you, after all the soreness and sweat and tears, I feel damn good! This week after three consecutive days doing CrossFit and eating a healthy diet, I’ve lost 3 pounds and gained a whole lot of confidence!

 

Tonight I’m giving yoga a try. Have a great weekend people! If you are interested, go ahead and give this CrossFit a try, you won’t regret it!!

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