CrossFit

There is something about personal recommendations and our need for them.  If I hear you say that you love something and I even sort of kind of trust you, I will most likely buy it or download it or borrow it or go see it or listen to it.

I want to share my favorite things with you.  Like every week.  Big things and little things and meaningful things and practical things and not-at-all practical things and delicious things and glorious things.  Every time I share things, you guys are all like “I want that” and “Thank goodness you told me about this thing that I never knew I needed” and “It looks crazy, but if you like it, I’ll try it”.

The CrossFit Open

Let me first explain the Open.  Anyone and absolutely everyone can sign up to participate and it is basically the preliminary stage before CrossFit Regionals.  For five weeks, each athlete that is registered must complete one workout each week as prescribed (read: no scaled movements and listed weight) in front of a certified judge.  If you do well enough, you move on to Regionals.

Let me repeat.  Every single person that wants to sign up and participate can do so.  This means we are theoretically in the running to move on.  Does this mean the majority of us will move on?  Absolutely not.  So why do we sign up?

In 2013, I had only been doing CrossFit for about four months when I signed up.  A few of the prescribed movements, I’d never even heard of before and the majority of weights I had never lifted.  My scores were low but I found myself setting personal records (only because I’d never tried some of the movements before).  If I had been in a regular workout, I would have scaled the movements or lightened the weight to something more manageable, but this forced me to give it my best shot and see what I was capable of.  The community of my gym members was like something I’d never seen before.  We all banded together to worry about and dissect the workouts, cheer each other on and pump each other up after every week.

In 2014, I now have the unique experience to share with all my fellow athletes who are newer to CrossFit.  When people find out about the Open, most assume it’s not for them because they are too new or “not good enough” at CrossFit yet.  I convinced and yelled and argued with anyone who would listen that they should sign up, based on my experience in 2013.  We have since created this AMAZING group of athletes who I have already watched set their own personal bests and push past their limits and it’s so inspiring.

For me, this year has been a whole different animal.  The prescribed weights are all completely manageable and I am halfway decent at all the movements, so my preparation and thought process going in are completely different!  I have been setting goals for myself (more than just one rep!) and have been able to push through so much more.  There is a certain level of anxiety that comes with actually trying to do well, versus just trying to not die and get through a workout.

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What’s been most interesting to me this year is that I can see a measurable difference over last year.  Last year, I was only able to do 3 chest to bar pull-ups, this year I got 15.  Quantifiable improvements and results!

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My favorite part of the Open this year is that I get to be the encourager.  I get to cheer and motivate and talk to people about their accomplishments.  Paying it forward in the healthiest possible way!

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Pat Summitt

While my kids are terrorizing the kids’ section at the library, I take approximately 45 seconds to quickly browse through the adult section and see if something catches my eye.  I’ve been reading a lot of biographies lately and I am always intrigued with books about sports and famous coaches in history, so this book on Pat Summitt caught my eye.  I had watched a short documentary on her with my husband, but didn’t know much about her beyond the fact that she was a coach for the Tennessee Lady Vols for many years and she had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

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I can’t believe this deal is still available and I get to share it with you.  Last week, I was searching for a good deal on a new pair of shoes for CrossFit (I’ve torn up one pair on rope climbs and just straight worn the heck out of another pair).  I stumbled across this pair of New Balance WT110 on 6PM.com for just $36.99 + FREE shipping!  I didn’t share it at the time because I was pretty sure it would be gone in five seconds, but apparently I was wrong.

These shoes are regularly priced anywhere between $70 and $90 and they are AMAZING.

They are set in between a barefoot running shoe and a traditional cross-training shoe.  They weigh next to nothing, are super flexible and are constructed from open mesh on the top.  These have a slightly different sole than I’m used to with a more rugged design made for outdoor use, but they have been so fantastic in and out of the gym.

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Look, look.  There they are!  Click here to purchase.  Shipping is FREE with all orders.

You can see what else I’m currently wearing to the gym here.

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What I’m currently wearing at the gym

by Melody on March 6, 2014

Top picks for fitness apparel and gear (CrossFit approved)

When my husband and I first started working out and going to CrossFit, I was wearing whatever I had in my closet, old t-shirts, old running shoes, bleach stained sports bras.  Not that there is any problem with any of these things, but I realized that in the middle of some of the most intense workouts of my life, I was wasting precious time messing with and readjusting my clothes.  The fabric of my shirts was all wrong and was making me even more sweaty than was probably necessary.

I started shopping around for some semi-inexpensive options to get me started.  I asked the girls at my gym about their favorite items, as they knew first hand what I needed my clothes to do.

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Zella Live-In Capris

If I could get away with it, I would wear these Zella Live-In Capris every single day of my life.  They are crazy comfortable, well made and have the perfect fabric.  They are stretchy, but not thin.  They are flexible, but stay put through a crazy workout.  I wear the capri pants more often, as CrossFit can be a smidge difficult and the long pants hold in more heat.  If you have another suggestion for great workout pants, I’d love to hear it.  Although the challenge will be actually getting me to try something different.

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New Balance Minimus Trainers

As soon as I started CrossFit, I knew I needed to find a new pair of shoes.  I had a pair of cross-training shoes that got in the way at every turn.  We do so many different types of movements, including tons of agility, jump rope, weight lifting.  The huge soles of my shoes were tripping me up.  I didn’t want to spend a fortune and be one of those folks that starts at a gym, decks themselves out in all new gear and then never comes back.  My good friend has a pair of these New Balance Minimus shoes and I was able to find them for about $40 (total steal!).

These are set in between a barefoot running shoe and a traditional cross-training shoe.  They weigh next to nothing, are super flexible, are constructed from open mesh on the top and have a midsole differential of just 4 mm.  The soles are made by Vibram, who make those freaky finger-shoe looking things.  While I can’t stand those shoes, I do love the durable and flexible soles the company makes.

Amazon has several styles available, all with FREE shipping.  Joe’s New Balance Outlet is also a great resource, just search New Balance Minimus.  There are several different styles of the Minimus, including cross-training, running, trail running. You’ll just need to read through the descriptions and decide what is right for you. I have both the running and the barefoot style and I’m happy with each one.

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Marika Tanks

I have several workout tanks that I like, but have been loving my Marika tanks.  The Seamless Harmony Trinity Tank is my FAVORITE.  The material is super soft and comfortable and holds up well to multiple washings.  They are fitted enough to stay put during a workout, but not so tight that they are uncomfortable.

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Reebok CrossFit Gradient Board Shorts

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Why I registered for the 2013 CrossFit Open

by Melody on February 27, 2014

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I originally posted this last year after the 2013 CrossFit Open, but I felt that it would be appropriate to post again since the first workout of 2014 was released today.  Hopefully this can give those of you new to the Open some inspiration or convince you to sign up.  It’s such a fantastic experience!

It’s not because I actually think I can compete.

First off, let me tell you a little bit about the Open if you aren’t sure of the details.  It consists of five workouts over the course of five weeks.  Just about anyone can register and compete in the Open, you just have to complete each workout in front of a qualified judge (our local gym has three so far) or submit a video.  Everyone that is registered and submits a score/time is a competitor and has a chance to make it to regionals and then the CrossFit Games.

So technically, I am now “competing” against thousands of other athletes across the nation.

Again, not that I think I can actually compete.

When people are looking for motivation to start working out or continue with a program, you always hear the same advice.  Join a gym, workout with a partner, find someone to hold you accountable so you just show up.

I’m blessed to have made it past that stage.  Just by joining and showing up at CrossFit, I feel like I face my fears and insecurities everyday.  However, there are definitely times I may scale back on the weight I’m lifting or not push myself to try new skills, it can be easy and more comfortable to stick with the known.  Signing up for the Open blows my comfort level out of the water and into the next hemisphere.

To submit a qualifying score, you have to complete your workout in front of a certified judge.  At our gym, this means you are working out with one, maybe two, other people at a time.  Your technique is on display, your endurance is on display.  Your nerves are rattling around in the pit of your stomach.  Your score for each week has to be submitted by Sunday and the workouts aren’t even announced until Wednesday.  You have minimal time to process the madness, prepare and complete the workout, which just adds to the anxiety.

The first workout wasn’t anything I hadn’t done before, but the sheer amount of weight threw me for a loop.

We had 17 minutes to do as much of the following as possible:

40 burpees
30 snatches at 45 lbs
30 burpees
30 snatches at 75 lbs
20 burpees
30 snatches at 100 lbs
10 burpees
As many snatches at 120 lbs as possible

Your total score is the number of reps you could complete in the time given.

If this was an everyday workout, I would have been all “Sweet, burpees, those are doable.  I’ll probably just scale back that 75 lbs though, there is no way I can get that over my head”.

There is no scaling back for the Open.  There would have been no point in me completing any lifts at a lighter weight, as it wouldn’t have counted.  75 pounds, I’m coming for you.

Big ol’ bundle of nerves up in here.  That’s my CrossFit girl for life judge, Dani.  She’s the one you can thank for my incessant ramblings.

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Here we go.

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45 pounds and one angry face.  My husband says he’s never seen anything like it.

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Joe’s New Balance Outlet has a fantastic price today only on the New Balance Minimus 10 Running Shoe in Diva Pink/Yellow, marked down to just $39.99.  These are regularly priced anywhere between $70 and $110, this is one of the lowest I have ever seen!  Shipping is just $1 in honor of President’s Day.

These are the style I wear to CrossFit and they are an amazing shoe.  They are set in between a barefoot running shoe and a traditional cross-training shoe.  They weigh next to nothing, are super flexible, are constructed from open mesh on the top and have a midsole differential of just 4 mm.  The soles are made by Vibram, which makes them really flexible and durable.  You can see what else I’m currently wearing to the gym here.

Click here to purchase.  This deal is only available through Monday February 24th at 9 PM PST.

 

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Today on Living Social, you can snag a fantastic deal on a month’s worth of CrossFit classes at CrossFit 509 in Spokane.

Details on your options:

  • Two weeks of beginner courses + 2 weeks of unlimited classes just $80 ($160 value)
  • 3 On Ramp sessions + 4 weeks of unlimited classes just $100 ($325 value)

On Ramp classes are ideal for those who can’t fit beginner classes into their schedule, or for those who would prefer one-on-one coaching.  These are both AMAZING deals.  We pay over $150 per month for unlimited classes at our gym and that’s without specialty beginner classes or On Ramp sessions.  If you have been wanting to try out CrossFit and live in the Spokane area, jump on this.  I ran into a gal in Spokane last time I was there that went to this gym and she loves it!

Click here to purchase your voucher.  Limit 1 per customer, plus additional as gifts.  All classes must be redeemed by same customer within 30 days of first visit.

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If you have been wondering what in the heck this CrossFit thing is all about or have been curious to give it a try, you’re in luck!   Our local gym, Natural Selection CrossFit, offers a FREE class every Saturday morning at 9 AM.  This class is open to members and non-members and people of absolutely all abilities.

This gives you the perfect chance to try out CrossFit or supplement your fitness routine.  I have a few friends who did Saturday-only workouts for a few months before joining the gym for good.  You are under absolutely no obligation to join and there won’t be anyone at the door trying to force you to sign up, they just really want to show everyone what it is all about.

If you have never tried CrossFit before, I would recommend coming to the free introductory class first to get an idea of what it is all about.  Our gym offers a beginner class every Friday at 5:30 PM that runs through what CrossFit is all about, what to expect, basic movements and a short workout.

If you don’t live in Tri-Cities, most gyms do offer a free intro or beginner class to get you started.  You can check out CrossFit.com or just Google CrossFit and your city name to find a gym near you.

If you’re interested in knowing why I love CrossFit so much, you can read my 374 reasons here.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  I would love to see you there!  For more information, check out the Natural Selection website here.

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Reebok is running another AMAZING sale through end of day today, December 17th.  The more you spend, the more you save by using promo code SAVEMORE at checkout.

  • Spend $45+, Get $10 off
  • Spend $75+, Get $20 off
  • Spend $125+, Get $40 off

J99804_01You can snag an AMAZING deal on the original CrossFit Nano.  Already reduced to $89.99, use promo code SAVEMORE at checkout to drop your price down to just $69.99 with FREE shipping!

You can also find amazing deals on CrossFit apparel!  Like I have mentioned before, CrossFit apparel is rarely included in their sales.  This is the perfect time to pick up an item you have been dying to get.

This promotion works on already reduced merchandise as well!

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I’ve mentioned these Reebok CrossFit Gradient Board Shorts several times, but they are worth sharing again at just $45 + FREE shipping after discount.  They are available in three colors.  I wore these every day this summer!  They are lightweight and breathable, but seriously don’t move an inch, no matter what exercise or workout you are doing.  Go with a size smaller than you think, so you don’t have to cinch super tight.  Best shorts EVER.  I know, I know, they are spendy.  But good quality shorts that don’t stretch, shrink, lose their shape or go anywhere while you’re working out are hard to come by. (You can check out my review here)

Click here to start browsing.  Use promo code SAVEMORE at checkout, shipping is FREE on all orders!  Returns are free as well.  There are a few exclusions, including the CrossFit Nano 3.0, Shaq Attack Brick City and a few more.  Let us know if you find anything fun!

Order by 9 AM PST on Friday December 20th for guaranteed delivery by Christmas.

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Reebok is running another AMAZING sale through end of day today, December 3rd.  Use promo code CYBER30 at checkout to receive 30% off your entire order, including CrossFit gear and shoes!  It’s pretty rare for CrossFit stuff to be included in their sales and it may not happen again until next holiday season, so if you have a fitness-minded person on your list, take advantage.

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If you have been looking to buy a pair of high quality shoes, but have been reluctant to spend the money, pick up the CrossFit Nano 2.0 in several different colors for just $76.99 with FREE shipping after discount.  These are regularly priced at $109 and very, very rarely go on discount.

These are an amazing shoe.  They are super flexible, breathable and have a low-to-ground feel similar to the barefoot style.  They are perfect for transitioning from weight lifting to higher intensity cardio workouts, but have enough support to add in some low-mileage running.  My husband has two pairs of these and wore them around Disneyland for four straight days of walking and they were super comfortable.

Click here to check out all the colors for men and women.

J99804_01You can also snag an AMAZING deal on the original CrossFit Nano.  Already reduced to $89.99, use promo code CYBER30 at checkout to drop your price down to just $62.99 with FREE shipping!

You can also find amazing deals on CrossFit apparel!  Like I mentioned, CrossFit apparel is NEVER included in their sales.  This is the perfect time to pick up an item you have been dying to get.

This promotion works on already reduced merchandise as well!

Here are a few of my favorites:

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  • Reebok CrossFit Gradient Board Shorts just $38.50 + FREE shipping after discount- Available in three colors.  I wore these every day this summer!  They are lightweight and breathable, but seriously don’t move an inch, no matter what exercise or workout you are doing.  Go with a size smaller than you think, so you don’t have to cinch super tight.  Best shorts EVER. (You can check out my review here)

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  • Reebok Women’s The Clock is Watching Bra just $35 + FREE shipping after discount – Comes in four colors.  LOVE this bra.  It is mega supportive and only has a small amount of stretch in the band, so it never shifts.  The straps are very comfortable and taper slightly in and don’t dig in to your shoulders.

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Click here to start browsing.  Use promo code CYBER30 at checkout, shipping is FREE on all orders!  Returns are free as well.  The CrossFit Nano 3.0 and Bose headphones are excluded.  Let us know if you find anything fun!

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Reebok is running an AMAZING sale through December 1st, especially for all my CrossFit peeps.  CrossFit gear never, EVER gets discounted or is included in sales, so both of these offers are off the charts.

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The first deal is perfect if you have been looking to buy a pair of high quality shoes, but have been reluctant to spend the money.  Pick up the CrossFit Nano 2.0 in several different colors for just $75 with FREE shipping.  These are regularly priced at $109 and very, very rarely go on discount.

These are an amazing shoe.  They are super flexible, breathable and have a low-to-ground feel similar to the barefoot style.  They are perfect for transitioning from weight lifting to higher intensity cardio workouts, but have enough support to add in some low-mileage running.  My husband has two pairs of these and wore them around Disneyland for four straight days of walking and they were super comfortable.

Click here to check out all the colors for men and women.  Use promo code NANO at checkout to drop your price.

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You can also snag an amazing deal on CrossFit apparel, buy one item and get the second item 50% off!  Like I mentioned, CrossFit apparel is NEVER included in their sales.  This is the perfect time to pick up an item you have been dying to get or to pick up some gifts for the fitness minded folks in your life.

This promotion works on already reduced merchandise as well and you can mix and match items!

Here are a few of my favorites:

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  • Reebok CrossFit Gradient Board Shorts – Available in three colors.  I wore these every day this summer!  They are lightweight and breathable, but seriously don’t move an inch, no matter what exercise or workout you are doing.  Go with a size smaller than you think, so you don’t have to cinch super tight.  Best shorts EVER.

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  • Reebok Women’s The Clock is Watching Bra – Comes in four colors.  LOVE this bra.  It is mega supportive and only has a small amount of stretch in the band, so it never shifts.  The straps are very comfortable and taper slightly in and don’t dig in to your shoulders.

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Click here to start browsing.  Use promo code BOGO at checkout and remember, shipping is FREE on all orders!  Returns are free as well.  Let us know if you find anything fun!

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This Friday, November 15th at 5:30 PM, Natural Selection CrossFit in Kennewick is offering a FREE introductory class.  The class is about an hour long and includes a short introduction to CrossFit, a run down of some exercises and then a short workout.  You are under absolutely no obligation to join, they just really want to show everyone what it is all about.

If you can’t make the class this Friday, don’t fret.  They offer the intro class every Friday at 5:30 so you can come anytime.  I just wanted to quickly highlight this week, because I will be at the gym finishing my workout around the time the intro class starts.  Just in case you have been wanting to come, but didn’t want to do it all alone, this is your chance.  Come hang out with me, learn about CrossFit and get a great workout, all in one evening!

You can either sign yourself up for the intro class at the Natural Selection website or email me at beautifulfrugallife {at} gmail {dot} com for more information.

If you’re interested in knowing why I love CrossFit so much, you can read my 374 reasons here.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  I would love to see you there!

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Today only on Living Social, you can snag a fantastic deal on a month’s worth of CrossFit classes at CrossFit 509 in Spokane.  There will be a few options to choose from.  Once you choose, use promo code MOREDEALS to save an additional 20% off the purchase price.

Details on your options:

  • Two weeks of beginner courses + 2 weeks of unlimited classes just $64 ($160 value)
  • 3 On Ramp sessions + 4 weeks of unlimited classes just $80 ($325 value)

On Ramp classes are ideal for those who can’t fit beginner classes into their schedule, or for those who would prefer one-on-one coaching.  These are both AMAZING deals.  We pay over $150 per month for unlimited classes at our gym and that’s without specialty beginner classes or On Ramp sessions.  If you have been wanting to try out CrossFit and live in the Spokane area, jump on this.  I ran into a gal in Spokane last time I was there that went to this gym and she loves it!

Click here to purchase your voucher.  Limit 1 per customer, plus additional as gifts.  All classes must be redeemed by same customer within 30 days of purchasing.

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As a humble participant in the Reebok Mom Workout Series (so I had the badge tattooed on my back, what’s your point?), I have the outrageously hard job of testing out some Reebok CrossFit apparel and reporting back to my loyal readers.  Life is rough.

Initially, I was going to review a Reebok tank and came close to pulling the trigger.  Then I remembered that I have 172 tanks and one pair of shorts.  How is this possible?  I live in the desert and despise a body temperature of more than 50 degrees.   The shorts I wear now are just cotton cheer shorts that I picked up for $6 at Fred Meyer.  When I checked out Reebok’s selection, I almost fell out of my chair when I found out how much they were.  These are shorts people!

This is when I decided they were the perfect item to review.  Do people actually spend this kind of money on shorts that they have never tried on?  Hopefully I can shed some light.

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Scratch that. Reebok CrossFit Womens Gradient Board Short? Best. Shorts. Ever.  I swear, when I was looking through my pictures trying to decide which to use, I wanted to go dig them out of the dirty laundry and wear them around the house.

The fabric is amazing and moves with your body through every exercise.  They are lightweight, but don’t retain moisture at all.  The more I sweat, the drier they stay and they don’t cling like sweaty cotton.

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My favorite feature is the inner brief liner (similar to a board short).  No matter how I move or where I swing my legs, the liner prevents the shorts from slipping and sliding and showing off anything you don’t want to be seen.  I normally don’t show off pictures of my legs up in the air, but I wanted to show you that even in the most dire of circumstances, these shorts aren’t going anywhere.

One note on size: According to all the reviews, they run a little big.  I decided to go with a small even though they are on the shorter side and I’m glad I did.  I still have to cinch them up tight, so a medium would have been WAY too big.  They are short, but any longer and they wouldn’t be as comfortable.  I’m getting those big ol’ CrossFit thighs and booty and shorts that fit comfortably are hard to come by.

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Check out my review of the CrossFit Performance Capri and The Clock is Watching Sports Bra.  I haven’t been wearing the pants as much lately because pants are lame in 100+ degree weather, but the bra is fantastic.  It is so supportive and never moves an inch in my workouts.  I love the cut of the straps (read: no chafing) and the support under my chest is perfect.  Plus, you kind of feel like a beast when you’re wearing the same sports bra as several athletes in the CrossFit Games.

So far, I’m really impressed with my Reebok CrossFit gear. Not only do they have high quality pants, bras and tops for basic work outs, they also have some super cute and trendy tank styles. These will definitely be on my list for future purchases and not just because wearing Reebok makes me feel a little bit CrossFit legit.

Question: What is the one fitness item you are willing to spend money on?  I’m honestly finding that 2-3 really good quality pieces are making all the difference.

Disclaimer: The items in this review were provided by Reebok as part of the Reebok Mom Workout Series, but the opinions are my own.

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I thought it would be fun to give you a breakdown of what a typical week looks like for me in terms of exercise.  Unless you’re new to the blog (or have been completely ignoring me), you know that my husband and I are pretty entrenched in our CrossFit gym.  One of the taglines of CrossFit is “constantly varied”.  This basically means we rarely repeat workouts, mix the same movements together in tons of different ways and find combinations of workouts that keep our bodies taxed and off-balance.  We NEVER get bored and never plateau muscle groups.  I had never found one workout or routine that keeps me motivated for a long period of time until I started CrossFit, basically because there is no routine.

This past week was a perfect example of the level of variation that can happen with CrossFit.  We were all over the map, my body was straight confused.

Saturday morning (shown above):

Our gym has two coaches that are local police officers and they were tasked with creating a new PT workout for the local SWAT team and we got to test it out!  While the workout itself wasn’t so different from others we have done, we got to do it outside at a local high school track and it was amazing knowing why we were doing it.  It came with a whole different kind of motivation!

For time:

Run 400 meters
Rest 1 minute
30 burpees
150-foot farmer’s walk with water jug
30 sit-ups
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30 hand release push-ups
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30 ground to overhead with water jug
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Rest 1 minute
Run 400 meters

I finished in 17:20 and that was with a sprint to the end.  The worst for me was the burpees, I swear I’m just too long-limbed to get up and down like that in an efficient manner.  Great workout!

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Monday afternoon:

“The Chief”

As many full rounds as possible in 3 minutes with five cycles of 3 minutes
Rest 1 minute between each cycle
Score is total number of rounds completed

3 power cleans (95 pounds)
6 push-ups
9 air squats

Holy Moses.  I went into this one thinking it would be pretty fun, I love power cleans!  You had to complete a full round for any of the reps to count, so there was a mental aspect to it as well.  You really had to decide if you could push through another full round without losing reps or wasting effort.  I started off the first 3-minute cycle with 3 rounds and pushed really hard to get 3 each time.  The weight got pretty heavy and the push-ups felt near impossible towards the end.  It was fun in an “I want to die” kind of way.

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Tuesday morning:

3 rounds for time:

30 kettlebell swings (35 pounds)
50 step-ups (20″ box)
100 meter run

Cash-out: 2 15-foot rope climbs

Including rope climbs, I finished in 15:22.  The workout itself felt fairly simple and straight forward, but there was a serious mental aspect to this one as well.  The whole time I was stepping up on the box, I was staring at the rope, just knowing what lay ahead.  It was a race I didn’t really want to finish.  My arms were super taxed from the kettlebell swings by the time I got to the end, so the rope climbs felt doubly hard.

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Wednesday evening:

Every Wednesday evening, I leave the kids home with Dad and head to a late Olympic lifting/strength class.  I was terrified of this class when I first started at the gym, but it is now one of my favorites.  We seriously break down different Olympic lifts (clean, snatch, deadlift) and this has helped me really tighten up my form and technique AND allowed me to lift much heavier weight.  One of the main complaints I hear about CrossFit is that “people get hurt”.  Of course they can (and do) if they aren’t using proper form or are lifting weight that is too heavy without listening to their bodies.  This class has given me the confidence to lift more and more and more.

The bulk of the class, we broke down the clean from ground to rack position and also worked on a light weight split jerk.  Our actual Metcon (metabolic conditioning workout), was just over 4 minutes.

For time:

20 power cleans (95 lbs for women)
5 push jerks
20 burpees

As you can see from the picture above, we all were really close in time.  I wanted to beat Kyle so bad, but I had those darn burpees to contend with.  CrossFit is such a mental game.  The cleans and push jerks would have been hard enough, but to add a little insult, we had to die a little with 20 burpees to cash out.  Devious and effective.

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Thursday morning:

I was running late to get to the 8 AM class and didn’t even have a chance to check out the workout (they are posted the night before).  I’m not sure what’s worse.  Seeing the workout and knowing you’re going into something that showcases your weaknesses or being surprised.  Yikes.

For time:

Run 1 mile
Row for exact amount of time it took to run a mile
Run 1 mile

Finished in 29:44

I don’t really hate running or anything, but it’s not my favorite by a long shot.  It was super hot and I was TIRED.  In hindsight, I should have ran the first mile faster (as I had to row for that same amount of time) and just slugged through the second mile.  It wasn’t as hard as I thought but it was slow going.  However, I had done a LOT of heavy lifting throughout the week, so it was nice to take a break.

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Friday:

My parents had the kids as we were going to be gone all weekend and I was frantically trying to clean and organize and get the blog ready and cook for the various BBQs we were attending.  I really wanted to make a quick trip to the gym, but it just didn’t happen.   I had been barreling around the house all day and really needed to do something besides stare at the computer, so I made up my own workout based on what I could do at home.

10-minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible)

6 alternating dumbbell snatches (25 pounds)
10 push-ups
15 jumping lunges

Finished 6 rounds + 5 dumbbell snatches

It was quick, really sweaty and made me feel infinitely better.  Amazing what one quick workout can do for your mood and energy level.

On a normal week, I take a rest day during the week and work out on Saturdays.  Our gym is closed on Sunday so that is my second rest day.  We did boat races on Saturday (and recovered on Sunday), so this week was a little different.

Constantly varied, friends.  This is no joke.

Question: Do you take the same rest days each week?  How do you shake up your workouts from week to week?  Are you a gym-goer or do you mix it up?

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I was recently contacted by a representative of Ellie workout apparel and they wanted to know if I was interested in trying out some of their products.  Since I have been secretly stalking their website and dreaming of the day I could afford to order a brand new outfit, I jumped at the chance!  Their stuff is super, super cute and I love the way their website is laid out, but I am reluctant to promote or share anything that I don’t have personal experience with, especially when it involves spending a decent amount of money on something you can’t try on.

First off, their website is fantastic.  New collections of clothes are released periodically, based around a certain style or color trend.  Their clothes are laid out by outfit, not just individual tops and bottoms.  This allows you to see a full outfit together and they pair pieces that are meant for a similar workout style.  They show several different views of each outfit and the description is very thorough.

Shipping is FREE on orders of $100 or more or a flat rate of $7.95 for orders less than $100.  You can also choose a different approach and join their Fit Fashionista Club.  For a flat rate of $49.95 per month, you can choose two items from any collections.  You are free to choose a top and a bottom, two tops, anything you want.  This is a crazy deal, since the majority of their pieces are around $50 EACH.  Exchanges for like merchandise are free as well, so if you purchase an item that doesn’t fit, you can exchange for a different size at no charge.

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I chose the Fun in the Sun Tank from the California Dreams collection and the Double Decker Capri from the Coral Crush collection.

And please.  Can someone tell my CrossFit friends to let me know when I have chalk on my face BEFORE taking a picture for the blog?

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The tank is AMAZING.  It has a built-in sports bra and drapes just a little in the front to create a very flattering shape.  It is just loose enough to not get in the way while I am working out, but doesn’t cling to every extra ounce on your belly.  It is very breathable and the bra is super supportive.  I was a little concerned about just wearing the one-piece top, but the bra never moved an inch.  The band along the bottom is very thick and holds everything in place.  Although this top is priced at $59.95, it’s a fabulous deal when you consider you’re getting both a quality tank AND a bra all in one.

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While both the pants and top are recommended for lower impact movements like yoga, I felt that they both held up extremely well to an intense CrossFit workout.  The days I wore the outfit, we did both solid strength training and a full 30 minute workout and both held up really well.  That’s just 215 pounds, nothing to worry about.

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The pants are perfect and I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to workout capris.  I never once had to adjust them, even throughout a crazy sweaty workout that involved weight lifting and hanging from a pull-up bar and bringing my knees up to my elbows approximately 452 times.  Never moved an inch.  They are made from just 12% spandex, so have a bit of a stretch but never stretched out.

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My favorite part about the pants is the waist.  Originally, when you put them on, they are pretty high waisted.  They suck everything in without being super tight, which is awesome.  They have a flap on the waist band that folds down, giving you the option to have a straight gray pant or a pant with a pop of color along the top.  Since it was making me hot to have the high waist, I even folded both down to create a lower waist and they still stayed put.  I love the different options!

Check the size chart carefully since you can’t try these on.  I ended up ordering a size up since my thighs and behind are a smidge bigger than my waist size would imply (thanks CrossFit!).  Since there isn’t quite as much stretch, this gave me the extra room I needed to not feel sucked in like a sausage.

If I had to complain at all about the pants, it would be the color.  Our gym isn’t air-conditioned and it’s been well over 95 degrees where I live, making for a very sweaty girl during workouts.  While the material is very breathable and I never FELT hot, the sweat definitely showed in an area I would prefer that it didn’t. These pants (or a similar Ellie capri) would be amazing in black!

All in all, I was really impressed with the whole Ellie shopping experience.  I LOVE their website and they have so many different styles and colors to choose from, you are bound to find something you love.  While I know the pieces are a bit more expensive than going to Target or Walmart, they are quality and are going to hold up well across many, many workouts.  I’ve mentioned before that I’d rather have one or two really good pieces that fit well and don’t need to be adjusted, over tons of different pieces that make working out uncomfortable.

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Ellie’s new July collection, Summer Splendor, was just released today!  Definitely check out the A Touch of Ruby Capris.  I’m already dreaming about new pants.

Head on over to Ellie and browse around!  Right now, just by clicking through this link, you can snag 20% off your entire order.  Please let us know if you find anything fun or if you have tried Ellie before, I’d love to hear your experience!

Disclosure: Ellie did provide me with an outfit to review at no charge, but there was no additional compensation for this post and the opinions are all mine.  You know how much I like to work out and any excuse to do it for the blog is fine with me.

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A few months ago, I received an email from Reebok about possibly being involved in their Reebok Mom Workout Series, where I would get the chance to review some of their Reebok CrossFit gear and share my thoughts (and an amazing giveaway, wink wink) with you.  I almost fell out of my chair, actually cried a little, texted my husband, texted my girls from the gym and then responded with a resounding YES.  No self-respecting CrossFit girl could turn this down.  Plus, I figured you guys would string me up by my toes if I turned down the chance to give away some Reebok stuff to you.

First, let me tell you a few things about me and my workout clothes.

When I used to work out at home, you could find me barefoot in an old ratty t-shirt and shorts, sometimes just an old ratty sports bra.  While my workouts were hard, there wasn’t a ton of intense movement or heavy weight lifting, so the clothes didn’t seem to affect me that much.

As soon as I started CrossFit, I realized my old ratty clothes weren’t going to cut it.  Not because I wanted to look good, but because I needed clothing that was more functional.  When you are quickly jumping between movements, on and off the ground, running, lifting heavy bars and medicine balls, you don’t want clothes that are going to get in the way or that constantly need to be adjusted.  And trust me, you need a pair of pants that are not going to fall down, sag or show off what you’re working with in the middle of a workout.

For all of these reasons, I am willing to spend money on a few good items.  I’m not saying I went right out and replaced my wardrobe and stole all of the money out of our grocery budget.  Over time however, I picked up a few good quality tanks, bras and pants.  I have bought cheaper items that don’t hold up well through constant use and multiple washings.  They end up losing their shape, losing their elastic or just not fitting correctly.

Why all the chatter about money and workout clothes?  The gear I reviewed from Reebok is on the pricier side.  I want you to know that I only chose to review things that I would actually spend the money on if I needed to.  Good solid workout clothes are worth every penny.

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I chose to review the Reebok CrossFit Performance Capri and the CrossFit The Clock is Watching Sports Bra.

I have been looking for a new sports bra that is lined and actually supportive.  I despise clothes when I am working out (it’s a miracle I wear pants at the gym), so I tend to take my shirt off a LOT.  I needed something that was going to hold everything in and not give everything away.  It’s hard for me to spend a lot of money on something without a personal recommendation, but this bra is pretty awesome.

The lined cups are very supportive and the material wicks moisture away better than most bras I’ve seen.  I love the style of the back, the fabric basically runs straight down your spine which means that the straps cut in more and don’t suck straight up to your armpit.  The band has just a small amount of stretch, which makes it a little tougher to get on, but you can rest assured it’s not going anywhere.  For a fuller-chested woman (read: NOT me), this bra would be amazing.

The Performance Capris were what I really wanted to put to the test.  The fit was comfortable and the material is thick enough to feel secure, but not so thick that I will hold in enough body heat to survive an ice storm.  I really like the thick waistband, it’s not pinch off your extra skin tight, but secure enough to keep the pants where they need to be in the middle of a workout.

A word on the sizing: These pants really and truly seem to be designed by CrossFitters, for CrossFitters.  I normally wear a medium in workout pants, but I almost could have gone with a small.  I really feel like these are made for women with bigger thighs and behind (read: CrossFit thighs).  The medium will work just fine, but keep this in mind when ordering.  Good news, Reebok offers free shipping and free, easy returns if you make the wrong choice.

Now on to the important question.  Do they stay put in the middle of a workout.  Let’s put these babies to the test.

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Overhead squat hold in the middle of a nasty, sweaty hot mess of a workout? Check.

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Back squats off the rack? Check.

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They even stay put when you’re making an Angry Back Squat Face.

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Practicing your muscle ups while your husband looks cool in the background with his sweat band? Check.

I did double unders, burpees, box jumps, power cleans and more and the pants did really well.  The only time I ever felt a little sagging was when I was running in 90 degree weather holding a medicine ball on my shoulder.  I think the only reason I thought they were going to fall off was because my hands were preoccupied and I was going into panic mode that I’d be flashing traffic.  Otherwise, they were awesome.

So far, I’m really impressed with my Reebok CrossFit gear.  Not only do they have high quality pants, bras and tops for basic work outs, they also have some super cute and trendy tank styles.  These will definitely be on my list for future purchases and not just because wearing Reebok makes me feel a little bit CrossFit legit.  Or because I now match my husband’s love for Reebok and his smurf-blue Nanos.

Question: What is most important to you when choosing workout clothes and gear?  I really need items that will hold up well to sweat, multiple washings and don’t need to be constantly adjusted.

Disclaimer: The items in this review were provided by Reebok as part of the Reebok Mom Workout Series, but the opinions are my own.  The love for CrossFit was not provided, that’s something I brought to the table myself.

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New Balance Minimus WT20 just $39.99 + $1 shipping (my favorite shoes!)

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