10 Burpees_20 Box Jumps_30 Push Ups_40 Squats_50 Lunges_5 Rounds,
10 Burpees_20 Box Jumps_30 Push Ups_40 Squats_50 Lunges_5 Rounds,
200 m Run__50 Squats___50 Push ups___50 Sit-ups___50 Burpees___Run 200m
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I’ve been at the paleo diet for a month now, so I thought it was time for an update.
Just as a clarification, I didn’t go strictly paleo. I mixed in a little bit of what Mark Sisson has termed “primal.” So, I ate a little dairy in week three and then found that it may not agree with me, so I dropped it in week four. Other than that, I stuck to eating meat, fat, vegetables, nuts and some fruit.
First to the important stuff: did I lose any weight? Yes, I lost eight pounds and an inch and a quarter off my waist in the first week. And that’s where the weight loss and fat loss stopped. At one point, I’d lost 11 pounds, but that was after fasting, and the three pounds came back, added a friend, then dropped back.
I ended up fasting three times, the longest fast lasting 36 hours. That was bad idea. I felt like crap the next day. So, I’ve found that I need to limit my fasting to 24 hours or just skip meals when I’m not hungry.
As far as hunger goes, that’s probably been the best part. My hunger level went from unmanageable, where I was always hungry, to tolerable, where there were days when I wasn’t hungry at all.
One of the claims of paleo/primal/caveman living is that you’ll have boundless energy. That didn’t really happen for me. I am probably ever so slightly less tired, but I’m still groggy when I wake up in the morning, and there are evenings where I am totally spent. But I also have a mild form of narcolepsy (Don’t laugh. Ask my co-workers how many meetings I actually manage to stay awake during. They can count the total on one hand.), so tiredness is just part of being me.
How’s the food? Great, actually. With the exception of some really lousy almond flour pancakes I tried, everything has been good and filling and tasty. Before this experiment, I hated cooking. Now, I find I actually enjoy it and look forward to it. I ended up “cheating “three times with a couple of adult beverages, some ice cream and some gingersnaps. I didn’t have any horrible reactions, but the ice cream and cookies did make me hungrier later.
My performance at CrossFit also went to crap until recently. I think part of it is the fact that it just takes my body longer to react to changes. I’ve been eating the “Standard American Diet” (you can Goggle the term for more information) for 30 years, so obviously, a month of eating differently isn’t going to undo all that.
This has been a bit of an expensive experiment. Things like almond butter and almond flour and coconut water and lots of meat and organic food don’t come cheap.
Overall grade: Probably a B+. I would have like to have seen more weight loss and little additional energy, but the food choices and lack of hunger have been pretty terrific. I’m going to stick with this new way of eating for the foreseeable future, so I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
Drop me a line or post a comment if you want more info. There are a ton of great resources on the Web and in print.
As many of you are aware I have been competing in the Fire Fighter Combat Challenge for almost ten years. My first competition was in Oklahoma City in June 2000; my time was a blistering 2:28. I lay on the ground for about 45 minutes after that run. It was about 95 degrees that day, and as I was laying there half unconscious my dad thought it was a good idea to dump ice cold water over my head. I thought my heart was going to come out of my chest. After that I was finally able to stand and walk around. I was hooked and loved it.
Over the last few years I’ve had moderate success running the competition. I placed in the top 5 at various events and got invited into the “Lions Den” which is a club for people who have run the competition under 100 seconds. My best time is 1:35 in which I ran in 2008. I did not run the competition in 2009, because I was busy getting involved in setting up Black hills Crossfit.
Now it is 2010, the gym is growing and the Firefighter combat competition is coming to Rapid City. This will be a regional event that will on July 17th and 18th. As you can imagine this puts the spotlight right on me to step up and run well. Not only am I going to be running in front of all the firefighters and friends. It was decided to have our family reunion that weekend in Rapid City. No pressure at all.
Over the last year I admit I have let my training slip. I go to the gym every day to work out but I find myself doing other things at the gym and the next thing it’s time to go home and I didn’t do the W.O.D. Starting Monday April 5th my days of excuses are over. I am putting this out there so that Crossfit clients/friends can hold me accountable and push me. This is the main reason I don’t put up my time on the board during the daily WOD because I am ashamed of my time. Now I have no excuse and want to work in order to achieve the best that I can become as a trainer. So let it be at 3:00 pm or 3:00 am.
One of the reason I love CrossFit so much is because each and every workout is like a small competition in itself. During the warm-up you look up constantly at the WOD written on the board and thinking “why do I come and put myself through this hell”. The music gets cranked up and you hear it 3-2-1 GO and all the doubts goes away and you start cranking out reps. Before you know it, the rounds are done; you are lying in a pool of sweat wondering what happened? Everybody around you is talking about how the workout sucked but wonder to themselves what will the WOD be tomorrow. This is the same exact feelings, I get when I run in the Firefighter competition.
Every day I go to the gym, I see the athletics at the gym pushing themselves and constantly reaching their goals. This week alone I saw Hillary D go 10 feet up the rope and Christina do a 1 min plank without stopping. Other things that make me proud is watching Marquis’s son do burpees and watching my 2 year old daughter grap on to a kettlebell and start doing kb swings with perfect from. These are the little things that keep me pushing forward towards my goals.
I am slow.
I’m not talking mentally, though that’s actually up for debate. I am slow at CrossFit W.O.D.s. Still. After three months.
In fact, I’m so slow that I’m almost always the last person to finish the W.O.D. Even when new people start.
Does this bother me?
Should it bother me? I don’t know.
For years, I convinced myself that I was not a competitive person, that competition was somehow beneath me, something that lesser people did because they had inferiority complexes and the only way they could feel better about themselves was to best someone at something.
I was fine thinking and feeling that way until we did a weight-loss competition at work last fall. After the first week’s weigh in, I was in dead last place. And I was not happy. There was no way I was going to lose at something I’d been battling my whole life, that thing being weight loss.
So, I became a woman obsessed and fought through six weeks of constant work outs and scrutinization of everything I ate. In the end, I won the competition.
But did it matter?
It was fun to win at the time, and the $100-plus bucks shelled out by my co-workers was nice. But these many months later, I can honestly say, if I had not won, it really would not have mattered.
So, why do I care that I’m the last to finish? There isn’t even a competition, really. CrossFit members generally compete against themselves, pushing themselves to be better and faster than they were the day before or the week before or the month before.
I don’t really know why I care. Part of it is probably because I want to know that these three months have been worth it, that I have something to show for it other than sore muscles and the ability to do a handful more pullups than I could before.
Part of it is because of who I used to be. When I was overweight, I felt like I was in last place in most things that mattered in life. I’d rather not repeat that scenario.
Will I ever get faster? Maybe. Probably. There are no guarantees. If I’m forever the slow one in class, I’ll learn to deal. Or I’ll figure out a way to get faster.
Regardless, if you haven’t tried CrossFit, you should. Don’t worry; you won’t be the last one done. The turtles and I will still be in the corner, pumping out burpees.
10 Front Squats___10 Lunges___10 K.B Swings___10 Knees & Elbows___10 Rounds
Thanks today for all your help moving over to the new suite. With your help we will continue to grow and improve in all aspects. thank you for making this possible. See you on Monday.
500 m Row___21-15-9___of Pullups, Pushups, Squats____500m Row
My CrossFit numbers …
Times gone to CrossFit: 34
Total deadlift: 205 pounds
Total back squat: 105 pounds
Total overhead press: 75 pounds
Box jump height: 20 inches
Kettlebell: 35 pounds
Pushups without stopping: 20
Pullups without stopping: 6
Wallball weight: 10 pounds
Times I’ve wanted to die after a workout: 34
My paleo/primal/caveman numbers …
Number of days on diet: 17
Pounds lost: 8
Inches lost from waist: 1.5
Times cheated: 0
Times fasted: 2
Longest fast: 36 hours (FatGirl note: Highly not recommended. This only occurred because I’m not so good with clocks.)
Number of almonds eaten: Roughly 3.6 zillion
Wednesday March 24 2010
Tuesday March 23 2010
FEMALES TOTAL WEIGHT SCORE
1. KELIE 485 LB 412.638
2. JAMI 415 LB 378.065
3. SUMMER 510 LB 354.756
4. MELLISA 375 LB 317.325
5. AMANDA 365 LB 303.023
6. HILLARY D 385 LB 297.874
7. BETTY 340 LB 285.94
8. PAULA 395 LB 284.242
9. KATHY 355 LB 281.089
10. TAMMY 390 LB 275.886
11. HILLARY M 285 LB 265.990
MALES TOTAL WEIGHT SCORE
1. WALTER 920 LB 567.364
2. SHAWN 660 LB 558.492
3. YANNI 965 LB 531.136
4. MARQUIS 895 LB 506.301
5. SCOTT 785 LB 482.304
6. KRIS 725 LB 461.462
7. TIM 765 LB 455.481
8. RYAN 695 LB 416.583
9. DAN 685 LB 416.274
10. KAI 595 LB 405.909
11. PEDRO 680 LB 402.288
I wanted to remind everybody that, there will be no evening classes today or any morning classes on Monday March, 22nd.
Starting in April we will be eliminating the 5am class. But we will be adding a 1100-1200 class on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday’s. I encourage people to look at the schedule at the beginning of each week to make sure there are no changes. From time to time we have to close classes.
We strongly urge people to show up on time for classes. This way we dont have 4 different stop watches going all at the same time. If nobody shows up by 15 after the hour for the 7 am class or the 6 pm class, the gym is closed up. Everybody needs to start signing up for class. You can go in at the beginning of the week and sign up for the week. In the very near future there will be a (burpee punishment) for not signing up for classes.
Everybody did excellent in the CrossFit Total. Some very impressive numbers were posted, and I think some of you even suprised yourself. The numbers will soon be posted. Just a reminder that if you want to be in on the prize money, it is a $15.00 buy in. Most of the money will go towards new equipment.
Thrusday March 18 2010
Incline Pushups___Deadlifts___Knees to Elbows___Wallballs
Weds March 17 2010.
I have to give a shout out to the Lady’s today. Great job way to show up and represent. Enjoy your st. Patty’s day.
Tues March 16 2010
100 Jump Ropes, 20 Box Jumps, 15 Pushups, 10 Trusters, 10 Rounds
So, I caved.
Really, I thought joining CrossFit would be the last time I gave in to peer pressure. But here I am, almost one full week into trying the paleo diet.
It’s not that I have any particular beef (horrible pun gleefully intended) with the paleo diet. It seems like a sensible way to eat and live. But it does involve change and some very substantial change at that. And I don’t like change. Good change, bad change, doesn’t matter. I like my comfort zone, thank you very much. And that goes double for my carbohydrates.
So, why bother? Because I’m tired. Tired of being hungry. Tired of being tired. Tired of counting every calorie that passes my lips. So for two weeks, I’m giving this caveman stuff a whirl.
Granted I have concerns, some of which are valid and others of which are vanity. One of the valid trepidations include the annoying array of definitions of what constitutes paleo … or caveman … or primal. Each has its own set of rules, and sometimes, they flat out contradict each other. As far as vanity is concerned, I don’t like feeling like a sheep, like I started doing this because everyone else was. And I don’t know whether this counts as valid or vanity, but I mentioned I liked carbs, right? A lot?
But I have to say that so far, it’s going pretty well. I haven’t cheated, and my hunger level has gone from “Oh holy crap, feed me now before I eat my shoes” to a more polite “ahem, excuse me, but it seems to me that I appear to be a bit peckish.”
That alone just might be worth forgoing cereal in the morning.
I went to my old gym for two and a half years and never met anyone new.
I’ve been going to CrossFit for three months and have met at least a dozen people.
It’s amazing what you find in common with someone who’s siting beside you, dripping sweat after burpees and lunges and pull ups and and kettlebell swings. Like how much both of you would really like to return to breathing normally.
Granted, the point of CrossFit isn’t to make friends, but the contrast between CF and regular gyms as far as the social aspect is concerned provides nice side benefit. At least for me. I’m not the most social person, but I enjoy some friendly conversation. I never got that at my old gym. And I can understand why gyms intimidate people. Huge, buff dudes grunting and straining. Skinny chicks, huffing and puffing on the elliptical machines. Not the most inviting of environments.
What’s great about CrossFit is that everyone there is pulling for everyone else. It isn’t just Keith and Justin being encouraging and supportive — it’s all the clients, too. Slow, fast, beginner, rock star … everybody wants to see everybody else do well. Sure, there’s some friendly competition, but at the end of 20 brutal minutes, there’s never a shortage of “nice job”s.
Making friends, one pushup at a time.