Monday, July 30, 2012

On Ramp Day 4

Today was Day 4 and it went by super quick.  We started out with a warm up including pull ups, push ups, squats with the PVC bar, supermans and then another fun device that included your feet being held in and doing almost a forward sit up. 

After that we went on to review rowing, cleans and wall balls.

I struggled a lot with the cleans, but I think I get them now.  Though we'll see if it sticks.  Was also interesting to see how challenging wall balls really are when you get the squat going.

We ran out of time (likely because of my sucky cleans) and only did a 5 minute WOD, which turned into 8 minutes since we were all into it.


5 cleans
10 situps
15 wall balls

I did 3 full sets and a ton of practice cleans.

Tonight was good.  We're learning a ton and I hope it all sticks.  This weekend could be interesting if we make it Saturday.

A Weekend of Eating Like Crap!

I should probably say almost a year, but that's not quite true.  Over the past few months I've found a love for Cheese Puffs that out of control and excuses, excuses, excuses for why we can cheat... way to often.

With starting CrossFit I decided today is the day to start eating right again.  I ovbiously cannot handle eating right without my fancy excel sheet so it's back in play too.  Now that does not mean there will never be cheats, but there will at least be a good attempt to keep them to a minimum or at least not daily.  To get this rolling I'm also laying off alcohol for at least the first 12 days.  I say 12 because in all honesty I have a birthday party with a friend who I have not seen in years and I know there will be at least one or two glasses of wine involved.

To start out right I planned out our weekly menu this morning and my daily eats this morning before the day got too far gone.

Weekly Menu
Monday: Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats from
Tuesday: Eggplant Napoleon - Adapted from our favorite appetizer form Cafe Mangia since we got a beautiful looking Eggplant from our Farm Share
Wednesday: Turkey Taco Chili Soup from
Thursday: Subway Night - It's camp family night so we needed quick & easy
Friday: Crockpot Mexican Stuffed Peppers - I've found a few recipes I'm adapting from, but will have homemade enchilada sauce, turkey, rice, black beans and corn I think.

Daily Eats
Breakfast: Eggbeaters with Light English Muffin
Lunch: Lean Pocket & Carrot Sticks
Dinner: Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Snacks: Banana, Apple, Strawberries, Chocolate Rice Cake

We have Day 4 of the On Ramp tonight.  Can't Wait!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

On Ramp Day 3...with AM Jazzercise...

Tonight was supposed to be Camp Family Night at Nate's camp, but impending storms cancelled that.  The cancellation was of course not until after I Jazzercised at 6am. 

Since it was cancelled Matt's Mom watched the boys and we went for our On Ramp.

Tonight during warm-up we got to do the rowing machine for 500 meters.  That was pretty cool... especially the point where Matt pointed out from 2 rowers away that I needed to changed the display, the 27 was my speed, not my distance.  I was happy, because it was sure taking a long time to get to 500!!!  After that we did two rounds of 10 situps, 10 deadlifts with the medicine ball, 10 squats with the ball and something else I can't remember.

Once we were done with warm ups Laura showed us the Hang Clean, the the Thruster Press.  I ended up using 35lbs I think. Then we got to do pull-ups.  If I say I suck at push ups... I suck or fail at pulls up.  I ended up doing pulls ups with a 16inch box. They stick sucked.

Next up was our WOD


Thrusters / Pull Ups

21 - 15 - 9

I did it in 9:06.  Tomorrow's going to be fun.

If this storm doesn't have Matt going out to sit by power lines all night I'll be hopefully Jazzercising at 6am to work out some of the soreness.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Day 2... DONE

I LOVED Day 2!!!

I will fully admit with a cranky sore husband I was nervous that this wasn't going well, but Day 2 was great!!!  We had Coach Will who is the owner of CFPG.  His story follows the pathway I hope that Matt's follows. 

We started off with lots of stretching which was great!!! Then some 40meter skipping, backwards running, and other fun stuff.  After we were nice and warm we learned the Dead Lift. 

Will was such a great coach you really wanted to try it.  The three ladies started off with 55lbs to get the feel for the bar and the men started off with 95lbs.  Then we moved up to the 95lbs and the guys did 135lbs I think.  After we did that we learned the jerk press... I think.

After that was done we practiced box jumps.  This is where my fear of heights came out.  I was on the 12inch and everyone else was jumping 16in, 20in, 24in and a couple of the guys did 30in.  Gotta start somewhere... and Matt did awesome, making it all the way to 24in.  For the record I did get the 16in, it just made me nervous.

Next up was the WOD.

7 Box Jumps
7 Burpees

I did 7 full sets and then my last was just 3 burpees shy. 

In the end we felt great.  It was a great second day!!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

On Ramp Day 1

So not only am I trying out CrossFit, but I talked my husband Matt into it too.  After a little pressure I talked him into at least trying the On Ramp. 

For those not in the know... the On Ramp is 6 hour long classes where you learn the concepts and moves behind Crossfit. 

Last night was our first On Ramp.  Matt was having the same nerves I was Saturday morning and I was nervous for him as well.  While I've had two years of almost daily exercise under my belt, he has not. 

We got there and Matt signed the waivers and we waited for the other On Rampers, which checking out an adorable baby watching his or her Dad finishing up and watching one of the Coaches do the end of her WOD and thinking if in a year I can be a fraction of that I'm sold!

For the On Ramp Matt, Cindy and Laura took us through a warm up then the WOD.  The warm up was an 800 meter (up hill) jog, followed by holding a pvc pipe and pushing it over your head and down 20 times, then 10 pushups, 20 sit ups and 10 supermans, then repeat.

For the record, I suck at pushups.  I still sucked at pushups last night.  Matt on the other hand can do 10 while I think about doing one. I guess we know one thing I'll be working on, a lot.

After the warm up was done we went on to our WOD.

WOD - On Ramp 7-23-12
Tabata Squats

The Tabata Squats were strict squats where we did as many as we could in 20 seconds then rested for 10 seconds then repeated for 8 reps.  The challenging part I had here (besides the fact it hurt) was that when we were learning the technique we were holding much longer in the squat position and it was until the last reps I realized I should be popping up quicker.  The good news is my form was good, the bad news is my reps could have been better.  I did 7 for the first 5 rounds, then 8, 9 & 10 in the last three. At least it's a starting point.

Next up we learned the press.  I had never done anything like that so I was nervous.  We started learning form with the PVC bars, then went over to the racks.  Next we did it with just the bar (45lbs mind you) and no weight.  That was heavy!! But fun.  Next up the Coach added 20lbs.  That was a bit much for me, but the guys (Matt and Mike) make it look like cake.  For the next rep I went down to 15lbs on, total of 60lbs and that was ok.  They guys upped their weights.  For my final round it felt good and I think I was starting to figure it out.

After we finished that we stretched. 

All in all a good experience for me.  Matt seemed to enjoy it by the end and we're ready for more tomorrow night.

This morning I hit up the cardio portion of Jazzercise to move a bit and it felt great!

Sunday, July 22, 2012


So there was no Jazzercise today and I decided to take advantage of the Free Trial class at CrossFit.  I've always been intrigued, but have had many people tell me it's nuts, it's not for me, etc.  Then last week a friend started doing it and is liking it so far.  I have a ton of coworkers who are doing it and love it and have seen great successes.  I figured why not.

I begged Matt to take the kids for haircuts and I went.  I was so nervous going there.  It reminded me of my first Jazzercise class.  I went in signed my life away via a fun waiver and waited for it to start.  Being that I'm perpetually early, I got to wait a little while and my nerves kept going.

I saw another Mom walk in (with her 3 kids, since kids are acceptable there), Sue I think was her name and we started chatting and I started feeling better.  9am rolled around and it was time for our warm up and my first WOD (Workout of the Day).

The warmup was good.  Basically running, shuffling, etc. back and forth over the 40 meter route.  Then some stretching and such. After that we all paired up for the WOD.  I was paired with Cindy the owner, which was a blessing and a curse. 

WOD - July 21st, 2012

Run 40meters
12 Kettleball Swings
Run 40meters
6 Burpees

Alternate with Partner for 20 minutes

I remember being 4 minutes into this and thinking "really we're only 4 minutes" in.  To say this was a really long 20 minutes is an understatement, but while tired it felt great.  In the end we each ended up doing 6 sets.  Going in there Saturday morning my two biggest fears for workouts were Burpees and Pullups.  I'm still not sure pullups are in my future and I know my form on Burpees needs a ton of work but I did them...36 to be exact.

That afternoon I was already a little sore and I knew Sunday would be lovely (and it was), but I LOVED it.  The CFPG group seemed like a family.  They all encourage each other to finish and don't judge.  I also loved going in and conquering something I thought I couldn't do.

CrossFit is definitely more challenging than Jazzercise and a complete and different kind of exercise, but it was a great change.  I also know that had I not done what I did in Jazzercise last year I probably would have turned around and walked out that door the second they started running across the parking lot.

In the end I think I've found something I like.