Day 167: back at it…

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “I’m with you kid. Let’s go.”

love you felixWell, it’s been a long week.

I won’t go into much detail, but I do want to thank everyone for their care over the last week. It was a devastating time for us and the outpouring of support has touched us deeply. To our family and friends who have flown thousands of miles, and drove through the night to be with us, thank you. For the meals, notes, calls, texts, prayers, messages – everything – you know who you are, thank you.

So after more than a week, today I finally hit the gym for some cross-training. It felt great to be back at it. I did about 50 minutes on the AMT and performed four tabatas. I was sweating when the time came to go home, but felt good. It had been a long week and I could feel the stress leave me with every stride on the AMT.

I’m going to attempt a run tomorrow – looks like it will have to be on the treadmill as it’s snowing and we’re supposed to get 15cm!

Hope everyone is happy & healthy out there.

Guest Blogger: Amy + Cross Fit

active mom tries cross fitI am so excited to be doing a guest blog! Kat and I always knew each other but have really bonded over the last year. We have lots in common and it’s been wonderful to know I am not alone in the journey to be an active mom. I am not a writer so I am going to answer some questions about my experience with CrossFit. I am a 33 year old mother of two, I am a runner and like Kat am training for a half marathon. I am happy to share my experience with starting CrossFit

Where did you hear about CrossFit?
– My cousin and his wife started CrossFit and a paleo diet last year. I have never seen such a transformation and really decided to look into it. I noticed a CrossFit gym opened here in Sydney. I vowed to try it when I finished my mat leave.

What motivated you to try it out?
– Like Kat I have been training for a half marathon. I completed a few races and run regularly, I also love yoga. I wanted to start lifting weights but just couldn’t get myself doing it alone. I needed motivation and felt CrossFit would motivate me and teach me how to lift weights and build some serious muscle.

What has been the biggest challenge so far?
– My biggest challenge so far was my first day!!! I am in the best shape of my life and my first WOD (workout of the day) kicked my ass so bad if I hadn’t already paid I don’t know if I would have went back! I felt like I was really bad at it and I didn’t belong there. I was assured that everyone feels that way at first! After my second class I was hooked! I started out feeling super weak but feel stronger every day!

Are there certain rules? e.g.: must have prior weight-lifting or cardio experience?
– Not at all!!! I had plenty of cardio experience but pretty much zero weight lifting. The coaches are amazing at accommodating everyone! At the moment I use a empty bar for power cleans and shoulder presses. The most important thing is getting the technique correct, then add weight.

Do you love it, hate it or undecided so far?
-I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!! I am always lifting the least amount of weight, am usually the slowest and need a whole lot of coaching but I am addicted. I am doing things I never dreamed I would be able to do. No one judges or looks down on you. It is a fantastic, welcoming community. It is all levelled so that everyone is working at their maximum all the time. I look forward to every workout.

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Day 104: training on the #elliptical

On December 23, we (sister and I) hit the gym again. She continued with her running and I did training on the elliptical (3 miles). It was alright. I enjoyed it because it was different than running.

I also did some weight training with both free-weights and machines. Additionally, I completed 5 planks, totally five minutes of planks. I wasn’t too sore afterward, so I couldn’t have pushed myself enough. I have to say, it was a nice little workout and really fun to have my sister there as well, sweating with me!

Auntie Kat and Hannah BC 2012I don’t have any pictures from our post-workout, so I’m just going to put this one in of me and my beautiful niece (sisters kid). We were so happy to spend time with her; definitely one proud auntie!

Day 94: cross training… and TRX… @TricoCentre

Precor Elliptical at the Trico Centre - beauty! Today was technically a rest day, however, since I didn’t have a super successful training week last week, I decided that I should head over to the gym and give the new equipment a test run. All I that I really need to say is, AMAZING.

But you know me and my love for rambling. So here I go. I felt like I was transported to the future. EVERY piece of cardio equipment had it’s own TV! No more fighting with the old people for the remote. No more watching frickin’ soaps. No more watching the news, on repeat. There were so many treadmills and ellipticals – I felt like walking by each one with my arms out. Touching them to make sure they were real. And when I finally got to my machine I almost forgot I was exercising because I was staring at all the new stuff in awe.

I did make one suggestion and left it in the comment box. The cardio equipment is now facing a Studio and a gigantic wall (with a super weird paint job). My thoughts were that they should paint some inspirational quotes on the wall to compliment the new, fantastic equipment. Seriously. All you need are some good stencils and someone who isn’t afraid of heights, and without shaky hands. Heck, I’d even do it, if they went through with it.

Think about it: you’re having a particularly crappy day. The last thing you want to do is exercise. You do not want to be at the gym. But you sign up for your machine. Walk on over to it (without even looking around). Punch a few buttons. Start moving. But then you look up… and this is what you see:

Trico Centre Inspiration Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C’mon. Isn’t that brilliant? There is a ton of wall space. They could find motivational quotes from every which way. I know it would keep me motivated. They could even have a contest. Or do some research and get some local athletes up there. Maybe have some kids quotes? I was sort of thinking how the Markin MacPhail Centre has things laid out – I mean, they’ve got pictures of athletes but it would be much better (in my opinion) to have words. Or maybe a combination.

Anyway, okay, some times I over think things. Back to the workout. I did about 15 minutes on the elliptical and about 15 minutes or so of TRX. I don’t know how sore I’ll be tomorrow (I went pretty easy on myself). I did make a mental note to get together a really good TRX work out that I can do on my own. Have to do some research tonight!

Anyway, hope everyone is happy and healthy out there.

Again, HUGE kudos to the Trico Centre for getting 45 beautiful new pieces of equipment in there – we’re lucky to have such a superb facility almost literally on our doorstep 🙂 Thank you!