CrossFit, Does a Body Good!

Some of the Northeast Nasty Girls at the photo shoot

This weekend was amazing! Some of the fittest women in the Northeast came together to participate in a fundraiser for breast cancer.  We are developing a calendar and all of the proceeds are going to Barbells for Boobs. When these calendars are released to the public, I promise that you are going to LOVE them!

As we were doing the photo shoot I was thinking, “Could these ladies be any hotter”? If hotter is an actual word… Really though, what CrossFit does to a body is incredible. Amy Mandelbaum, one of my CrossFit heroines, is more than 10 years older then I am.  I’m looking at her and thinking, holy cow! This woman looks like she’s in her 20s. She looks incredible!! Does CrossFit actually make you look younger?

It surely makes you feel younger. And, it gives you hope about the aging process. Aging can be scary for some. I guess, I have always been a little afraid of aging. I dread that day that I look in the mirror and see that first gray hair, get wrinkles all over my face, and experience all the wonders that come with aging. Mostly, I dread that day that I can’t do the things that I love any more.

Since CrossFit, my view has changed. I look at Lisa Mikkelsen from CFNE and I want to be her. She out ran the men in the sprint at the 2011 games!! When I look at Lisa and Amy, I don’t see wrinkles or any of the wonders that come with aging. I see beautiful, fit women. I want to look like them, not in 10-15 years, now!

Lisa Mikkelsen at the 2011 NE Regionals

CrossFit levels the playing field. Although these women are in the “Masters” age group, they are competitive with people that are 10, 15, 20 years younger. Amy and Lisa may appear older on paper, but they stack up against all of us women that finished in the top in the Northeast this year. Knowing this fact makes me feel so much better about aging.

We were always told things like “you aren’t getting any younger”.  Well, that may be the case. But, who cares if when I am 20 years older I can still do the same things?

These women demonstrate how CrossFit really does do a body good! It may do a body good in other ways too. I overheard my guy friends talking about how CrossFit turns a “seven” to a “ten”. Well, I think the same goes for a guy. He could be a “seven” before CrossFit and then a “ten” after. If we are so mature as to rate people? And, if I was rating my girls this weekend, all these women are 10s!

LP at the photo shoot

Well, maybe Lauren Plumey is an 11? Yes ladies and gentlemen, she is a hottie! She could be the poster girl for how good CrossFit actually does a body.

This weekend I was not only impressed with the bodies of my fellow Crossfitters, but with their generosity and kindness. These ladies are the whole package. All of us have been working hard and dedicating a lot of time towards this fundraiser. We will be releasing sneak previews of the pictures taken at the photo shoot here and there to give you a taste for the calendar. So, keep your eyes peeled. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed. And, after looking through this calendar you will truly believe that CrossFit does a body good!

Rachel, Kendra and I playing around on the prowler at the photo shoot

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Why people fall in love with CrossFit?

Me, a while ago, playing around with a medicine ball

When I started CrossFit, I fell in love with it. As a coach and athlete, I see so many people doing the same. Now that I am recovering from my surgery, I realize how much I miss it and why. There are so many reason why I love CrossFit. But, why do other people love it so much? These are just some reason I came up with. Do you agree or disagree? I’d love to hear why you fell in love with what you do.

It’s as addicting as a chocolate bar and post WOD you don’t feel guilty.

You learn that you are stronger (mentally and physically) then you ever thought you could be.

A barbell won’t talk back to you.

When you walk in the doors of the gym, you feel like Norm from Cheers.

It makes you feel beautiful / handsome and gives you a confidence that you can’t really explain.

You don’t have to lock up your valuables at the gym.

You feel like you are invincible, much like a superhero.

With all the sad news on television, it makes your worldwide much more positive. You realize there are a lot of wonderful people out there.

In this community, you know you belong.

It gives you the opportunity to challenge yourself on a daily basis and become healthier in the process.

You like the way your butt looks in your jeans.

If your mood is low, it always makes you feel better.

You meet quality people who you would have never met.

You can go head to head with the Tom Brady’s of CrossFit.

Your energy level increases making for a better quality of life.

You have a healthy avenue to take out your frustrations.

Getting older doesn’t feel so bad anymore. It’s actually called “70 years young”.

CrossFit doesn’t leave the toilet seat up.

CrossFit can’t disappoint you, only you can disappoint yourself.

It’s always there when you need it. You can do a WOD in your house, office, or at a park.

With CrossFit around, who needs a significant other? You could just date CrossFit. The only thing it’s lacking is it can’t hug you back. I guess that’s what the trainers/coaches are for?  And, who hasn’t had a major crush on one of their coaches? I know I have. I now call him my boyfriend.

Brent and I

What’s Your Scam?

I haven’t been out of my apartment in days. I haven’t been able to do much really. My recovery didn’t go as expected. I was allergic to the pain medication and found myself violently puking on Saturday.  I had a rash all over my upper body and my stomach was contracting so hard that I was deathly afraid my stitches weren’t going to hold. My face felt like it was splitting open. I was holding the side of my head in my hand with each contraction staring down into my toilet bowl.

After my day of puking, I discontinued the pain medicine. I was on Oxycodone, the highest form of pain meds you can get. To go from that to Tylenol rendered me useless. The pain was so bad that I almost couldn’t get my student’s grades in. Our grades closed on Wednesday, so I had to finish entering them. Looking at the light from the computer screen was just awful. I felt nauseous and my head was pounding. I just wanted to lie down with my eyes closed. But, even then the pain never went away. It was such a weird pain. It felt like my ear was swelling from the inside out. The pain inside my ear made me feel dizzy and as if I had vertigo. And, the throbbing in my head was terrible. I almost feel like a wimp talking about how bad the pain was, but to give you an idea I’d rather do the Pendleton Triathlon from the Games over and over again then get this surgery.

As you can tell, my experience wasn’t very pleasant. I’m starting to get back on my feet though. I’m doing a few random lunges around my house. Yes, lunges. It’s all I can do without making the pain worse. We all have to start somewhere.

Today, I went for a walk around my block. I walked outside with my boyfriend and this man was standing on my porch asking for the owner of my home. I identified myself as the owner. He was an older gentleman with painter’s overalls.  Right away, I was skeptical. Who was this guy and what was his scam? Why was he on my back porch? This isn’t something I usually find when I walk outside.

You see, my mom is the best and while I was down and out she raked and picked up my entire yard. She did this while juggling taking care of me, a full time job, and the birth of my new niece. She put about 15 bags of leaves and debris on our sidewalk. For two weeks, the waste management company didn’t take it. The bags were getting wet and honestly it slipped to the back of my mind that they were even there.

The elderly gentlemen said he was going to the Dump and saw the bags. He wanted to know if I’d like him to take them. He said he lived down the road and knew that the city wouldn’t take these bags until November 15th. By then, the bags would rot and I would have to re-bag them. I was looking at the man trying to figure out his scam. I stood there holding gauze to my face under my hooded shirt. Honestly, he was right. I needed to get rid of the bags. So, I figured what ever his price I’ll just pay it.

He apologized that he might not be able to get all of the bags in his truck but he’d try. He first needed to lay this sheet over his paining materials and then we could throw the bags in. I looked in the back of the truck and this man didn’t have anything to bring to the Dump. Hmm, I thought? What is his scam? Is he going to charge me an arm and a leg for this or worst is he some type of criminal?

My boyfriend and this elderly man picked up all of the bags of debris and two trash barrels and threw them into his truck. I began talking to this man to see what his angle was. Why did he come here? Why was he helping me? He kept telling me that he would bring the trash barrels back and place them next to my house. I wasn’t really concerned about my trash barrels, but just trying to figure him out.

I realized he was doing this out of the goodness of his heart. This gentleman that I have never met in my life went out of his way to help me. He didn’t know me and he didn’t know what I have just been through, but he extended himself in the kindest way.  He took all of my garbage all the way to the Dump when he didn’t even have anything to bring there himself.  And, yes… he returned the garbage cans.

I was so taken back by this random act of kindness. I was so taken back that I figured I’d share my story. Have you ever extended yourself to a stranger?  Maybe that stranger was going through a really tough time and your act of kindness helped in more ways then you can imagine.