It has officially been a month since I started my 3-Month CrossFit Challenge and I figured it was time for an update. I am happy to report the “Challenge” has been going great and I have really enjoyed the workouts. CrossFit Mamas have been keeping me on my toes. I have enjoyed the results I’m getting so much I found myself increasing the number of workouts I‘ve been doing from 3 to 4 per week and easily see myself moving into 5 soon. A few of the reasons I am liking the “Challenge” so much are:
The workouts are short – my workouts are taking me on average 15 minutes (never more than 20 minutes). Even I can’t come up with a reason why I can squeeze 15 minutes into my day for a workout. And although it seems like 15 minutes is not long enough to get results, I have to say I sweat more and am more sore than I was from many hour-long workouts I’ve done in the past. I always wonder what the receptionist at the gym is thinking when I walk out so soon after my arrival.
They have variety – every morning I never know what I am going to get for my workout selection. It’s such a mix bag and a little surprise for me every morning. Sometimes it is a good surprise, sometimes not so much (hello the revenge of the Burpee workout, I called it pure hell). It keeps me engaged and motivated.
Seeing my body change and get stronger – in such a short period of time I have seen my body change, muscles develop and tone as well as my waistline and thighs decrease. I’ve also noticed how much stronger I have gotten. My arch nemesis sit ups are becoming easier and my push ups are deepening. I have lost about 5 lbs as well which is an added bonus.
I am excited to see what the next month of the “Challenge” brings me. One change up I am adding will be runs in between the workouts. I just signed my brother and I up for a 4-mile Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning so I need to start working on that as well. Might be a bit much to take on but I am up for it. I hope the strengthening from Cross-fit will help me increase my speed. I’m a slow runner and would love to shave off a few minutes from my mile so I can keep up with my brother not hanging at the back of the pack!
To keep up the motivation, I felt the need for a new Pump Me Up CrossFit playlist. Figured I need something a bit fun as well as a bit kick-ass to get my heart pumping for the workouts. After digging through my ipod, I decided to pull out some old favorites and came up with this list.
- Get the Party Started Pink/Redman
- Push It Salt n Pepa
- Sing My Chemical Romance
- Highway to Hell ACDC
- Closer Nine Inch Nails
- Break The Ice Britney Spears
- Smells Like Teens Spirit Nirvana
- Shake That Eminem
- ‘Cuz I Can Pink
- Crazy Bitch Buckcherry
- Celebrity Skin Hole
- Hypnotize The Notorious B.I.G.
- Nooki Limp Bizkit
- You Can Do It Ice T
- Ice Ice Baby Vanilla Ice
- Gangsta’s Paradise Coolio
- Sexy Back Justin Timberlake featuring Timbaland
- Come Out and Play The Offspring
- In da Club 50 Cent
- Battleflag Lo Fidelity All Stars
- Stronger Kanye West