19. August 2014 by swissfitchick
Do you remember me promising an update on my new workout routine about 4 weeks ago? Me neither. Oh, you do? Did I say next week, right? Well, we’re a month later, sorry about that. Things go crazy here currently and we all know that my brain is sometimes a little blurry from all
that booze the shenannigans in my life.
My sister in law and my brother came over for dinner the other day and she said, as much as she loves the 2 of us and the whole Pfaendler-Fam, it sometimes is a little tiring. Since we all are hyperactive and loud, it sometimes feels a little overwhelming around us at times, obviously. Sorry.
I know that I have a good amount of energy and temper ready to be released – daily. In all seriousness, I love to sleep and I can be super lazy, but I do have a ton of energy to give every day and a mental temper that I had to learn to deal with over all these years. I am this person who tends to fall into extremes with whatever I do – keeping things in balance asks for daily awareness and effort from me. My affection for extremes makes me accomplish amazing things – but it can also be unhealthy.
Working out is a great way fo me to unleash energy, mentally and physically and that’s why I love it so much.
I was a gym rat for so many years now. I had good times at the gym and I had dark and obsessive times at the gym. I still have my membership, but the only thing I go there for since a few weeks is a massage or sometimes a sprint session and a Core Circuit. Or twerking.
I upgraded my membership at my CrossFit Box to GOLD. Means, I have access to all the classes I wish for. I am a little overwhelmed.
Now, the box offers a great variety of different classes. I had to talk to the Head Coach to not freaking out crazily over all the options I got from one day to the other. You know my affinity to overtraining. I wanted to avoid that in any case.
There are the All Levels classes which is the most ‘classical’ class (ahaha, don’t you love to pun) – Warm Up – Strength/Skill Part – WOD.
I do 3 of those per week. These are the classes in which the coach announces the WOD and we (or is it just me?) are like:
So far, I survived all the WOD’s. Even though I ALWAYS think, that THIS must have been the worst WOD we ever did – then there’s the next class and the madness continues. Not going to lie, we all love it. So much accomplishment.
Then there is Powerlifting. It starts to become my favorite class. It’s heavy lifting only with a lot of technique coaching which is SO important for me with my god damn shitty squats. It takes place in a smaller box just around the corner of the main box and the class is smaller too. Last week I had 2 sessions with Vanessa and the coach alone – I felt so priviledged. We all know she is my most favorite workout buddy. We also are neighbours and Supergirlfriends, we even share our cleaning woman. Who is – if you remember – on vacation. Vanessa and I can not stop whining cause we have to clean our homes ourselves. I had to vacuum-clean. GET THIS. VACUUM-CLEAN!!! The worst!! #spoiledbrat
Shit, I totally got lost here. Where were we? Ah, Powerlifting and stuff. Here are some good ones from last week’s session. LOOK AT MY PAINFACE. Gosh, I am sorry. Can we still be friends? Actually, I hope that you don’t recognize me. I was SO irritated when I saw this pic. I was friggin’ SCARED of mySELF!
Then we have Olympic Lifting. Cleans, Jerks, and so on. It is my least favorite class, because the exercises are so hard to learn. There is SO much you have to think of at the same time and well, we know that that is a difficult task for me. I feel a little stupid sometimes. Or more like this:
Same goes with Gymnastics, though Gymnastics is a LOT of fun and I LOVE it. It totally reminds me of my time back at school – I also did gymnastics in my freetime. I am not the most flexible person (that is such an understatement, it is even a JOKE. True fact is, I have to work hard to be a little flexible) – clearly, some of the exercises are hard for me. My strong part is my upper body, so I have a bonus when it comes to pull ups, kips, muscle ups etc. (don’t you think I can do a friggin’ Muscle Up. In my dreams. But I can do a deficit Muscle Up, at least.) It is nice to work with bodyweight only for a change. Once a week.
Before and after classes I add at least 30 minutes of mobility exercises and stretches, especially for squats. And practise of skills I need to work on – Double Unders (can finally do 30 in a row), Handstand (need a coaching here), Overhead Squats – my bane of existence. My body fights squats with tooth and nail, cause I feel so stiff and uncomfortable doing them. But you know me – I don’t give up. Practise, Practise, and all is coming – no matter how long it takes. It’s the BEST feeling when you achieve those little goals you set.
Yoga and running are still part of my routine. I try to do 2 Yoga sessions a week, either at home or at the studio. In my opinion, it is a GREAT addition to Crossfit in order to stay flexible and gracil. It makes me feel good, everytime I do it and it balances things out, mentally and physically.
I run when I feel like it. We do a lot of HIIT and Cardio stuff at the All Levels classes, so I don’t really need to do Cardio outside of Crossfit. Still, I love a nice run. It’s relieving and relaxing and I love to be out and enjoy nature. Besides that, I love to know that I am able to run 8k’s spontaneously. I would like to keep up this endurance, so I can run when and wherever I feel like without a struggle.
I want to give a shout out to my box and to the team. It seriously is one of my favorite places to be and it means a lot if something can tear me away from the gym. It is what I want – to be coached professionally in every training session I absolve. To be motivated and to be SEEN – and not being one of so many others in a gym where no one gives a shit on what you are doing. The coaches point out my weaknesses to me and give support on how to improve. They motivate and teach, make you feel confident and reaching for more. They bring out the best in you.
The community is amazing – in only a few months I met so many great, funny, strong, and amazing people, coaches and members. So much support, so much fun, so much enrichment. And a whole lot of hilariousness.😉 Most important thing anyway. Life without silliness is just plain boring, if you ask me.
I have one problem occuring: Sleep. Since I only do one morning workout (7am class) and all my other workouts around 4:30 – 7pm, I have SUCH a hard time falling asleep at night. I guess my body is still adapting – I hope. My lack of sleep gets a little concerning meanwhile. Reason for my confusing post sometimes. Sorry. Anyone else did a change from morning workouts to afternoon/nightime and experienced the same? My body still wakes up at 5am. EEK.
As I wrote before, Crossfit releases my power, my energy and my temper and channells it into the right direction. There was no time in my life before when I felt more confident in my body or in my mindset. Of course this is mainly my own hard work and personal development, but what I learned about sports, my body and my capabilities and how important my strong mindset is since doing Crossfit is simply amazing. There are still a LOT of insecurities and doubts – but there must be some space for improvement too, yes?🙂 For me, Crossfit makes me want to reach out for more, raising my limits and fullfill my sportive ambitions. I am serious about it and I am unconditionally focused when I train. But every workout is done with a sidelaugh and fun. You know I can’t do anything without it anyway.
Ok, I might need to stop babbling so much before class. I always get reminded: ‘Lucie, we start class now. Shut up.’ Eeeeewwwww. Reminds me of my times at school too.
I shut up now fo’ real Babes.
What is your favorite workout to do ?
When was the last time you did gymnastics ?
Do you share my sportsbra experience ??