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Amy Larson 03-08-2009 08:56 PM

Crossfit Mom Log
Hello out there. I'm a 39-year-old mom of two and have been Crossfitting exclusively since September. I've always exercised, focusing primarily on running and swimming. Two years ago I purchased the P90X program and had some pretty good results. I think it worked for me because I had not spent much time with weights in years and I found a little strength work coupled with a fairly good diet goes a very long way. But, after the 90 day program, I was left feeling "Now What?" I did a second round, ran a marathon, and tried to come up with my own program of weights, swimming, running, kettlebells and yoga. Needless to say I got burned out and frustrated. I became so sick of working out in front of a t.v. and hearing the same silly jokes over and over from the disc.

P90X has a great message board program, and I was diligently hitting the boards, making virtual friends, posting workouts, confessing dietary sins etc. and I started reading about these brutal Crossfit workouts. Being curious, I checked out the site and began incorporating a workout or two per week into my crazy routine. The WODs were the toughest workouts I did each week (often the shortest) and I slowly got hooked. By September of last year, I gave up workout dvds for good (sold my P90X on e-bay) and have been following the WODs and 2 Crossfit Endurance workouts per week.

I decided to start this log in the hopes that newbies browsing the message board will come across my workouts and see that a regular working mom is having great results with this program. Every month I'm making progress and hitting new goals in all aspects of fitness, and as new weaknesses are exposed, I find I am no longer afraid to tackle them head-on.

I need a little work on my diet; yes I proclaim to follow the Zone (measure and weigh) but cheat more often than I should. I feel that I'm ready to take the intensity up a notch in the workouts, the diet, and my overall discipline. I work in a stressful environment (family-owned car dealership) and Crossfit has helped me deal with the anxiety and uncertainty that prevails today. One of the steps I'm taking in my new "hard routine" is accountability to myself and the Crossfit community. So, in addition to posting to my daily results to my personal log, they will be posted here for the world to see. Hopefully I'll get a few comments and some advice along the way.

Looking forward to Clean and Jerks tomorrow.

Amy Larson 03-10-2009 06:58 AM

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Clean and Jerk
35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65

First time doing this on my own with weight. A friend of mine is the track coach at the high school and he gave me a little Oly training session a few weeks ago. I've been practicing the Burgener warmup and progressions and decided it was time to go for it with a little weight. Felt pretty good, wish I had someone to check form.

Row 1000
35# thruster x 20
20 pullups

Did the Brand X puppy scaling with a little heavier weight for the thruster, pullups were performed broken. I feel like I should have scaled this up to 30 thrusters. I had never done this workout so I scaled back for a baseline. This has been my approach to Crossfit; if I'm not sure, I scale back and go hard. 99% of the time it works out just perfect and I'm seeing gains. I can finally crank out 10 kipping pullups on a good day, and am feeling stronger every week.

At the end of today's workout I added presses: 5 x 35, 45, 50 and 65. I had a little time and haven't been doing any additional strength work lately focusing instead on the CFE workouts 2 x per week (so I'll have another workout to post later). I have a 1/2 marathon in approx 6 weeks so won't get too crazy with extra work, but would like to work on strength this summer.

Nutrition was Zone-perfect yesterday, the key is not skipping meals or snacks!

One of my boys has been sick, so it's time to be a mom and see how he is feeling this morning :)

Amy Larson 03-10-2009 06:49 PM

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CFE Workout
One mile TT 7:26
rest 3 min
3 x 400 at same pace, 30 sec rest between.

These CFE workouts never fail to wipe me out. I'm getting a little better at finding the right pace to finish the workout. I know this isn't a blistering pace, but I'm getting faster every week. My goal is a 9 min per mile 1/2 marathon on May 4. I'm a little nervous not doing the weekly long runs, but am thankful I don't suffer from the usual aches and pains that usually accompany the LSD training.

So far so good on the Zone today. I add an extra two blocks when performing two workouts in a day. If anyone out there is curious about the Zone, buy a scale, get some measuring cups and just try it! You will be amazed at how simple it is and how great you feel and perform.

Amy Larson 03-11-2009 05:50 PM

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Rest today, ready for the WOD and CFE tomorrow. I'm always a few days behind the regular WOD. I do this to make sure I have adequate time for the workouts and it gives me a chance to watch videos or read up on technique if I'm doing something unfamiliar.

Amy Larson 03-12-2009 07:01 AM

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Ran 5K 23:55 PR by 20 seconds.
I've been doing most runs on the treadmill at 2% grade. Hoping to start getting to the CC track now that it's light a little later.

400s for CFE tonight :eek:. Heading to Willamette Valley for my boys' swim meet at Willamette U. facility this weekend. It just so happens the Salem Crossfit Affiliate does a group workout at the university track on Sat. mornings. I plan to sneak away for my first workout with an affiliate. Hopefully the kids won't mind if I miss an event or two.

Amy Larson 03-12-2009 07:20 PM

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CFE 6 x 400 with 2 min. rest between. Foul if pace deviates more than 2 seconds. I admit, I don't worry about the fouls right now, it's hard enough to get the clock and treadmill started together.

So far so good on the Zone, but I'll confess right now I'm having a glass of wine tonight (reviewed company tax return today) :eek:

Nancy Cohen 03-12-2009 07:50 PM

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Hi Amy!

Welcome. I enjoyed reading your first log entries.

I'm a 49 year old mother of 2 K-9's. :D Been CrossFitting since August 1st...just around the time you started too. I also do some of the CFE workouts, which also never fail to kick my butt!

Good luck with your 1/2 marathon training. I'll try to visit your log again soon. :welcome:

Amy Larson 03-16-2009 08:28 PM

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Thanks for the welcome Nancy! Is that you on the surfboard? I'm going to take lessons in Hawaii in June. We have a pretty big surf community in Coos Bay, OR but I'd like to start in more forgiving conditions.

CrossFit Total today, 405-50 point improvement!

Squat-125 135 140 (PR)

Press 70 75 80 (PR)

Deadlift 165 175 185 (PR)

Felt good, Most improvement was in the deadlift, looking forward to more strength work after the half-mary in May.

True to the Zone today (can't say I was very good over the weekend; was out of town at the kids' swim meet and did not plan well, maybe next time).

Amy Larson 03-17-2009 06:54 AM

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AMRAP 20 min

5 pull-ups
5 dips (used rings, assist with chair)
15 sit-ups

11 rounds 19:51

First time using chair, used to keep feet on floor. I'm up to 4 ring dips unassisted, scaled down to keep up pace.

Finished with 20 x 85# squat.

Amy Larson 03-20-2009 10:06 AM

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Little behind posting, but have been doing the workouts. Today did 4 rounds 35# hang squat clean and 3 sets of 10 jumping pullups. My grip and forearms were toast. Next time I'll up the weight on the cleans and maybe scale back on the pull-up reps but try to do more unassisted. Time was 13:51.

My kipping pull-ups are coming along thanks to the CFWU. I can do 12 now, and keep improving by two to three every week. My husband now sees the benefits of the kip and is trying to learn. It seems like the movement would help swimmers using the dolphin kick.

CFE workouts have been brutal. I was doing them Tuesdays and Thursdays but am now going to do the running Tues and Sat. An extra couple days between CFE will help recovery and I'll feel less pressure to squeeze doubles in during the week. I know, some would say just work the CFE into CrossFit rest days, but I respond better when I follow the three-on, one-off routine. At this point I can't imagine doing 3 CFE workouts per week along with the WODs, but I'm pretty new so we'll see how I feel a few months from now.

Amy Larson 03-21-2009 10:38 AM

JT's killing me!
JT today. 21-15-9 HSPU, ring dips and push-ups

I do the HSPU assisted with my feet hooked over the bar on our smith machine. Slowly increasing the height although today when I moved the bar up the position was awkward and I felt myself cheating using the leverage from my legs. Moving the bar down a notch and keeping my legs parallel to the ground eliminated this. I had to break these up, and almost could not get the last four.

Ring dips are with legs straight out on chair. I can do ring dips unassisted, but have a long way until I can bang out 21!

Push-ups just killed after everything else:o.

I can barely type. CFE at the college track later.


Amy Larson 03-23-2009 07:05 AM

Modified the pack scaling from Brand X:
Run one mile
50 pull-ups
100 push-ups
150 squats
Run one mile


Increased the running and will count this as a CFE this week. All I can say is this is one killer workout. The hardest part for me is the push-ups. My chest and tris are still weak from the HSPU, Ring Dip, Push-Up love fest a couple days ago.

I'll be straying from the WODs later this week as we're heading out of town for a few days. Though I would get in a 10 mile run, kind of a warm-up to the 1/2 marathon in May. Will take along the kettlebell or some dumb-bells for some kind CrossFit workout. There is an affiliate close by so maybe I'll check that out, then again I'll be on vacation so maybe not. :)

Amy Larson 03-31-2009 05:55 AM

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Spent a few days away on Spring Vacation but managed to keep on schedule with workouts. I took the opportunity that a relaxed schedule and beautiful scenery afforded and did a 10-mile run on Saturday. All I can say is CFE really works. I've only run more than 5K a 4-5 times since Christmas, and I felt strong and comfortable. Right foot is a little sore due to breakdown in POSE technique.

In other news, last night's "Karen" was brutal. The cardiovascular system held up, but my arms felt like lead toward the end. I suppose that's the point!:) Also had a nice improvement in "Lynne" the day before. Today is a rest day in my WOD cycle (I'm a few days behind, but try to maintain 3 on 1 off). I'll get a CFE workout in tonight.

Went completely off Zone for a few days and paid the price. Yesterday was spot-on and sleep was wonderful. I'm finding that not only do I need to stay on the Zone, but eat a block or two less than I'd really like. Having a slight sensation of hunger through the day pays off in a very good night's sleep.

Amy Larson 10-12-2009 04:25 PM

Feels good to be back.
Well it looks like I have been away for awhile. Not quite as long as my last post makes it seem, but since July. I tried "Insanity" and with two weeks to go called it quits and came back to CrossFit. The workouts were tough, a lot harder than I thought. I made it through them physically, but mentally I just couldn't take another day of Shaun T. leading me through the same workouts over and over.

I'm kicking myself now at the strength I've lost. I don't think it will take long to get back to where I was, I just wish I had stuck with CF since it was working so well. Lesson learned.

Looking back at my posts it looks like I was in top form posting to this thread while doing CrossFit and CFE training for a 1/2 marathon. In the interest of sticking with what works, I'll start posting again and more importantly, using these boards for help and support. This is a great community, wish I had never left.


Jim Colby 01-09-2010 11:37 AM

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Interesting to read a post from someone who tried both P90X and Insanity since I hear a lot about both of those programs. I love metcons and the Insanity appeals to that part of me, but I like the balance of strength/endurance in CrossFit. Reading about your loss of strength adds a bit more evidence about the benefits of CrossFit. I'm following CF/CFE as well and having good results 6-months into it. Well, off to my garage to do Cindy and then a CFE Tabata/Hill workout. Good luck with everything!

Amy Larson 01-12-2010 11:03 AM

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Been very bad about about posting lately, things just got crazy over the holidays (still are really). Haven't stopped the workouts though, and am finally feeling like I'm getting some CF gains back that I lost with the Insanity hiatus. Also am free of the knee pain that was constant during those weeks.

Have been pretty much sticking to the mainsite WODs with an occasional CFE workout thrown in. Not really sure if I want to train for a race or leave more time for paddlesurf and mt. biking this spring. With the kids' schedules and my work schedule, I'm happy to get one workout per day in, so I'll count my blessings. I may do a round of SS, still not sure, or tweak the mainsite WODs for a little more strength bias to work towards the RXd weights. My last Fran was with 55# with RXd reps, at 9:39, so I have a ways to go.

Sticking to paleo for my diet about 80% of the time and am having excellent results. I enjoy paleo food, the way it tastes, cooking it, how it makes me feel. I try to eyeball Zone proportions and get pretty close. Again, it's working, I feel good, so I'm not going to stress over an extra fat gram or two if I grab some nuts.

Gotta get to work, accountants can't be screwing around too much this time of hear.

Andrew Bolliger 10-22-2010 03:13 PM

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Amy, come checkout Crossfit Salem anytime you are in town, I think you have some very good experience that our other members just getting started would like to hear. Lots of Moms are searching for the right program and you have tried many of them. Maybe we should have you do a talk to our members? Let me know-


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