April 16 – Life Lessons!

Today is a new day!

The sun is shining and I’m heading to the big city! London!

In the build up to regionals I have been trying to train with the best coaches I know who can help me dial in those few 1% errors in my efficiency and technique of movement and lifts to help me improve!

All those little 1% here and there can add to massive improvement in an overall wod time or lift!

Today I’m off to Shapesmiths in Clapham to train with my good friend Lee Steggles, who has massively supported me through my CrossFit journey.

Today’s training consists of a cardio piece and some skills! I’m excited for today, I love visiting new boxes and training with different people is always such fun!  A few of my friends who live in London are coming by to join in so it will be nice to catch up. See you on the way home!

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Well today has been a very exciting and inspiring day with so many exciting things to have come from it!

Firstly I PB a max set of mu just through one little reminder from Lee. When doing mu or any gymnastics in fact we need to remember to try and think like a gymnast, feet together and a big strong kip. Thinking like this and practising just this movement can tie over into your Pull-ups, chest to bar, bar mu etc. This was a massive confidence boost for me after yesterday’s shambles.

After training I had a great meeting with Lee concluding with so many exciting things coming from it! Watch this space! Maj is venturing out and about!

Today has taught me a lot not just about training but about life in general. Talking to friends and exploring London has made me realise these valuable lessons;

  1. There is so much more in the world than the one little area/surrounding we coup ourselves up in
  2. Sometimes if we don’t take risks and make a change you may never know what could happen or how good you could be! What is worse saying I tried or thinking what if or saying I wish?
  3. You have to make sure you have a balance in your life! You can work hard and chase a dream but you also need to have that down time

The biggest thing I’ll take away from today

“You can be both the prisoner and the prison guard of your life”

 

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April 16 – It’s an inside out, odd sock kind of day!

Have you ever thought to yourself how getting yourself dressed in the morning may affect your actions for the rest of the day?

It hadn’t crossed my mind until someone mentioned it to me today!

I’m not really a superstitious type of person but this has definitely got me thinking.

After looking over my programming this Tuesday morning I knew I had a tough day ahead of me. Tuesdays are my longest day with my alarm going off at 5am and my first client starting at 5.30.

Steve (Fawcett) who does my athlete programming each week had programmed the Airdyne, one of the most disgusting machines that Crossfit has to offer.  Over the period of 2.5 years since I started Crossfit I have come to love this evil machine, even though Steve has a tendency to ensure that you are giving 110% each week with his structured training. This week was probably one of the most challenging yet, no feelings were spared when Ste programmed this.

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During the workout I think I may have lost part of my soul during the intervals or at least that’s how it felt. Today’s bike session was the benchmark test for power output; your score is your total average watts divided by your bodyweight. You must complete 4 rounds of 4 minutes on a 1 minute off (rest), recording your average watts and calories. If you score over 5 then you have a good score. I hit 4.96 so basically 5, I was a happy girl, I stumbled off the bike and headed off for breakfast.

Just like every other day I make my scrambled porridge, as I call it (Buff Box Porridge), check my emails and social media, and prepare for the day ahead.

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After my second morning client finished around 9.00 I headed over to meet the girls – Grace and Lindsay at Camberley CrossFit to have what I thought was going be a great girls’ training session – this is where the mental challenges began.

I was in the box for over 2 hours and managed to stretch, complete 9 muscle ups and a few snatches as well as having a big girly hissy fit.

I can safely say I have never been challenged mentally like I have been today whilst training. I felt exhausted and my body felt like it didn’t want to play – this to me was a sign I needed to rest due to the high volume of training I have been putting myself through recently in the build up to Regionals. 

I am by no means a quitter and I hate to leave training unfinished but when you can’t even complete skills that you know you can competently do, it’s a definite sign to rest, recover and come back stronger tomorrow. This week is a taper week for me so I didn’t feel quite so bad.

After throwing my hissy fit around the gym and feeling like I had let myself down from not training I headed off to physically and mentally recover myself to what is my favourite part of the week – my massage therapist.

If I can whole-heartedly advise one thing to any athlete and that is to make sure you regularly have sports massages! They WORK! 

During my massage whilst chatting to Steve (no not the same Steve who programmes for me – another one) as he massages me he decided to ask me if I thought my crazy day had been affected by my inside out odd socks.

Could the jumbleness of my socks have affected the jumble of my brain today? I think he was joking but it got me thinking about could the actions of my morning or day before training effect how I proceed to carry out your day?

 

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April 16 – Then and Now!

It wasn’t too long ago that I was sat in the same shoes as many of you; I was very skinny and admired the figures of the skinny girls I saw in magazines wondering what it was I could do to look like them. In my quest to have the ‘perfect’ body I also became very unhappy and realised that being the tiny girl I admired to be like wasn’t actually as fun as I had thought it would be.

I was always feeling weak and lethargic and my body wasn’t functioning efficiently. My hormones were imbalanced leading to added stresses being placed upon my body. It was when I had my body fat percentage taken and it came out at about 10% that I realised I needed to make changes as I was far from within the healthy body fat range for a women (25-30%) – even a fit athlete (14-20%).

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Everything I was always told would work wasn’t so I was stumped and struggling to find answers. It was at this point I realised I needed to make changes in my life. I decided to start fresh and follow my dreams I quit my job and enrolled on a personal training course and I discovered CrossFit – this was the best life decision I have ever made. It took guts and I was not sure if it was the right decision but I knew if I set my mind to it I could achieve anything.

Many people think that CrossFit is not able to help people put on weight and gain muscle mass – due to the ‘high’ amount of cardio involved, but I can assure you they are completely wrong. In the 2 and a bit years I have been training CrossFit I have gained muscle mass and have become a very successful athlete.

My journey with CrossFit started two and a bit years ago when I discovered a box just down the road from me. I remember walking in really nervous not knowing what to expect. I quickly jumped in on a workout and fell in love… granted I couldn’t lift a 7 kg barbell above my head but I could smash the running and any bodyweight movements. I remember meeting the coaches and thinking to myself how on earth will I ever be as good as them or look as muscly as them… Little did I know that soon I would be.

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There are so many memories that stick in my head from when I first walked into my first CrosssFit Box – the smell was different to any other gym it was more rustic- it wasn’t sparkling clean and there were no machines. CrossFit is also know for the shear community spirit about each box. How every member cheered on each other to progress and complete each workout – this was an atmosphere I had never experienced before and one I knew I wanted to be apart of.

Becoming the person I am today was not an easy journey and I have had many battles along the way. But I can honestly say the last two years have been the best years of my life with so many highs and lows

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