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Experiencing Reebok CrossFit ONE

On Friday, a small group of fellow fitness bloggers and I were given the pleasure of attending a cool retreat with Reebok at their main headquarters in Canton, MA.

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It was an awesome day and a great look into Reebok as a brand, as well as an introduction to CrossFit, which Reebok has partnered with. First up was an introduction to the brand.

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I was really impressed by the company as a whole — their goal has been to make fitness into more of a FUN experience, hence the CrossFit partnership. Being healthy doesn’t mean being at the gym bored by yourself — they are all about building community and having a good time while exercising. Apparently Reebok has done such a great job instilling this sense of fitness as fun in their 1,100 employees that the Reebok community has lost over 4,000 lb total over the last year! Amazing, huh? I love their “fitness as fun” approach — very much one that I preach, as well!

Their headquarters is fitness central. There is a track that runs around the building:

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A multi-level gym with all sorts of equipment and playing courts, and they also have their very own CrossFit box (e.g. gym — CrossFit gyms are called “boxes”), called CrossFit ONE.

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This box is unique in that it’s only for Reebok employees, and they really take advantage — apparently 450 (nearly 50%) of their employees belong to the box!

After our introduction to the brand in the morning, we headed over to the Reebok CrossFit ONE box to check it out for ourselves and get in a workout, all decked out in Reebok gear (that they sent to us before the event). Cool that they have a line of apparel dedicated to CrossFit! I especially loved the CrossFit Performance Capri that they sent us — SO comfortable and I’ll be wearing these all the time. We were wearing the RealFlex Transition shoes, which I also really loved and will be getting a lot of use out of — not really for running (well, maybe short runs), but for cross training.

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I was really excited to see what CrossFit is all about — I’ve heard so much about it!

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The gym was HUGE!

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Before starting, we got an introduction to CrossFit from our trainers for the day: Caleb Diebolt, and Austin Malleolo, pictured below, who was a top finisher in the CrossFit Games in both 2010 and 2011. He’s also the head coach of Reebok CrossFit ONE. Pretty cool to have him teaching us!

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We also got a tutorial on proper squatting form, and how to properly do the kettle bell swings and pull ups that would be part of our workout.

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And then, it was time for our workout. Exciting! “WOD” stands for Workout of the Day:

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Everyone paired up in teams and got ready to rock. My partner: Tina!

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Team handstands? Obviously.

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Here we are all lined up to start the first relay run. One partner went first, then tagged the other person to go.

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Run, run!

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Once both Tina and I had run the 200 meters, we raced over to the kettle bells and got started — the 45 kettle bell swings were combined, so she would do 10, then I would do 10, etc. until we reached a collective 45.

We finished with 24 pull ups (12 each) — we were instructed how to use stretchy bands to make them more manageable. :) Tina is hardcore and used a thinner band (and also used a much heavier kettle bell — she’s been doing CrossFit for awhile now!), which made it harder!

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And then… repeat a second time, and a third time! Tina and I came in 2nd place — just barely beat out by team Julie & Courtney. Awesome job, ladies! :)

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What a FUN workout! I loved CrossFit; I’m all for workouts that are more team/group based. So much more fun and motivating!

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Stay tuned for part 2 of our adventures at Reebok — this post is getting a biiit too long!

Are you a CrossFit-er? I’m going to look into some of the boxes around here!

Comments

  1. 1

    Congrats on coming in 2nd !

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    Congrats on kicking butt as a team! It looks like it was a fun day!

  3. 3

    Looks like so much fun! I’ve never tried Crossfit, but really want to!

  4. 4

    Amazing recap and pics! I can’t wait for our next event!! xo

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    So, are you going to do Cross Fit regularly? What were your thoughts on it in place of other weight workouts?

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      It depends if I find a box near me I like and if I can afford it! I really liked it though – I’m a big fan of group workouts and boot camp type things. I have a Groupon for a boot camp near me so I’m going to use that and then see about CrossFit from there! I hardly ever do weight/strength stuff on my own besides yoga and the occasional weights, so I’d really like something like CrossFit to get me into it more.

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    I ran a 5K this weekend and had a coupon for a free week of crossfit in my race bag. SO excited to try it! Man, you ladies were so close!

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    Glad we got to be first time Crossfitters together! Love that pic of me squatting HA great view!?

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    Good job. What a nice day to go to Reebok, my favorite shoe. I do K-Bells (7lbs) is the best I can do for 45 min.It looks like you all had a very good time.

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    What a blast!

    I might give Crossfit a try if the trainers all look like that!

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    When I first heard about cross-fit, I wasn’t too into the idea. I think a part of me was kinda scared at how intense the workouts seemed! After reading so many recaps over the past few days, I am SO intrigued and definitely want to try it out! Well done on finishing within a great time :)!

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    That sounds really fun actually! I’ve been intrigued by the idea of CrossFit since my boyfriend is really into it, but too intimidated to try, but I may have to give it a shot.. There’s a bunch of boxes in the DC/Arlington area!

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    PACrossfitter says:

    To all who are hesitant about trying out Crossfit, don’t be! The thing that makes it great is the ability to scale the workout for any and all fitness levels. The WOD described above is a shining example of that.

    Pullups can be scaled based on what band to use, if anyone can’t do pullups, ring rows can be substituted to help build upper body strength to be able to get an assisted pullup. The kettle bell swings were also scaled accordingly based on using a lighter kettle bell. There is a scaling option for pretty much every movement we do.

    If anyone watched the last season of Biggest Loser Bob Harper used Crossfit to help his team lose weight. A great interview with him can be found at the link below:
    http://journal.crossfit.com/2012/04/bopharper.tpl

    Come try it out!

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      They said that they have a 70 year old who comes to CrossFit ONE at Reebok three times per week – if that’s not an example of scale-ability, I don’t know what is!

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