On Tuesday night, Matt and I made our return to Crossfit Arlington! (Just a reminder that I’m partnering with them via the blog.) I took last week off from CrossFit since I knew the big half marathon was coming up. No point in burning out my legs before the race, right? It was great to be back at it on Tuesday, though! The workout was a pretty awesome one, so I turned it into a pretty Pinterest-worthy image for you guys to try (at your own risk), too.
If you love Pinterest workout images, by the way, you can find the ones I’ve made previously over on my Pinterest “fANNEtastic workouts” board. Enjoy!
KB swing stands for kettle bell swings; there are a lot of great video tutorials on YouTube if you aren’t sure what that means! And box jumps are simple – just jump up onto a box! To make it harder, use a higher box. To make it easier, use a shorter box or step, and if it’s too much, you can also step up and back down instead of jumping. I definitely did that a couple times during this workout, especially at the beginning when there were so many in a row!
Here we are in action during class:
Whew! It was a hard but fun one. I finished in just under 15 minutes! I love CrossFit because the workouts are hard and give great results (and I get a WAY better workout than I would on my own), but mostly because it’s fun. It feels like you’re at a sports practice or something – a million times better than working out alone at the gym. We’re still new to CrossFit Arlington but now that we’re starting to make some friends and recognize people, that makes it more fun, too.
As for the rest of our workout, the strength portion of CrossFit was bench pressing! I actually really like bench pressing – I’m way better at it than weighted squats and deadlifts, partly because I’m not limited by mobility when bench pressing, and partly because I’m used to doing a lot of pushups and chaturangas in yoga! I was able to make it up to 70 pounds – woohoo!
Also, did you notice the shoes I have on in the photos above? Cute, right?
They’re the new Sublite Train 1.0 that Reebok sent me to test out this month. So far, I’m a huge fan! I really love Reebok’s CrossFit shoes in general – they’re so lightweight and comfortable. These trainers remind me of a more flexible (and cheaper!) version of the CrossFit Nanos. I was nice and close to the ground which will be great for strength workouts, and they had a nice grip so I wasn’t slipping around, either. I loved how lightweight they were, especially when jumping up on those boxes. If you’re looking for a good and not crazy pricey CrossFit shoe for lifting, I’d definitely recommend these!
So last time I wrote about Reebok, one of you guys said “Please share the love!” – ask and you shall receive! I asked Reebok if they’d be willing to let me host a gift card giveaway so some of you guys could check out some of my favorite products, too, and they said yes.
Here are a few of my very favorite (and Matt’s favorite, should a guy win!) Reebok products that they’ve had me test out so far:
- The RealFlex Scream 2.0 or the the RealFlex Fusion TR. Both are really cute, really lightweight, and have some nice spring/cushion so they are great for CrossFit workouts that also include some running or lots of jumping around. I love these for outdoor boot camps, too.
- The Play Dry Jacket. One of my most favorite things ever. So cozy and comfortable. And thumbholes!
- The CrossFit Tri Blend Long Sleeve Top (say that three times fast). Reebok originally sent me the gray version last year, but I’m so obsessed with this shirt that I bought it in two additional colors, the red and teal. It’s so comfortable, the fit is great (love the scoop neck and the longer length), and I wear it all the time, not just for workouts, because it looks like a normal long sleeved shirt! I may or may not actually be wearing it right now.
- My favorite pants from Reebok are the Women’s Midweight Compression Tight. I love that they don’t move around at all when you’re squatting! Worrying about plumber’s crack while working out is not a good thing. They also look pretty hardcore, which is a bonus.
As for Matt, I used a gift card Reebok gave me awhile ago to share the love with him, too. He’s currently obsessed with the Sport Essential Running Wind Jacket:
He wears it everywhere, including to work sometimes as a light jacket because it looks good with everything! And of course it’s great for workouts, too. He also loves this jacket and these pants, which he pretty much always has on anytime we’re home and relaxing.
And now it’s your turn to check out some of their gear!
Two fANNEtastic readers will be randomly selected to each win a $100 Reebok gift card. To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post with the most kick butt workout you’ve done in the past week. To earn an additional entry, you can tweet the following: “I want to win a @Reebok gift card from @fANNEtasticfood ! http://bit.ly/ZBgmOS #livewithfire #fitfluential”. Once you tweet, please come back here and leave another separate comment letting me know you tweeted!
U.S. and Canada residents online, please. I’ll randomly select a winner on Monday. Best of luck!