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Kill the Bunny!

I’m a newbie to Olympic weightlifting or OLY lifts and I’ve been working hard to get to my goal of a triple digit snatch, but I have one small issue.
I bunny hop! Grrrr..so now I have to kill the bunny 🐰.
But in the mean time I like my extension here…. 😜

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Hang Snatch Practice

Dream The Impossible

Every 4 years, the world’s most exceptional athletes gather in a new location to display their athletic talents.

The Summer Olympic Games is the single most exciting event in my opinion. The sheer excellence associated with being an OLYMPIAN is something I could only ever dream about. The excitement, build up, and energy associated with watching someone who has put their everything into the last four years for their moment is something I can’t even put into words.

As a child, it was one my biggest dreams to one day be an Olympian!

Perfect 10!

I’ve had fleeting moments of possibility with chances in 2008 to join the Junior U.S. Rowing camps and in 2011 at tryouts for the U.S. Bobsled team, but it never transpired to anything unfortunately.

The other day my mom sent me a message and it reminded me to “Dream the Impossible, Until it’s Your Reality!”

Dream the Impossible, Until it’s Your Reality!

I’m not quite sure how I’m going to make it the Olympics, but if I ever get the chance……Yeaaahhhh buddy!

 

Side note: I’ll take working for the Olympics as a small consolation prize aka DREAM JOB!

It encompasses everything I love: Sports, Travel, Entertainment, Passion & Honor.

 

Until next time,

Grind Hard Live Fit

Embrace Them Thighs

So often women are bombarded by images of super skinny women whose thighs never seem to touch.

And for whatever reason we as women try to achieve this even if it involves unhealthy manners.

Well I’m here to let you know if your thighs touch it’s okay!

My thighs touch, my friend’s thighs touch, my mom’s thighs touch, and probably 99% of women’s THIGHS TOUCH!

The women of Girls Gone Strong

Elisabeth Akinwale– aka badass Crossfitter!

Dove Skincare campaign for Real Beauty

 

Yours truly!

Get the picture?!🙂

For me it’s easier to embrace that my thighs touch because it represents a strong, powerful base but for others it’s a little more difficult so check out what Juli Bauer of PaleOMG has to say….

Here’s a raw,uncut article I found by Juli on “Embracing Them Thighs

Until Next Time,

Grind Hard Live Fit

Stronger than Yesterday

Nutrition Challenge Results:
Ok so I’ve officially completed the Whole30 Nutrition challenge and below is a look at my results! Going into the final weigh-in I was kind of nervous and felt like a contestant on the biggest loser…hahaha (side-note: I hate that show)
I joked around that I was doing a last chance workout at the office by tap dancing, LOL. It definitely burned atleast 1 calorie!!
Anywho, all jokes aside I was pretty happy with my results and as I’ve stated all along with the challenge my biggest moments were when I started to feel like “Me” again!
I’ve decided to support some friends who wanted to do the challenge for another 30 days, so I’m still in sugar, grain, & dairy rehab until August 10th.
We have started our own blog at 30daystogorgeous.wordpress.com

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Gym
Ok so the fist bump of the week for me comes from today’s workout which was a lovely couplet!

WOD: Rope n Run
1600m run
4 rope climbs – 18ft mark
1200m run
3 rope climbs
800m run
2 rope climbs
400m run
1 rope climb

Ok so I’ve only been doing Crossfit WOD’s at an affiliate for 8 weeks and today was a HOORAH moment for me!
I can remember the day when I was sitting, watching other classes climb the rope with ease. I can also remember the day I tried to climb survive the rope and just ended up holding on for dear life and flailing awkwardly. I can also remember the time I had to scale the workout to the 10ft mark because I got tired so quick and didn’t want to risk plummeting to the ground! Then I started to string together 1-2 climbs to higher marks, 12ft & 15ft. Even here it was quite the challenge for me to do consecutive climbs. So to be where I am today, climbing consecutively to the 18 ft mark is much more than HOORAH it’s a HELL YEAH!!!
By the time of the last climb I scurried up the rope so fast I shocked myself!

So this type of performance progression combined with my physical changes are what keeps me motivated to be STRONGER THAN YESTERDAY!!

Until next time,
Grind Hard Live Fit

Let’s Chat!

Nutrition Challenge
Well the end of week 4 of the Whole30 nutrition challenge has come and today was supposed to be “weigh-in” day, but the lady who does the screening was sick so it’ll have to wait for a few more days. Looks like I’ll be having sweet potatoes for breakfast a little bit longer🙂
The post-challenge physical benchmark testing is tomorrow & the screening is set for Tuesday evening so hopefully I’ll know my results by then.
I’m thinking of extending the Whole30 for another cycle with some friends from my gym & see what it brings!
If you’re interested in joining let me know!!
Life
This week was a little out of the ordinary due to the holiday, so I was able to relax a bit more & work less!
Things will probably be getting hectic soon at Fashletics, since “boss lady” will be out of town at the CrossFit Games that are happening this upcoming weekend. I just hope I don’t go in one day and Alex & I see that there’s like 500 orders. Haha. While it’s awesome for business, that would be insane.
Only 3 more weeks of summer school & then I get a “break” for a month!!! We had to watch a movie called Lord of War with Nicolas Cage. Very interesting & recommended.
I also have entered the “Summer of the YES!” which basically is a thing between my friends & me where we do things that we normally would’ve said, “I’d never do that!”
Some things will be shared here and some things won’t.😉
It will basically entail dating & my journey away from Team Single, adventures, spur of the “momentness”, & living life to the fullest!
Should be a fun ride🙂
A year ago today I decided to cut off all my hair and start “new”. I remember when it was SUPER short and I could barely grab any hair, now it’s a mini-fro and when it’s stretched it reaches down to my eye!
Side by side comparisons are on my instagram @kendraj86
Training
Friday & Saturday were HEAVY volume days!
Friday:
• Clean & Jerk skill work building up from 53lbs to 113lbs, working on getting under the bar and my split jerk. I felt less awkward with the clean so that’s good, the squat is easy for me, the jerk just needs practice.
•WOD:
5 rounds for time of:
9 DB Hang Squat Cleans
200m run with 40lb sandbag
12 Handstand Pushups
305 Challenge:
We had a little challenge at the box for the fastest partner 5K row switching every 500m with a free t-shirt as the prize!
Brings me back to the ol’ glory days….haha. But yeah the competitive energy was flowing and so after the workout I did the challenge too. I was constantly checking the online scoreboard to see the results….Luckily our scores held up and we won for the fastest mixed team @ 305!! Yeah buddy T-shirts!!! LOL
Needless to say after all that I crashed on the couch and barely moved.
Saturday:
• Lifting
Snatch: skill work/progression
I’m working on keeping the bar close to my body and getting a full hip extension & again getting under the bar.
This movement is still new to me so I go light working from 43lbs and up in increments of 5’s.
Front Squats: I’m a lot stronger here just b/c I’ve put more time into it. Goal was to do 4 sets of 4; started at 110 and went up in 20lb increments. I got to rep 2 @ 170 & decided to rack it. Another day!
• WOD: partner 3 min AMRAP of:
Pull ups
Then 1 min rest
Deadlifts (225/185)
Then 1 min rest
Prowler sled push with 90lbs.
• Midline: Hollow rocks and rocking supermans.
Needless to say Sunday rest day was well earned. I thought I would be a lot more sore but I feel good!
Well things will be getting back to “normal” slightly this week, so I’ll see how my energy levels hold up.
Until next time,
Grind Hard Live Fit
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Challenge(d)- Week 3

Challenge(d)- Week 3

 

Challenge(d):

It’s the end of week 3 for the Whole30 Nutrition Challenge and I definitely have accountability to thank for not faltering on my challenge goal and sticking to the nutritional guidelines. Lots of random cravings some are normal and others are just odd. But…I can honestly say that although it’s definitely been a challenge to not have a treat here or there, it’s allowed me to succeed in other areas. 

1) Going shopping in my own closet! (plus)

2) Seeing small changes! (plus)

3) Accepting & adhering to a challenge! (plus)

Now it’s not all sunshine and rainbows either. There are days when it would be easy to just have some ice cream or trail mix or etc but that’s the easy way and I like knowing I’m  stronger than that. Whatever food item I think I need know will still be there tomorrow, next week, month or year so just keep holding strong!!!

1) saved money watching friends eat at lunches & dinners (plus)🙂

2) people will call you out if you’re offered junk (plus)

Work Flow:

And so the busy gets busier! Haha not quite sure how I’m going to fit it all in, but I seem to manage somehow so it’ll work out.

I’ll be doing gradschool, working in student affairs at the university, interning with Fashletics, working with the Parks & Rec Dept. doing facilities and special events and doing WERQ in the gym!🙂

Gym Chats:

I’ve been on a roll in the gym & feeling strong! I’ve done a couple workouts lately where it’s been quite taxing but the feeling of accomplishment is awesome!

1) Josh Taylor WOD

2) SeeFit WOD’s

3) Daily WOD’s🙂

I got a chance to train with some of the coaches today at my box and that was pretty freaking cool!

We worked on some heavy snatches and then did a WOD.

Goals: I want a triple digit SNATCH!!!!

I was able to push myself in the WOD & I was surprised at how well I did. I stuck with the “big dogs” and was only 2 min off my coach and he competes!

WOD:

1000m row

20 Deadlifts (185/123) I used #125

30 Box Jumps (30″/24″) I used 24″

40 Front Squats (95/65) I used #65

Broad Jumps for 50m

800m run

**For every 5 minute in the gym you must do 10 Burpees & 1 rope climb to 15ft.**

I ended up having to do two rounds (Thank goodness)

Time: 17:43😉

Give it a shot and see how you can push yourself!!

Until next time,

Grind Hard Live Fit!

Beyond the Body

Here’s a great article to read, it highlights the importance of attitude and determination and not just society’s standard of “beauty”

Article Link: The CrossFit Journal Beyond the Body

If you as a woman believe
in toning or tightening,
you have bought the lie!

Happy reading!🙂

Until next time,

Grind Hard Live Fit

“Josh Taylor”

For anyone interested this Saturday there will be a Memorial WOD @:
SF CrossFit Endurance Training Facility
5150 SW 48th Way #614
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314
954.931.1484

WOD Times: 9am, 10am, 11am

In memory of Josh Taylor who passed away 5 years ago on Father’s Day.

“Josh Taylor”

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For time~
100 Double Unders
then
10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
C2B Pull-ups
Burpees
Ground to Overhead (#155/105)

Any questions? E-mail me at kendra@fashletics.com

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Short N Sweet

“Sometimes you don’t realize what you’re truly capable of…”

Today I learned this during my workout.

The workout: “Grace”

30 Clean & Jerks

Umm….yea I was a little unsure on how I would do with the cleans since it’s not really my strongest movement especially 30 times in a row.

To date my best clean is around 125 lbs.

I decided to go with 83 lbs for this workout even though my initial “tester rep” I thought holy crap this is heavy.

3-2-1 GO!

3 minutes and 52 seconds later I beasted it!!!

Looking back, next time I’ll be able to work more efficiently and get better results.

Overall, I was really happy with myself for accomplishing something that was a little unnerving for me on paper.

Until next time,

Grind Hard Live Fit

Challenge Week Two

See I can update my blog on a consistent basis…haha

Well it’s Week Two of the Whole30 Nutrition Challenge and things are going pretty well. My break-up with oatmeal hasn’t been as painful as I thought it would, primarily because of sweet potatoes. If I had to eat my way through my diet just on vegetables I’m pretty certain I would’ve faltered died.

A part of the challenge is to NOT weigh in for the 30 days….yea this may be the hardest part. Every time I step in my bathroom I see that little scale just calling my name. The smart choice would be to remove the scale but I’ve chosen to keep it there as a test of a different sort.

The workouts have been going really well, I use to remember craving rest days like it was a box of cookies and could never understand how people couldn’t. Well I guess now I do, when you love what you’re doing you crave it daily. But I’m also smart and know the importance of rest & recovery in training so I take it in stride!

So my non-numbers based updates: Clothes that were once too tight and made me feel…well….chunky are loose! (#WIN), I still do mirror checks out of habit and those are revealing a leaner me (#WIN), I’m actually interested in clothes shopping again because I’m not petrified by the idea of being a size ??. (#WIN, except for my bank account🙂 ).

There’s a lot to say about not focusing on the “numbers” and just enjoying the transformation!

Career:

Last blog I spoke about an internship opportunity that I was waiting to hear about and well….I GOT IT! (#BOOM). Very excited to be working with Sarah & Alex at Fashletics. Check the site out!

I will be doing a variety of tasks (administration, special events, etc.) but ultimately I hope to do as much as possible and learn everything.

Fist-Bumps of the Week:

  • Gaining confidence
  • Getting stronger
  • New internship
  • Tackling Week 1
  • Finishing one of my summer classes!!!! (I think the new free time will leave me wandering like a lost puppy, haha)

Until next time,

Grind Hard Live Fit

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