Crossfit Cult? So what!

Hey everyone!
It’s been a few weeks- a few crazy weeks! I feel like my head is spinning! Well, that could be the remnants of the tequila consumption this weekend, but I digress.

So I had my last physical therapy appointment this week. If you have been following me at all, you know that I’m the only person who would get sad about this. Most people would be pumped to not have to go to PT twice a week, but then there’s people like me who were legit sad when it was the last day. I have gotten to know many of the people in the office, but especially my therapist, Travis. He’s hilarious. And handsome. And really knows his stuff. Although I’ll miss him, I’m excited to be able to really focus on progressing in crossfit!

Last weekend was the Olympics of crossfit- the crossfit games! It was the culmination of all of the amazing athletes’ hard work and dedication- a competition spread out over 5 days. They were put through some pretty vigorous and crazy workouts. I don’t think I would’ve survived any of them! haha. But that is why they are the top people in the sport. Our box had a viewing party on Sunday for the final events of the games. We all know there was no question that my favorite- Rich Froning was going to take the crown for the third year in a row. But we watched- just in case things got crazy. The woman who now carries the title of “fittest woman on earth” is Sam Briggs. She’s an absolute beast. She dominated the open, the regionals, and obviously the games. It was great to see the best of the best compete. In addition to just watching the games, it was a great time to get to know everyone in our awesome community. I love these events. These people have become like a second family to me, and I love being able to hang out, throw a few back, and share some laughs with the people that I’ve grown to love. I’ve heard from more than one person that they think crossfit is a cult. We may be a cult- but we are a pretty awesome, bad-ass cult. We work hard and we play hard. Once you start this crossfit stuff- it become and integral part of your life! Some people don’t understand it, and it’s okay. It’s our job to explain why it’s awesome! “Is Crossfit a cult? I’d say we are more like a tribe – a group of people with a common character and goal.”

This past weekend, we had a surprise party for our amazing head coach, Mike. His girlfriend, Lauren,(who’s also a coach) and I were able to pull it off! We thought it would be nice to have a little surprise party for him to know how much he means to all of us. He has been working so hard to get the box up and running and turn it into a community that people want to be a part of. I say it every time, but he has completely changed my life- and I am forever indebted to him for his dedication to his job. I don’t even think he looks at it as a job- it’s something that he is so passionate about. The party was awesome. The amount of members who showed up to support Mike was a true testament to the number of lives he’s changed. The best part of the night was when his parents surprised him at the box all the way from Louisiana!! Lauren made that happen, and it was so amazing. I’ve never seen Mike speechless before. His parents are the sweetest- they are so proud of him- you can just tell. And they should be. He’s changing people everyday! We love you Mike!!

In addition to the copious amounts of tequila I’ve consumed over the past two weeks, I have been keeping up with my training. We started a new strength program last week called – Hatch. Basically, you back and front squat different percentages of your one rep max weight, twice per week, for 12 weeks. The program is supposed to help you get stronger, and be able to squat more weight. I don’t know how else to explain it, other than the fact that you do a lot of heavy ass squats, and there’s a lot of math involved. We are going into week three tomorrow, and I can already feel that I’m getting stronger- especially in my front squats. However, during week one- on day two- I failed at my last set of back squats. I don’t know what happened. I just couldn’t stand up with the weight. I kind of got discouraged since it was only the second day, but then week 2 came, and I crushed it. I accidentally did the front squat weight for Week 3!! Oh well!

We had another workout this week that included one straight minute of kettlebell swings. Since I have the ability to use both hands now, I thought- great if I can do the prescribed weight with one hand, I can most certainly do it with two hands! Fail. I actually felt more comfortable holding the KB with one hand- and I was able to go faster and get more reps in with one hand! I don’t know- It’s crazy how much my body adapted to having to only use one arm! haha.

The day after I finished PT, I got a call from my hematologist. Some of you know I have a blood disorder called thalassemia. According to Medline, “Thalassemia is a blood disorder passed down through families (inherited) in which the body makes an abnormal form of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. The disorder results in excessive destruction of red blood cells, which leads to anemia.” Before I started crossfit, I had to have weekly iron infusions for a total of 12 weeks. I was hooked up to an IV for about an hour or so. Well I went to have my bloods checked last week, and my hematologist told me that I would have to receive at least 4 more infusions, since my iron was so low. I was just kind of sad. I had just finished PT and now I would have to start these infusions all over again. I just want there to be some point where I don’t have to be at a doctor’s office every week. It’s getting old. I’m starting those infusions again this week. Hopefully all goes according to plan, and they don’t make me feel too crummy.

But for now, I’m going to get a good night’s sleep- this weekend has been crazy and I need some good ole’ R &R. I’m just going to focus on the positive things in my life- since there seem to be more of them than negative these days! I’m genuinely happy & I love it. I’ve never felt this way before. Until next time…

❤ A

Can never get enough of him! 

So. Many. Muscles. 

He’s just amazing….

Love my box!!!! ❤

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