CitySports Outdoor Reebok CrossFit Series

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

So, I won’t lie to you guys, I am not a Crossfit addict. In fact, I have technically never officially tried “crossfit.” However, I’ve been enjoying all things fitness that aren’t running lately so Crossfit seemed to just be a natural progression. And last week I finally got to try a class thanks to  City Sports and CrossFit Back Bay. Every Thursday night from now until August 21st, you can participate in a free CrossFit workout on the Greenway (North End entrance, near the intersection of Cross and Hanover). The event says 6-7 but we ended around 6:45 so you have plenty of time to stretch and cool down afterwards. To participate in one of these workouts, you just need to register online and show up. Some parts of the workouts are done with partners so having a buddy or 10 around you would make it more fun. Or you can do as I do and make a new friend! Nothing like doing burpees with Tina from Carrots ‘N’ Cake. P.S. for someone who just had a baby, she is in ridiculous shape! 

It’s about 2 miles from my office and since Boston’s public transit is slower than the average runner, I decided to just jog my way there. Plus, I really wanted to test out my new Nano 4.0 that Reebok sent me.  They’re all the rage in the crossfit world for their shock absorption and traction. I can’t wait to try them in my Tabata class where I’m sliding all over the place in my running shoes. 

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So I got to the Greenway about 5 minutes to 6, because I forgot there’s a giant hill, called Beacon Hill, on the route I picked. And lucky for me, they had some water bottles for those of us who don’t always come prepared. I was quite thirsty by the time I got there.

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The workout of the day was simple and easy for a Crossfit newbie like me to follow. We started with Tabata style warm up, learned some new moves and ended with a partner workout that I’ll explain more.

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The tabata warm up was 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated 16 times of squats, lunges, high knees, jumping jacks, push-ups, and sit-ups.  After learning the hard sore way, I focused more on my form vs. how many reps I could do in 20 seconds. 

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After our warm up, we went over the moves we would be doing with a partner. Between the two of us, we would do 100 squats or squat jumps, 100 sit ups and 100 alternating jump lunges. And to keep things from getting too stale, we had to do 3 burpees every minute on the minute. Since all the moves besides the burpees are broken up between you and a partner, you end up doing only 50 of each in increments of 10 with a rest between each while your partner does their set. Similar to tabata in a way but less pressure it fitting it all into 20 seconds. 

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And our reward for the workout was more exercise! We finished the evening off with some core work of planks and V-ups.

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It may look easy, but try holding this for 3 minutes straight and you will feel everything shake. 

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Overall had a great workout and if the weather continues to be this gorgeous, I’ll be showing up weekly! Loved this cross-training alternative to all the cardio I’ve been doing for my 70.3!

QOTD

Have you ever tried Crossfit?

Does your city have any free outdoor workouts that you participate in?

Exploring Chicago Day 2 – Stopping to smell the flowers

After a day of walking around downtown Chicago we slept in with no alarm. I still stayed on Boston time and took a run instead.

Finally after much wasting time around the hotel room, we made it outside. We made a stop at Wrigley Field. It was actually a small mistake as I decided to randomly exit there. A game was happening so it was a bit insane.

Madness… so we got back on the train and went further north until the train went no more. Then we took a commuter rail further north. Finally we arrived somewhere that was within a mile walk of the Chicago Botanical Gardens. 

Much to our surprise it was free! I guess that’s why the sales tax is like one million percent.

There was a creepy statue that glared at us

Of course with our luck it started to pour! But not before we got to watch a food demo and have a tasty sampling

Who knew that avocados andB blueberriesB worked so well!

So it rained and rained after eating and waiting for over an hour we sucked it up and purchased this fashionable wear.

There was a mile of walking to the train so I was worried for my electronics.Well… needless to say as soon as we got fashionable, it stopped raining.You welcome Chicago Botanical Garden visitors.LuckilyB admissionB to the park was free so I considered these overpriced ponchos as part of my donation to the gardens.

Proof that it really did rain!

There was a pretty rock garden/water falls thing

and trees!

They also had a really awesome Japanese garden but I didn’t take any pictures there because I was enjoying being peaceful and zen.

When we got back, we had a real fancy dinner…

It’s not a true vacation until Subway is consumed.Sometimes you just want something cheap, and filling and Subway hits the spot.Smelling flowers make you hungry.Don’t worry we kept it classy with some wine.

As we walked from our hotel toB MillenniumB park I can tell you that theB MagnificentB Mile gets a whole lot less magnificent.I guess all the crackheads and bums only come out at night in Chicago while on the east coast they work full time full day of creeping little girls out.

The hatch thing had an evening concert as well and they were performing Broadway songs!We even got a seat mid-show. No need to sit on a grass or watch in envy for all those well prepared lawn chair peeps.

Great performance! And I only got 1 mosquito bite. A winning night.

I even found the bean I couldn’t find the day before in daylight.

Of course the night didn’t end there, as we walked back to our hotel we saw fireworks!

I think they are shot from Navy Pier.

So day 2

1. Lots of flower and train travel

2. Some more rain

3. Subway – Spicy Italian is the only way to go!

4. Free concert in the park

5. Fireworks!