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The universe continues to work in mysterious ways.
For the past few months I’ve been doing a lot of functional training on my own. Any sort of WOD I can come across that I am able to do at the Y, I try to do. If not, I’ll put together some mishmash of sprints, burpees, and box jumps and call it a day. This is also how I typically train my clients. My philosophy is this: you pay for the gym membership, you can use a treadmill and the weight circuit anytime you want. If you pay EXTRA for me as your trainer, well I’m taking you out of that comfort zone and pushing you to do something different. For me personally, more functional training and less simply putting in the miles has made a HUGE difference in my fitness level and running speed. I am lucky if I hit 20 miles a week, and despite the low mileage, recently took 11 minutes off of my half marathon time.
I’ve known about CrossFit forever. I’ve wanted to join in for about half that time. I’m not exactly sure what took me so long, but about two weeks ago, before this evil cold struck, I finally, *finally* made my way into a box. CrossFit Keene. And it was awesome.
So amidst all of this, I get an amazing invitation from Reebok and FitFluential to visit the Reebok headquarters in Canton, Massachusetts. For those of you who don’t know, Reebok has partnered with Crossfit in a long term contract as they set out to be the face of fitness. Reebok is 100% committed to CrossFit, its athletes and community, and thus, has built the most epic of Crossfit boxes (the term for the building one does crossfit in) of all time. And suddenly I had an invitation to visit.
Reebok was gracious enough to send a couple of awesome outfits before hand (including their crossfit gear, which I adore, review to come soon) and some Real-Flex transition sneakers. So decked in my Friday best, I made the quick drive down to Canton to the headquarters.
Right from the get-go I fell in love with Reebok, because they have a track that goes around the building, *AND* roaming wild turkeys. Big ones. And signs on the wall like this:
What’s not to love about a place like that?
Now I hate to admit it, but previous to this visit, when I thought of Reebok I thought of this:
Fitness. Step class. Classic white sneakers, probably with Velcro. And most likely some sort of leotard.
In our introduction to Reebok and where the brand is headed these days I realized that the focus of Reebok has not changed over the years. They are still committed to being the face of fitness. Except these days, fitness looks more like this:
Say it with me now: bada$$. Check it out:
So after our quick intro to the brand, the above motivational video and this one below that seriously makes me want to drop and knock out 10 burpees (credit to Kelly Olexa for this one) we headed to the box.
The box was AMAZING. I may be a newbie to crossfit but I’m no stranger to gyms, and the equipment in this facility, and the facility in general, was just unreal.
|Austin Malleolo, head coach at Reebok Crossfit ONE|
3 rounds for time:
200 m relay (400 m total)
45 KettleBell Swings
(done with a partner).
After a bunch of demos (where I was told nicely that my posture sucks and my squat form needs some serious work. New coach Tim here in Keene pointed it out again this morning, haha) we got down to business.
|poor guy was trying so hard to teach my to tuck my pelvis in and flatten my back. Who knew I was such a slow learner…|
|Cheering on my partner Nicole (photo credit K. Olexa)|
|patiently working on my swing form (photo credit K. Olexa)|
It was a quick, fun workout (to be honest, after being sick for a few weeks my fitness level is seriously lacking, so yeah, the 200 m sprints pretty much killed me. Sadly.) And after thanking our coaches, we, in typical social media-blogger fashion, took a ton of photos. It’s what we do.
So, a ton of you have tweeted or commented asking me about crossfit or saying that you are wanting to try it.
Seriously. I considered myself “in good shape”. I could drop and run a decent time half marathon right now. Heck, I could even make it through a marathon if I had to. I can do real pushups. I can do 2 unassisted pullups. My BMI and body fat are in check and healthy. CrossFit, however, has shown me that I am weak. I have great endurance, but I am not fit. And I aspire to be strong.
I love that you can get in a killer workout in a short time. I love that you compete against yourself, push yourself to do better every time. I love that it’s not the same thing every day. Again, I’m still new at this, so I can’t profess my undying love for it quite yet, but I’m certainly at the lust phase. I want more.
And I’m incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to train under the watchful eye of some of the worlds best CrossFit athletes in such an amazing facility. I wonder if Reebok will let me move in?
Stay tuned for part 2…where we learn about footwear, the direction of Reebok apparel, and the moment when I realize that I do NOT shake my booty as well as Beyonce…or even relatively close.