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It’s 12 Days of Crossfit again!

12 Days of Crossfit is a fun little thing where you go to Crossfit 12 consecutive days in December. Last year I only had 2 months of Crossfit under my belt when it started but I completed all 12 days and really enjoyed the challenge. Even though I was sore from my neck down to my toes for the first 4-5 days.

This year’s 12 days started on Monday and so far it’s been as great as I predicted (I’m a sucker for painful challenges, can’t you tell?). If you are totally not into Crossfit or lifting heavy weights, feel free to skip to the end of this post now to look at a little video before you mosey on to the next blog in your list 🙂

I like to keep track of these things so here we go, so far the workouts have been:

First day – Nasty Girls

3 rounds of:

50 squats
7 pull ups (blue band) + 7 close grip push ups
10 hang power cleans @ 35kg

My time: 10:45

Note: Last year I did it in almost 12 minutes and hang power cleans @ 20kg 🙂 #progress!

Second day – 11.2

15 min AMRAP of:

9 deadlifts @ 45kg
12 push ups
15 box jumps, 20″

I completed 5 rounds + 9 deadlifts + 9 push ups in the 15 minutes.

Note: Push ups let me down. They were freaking.hard. Other girls got at least 6 rounds but before I could get too bummed about that I remembered that it’s the first WOD involving push ups in large quantity where I’ve actually done proper push ups and not had my knees down. #progress!

Third day – Fran

I did a quick 4.78km run beforehand and got to the box 2 min before class – warm-up involved jump ropes, my legs didn’t like those very much 😐

Fran is 21-15-9 of :

thrusters (I used 25kg)
pull-ups (I did jumping ones)

Time: 5:13.

In September I did Fran with the same weight and also with jumping pull ups and it took me 6:23. #progress!

Since it was my day off from work, I ran another 3km before hopping on the train and heading home.

Fourth day – Elizabeth

21-15-9 of:

Squat cleans @25kg
Push ups

Time: 9:11

Rx (prescribed) weight was 40kg for women. I tried a few reps at 30 but made a wise choice of ‘taking it easy with 25kg’.  After the first 10 reps I realised that it was not going to be easy at all.

Push-ups were super super painful as usual but most of the time I just did 1 or 2 at a time and with a help of a good judge (we do the workouts in heats so everyone has a judge/cheerleader) I finished them faster than I would have without her by my side. And people – I’m actually doing WODs with proper push ups for the first time, no more knees on the floor! #superprogress

So 4 days done, 6 more to go. This year I will not be able to do all 12 as next Wednesday night we’ll be on our way to Australia. I have a feeling that as much as I love Crossfit and this challenge, once I land in Oz I will not be giving London much thought at all for the next 3 weeks 😉

And to finish off here’s a little rope climbing video. I just wanted video proof that I can do it. Rope climbs were a big deal to me, now that they no longer are I’m amazed at how impossible they seemed in the beginning. I’m hoping that one day pull ups will be just as doable even though right now they’re still very much impossible.


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    December 6, 2013 at 6:17 am

    Wish I could do 12 days of Crossfit but I can’t get to the box that often because of my work schedule. I do have some equipment at home. Maybe I could some at the box and some at home. Something to ponder.
    AWESOME job on the rope climbs!!!

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      December 6, 2013 at 9:57 am

      Luckily my office is 1 minute from my box. Otherwise it would be difficult to go every day. At home I have no equipment other than a jump rope and I have to say I cannot do high intensity workouts at home on my own – I need the crowd environment 😐 (although I AM thinking about asking Santa for a barbell and some weights 😉

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    Metropolitan Mum
    December 5, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Are you kidding me? I would have puked at the attempt to even climb up half way. xx

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      December 6, 2013 at 9:54 am

      First time the ropes were ‘brought out’ I laughed out loud and said NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. EVER. Once you’re shown the right technique though it’s easy! (unlike pull ups which actually require a lot of strength in the shoulders/upper back, which I don’t have yet)

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