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Have A Muddy Weekend!

6 Jul

{Photo courtesy of Mudder Nation}

What are you up to this weekend? Any interesting plans for the summer? A group of us from CrossFit 310 will be running Tough Mudder up on Big Bear mountain tomorrow morning. I’m nervous yet excited at the same time. I’ve never done this kind of mileage on foot before (running or walking), so it’ll be pretty interesting to see how it all unfolds. I’m a little intimidated by the ice pool and the electric shock, but I know we’ll come out on top. Anyway, have a great weekend! Here are some posts from around the web . . .

A look inside the world of CrossFit

Give credit where it’s due (It’s the food!)

WODShop is having a fun little giveaway!

OMG! Individual workouts released for the CrossFit Games!

Deborah Carson’s mental preparation for the Games

Have A Great Weekend!

1 Jun

Julie Foucher & Cory Moore

{Photo courtesy of CrossFit}

Happy Friday guys! What are your plans for the weekend? I’m doggy / house sitting for my friends in Santa Monica. They have a rooftop patio, so you know I’ll be up there soaking up some sun. But before I indulge in pleasure, I have to finish fine-tuning my research paper that’s due Wednesday. If I get an A on it, I will continue with my 4.0 GPA. Note: This is the 1st semester in my college career that I didn’t have a total meltdown writing essays. I’m pretty proud of that, and I think I owe it to CrossFit! Anyway, I hope you all have a stellar weekend, and here are some posts from around the web . . . . . .

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MentalWOD does a tribute to athlete Anders Galalay. Great read!

Seriously, how can you NOT love Camille LeBlanc-Bazinet?

Is CrossFit a “trend” or will it become the standard? Personally, I think the latter.

Have you heard? The 2012 CrossFit Games spectator tickets sold out! Talk about progress.

A look into the last 5 weeks of Regional Competitions in 17 regions across the world.

Mmmmmm, blueberry honey coconut cups by PaleOMG! I die.

Inov-8 is having a small contest for a pair of their minimal running shoes. Enter now!

Bucket List: Tough Mudder

31 May

{Photo courtesy of Tough Mudder}

In a little over a month, myself and a group of others from CrossFit 310 will be participating in the SoCal Tough Mudder up in Big Bear. I’m really excited about it because it’s been on my Bucket List for some time! However, I’m really nervous because it’s recommended that participants train a few months in advance, and as you can probably assume from my Zone post, I haven’t really had much time to sleep, much less train for 11 miles (the most I’ve ever ran is 3.1 miles). So naturally,  I was left wondering what kind of options I have to make this work. Well, in addition to a running plan my friend Lauren created for me, I also found a great pillar article on Outside magazine’s website on what to know for Tough Mudder, which I found extremely useful for noobz like myself. It’s called “Yes You Can: Run a Tough Mudderby Erin Beresini. With the help of Andy Thom (a six-time TM vet), Alex Patterson (TM’s Chief Marketing Officer), and Jim Nix (a TM coach) her tips featured below soothe my anxiety:

10. Avoid cotton
“You’re gonna be wet, you’re going to be fully submerged at some point, and it’s going to be cold,” Thom says. Stay away from cotton, which will soak up the water and mud, dragging you down and keeping you chilled. Instead, opt for materials that wick away moisture, like Dri-FIT or COOLMAX, and fit closely to the body to reduce chafing. That said, there is no dress code, and costumes are encouraged, so if you want to go shirtless or wear a tutu, do it. Just remember to bring a change of clothes so you can enjoy the post-event party dry and warm.

9. Run
“If you lack the cardio aspect of conditioning, you’re gonna struggle,” says Nix. There’s no rule against walking, but if you want to finish strong, you’ll have to train to run. The events incorporate 10 to 12 miles of running up and down mountains, across mud, and through obstacles—i.e. not in a straight line. Tough Mudder says you should be able to run five miles, Nix recommends working up to eight, and Thom recommends 10. The first half of our 12-week training plan will focus on tuning in your cardio.

8. Wear gloves
“A good pair of gloves with open tips so the water drains out of them will help you grab onto things when you’re wet and doing the obstacles,” says Patterson. Weight lifting or cycling gloves will protect your hands and improve your grip on obstacles like monkey bars or rope climbs. Several competitors swear by Mad Grip gloves with the fingertips cut off.

7. Enlist friends
“Most importantly, get yourself a crew of awesome friends—people who are gonna laugh when they fall, and get back up,” Patterson says. Put your team together early. That way, you can help each other through workouts. The typical team size is between five and 10 people. If you can’t convince anyone to join you, don’t fret. “If you’re alone, you’ll end up joining a team at the first obstacle,” says Patterson. “People who didn’t know each other before they started have made lifelong friends from having done a Tough Mudder together.”

6. Train outside
Tough Mudder requires functional strength to lift yourself over walls, carry a log, or slither under barbed wire. Create muscle memory by imitating these movements outdoors with plyometric exercises. “Don’t sit at the air-conditioned or heated gym and do bench presses and curls,” Thom says. “Mimic obstacles. Go to your local playground and climb around on the monkey bars. Get out in the fresh air, run up a hill, or climb a freaking tree.”

5. Get wet
It will be cold. Don’t let event day be the first time you face the mind-numbing shock of plunging into icy liquid. “Train in the elements as much as possible,” Nix says. That includes training outside on cold mornings and in the rain. Or you could do what Thom did in his now infamous Tough Mudder training video (below), and start your workout by dumping a bucket of cold water over your head.

4. Wear old, grippy shoes
“Wear an old pair of sneakers, especially a pair that has trail treads,” Patterson says. Pick a pair that isn’t completely beat, but that you don’t mind getting permanently stained.

3. Fundraise
Every registered Tough Mudder gets a fundraising page to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization that provides services to injured service members to help them transition between active duty and civilian life. If you raise more than $150, you’ll get a $25 discount on your registration fee. To date, Mudders have raised over $2.3 million for the organization.

2. Embrace the insanity
Conquering the unknown is part of what bonds Tough Mudders together, and every race has one mystery obstacle that you can’t prepare for by looking at the course map. You will fall, you’ll look ridiculous, and at some point, you’ll probably be scared. Enjoy it. People will be watching. “After the race, we’ll grab a beer, and stand and laugh as people come through Electroshock Therapy,” Thom says.

1. Don’t stress
If for some reason you don’t want to complete an obstacle (ex: you can’t swim, and the obstacle requires jumping off of a platform into a pond), it’s OK. You can run around if need be. Just know that to qualify for the World’s Toughest Mudder, a 24-hour challenge in which competitors complete as many loops of a Tough Mudder course as possible, you should be able to do all of the obstacles.

Oh, Fran

16 May

5 Things I Learned Hugging Complete Strangers

8 May

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Global Free Hugs was started by Juan Mann, whose mission was to brighten people’s lives, or at the very least, their day. I watched his social experiment video a few years ago, and became totally inspired, although I never thought I’d see the day where I would be the one willingly standing out in a public square, soliciting free hugs to complete strangers… but alas, the day has come and (sadly) gone. Here are five things I learned in the process:

1. Foreigners dig hugs. Americans? Not so much.

So, in the process of facilitating this social experiment, we noticed that foreigners were way more apt to receive a free hug over Americans. Is this why I think Europe is so dreamy? Look, I know we (Americans) value our imagined little bubbles, but come on. . . . We were giving away HUGS . . . . for free! On the flip side, we did get a lot of thumbs up for the cause, and some smiles from people who were trying really hard not to smile. For me, that’s enough. So I’ll take it.

2. Our concept of “free” has been completely lost in our commercialized society.

At least half the people we hugged (and some who didn’t want hugs) asked what the catch was: “No really, how many donations are you soliciting?” When we explained that we weren’t taking donations, or that we didn’t represent a company etc. they seemed puzzled and asked, “Then why are you doing this?” More often than not I answered with: “Because everyone needs a hug.” And, in fact, it’s true! Studies have shown that a person who gives and/or receives about 12 hugs per day will lead a healthier, happier, and more fulfilled life. So what are you waiting for? Start hugging!

3. Receiving is awesome, but giving is more awesome.

I’m not gonna lie, I love receiving gifts. It’s actually one of my love languages. However, the joy I got from knowing I’ve directly helped to improve someone else’s life or day is on a totally different (higher) level than the joy I get from knowing someone was thinking about little ol’ me. To give is to receive. You cannot give without receiving joy in return. It’s all-encompassing and I highly encourage this practice! I hugged one guy and he said, “Thank you. I really needed that.” It literally made my entire weekend!

4. Contrary to popular belief, Karma is not a bitch (at least not always).

We gave free hugs away in Santa Monica on 3rd street promenade, and had to park in a nearby structure, which of course, is not free. We did our two hours of free hugs (which went by really, really fast) and when we went to leave and pay for our parking, the ticket spit back out with $0.00 on it. I’m not sure if this was a coincidence, but I’d like to think it was Karma working her ways in our favor. So if that was you, thank you. Free parking in L.A. is like winning the lottery. 

5. The best way to deal with rejection is to subject yourself to it!

I don’t know about you, but I’m absolutely terrified of rejection. So much so, that I will intentionally avoid certain situations in anticipation of this very scary element of life. What I loved about Free Hugs is that it forces you to step outside of your comfort zone and face that rejection head on. I feel way less intimidated by rejection than I’ve ever felt!

CrossFit 310 Volleyball Saturdays

5 May

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So, for the summer, my box (CrossFit 310) meets every Saturday for volleyball at the beach. Today’s get together was a huge success with a great turn out, and a lot of semi-competitive, but mostly really fun volleyball matches. It’s great to bond with your gym mates in and out of the box.

- Rebecca The Red

Wet Hot American Summer

3 May

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The summer is just about here, and I could not be anymore grateful! L.A. has been a tad gloomy the past few weeks, so I’m more ready than ever for the sunshine. Spring semester finishes the first week of June and after that it’s all fun under the sun for me (besides my day job, of course): Tough Mudder, the CrossFit Games, stand-up paddleboarding, more footie matches, Club Mini, the summer concert series in Hermosa Beach, Shakespeare by the Sea, reggae night at the Hollywood Bowl, classic movies in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, photography, a possible trip to DC?, wine tastings at Rosenthal in Malibu, volleyball Saturdays, trail runs …. I could go on. I just know this summer is going to be the best yet. How about you? What are your plans for the summer? xo

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