Here's What I Thought About Crossfit

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SO sure, fine, yep, I tried it. I sucked it up and I went to my first FREE class at Crossfit in Burlingame. I was petrified. I had built this up for weeks prior to finally biting the bullet, and let me tell you, walking into a Crossfit gym, sorry, "box" on my own, was as daunting as you think it would be. But I did it. I filmed this video the following week. There was a week after the first class before I would go into what they call a Foundations Course where I'd learn proper form so I don't get injured, etc. 

Current update: I've stalled out. I'm nothing if I'm not 100% real with my followers so there you have it. Why? I'm not sure. I'm still super active, but I think I was expecting to at least get a call from them. Truth be told, it may sound ridiculous, but the fact that I'd be shelling out close to $200 a month and received zero follow-up after my first trial class left me very underwhelmed. It was a negative class, but I guess the millenial in me wanted to be wooed? I don't know honestly. I think I thought too hard about it, too much about it, and it killed it for me. Similar to when I'd ask my older brother to replay the Backstreet Boys over and over again when he'd drive us to high school in Nashville and his response would be, "no Brittany! You're going to ruin the song if you play it too much!"

I hated when he'd say that. How could I ever get sick of the Backstreet Boys? Right, well, once again, he was right. And this Crossfit adventure was just like that. Watch the video to hear more about what I did and what I thought in case you're summoning up the courage to give it a shot. I say try it. If you never try, you'll never know, right? Right. I'm now supplementing my Crossfit classes with, um, a Hip Hop class in Palo Alto next weekend. Yep, I'm allowed to change my mind and shift to the other end of the spectrum.

Here you go:

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Does The Jillian Michaels Six Week 6 Pack Workout Actually Work?

My Results: The Jillian Michaels Six Week 6 Pack

I had tried the Jillian Michaels "6 Week Six Pack" a year or so ago. Real talk: it was a half-assed attempt, and as such, led to half-assed results. 

I wanted to know if I could finally commit to (not just talk about doing it) five days of high intensity workouts a week, for six weeks.

I also wanted to get stronger (I'm a cardio kinda person and while I love it, I realize it's just not enough). Note that I'm not saying I'm trying to lose weight here. I just wanted to get my body strength up. 

Could I stick it out for six weeks? Does this routine work? Find out my results:

I didn't go too far into what I was eating on this video, but I am well aware that what you eat will absolutely affect results, especially when abs are involved. So I'm giving you a quick look at what I was eating daily.

Keep in mind, I do not diet (this you already know if you've seen my favorite guacamole and best-bread-ever recipes), I don't like the idea of it.

What I do is shift things up a bit. Deprivation is not an option. I put better fuel in, so I can perform better. Better input, better output. You've heard it before. Consult a physician on this one because every body is different. My goal was performance and strength building, not weight loss. #bodypositive  

Here's a glimpse of what I ate (I fluctuated between what I ate every day and went with one of the below options for every meal):

BREAKFAST:

  • steel cut oatmeal topped with dried goji berries, cinnamon, and coconut oil, plus coffee or Ricore when I need to keep my cortisol levels in check 
  • breakfast burrito with organic eggs, half an avocado, spicy salsa, an organic tortilla, and whatever else I can squeeze in there (spinach, onion, whatever)
  • my go-to smoothie which is protein powder (I like this one), cinnamon, frozen blueberries, a little maple syrup, and a handful of spinach

LUNCH:

*I now eat two small lunches during the day. The hangry'ness of it all started getting to be too much, so I eat less, more often.

  • a delish soup from my favorite spot next door (I go for a turkey chili or Italian wedding soup, but also love a veggie soup too) 
  • arugula salad, smoked turkey, avo (yes, I eat a lot of avocado), baby tomatoes, cucumbers, and my favorite new (healthy) honey mustard dressing 

DINNER:

*Keep in mind, I eat oddball dinners unless I'm cooking for someone. I like tapas-style eating so inevitably, I pick from whatever's in my fridge. 

  • rotisserie chicken, broccoli, brown rice
  • another smoothie
  • baked sweet potato with greek yogurt or a little chicken
  • wild card combo (whatever it is, I keep portions small)

It should be obvious at this point that I'm not a nutritionist. I try to get in some serious greens when I can, and I'm super guilty of not getting enough lean protein for the amount I move, so I'm upping my numbers on that these days. I also knock back about 8 S'well bottles of filtered water (ZeroWater filters are my favorites). Water is everything. I know, it's a lot of water, but it makes a difference.

I also pressed pause on my wine during the week and made sure to get enough sleep. Everyone needs different amounts. I need eight hours. Leaving out the wind-down glass of wine or alcohol helped improve my sleep, and I kept away from a lot of caffeine during the day (cut-off was 2pm if I had any coffee).

This menu is not applicable to my weekends. No rules on Saturdays and Sundays, but I did find that even though I would indulge, I never wanted to stuff myself silly. The portion sizes stayed small. 

There you have it!

Ready to give this workout a go? Let me know...

*All views in this review are the opinion of the author. This post was not sponsored. I purchased the products featured. FYI this post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete TheStyleShaker.com disclosure here.