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Fit and Free Friday

…because you know us bloggers and our alliteration…

Happy Friday! Every day this week has been kind of a Friday for me, so it’s pretty strange to be excited about the weekend. All this time off is relaxing, but I have idle hands and I feel like there’s so much I should be doing.

I heard a great quote from one of the trainers at LA Fitness a few days ago:

Eat for who you want to be. Drink for who you are.

The first part is self-explanatory. Eat the type of foods you would be eating if you were you 6 months from now.

The second part is an equation: Drink at least half your weight in ounces of water a day. If you weigh 120 lbs, drink at least 60 ounces of water a day.

This is a good rule to live by, and my puppy is proof of the first part.

She was a little overweight a few years ago, and I started feeding her the amount of food for the weight I wanted her to be, and she slimmed down and is back to a healthy weight now. It makes sense that it would work for people too.

On Wednesday, I went to my first Crossfit class at the Altamonte Springs Crossfit Tire Factory. I got a Groupon for 8 beginner classes a few months ago and had just been waiting on my knee and shoulder to stop bothering me to try it. Technically, I had already tried it once before in Gainesville, but it hadn’t felt like Crossfit. This, however, was a whole different ballgame.

The instructor, Kelly, impressed me right off the bat. She was in great shape, friendly, and motivating. First, she had us do a beginner warmup:

  • 15 toe touches
  • 15 kicks, each leg
  • 15 squat jumps
  • 3 rounds
Then we went into the smaller room (this was the biggest Crossfit box I’d been to) and she demonstrated the skill of the day, hang cleans. We used the PVC pipe first to work on our form, then just the barbell, and finished with the barbell and 10-lb weights on each end.

Kelly said I was a natural at the cleans, and I have to admit I had a great time doing them and felt so strong and accomplished that I could conquer this move. She put up our WOD on the board and gave us 15 minutes to complete it:

  • 12 hang cleans
  • 21 wall balls
  • 150m sprint
  • 3 rounds for time
When I attempted to do the first wall ball, I squatted and hardly got back up. I tweaked my poor right knee again, the one that I’ve been reinjuring for the last 6 months. Kelly said it was because I was doing squats improperly, so she substituted the wall balls for chest-to-the-ground pushups for me.

I completed the circuit in 10:23, and that 10-minute workout kicked my butt harder than being on the treadmill or elliptical for 30 minutes ever could. What I really loved about it was how motivating the instructor was throughout the whole thing. Whenever I thought I couldn’t do another pushup, she was cheering me on and telling me not to stop. With that kind of tough love, I can see how crosfitters get into crazy shape so quickly.

Some other cool things that happened to me this week was a sudden accumulation of really neat things. My sample of Shower Pill came in the mail, which is an athletic antibacterial body wipe that takes place of a shower when you don’t have time for one.

Each box holds 10 wipes. One is for me and one is for you! Stay tuned for the full review and giveaway!

I also scored a sample of Mila from a Lifemax representative, and I’m really excited to try this chia seed blend I’ve heard so much about.

I also visited Avalon of Orlando yesterday and picked up a bag of sage to cleanse to my home, along with some precious stones to generate some good energy, with the end of the world being today and everything.

Actually, Troy and I are just going to meditate and try to raise our vibration, but I won’t get into the metaphysical here.


I’m wondering…


Have you ever tried Crossfit? If you stuck with it, how did you get past the price? If you didn’t, why not?

This Crossfit gym is $150-180 a month, which is just outright painful on my wallet. I’d love to hear your opinions on the price vs. value.


About youmefit

I am a college student that is trying to stay physically fit and eat healthy. We all know how hard this is, so I am trying to post some tips, and get some discussions started so we can all learn from each other.


  1. Hey
    So I joined a crossfit gym earlier this year, but I recently cancelled my membership because as a student, it wasn’t really possible for me to get there 4-5 times a week b/c it is so far from campus and I don’t have a car.
    Aside from that, I am glad that I did it, even though it was like $150 a month.
    When I was doing it, I definitely noticed that I was putting on muscle mass really quickly, which was cool if that is what you are looking to achieve.
    You will definitely develop a different physique if you train at crossfit (i.e not a runner/skinny body).
    At first it scared me, but then I embraced my emerging 6 pack, which I can still kinda see sometimes after I workout on my own.
    Plus, even if you just do it for a few months, you will learn a TON MORE about weight training and get your form perfected, which is so important!
    I hope this helps 🙂

    • Thanks so much for this insight! It feels good knowing that even as a student you can afford the membership, because that’s what really worries me the most. I’m also a little nervous about the changes in my physique because there’s a certain look I’m going for (think NPC bikini competitors) and I’m scared I’ll stray too far away from that look doing Crossfit. Although any sign of a 6 pack would definitely motivate me.
      I think I’m going to end up trying it for a month to see how it goes. Stay tuned and read all about it!

  2. Joanna @ Running Places

    Still sorry to hear about your work stuff right now. I hope you have a Merry Christmas! Keep in touch–always here to talk about young professional stuff if you need me 🙂

    • Thanks girl! I’ve seen everything you’ve been going through on Facebook and that royally blows too. Merry belated Christmas to you too! Hopefully I’ll get to see you one of these weekends I’m back in town.

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