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Not gonna lie, every week I get nervous right before going to CrossFit. It’s without a doubt intimidating. But every week, once class is over, I feel amazing. This past week’s class was my favorite so far.


First came walking squats. The concept is simple: maintain a squat position while “walking” (more like waddling) across the entire room. This is a great way to stretch your hips.


Then the inch worm, which included a push-up during the middle part:


Finally, to loosen up the entire body:

crossfit harbor east warm up wall ball cleans hand release push ups burpees

These were new-to-me moves:

Wall ball clean
Hand release push ups

STRENGTH: back squats

We partnered up to work on our form for back squats…

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According to The Art of Manliness it’s something every man should know how to do.


CrossFit WOD1-14 kettlebell thrusters pull ups goblet squats

For the actual workout I grabbed the lightest kettlebell I could find so as not to over-do it. Thrusters are simply a combination squat and shoulder press, as you can see by the fine demonstrator below. For our workout we were only to use one arm at a time.

Kettlebell thrusters.

Then came pull-ups. Something I’ve never been able to do in my entire life. So I grabbed the most supportive of the resistance bands to assist me. I focused on good form and getting my chin up and over the bar every time. By the end of the five rounds those 10 pull ups were a struggle even WITH the band.

Lastly, we flipped those kettlebells upside down for goblet squats.

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I finished up in 10 minutes 39 seconds and felt great. It was challenging but not unbearable. With only one class left on our Living Social deal I hope that it’s just as good!