My Thoughts On Crossfit

Messy Gym | Crossfit | I Fucking Love Fitness Last week, I was reading this article on Huffington Post about one of Crossfit’s dirty secrets: rhabdomyolysis — when muscle fiber breaks down and is released into the bloodstream, poisoning the kidneys. Note that Rhabdomyolysis is not exclusive to Crossfit, as it is seen in triatheletes, marathon runners and even football players. If you’ve tried Crossfit, you know how crazy and intense it is but if you were educated, you would know to progress into it, listen to your coaches and train smart. Rhabdomyolysis is rare and entirely preventable.

So what is rhabdomyolysis exactly? Under extreme conditions your muscles cells explode. They die.

I took Crossfit for a bit but I don’t anymore only because it’s ridiculously expensive and I am a huge fan of being cheap and working out for free a.k.a. coming up with my own WODs (which is part of the fun)! Of course, that doesn’t work for everyone because some people really need to be in a group environment to get motivated to actually work out and push themselves. It really doesn’t matter how you workout as long as you workout. Anyway, here are some random thoughts on Crossfit, training and rhabdomyloysis:

  • The real danger is over-training. If you are smart, you would know not to overtrain.
  • …and doing too much before your body can handle it.
  • Just because you are already “fit” does not mean you should dive right into Crossfit. There are many ways to define fit and your body may need to adjust to new movements and exercises.
  • Progression is important.
  • Rest is even more important.
  • If you don’t understand the concepts of progression and recovery, you shouldn’t be doing Crossfit (or any intense fitness program) at all.
  • I agree that some Crossfitters need to put more effort into form than getting a good time (not generalizing).
  • One of my pet peeves is attending a fitness class with advanced movements and coaches do not teach proper form. I’ve seen so many bad kettlebell swings and half-assed squats yet it’s not my place to correct anyone. It’s dangerous and irresponsible.
  • I don’t think there is anything wrong with Crossfit as long as you attend a box with good coaches.
  • All forms of sports could be dangerous. Crossfit is dangerous. But so is marathon training.
  • Any form of exercise is better than no exercise at all.

What do you think of Crossfit?


    Things That Annoy Me About Cycling

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    This picture has nothing to do with this entry but I’m too lazy to find another one. At least it has a bike in it.

    I LOVE cycling and it’s worth all the annoyances I am about to list …so here are things that annoy me about cycling:

    • Commuting with my clipless pedals and bike shoes. I live downtown and have to bike through the hilly city. Very annoying having to unclip all the time and freaking out about not being able to clip in when the intersection is at the bottom of a steep hill. So I guess the ONLY solution for this problem is to buy a new bike (yay) so I can put the regular pedals back on this bike. Sigh! Cyclist problems.
    • Having to check my tire pressure before every ride. I don’t do it before all rides because I get lazy but I’m always scared of getting a flat.
    • Changing a flat. I have a major confession: I’ve never changed a flat on the road. I did it once at home for practice then hurt my finger part way (don’t ask) so Boyfriend finished the rest. Plus I got lazy and bored. I know how to change a flat… just never completely changed one. This is how you know I’m just a total wannabe cyclist (that carries bus fare).
    • Pedestrians not looking and walking into a bike lane. Luckily, I haven’t dealt with many stupid drivers but there are many stupid pedestrians mindlessly stepping into the bike lanes downtown. Some are looking down at their phones and some just don’t realize it’s a bike lane. Sigh.
    • Being a cyclist. Because everyone hates cyclists (especially roadies) and we generate the most anger from legions of angry people in 4000lb machines. AND I hate cyclists when I’m in pedestrian or driving mode too. Well not all cyclists— only the ones that makes us all look bad. :( But that doesn’t mean I will stop cycling!

    What annoys you about cycling?

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      Cyclist Problems

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      • When any ride under 50km does not count as a workout.
      • When you plan a leisurely ride to work but you end up really really wanting to stay ahead of other cyclists commuters on the bike lanes because you just can’t help it.
      • When you are commuting in lycra and feel pressured to ride faster when you just want a leisurely ride. Damnit, should’ve worn a cotton t-shirt today.
      • When you heard someone lent out their road bike: “Wow, they are SO nice. I would never do that.”
      • When you can’t decide which poutine place to go to after a ride.
      • When you sell out your parents for weekend lunches because they always interfere with scheduled group rides.
      Leggings or no leggings? Fingerless or full-fingered gloves? Sigh.

      Leggings or no leggings? Fingerless or full-fingered gloves? Why is life so hard?

      • When you have trouble trying to eat back all of the 4000 calories you burnt on the last ride.
      • Riding up a bunch of steep hills and realizing you went the wrong way so you turn around and go back downhill. Then you realize: OOPS. THAT WAS THE RIGHT WAY AFTERALL.
      • “You won’t understand unless you’re a cyclist.”
      • Being super stressed out because you can’t decide what to wear and how to layer for winter riding. Freezing-to-death and overheating are extreme concerns!!
      • The sadness you feel having to give up Leg Days at the gym so they will survive a hard weekend ride.
      • When a week goes by without a quality ride feels like you just wasted your life away.
      • When you want to shoot yourself because you have to walk 5 blocks while riding up a mountain is something you look forward to all the time.
      • When you’ve cycled a particular route dozens of times and one day you look up and realized you’ve NEVER noticed the gorgeous scenery along it (because you are always riding too hard to notice).
      • When you have to hit your brakes because you are stuck behind a slow ass Ferrari.
      Tan Lines |

      Tanned & Lined. FML.

      • Forgetting to start your GPS prior to a ride.
      • Realizing you forgot to fully charge your GPS before an uber long ride.
      • When you manually pause your GPS during a ride and forgetting to restart it.
      • The fear of running out of clean cycling shorts.
      • Chafing.
      • Having to wash your water bottles after a ride. Worst. Chore. Ever.
      • Checking out other male cyclists’ …calves. When they are sharp and pointy, I am impressed.
      • When you are climbing a mountain and another cyclist pull up to you and starts chatting with you like a normal person… and makes you feel really bad about yourself. Because you are struggling to breath and have no idea why the hell they don’t sound tired at all.
      • When you say you went out for a ride and have to clarify it was a BICYCLE ride… not motorcycle. Why would I ride a motorcycle?! That’s just silly.
      • The huge dilemma of whether to pass these guys or not. Because if I pass them, that means I’ll have to stay in front of them and I’m not sure if I have the energy to keep that up…
      • When someone passes you so that means you HAVE to pass them again. Damnit. Should’ve worn that cotton t-shirt.
      • Spending the entire summer with a mustache tan, sunglass tan and hideous tan lines everywhere and anywhere.
      • When Boyfriend shows his bike shorts tan lines to other people. *dies from embarassment* (they are 10000000000x worse than mine)
      • Finally having to admit that you are just a wannabe-cyclist because you hate other “cyclists” (who don’t wear helmets) and cannot understand why cyclists are so proud of their tan lines. Sigh.