Category Archives: Sports clothing

Role models…

I’m writing this post because I recently posted a couple of photos on to my Instagram page hannah_j_lewis and was happily surprised at the response I got. I didn’t post it to get comments or anything but more to try and inspire other women.

  
The above is the photo! On the left I was 60kg and 20% body fat, I made sure I ran everyday and spent a lot of the time poorly. I skipped meals on a regular basis with the sole aim to be ‘skinny.’ That was my goal, I wanted to be under 60kg and punished myself for even eating a square of chocolate, not a healthy mind set at all.

Jump to the photo on the right, I’m now 10kg heavier at 70kg, I’m much healthier, I have more energy, better skin and nails and my body fat is even lower at 14%! 

What I’ve come to realise on my journey through weightlifting and crossfit is that skinny is not actually healthy. I used to look up to singers such as Cheryl Cole and think they look great but actually they’re a bag of bones, if that’s what you aspire to be then that’s fine but I want young women and girls to look up to be something healthy, strong and beautiful. 

I had lots of responses to my post, many girls thanking me for public ally saying it’s ok to put on weight/ muscle and to be heavier. I also had messages from girls who had eating disorders who also thanked me and that was really nice to see. 

The other day a girl I used to teach walked past me in my crossfit class. The next day her mum handed me a pencil drawn picture of me lifting weights with the words ‘when I grow up I want to lift weights and be strong like you Miss Lewis.’ This meant the world to me, if I can inspire any female no matter how old or irregardless of ability then I’ve done my job! 

I’m not saying it’s been easy, I still have mini freak outs that I’m heavier now but then i remind myself of what I can do, how functional I am and how healthy and I feel enpowered. I’m also lucky to be surrounded by a wonderful boyfriend, friends and family. 

If you’re reading this and struggle with your weight or body issues then please remember it’s more important to make yourself happy and to be healthy. Look up to those female sport stars not the catwalk models! 

After all if we were in the hunger games… Who would survive?! 

  

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Team work 

Last weekend I competed with 5 other members from my Crossfit gym, Crossfit Bournemouth at The Super Team Cup in London. 

  
There were 100 teams competing and they could literally be ‘super teams’ where members didn’t have to come from the same box. 

The first work out was a 3km ski erg between 4 of us and it was horrible and our worst finish! We then had another 5 workouts and after each workout we climbed higher up the leaderboard. The competition continued to Sunday which saw handstand push ups, 4 x 200m sprint and a big final. 

Yes we made the final top 20 so had 1 more workout! Between 4 of us we had to do Fran, Grace, Elizabeth & Amanda as the ‘weightlifter’ I was given Grace! 42.5kg clean & jerk x 30 reps which I managed to do in 2mins 30 and absolutely loved it! Our team smashed it and came 16th in the final, meaning we finished in 19th! 

An amazing weekend and I would highly recommend doing team event in the future, it was so exciting and so nice to have your team mates with you supporting and cheering you on. 

  
Thanks to our amazing sponsors Elite Gear who kitted us out and cheered in every workout. If you need any crossgit supplies then check them out! 

Elite Gear


Sock gainz! 

Now recently you may have noticed the explosion of socks onto the crossfit arena! They have become a vital item in the crossfit wardrobe for both men and women.

The crazier the better, with colours being splashed all over socks as well as pictures such as these Dollar or Gorrilla ones below which are available from my sponsors Ares at the bargain price of £8.99.

   
 
And something for the girls…

  
I was hesitant to join in the sock game but I actually love them and love how they can finish off an outfit, I don’t wear them fully pulled up but just enough to see the pattern or colour.

Available at :Ares socks free delivery too

Another brand that is rocking the sock work is Stance socks who stock a massive range. 

   
 
They look awesome and are perfect length for working out, these are stocked by the London based shop Whatever it takes and available online

Whatever it takes
Check out the socks, every time I’ve worn my Ares ones I’ve hit a pb…. Just saying 🙂 


Pb City

Apoligies for being quiet on here recently, I have been poorly. I took a few days rest as think I have been over training a little and not fuelling my body enough.

This morning was my first session and I decided to give olympic lifting a go as it wouldn’t get me out of breath and plus it’s my favourite. 

We worked on technique and one of the coaches told me to just go light and work form due to the fact I’d been poorly, I nodded and agreed. However, once I pick up that barbell I just want to go heavy I can’t help it! 

We started with snatch, a movement I really don’t like because I find it so technical. I started to feel pretty good, we worked on a slow first phase up to the knees and then a fast final phase. I needed to focus on staying on my heels and taking my time, I tried to do this and to push my knees out and started to feel better. I slowly built up to near my 1 rep max of 62.5kg, I got up to 60kg and failed. I explained to the coach I hadn’t gotten a PB in a while in my snatch, so he said to put 63.5kg on the bar and just pick it up.

I took this on board and instead of fussing around I just went for it and I finished it! Was super happy and my confidence was given a massive boost so I decided to take the plunge and put a further 4kg on and got up to 67.5kg. First attempt and I did it and it felt so easy because I concentrated on keeping the bar close and staying on my heels.

Tips for a successful snatch

  • Keep the bar close to your body at all times
  • Stay on your heels throughout the lift 
  • Engage your lats and flat back when setting up for your lift
  • Strong shoulders

Then we moved onto squat cleans which I really enjoy, I’m still quite nervous as I had a bad injury in May this year but I’m building my confidence.

I started off at 60kg and built up to a pb at 92.5kg, this was a 2.5kg pb but I wanted more so put 95kg on the bar and did it first time. I also managed to catch it on film too! Really wanting to get that 100kg clean. 

Tips for squat clean

  • Again keep the bar close and start with your lats engaged 
  • Drive through your heels 
  • When the bar hits your hips, drop quickly to get underneath the bar
  • Once you’ve gotten underneath the bar keep your core engaged and your elbows high

A new crossfit brand… Ares

I began crossfit a year ago and started getting into my social media more this year. 

I was approached by a small, up and coming company called Ares who asked if they could sponsor me. I was so excited, I love crossfit and I love clothes so being sponsored was something completely unexpected and felt really rewarding. 

They sent me a great package of clothes and I couldn’t wait to wear it in the gym. Now, I may be biased but I also own a lot of gym clothes and have to say that the fit and design of the clothes is great. The material is really soft and the prints are also great. 

Ever since my sponsorship began I’ve received so much gear from Johnny at Ares. They have been so wonderful and generous so I really want to promote their brand and tell you how great it is! 

I recently met Johnny, the owner and he’s a really supportive guy, who loves crossfit and loves his brand. 

Ares Website
They do both men’s and women’s gear and the products range from bags, wrist wraps through to vest tops and baseball tops. They’re all at a really great price and the company have free delivery at the moment. You can also use my code Lewis10 for 10% off! So grab yourself a bargain! 

 My gear from Ares 
I’ve included some pictures of things from their website to give you a taster but head over to their website for more products. 

Their sock game is also on point! 

   
 
   
   


Calluses… My lovely girly hands

We’ve all been there and had those horrible rips from the bars and boy do they hurt! I used to get these from my gymnastics days and remember my coach just ripping them off, it’s part and parcel of the sport. 

  
Even though I have been doing crossfit for over a year my hands still suffer. I’m not a fan of gloves, I like to be able to feel the bar and keep strapping to a minimum. However, due to increased volume and the fact id like to keep my hands a bit feminine I am going to invest in some hand guards.

  
Im going to buy these,  available from kit box, not just because they come in pink (other colours available) but because they’re very similar to gymnastic hand guards. They’re basic but do the job of protecting the hand.

Hand guards
To protect my sore hands whenever I get a rip i was introduced to Paw Paw, a moisturising cream made from papaya that soothes, relieves and moisturises. 

I love this stuff and have two tubes of it in my kit bag, after its placed on a rip or blister it soothes immediately and helps to heal really quickly. It’s now stocked nationally in boots and tesco too for around £3.99! Bargain

Teamed with some trusty sudocream and some girly pink nail varnish I find im able to save my hands… Just! 

  


Crossfit, haters gonna hate

The other day I had a conversation with my brother about crossfit and found myself becoming extremely defensive about the sport I have grown to love. Now my brother doesn’t and has never tried crossfit, he was however a junior world gymnastics champion so knows what it takes to be at the top of your sport. 

His arguement was that he was fitter than me because he can run further. My arguement was that although I hate running, I have other skills in my tool box, I can pull up, olympic lift, walk on my hands etc. Anyway the arguement escalated and ended up like most sibling exchanges do, in personal insults and a challenge. I will go for a run with him if he will do a crossfit session with me!

  
Anyway it got me thinking about when I first started crossfit and the amount of articles I read on the internet slating crossfit. I wonder how many of these people have actually tried a crossfit session before they started slagging it off?! 

Injuries- Any sport carries a risk of injury, it’s part and parcel of the activity you choose to do. I competed in trampolining for 15 years and ended up with 3 stress fractures but I’m not bitter. It provided me with so many opportunities and achievements. 

Of course anything that involves lifting weight or just being a gym will cause injury. I understand that people are concerned with the fact that crossfit coaches are not teaching the correct form, especially when it comes to Olympic lifting. Which is why it is important for people who want to begin crossfit to do their research on the box they are going to join, have a trial session, see what the coaching is like. I have to say whenever I have seen people, very rarely, get injured its when they’ve been doing their own workouts or practising by themselves in the gym. 

It’s just exercising- yes it is exercising but it is also a sport. A sport where top athletes train full time, watch what they eat, are sponsored and disciplined. It incorporates such a broad range of movements and I believe makes everyone from beginner to athlete a functional person. 

All crossfitters love to talk about crossfit- Yes this is very true! Why? Because it is a community, all of my best friends are from my crossfit box. We have social events, support one another and share common interests. But although I love crossfit I completely appreciate other sports and love to play and watch them also. 

It makes you bulky (women) – crossfit incorporates weightlifting, cardio and gymnastics and if done right it will make you lean. Will it build muscle ? Yeah! Will it make you look like a guy? No! You only have to look at the top female athletes and look at how amazing their bodies are! Not only are they full functional but they reflect a lot of hard work. 

  
You have to do paleo- Paleo is recommended and I really believe that Paleo is great. I do think however it should be adapted to the individual person, we are all human and need that odd sugar fix or the odd bottle of wine. 

Benefits I have found from crossfit 

  • Friendships
  • Community
  • A lean, functional body
  • Nutritional information
  • An outlet for my friendly competitiveness 
  • Knowledge on my body and how it moves 

I would recommend crossfit to anyone. Young, old, thin or fat I believe it really can improve health and wellbeing. 

And we do talk about other things apart from crossfit…. Promise!