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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! 

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C9 Cleanse

Sorry for being quiet recently, I’ve just gone back to work and teaching has been pretty crazy!

Anyway I’m here to tell you about the recent cleanse I’ve been on, C9. 

  
I decided to do this cleanse because I wanted to lose a bit of weight but mainly wanted to give my body a really good detox.

The first 2 days you don’t eat a meal, you have lots of aloe Vera gel, fibre tablets and can snack on fruits and vegetables which in the booklet are called ‘free foods.’ To say I was hungry was an understatement, by the second day I really wanted to eat and I found that I lacked energy when working out.

Days 3-9 you can introduce a 600 calorie meal and I chose to have mine as an evening meal. I was so looking forward to this meal and it didn’t disappoint, however I felt the next day I was hungry and counting down the hours.

I was pleased with my weight loss I lost 2.5-3kg in 4 days and 1.5inches off my waist. But I do think this was due to a severe lack of food and the fact I was starving! 

All in all I wouldn’t really recommend C9 to people who train and who are in shape already. If you have a holiday coming up and have a bit to lose then it’s worth trying it because I think it does cleanse and give a kick boost in losing weight. 

I regret doing it now as my training has suffered but at least I have given it a go. I need to learn to be happy and be confident that what I eat is good for me and that I’m happy with my body. 

Good luck if you do the cleanse but I honestly would recommend just eating healthy, drinking water and exercising. 


Outdoor workout

I want to show everyone that you don’t necessarily need a gym or any high tech equipment in order to be able to complete a successful workout. 

Today the gym was closed so myself and my partner headed to our local park. Here they have put up equipment that the public can use, which I think they do at a lot of local parks in the UK. 

  
There was no one on it when we got there and we agreed to complete a partner workout of 150 pull ups, 150 press ups and 400 air squats. If you’re just getting started then these are quite big numbers, I would start out with the aim to do much smaller sets of 20 and see how you feel after each set. If you haven’t got pull ups then there will be probably be a bar low enough to have a go at jumping pull ups. 

  
Air squats are a brilliant exercise as they really work the large muscle groups in your legs and ladies they’re brilliant for the bum! 

If you struggle with press ups then again break it down try as many as you can, then have a go at going on to your knees. Try to keep your hips inline when doing this though to ensure your arms get a work out. 

If you go to your local park and there isn’t any equipment at all then try to incorporate some sprints. In addition if there are benches then try some steps ups, or jump ups if your feeling brave. Tricep dips can also be done using a bench.

Other exercise you can include are lunges, jumping jacks, sit ups, skipping etc. There are loads and I hope to post some videos soon. 

   
 


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 🙂 


Foundation, High end or high street? 

  
Hello my name is Megan and I am Hannah’s younger sister. I am 16 years old and unlike Hannah I am not into fitness and cross fit however I do enjoy makeup and beauty. Follow me on Instagram @meganlowe20I will be comparing a highend foundation compared to a drugstore foundation

Like Hannah I am mixed race which makes finding foundations which match my skin tricky ,whenever I do find a match thy’re out of stock or they just don’t provide a colour as dark as my skin. This is when high end places such as MAC, where my first foundation is from, they make life easier as they can perfectly match a foundation to your skin colour. They go from snow white pale, to chocolate brown with professionals helping and advising you. 

£25.50 Max studio sculpt SPF 15 foundation, colour NC42.

   
 I like this foundation as when I go to the beach or outdoors it provides protection from the sun.

This foundation is very thick and high coverage, this means that it can cover spots and blemishes well. It’s quite matt so if you like a dewy finish you will not like this foundation. I would apply this foundation with a sponge not a brush as a brush usually leaves marks like little streaks on your face. Furthermore, I would apply a moisturiser before using this foundation as it can cling to dry patches of skin. I would recommend this for dry skin but I feel it would be too thick on oily skin.

I would say it lasts around 5 hours and after this it seem to separate and leave in patches and it can look shiny, so I would bring a powder to blot your face throughout the day. I would wear this product as a ‘going out, or party foundation as it is pretty flawless and high coverage.

One thing about the packaging is that you have to squirt out the product which means somethings you’re left with massive puddle of foundation that you can no longer use, which is also a pain as the product is so expensive.

Furthermore this foundation smells a bit strong, almost like children’s face paint, and if you apply to much it can feel like face paint on your skin.

Rimmel match perfection-light perfecting radiance foundation.colour-402.SPF 20

  
£7.99
I like this foundation as it is dewy and makes me look radiant as the name would suggest. Unlike many drugstore foundation it is radiant without having chunky glitter and sparkles. However it only takes 1-2 hours without oxidising –this means the colour changes over time and this happens to look orange on me. Furthermore it isn’t as much coverage as the MAC foundation which can be annoying when you’re trying to cover spots etc. Unlike the MAC foundation this applies well with both sponge and brush. Additionally I prefer this foundation bottle as it comes with a pump which makes things easier and cleaner.

As I mentioned before it’s hard to find a colour which matches you perfectly and there isn’t someone there to help, so this makes things tricky.

  
If you don’t like foundations which smell this isn’t one for you this is a highly perfumed foundation which I don’t mind because it’s quite nice and not like the face paint smell of MAC. 

 

Mac vs rimmel

Cost: rimmel

Lasting power: mac

Colour range: mac

Coverage; mac

Thanks for reading I hope you’ve enjoyed the post. 


How can I improve in crossfit? 

I’ve been asked a few times recently how I have improved over the last year, people want to know if there’s a hidden secret or a magic pill you can take but honestly it’s hard work and determination. 

I’m a dedicated person, having been a trampolinist and growing up in a competitive and driven world I’m used to pushing myself. Since starting crossfit I knew I loved it and I’m not one of those people who can coast along, I want to improve myself as much as possible. 

One of the biggest ways I think I’ve been able to improve is through setting goals and choosing specific movements that I want to improve. Crossfit is varied and includes so many movements that’s it impossible to say ‘ I want to get better at crossfit.’

Whether your aim is to make it to regionals or just get that first pull up, then always make goals for yourself. Set a target and then break that movement down, so if you want to do your first pull up then practice pull ups using a band, negative pull ups and other accessory work such as push ups. 
I’ve put some of my numbers down that I’ve recorded in my training diary as it’s always good to look back and see how far you’ve come. 
                    2014      2015

Back squat. 100kg.   135kg
Clean& Jerk.  65kg.    85kg
Snatch.      57.5kg.    67.5kg
Bench.           60kg.   85kg
Pull ups.           1.         15
How to make improvements 

  • Choose a movement or area eg. Gymnastics and turn up to sessions early so you have time to do the preps and build up
  • Make specific, achievable goals
  • Work your weaknesses, don’t just practice things your good at
  • Mobilise, look after your body, it’ll thank you for it
  • Don’t give up! You’ll have little niggles, you’ll get tired and perhaps a little deflated if you have a bad session but keep going 

Protein ice cream… Yum! 

Upon a recent visit to London I discovered wheyhey ice cream, I can’t believe I’ve never had it before! 

I have such a sweet tooth and love ice cream so I was excited to try this little tub of strawberry delight that contained 20g of protein. 

  
The texture was slightly different to ‘normal’ ice cream but the flavour was delicious and it still tasted great. The best thing is that it contains nothing artificial and no sugar, it uses an artificial sweeter called xylitol. 

  
I got my tub from a health food shop but having looked at their website it is now beginning to be stocked further afield, including in Odeon cinemas! You can also buy from muscle foods and ocado 

Check out their web page 

Wheyhey