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We all know the feeling of a really hard WOD, but have you ever stopped to think about what goes through your head when you’re in the thick of it? I bet we all have pretty similar though processes when we’re working out – whether it’s about what we’re going to eat later, that thought of “is this ever going to end” and when our mind swings from elation to desperation.

These are just some of the thoughts that can come in to play once the clock has gone 3… 2… 1…GO!!

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Thoughts of a CrossFitter

Why was I planning on breaking up the reps? This feels great! Maybe I’ll go unbroken?

We’ve all been there… you had a strategy but the buzzer went and out you shot like Bolt from the blocks. Deep down you know you’re probably kidding yourself, but the adrenaline got the better of you!

When I get home tonight I’m going to eat ALL the pizza… paleo, of course.

What serious CrossFitter doesn’t think about food all the live long day? I’m always either eating food or thinking about food, and that includes while I’m working out. Just me? Oh…

OMG, surely we must be nearly done by now? *Looks at the clock, hopefully* Oh, we’re 2 minutes in…

Time seems to stop still when you’re doing a really hard workout. This is especially true of a 10-1 WOD where the round of 7 and 6 feel like utter hell. The exception to this rule is that strange vortex of time when you’re in the work period of an EMOM or the rest period of Tabata.

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Seriously, how has he done so many reps already?!

There’s always one. That person who moves on to their second round on an AMRAP while you’re still on the second of three exercises. How do they move so fast? Must be all the pre-workout.

8, 9, 10… was that 10? Shit, why can’t I count anymore?! I’ll do another rep just to make sure. And maybe one more just in case!

Yes it’s normal and yes it happens to everyone. Counting is a process saved for the oxygen-rich. But even if you’re ultra competitive, it’s always better to do one too many reps than one too few. Suck it up and get it done.

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Maybe if I pretend I need chalk I can take some rest?

You’re gasping for breath, you have that pained expression of “this really f**king hurts” on your face and suddenly you realise there’s a perfect excuse for rest sitting just a few glorious feet away from you… the chalk bucket. You saunter over, dust up, catch your breath… no-one ever runs to the chalk bucket!

This WOD is going to be the end of me. I’m going to die doing thrusters.

There’s something really unique about thrusters. They just have this ability to make you want to cry. And almost every year the bastards at CrossFit HQ decide it will be a good idea to have a couplet of thrusters and rowing or burpees. You’re certain your obituary will read “killed by thrusters”.

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Yup, I ripped my hands. Totally worth it though.

It’s always the way. Your hands will rip at the worst possible time. Like when you know you have lots of meetings the following week and will have to shake people’s hands. But in the midst of a workout, when you’re killing it to get the reps done, you just don’t care.

I can’t do any more, I really need to stop…. NO… Just. One. More. Rep.

You’ll see this in others more than yourself, but the internal debate is there for most of us. You really want to stop what you’re doing and crawl into the fetal position, but you know you just want that extra rep on the board. Somehow, you keep on going and get that final rep out. And it feels like you reached the top of Everest.IMG_0594

Does this list strike a chord with you? Do you have any other thoughts in the middle of a WOD? Comment with them below or on social media! I’d love to hear them!

No matter how hard we try and plan our strategy in a WOD, our mind can have a completely different idea once our lungs start burning and our legs go to jelly. This is intended to be a just-for-fun post, but if you want to know more about mental prep for competing in CrossFit, check out my post on how to up your game in CrossFit Competitions.

And if you liked this post, please feel free to share it or comment – it really means a lot!

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I remember when I first started running, everyone said how accessible it was – all you need is a pair of trainers and some old clothes and you can run. Which is true, unless you want trainers for distance. Trainers for speed. Trainers that stop your arches collapsing. Trainers that return the energy from your footstrike. And what about if you want to do a HIIT class? Or lift some weights?

Inov8 have just brought out their latest pair of trainers, the All Train 215, which come with the claim that you can use them for pretty much anything. So can you really just have one pair of trainers for all activities? I got a pair from [Kit]Box to find out.

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The Technical Stuff

One of their lightest shoes yet, the inov8 All Train weighs just 215g (or a whopping 240g if you’re a UK size 8.5 like me!). The lacing pulls in a cradle around the sides of your foot, locking you in and supporting side to side movement. The sole has triangular shaped cleats to help with grip in any direction. A firmer heel and reinforced heel cup support you during lifting and squatting. And a meta-flex groove provides the flexibility for plyometric movements.

Firstly, I’ll say that Inov8 have comfort down to a T in all their shoes. Every pair of Inov8 shoes I’ve owned (including my lifters) have been incredibly comfortable and the All Trains are no different. These guys know how to do feet! Having said that, I do find them a bit of a pain to get on – you have to loosen the laces quite a bit to be able to slip your foot in the back without squashing the heel cup down. But, once they’re on they really do feel like a supportive second skin.

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In Action

I wore the All Train 215 trainers to CrossFit to test them out with a variety of movements (moderate-weight power snatches, skipping, wall balls, etc.) and also running along the river in quite muddy conditions.

Personally I wouldn’t wear these for dedicated lifting as I always prefer the extra stability of a pair of lifting shoes, but in a workout where you’re mixing lifting with other exercises they hold their own on the platform pretty well. I found I shifted forwards onto my toes quite a lot when snatching, but this might be because they’re so light. For wall balls (squatting with a medicine ball and throwing it to a target overhead) I found them really good – they helped my feet stay grounded while giving me enough freedom of movement to easily jump to throw the ball.

For running I loved them – they are super light and comfortable and felt grippy even in the mud. I wouldn’t recommend them for heavy heel-strikers as the firmer heel and minimalist feel probably wouldn’t provide enough cushioning. However, if you want to get yourself away from a heel strike then these may be a good way to help reinforce good running patterns! I’m a forefoot striker so these were perfect for my running style.

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When I’ll Wear Them

I’ll be slipping on the inov8 All Train 215 shoes whenever I’m going to a class that has a mix of cardio and strength exercises, such as Re-Shape at 1Rebel, Barry’s Bootcamp classes, F45, Grid, etc. I’ll probably still go for my dedicated CrossFit shoes for CrossFit classes – purely because they have a flatter sole that I think just has the edge for lifting – but I’ll definitely keep these as the trainers I take to work for lunchtime workouts or runch!

Does One Shoe Fit All Activities?

So, can you just have one pair of trainers? If you’re a fitness class addict or love variety in your training but don’t want dedicated pairs of trainers for each workout style, then the inov8 All Train 215 shoes are a really good choice as an all-rounder that will support a little bit of everything.

With the best bits of all trainers; the inov8 All Train 215 is a running shoe you can lift in, a lifting shoe you can dodge and weave in and an agility shoe you can hit the trails with.

Pick up a pair of the women’s in0v8 All Train 215 (the ones in this post) or the men’s variety, from [Kit]Box for £84.99 (price correct at the time of writing!).

Photos taken with my Olympus PEN E-PL7*, 17mm f1.8 lens* and 30mm f3.5 macro lens*.

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Disclaimer: I was given a pair of inov8 All Train 215 trainers for review by [Kit]Box. As always, my opinion is my own and not affected by payment, or items/services gifted to me. To find out more about my policy on this and other matters, see my Disclosure page. * Affiliate link. Affiliate links do not affect the price that you pay, but any commission earned helps me to pay the costs of running this site. To find out more about my policy on this and other matters, see my Disclosure page.

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For most, CrossFit is a method of keeping fit. You go in to your local box, work hard, get fitter, stronger, faster. You make friends, support each other and come away feeling awesome. And that’s great. It’s enough.

But for some, CrossFit is a sport – one to compete in at a serious level. If you want to take your CrossFit training to the next level and aim to compete at Regionals, or even the Games themselves, you’ll need dedicated programming, and that can get expensive. Luckily, there are plenty of free resources out there for you to take advantage of.

In this post I’ve tracked down some of the best training programmes out there to help you improve your CrossFit performance. So, in no particular order…

The Best Free CrossFit Programmes

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CrossFit Mainsite Programming

Clearly one of the best places to get CrossFit programming is the CrossFit site itself. CrossFit.com, or “mainsite” as it’s known, has 7 years’ worth of workouts to look back on and it’s known to have given an indication in the past of what might come up in the games. For example, when heavy DT (21-15-9 of deadlifts, power cleans and push jerks) was announced during the 2015 CrossFit Games, some athletes who regularly train off mainsite were pretty smug as they had done an even heavier version of DT from there a short while before.

Check in for workouts regularly and you’ll get an idea of where CrossFit HQ is pushing boundaries to.

http://www.crossfit.com/workout/

Built by Bergeron

Built By Bergeron Comptrain

The man behind the 2016 male and female individual winners of the CrossFit Games, Ben Bergeron programmes for the best CrossFit elites around. Katrin Davidsdottir and Mat Fraser put their trust in him for the second year in a row, and look where it go them… on the top of the podium! You have to pay for Ben’s Games programme, but his Regionals and Open programmes are free for the taking on his website and social media, so jump on board for some serious expert training!

Go here for some targeted, and proven to be effective, competition training.

http://www.builtbybergeron.com/comptrain

CrossFit Invictus

CrossFit Invictus Programming

One of the top CrossFit boxes in the world, Invictus is home to many Games athletes and teams, including Lauren Fisher, Sam Dancer and Kristin Holte. They offer a daily programme with competition, performance and fitness options on their website going back further than you’d care to see. They also have an athlete programme which you can sign up for (at a cost) that enables you to choose elements you need to work on and caters for multiple sessions per day.

Invictus always have a good turnout at Regionals and the Games so they must be doing something right!

http://www.crossfitinvictus.com/wod

The Outlaw Way

The Outlaw Way Barbell Programming

Father and son weightlifting duo Jared and Dave Fleming provide a weekly barbell programme on their website, the Outlaw Way. All they ask is you add your progress in the comments so they can see what works and what doesn’t. Expect a cyclical programme (now in its 10th 15-week cycle) that addresses technique and strength with the aim of preparing you for a weightlifting competition.

If you want a weightlifting-specific programme that’s been developed with feedback from all around the world, then this is your one.

http://theoutlawway.com/category/blog/

Misfit Athletics

Misfit Athletics CrossFit Programming

Started by a group of five self-proclaimed misfits, MisFit Athletics is a free daily programme that is designed to be progressive with cycles of training, including testing weeks. Their personalities and attitudes coming across in their programming and you’ll find the blogs as entertaining as they are helpful. Oh, and the programming is pretty disgusting… think all manner of burpees, muscle ups and multiple metcons.

You have to sign up to access this one, but don’t worry – it’s still totally free!

http://misfitathletics.com/blog/

Rowing WOD

Rowing WOD CrossFit Programming

Another sign up only resource, the Rowing WOD training plan is available to you as soon as you submit your scores for 2 benchmark sessions. Cardio endurance/capacity catches out a surprising number of CrossFit athletes, so if your rowing is lacking then get yourself on the Rowing WOD programme and work on those weaknesses. Who knows, maybe you’ll be setting world records soon, like Sam Briggs!

Perfect if you need a bit of a helping hand in the cardio endurance area (let’s face it, most of us do!)

http://www.rowingwod.co/

Weightlifting 101

Weightlifting 101 CrossFit Programming

Erik Lau Kelner, weightlifting coach to Sara Sigmundsdottir, Emma Mcquaid and Björgvin Karl Guðmundsson, offers free weightlifting programming on his website, Weightlifting 101. His programmes are intended to build a solid weightlifting base, while allowing for the unpredictable nature of CrossFit. Expect a programme that allows for good weightlifting potential even after a 5k run, or for high repetitions in what he calls “CrossFit Weightlifting”.

He’s recently changed his programme from a weekly schedule to a block of training that you can schedule when you want. Access his previous programmes below, and the current block of programming is also available from the main menu.

http://www.weightlifting101.net/previous-programs/

And if you aren’t interested in competing? You can still use any of these sites for workout inspiration when you can’t make it to the box, if you want to do a home workout, or just for ideas for open gym.

Have you used any of these (or any other) free resources before? Or have any of them peaked your interest? Comment below and let me know! And if you liked this post please feel free to share it or comment/like/follow so I know to do more like this!

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I can’t believe how quickly Christmas has come around… I swear I say this every year, but it really has jumped up on me this year! There may not be long to go until the big day, but there’s still time to get some online shopping in with guaranteed Christmas delivery, and if you’re struggling to think of what to get the CrossFitter in your life, this gift guide should help you!

All the items in this guide are either products I’ve tried and tested myself, or are from brands I buy from regularly, so this is a bonafide recommendation from me, an avid CrossFitter/weightlifter, to you – the giver of gifts. I’ve included some higher price items right the way down to stocking fillers so there should be something for all budgets.

Let’s get shopping…

Home CrossFit Equipment

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  1. Pull Up Mate – £108.29, including bag. A great piece of kit for home workouts and generally working on your pulling strength. I use mine for pull-up variations, ring dips (with my Reebok gymnastics rings) and even lat pull downs!
  2. Reebok Ab Mat – £24.99. Good support for your lower back during sit ups but can also double up to rest your knees on for ab roll-outs and push ups. 
  3. Incite Fitness Paralettes – £60. I got these for Christmas last year and love them for practising L sits, jump throughs, crow, handstands, etc.
  4. Reebok Gymnastics Rings – £59.99. Brilliant for working on dips and muscle up progressions. You can even invert on these with the Pull Up Mate!

Clothing and Footwear

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  1. Reebok Nano 6.0 – £89.95. Reebok’s best shoe yet – super comfortable and more supportive than previous versions. And you can never have too many Nanos. They come in some gorgeous colours too!
  2. Nike Romaleos – £180. A pricey shoe, but worth it’s weight in gold (and it’s a bloody heavy shoe!). I wouldn’t wear anything else for pure weightlifting now.
  3. Reebok Jogging Bottoms – £39.95. These are perfect for chucking on in the evenings, or on top of leggings for between workouts. Super comfortable and stylish.
  4. Skins Calf Guards – £35. Great to keep in your kit bag in case of rope climbs, these calf guards will protect your loved one’s shins from the burn of the rope as they climb and descend.
  5. Nike Metcon 2.0 – £120. Another favourite shoe of mine. These are good for the Nike lovers out there and there are so many colours to choose from! The new rose gold ones are gorgeous!

Accessories

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  1. Unbroken Designs Weightlifting Belt – £29.99. I try not to wear a lifting belt too often, but find it really helps me with my clean and jerk when the bar gets heavy. This is supportive enough without being super wide.
  2. Vropes Fire Skipping Rope and Speed Cable Pack – £40 + £18. My favourite rope so far… and I’ve tried a lot of ropes trying to find the one that will magically give me double unders! You can get the extra pack with three different weight ropes for all preferences (each longer length for you to cut to the right length) and you can get the handles personalised too!
  3. Bulldog Gear Mobility Gear – from £2.99. Perfect for home workouts, stretching and glute activation. A mix of full size and shorty bands at different weights, plus a lacrosse ball and peanut roller would make for a really good mobility kit!
  4. Reebok Kit Bag – £89.95. Big enough to store all of your kit in and a really cool, quite military style. Us CrossFitters have a lot of kit to pack away!

Holistic Accessories

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  1. Love Life Supplements Primal Power Whey Protein – £34.95. Really good quality whey protein which contains a balance of 20g protein, 10g fat and 5g carbohydrate per serving. It even contains health boosting flaxseeds, digestive enzymes and prebiotics.
  2. Liforme Yoga Mat – £100. The best yoga mat ever. Fact. Lines on the mat help with alignment in poses, the anti-slip fabric helps you stay in place no matter how sweaty your hands get, and it’s big enough for those of us who are a little taller. I got it for Christmas last year and wouldn’t use any other mat now!
  3. Yoga Gym – £12. A great book of yoga workouts from Nicola Jane Hobbs. This book isn’t just for yogis – CrossFitters will benefit hugely from the strength and mobility focused yogacises.
  4. First Aid 4 Sport CrossFit Kit – from £6. a brilliant little kit for any CrossFitter to put in their (Reebok) kit bag! The basic kits contains tape, plasters, bandages, gloves, scissors, etc. but you can also add products like a callous shaver and a block of chalk! Perfect for keeping the WOD going through every pull-up your beloved can do.
  5. Becoming a Supple Leopard – £45.99. The CrossFitter’s bible. This well-known book is packed full of mobility exercises and technique tips to help make for the smoothest movement standards known to man. Great for any mobility geek hoping to brush up on some Starrett knowledge.

Stocking Fillers

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  1. Graze Mince Pie Flapjack – £5.99 for six. Because… mince pie flapjack. Duh!
  2. MyProtein Wrist Wraps – £8.49. Like with the belt, not to be worn all the time, but when doing lots of heavy reps wrist wraps really help. These are a really affordable little present – great for Secret Santa!
  3. MissFits Protein Sachets – 12 sachets for £20. Individually portioned pea protein sachets of goodness. In four lovely flavours.
  4. WATU headband – £19.99. A headband that actually stays in place while you train. And it has aluminium spots to help cool in known hotspots! Awesome. Oh and it’s unisex.
  5. Stance Socks – from £7.99. Stance are known to be the sock of choice of CrossFitters. They’re super comfortable, colourful, and help protect your shins during rope climbs. Awesome.

I hope this CrossFit Gift Guide has helped you think of some last-minute gifts for the CrossFitter in your life. Let me know if there’s anything else you’d add!

Disclaimer: Some of these items were given to me as PR samples in the past. However, most were bought by me, or given to me as gifts from my family and I would recommend them to my friends! As always, my opinion is my own and not affected by payment, or items/services gifted to me. To find out more about my policy on this and other matters, see my Disclosure page. This post contains some affiliate links. Affiliate links do not affect the price that you pay, but any commission earned helps me to pay the costs of running this site. To find out more about my policy on this and other matters, see my Disclosure page.

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It’s been nearly a year since I got my first body weight (unassisted) pull-up. A goal I’d had for what seemed like forever finally came through, but I’ll admit to being a bit slack on working on them since. By now I should be doing sets of 5-10 with ease… I’ll admit this is not the case.

Body weight exercises are always going to be a little more tricky for people like me – being taller than average is not in my favour with long levers and a larger mass to move. But that needn’t be an excuse for under-performing when you have people like Chyna Cho and Sara Sigmundsdottir (5’8″ and 5’7″ respectively) at the CrossFit Games. The key is to work at your weaknesses, and as the author of Happiness By Design (a book I thoroughly recommend, by the way) says – if you want to do something, make it easy to do.

So to try and combat this I bought myself a Pull Up Mate. The Pull Up Mate is a freestanding pull-up bar and dip station, so it doesn’t need to be fixed to a wall or slotted into a door like most home pull-up bars. It’s strong enough to support 110kg body weight and can be taken apart quickly to store under a bed or behind a sofa. It was actually my husband who found it and sent me a link (and admittedly he’s had the most use out of it too!) but it was perfect for what we’d been looking for. We bought the wide grip version and it fits nicely in our spare room for regular use.

Here are my “homework” exercises for improving my body weight exercise strength and technique.

What you’ll need:

Pull-up Exercises

Negatives

  • Jump or pull yourself up to the top of a pull-up position (chin above the bar).
  • Slowly lower yourself down.
  • Aim for 5-10 seconds on the lowering phase.
  • Repeat 5-10 times.
  • Shaking is expected!


Pull-up holds

  • Jump or pull yourself up to the top of a pull-up position (chin above the bar).
  • This time hold the top position for 5-20 seconds before lowering.
  • Embrace the silly facial expression you no doubt have!
  • Repeat 3-5 times.


Lat pull down

  • Attach two light-weight bands to the top bar of the Pull Up Mate.
  • Slot a broom handle through the loops of the bands.
  • Sitting either on the floor or on a chair, hold the ends of the broom handle in a wider than shoulder width grip.
  • Pull the bar down to below your chin, using your back to initiate the movement (don’t let your elbows lead).
  • Repeat for 8-12 reps x 3 sets.

Pull-ups

  • Attach a band to the top bar of the Pull Up Mate and hook your knee into it.
  • Allow the band to support your body weight as you hang from the bar.
  • Using your back to initiate the movement, pull yourself up until your chin is above the bar.
  • Slowly return to the start.
  • Repeat for 8-12 reps x 3 sets.
  • To make this more difficult, use a lighter band (or no band) or pull yourself until your chest touches the bar.

Ring Exercises

Ring dips

  • Attach a band to the handle of one ring.
  • Loop the other end of the band over the other ring and hold in place with your hand.
  • Step your knees into the band, keeping your arms fully extended and hands tucked in close to your body.
  • Bend your elbows to lower yourself until your biceps touch the rings, keeping your arms close to your body throughout.
  • Push yourself back up to fully extended arms.
  • Repeat for 8-12 reps x 3 sets.
  • To make this more difficult, use a lighter band (or no band).

Muscle-up progressions

  • Hold the rings with a false grip – this is where the ring rests on the edge of your wrist and your hand rotates inwardly to grip.
  • Yes, it feels weird!
  • Stack your feet directly under the rings and lean yourself back until your arms are fully extended.
  • Pull yourself up, using your legs to assist a little if needed, until the rings touch your rib cage.
  • Peel your hands apart and drop yourself forward until you’re in the bottom of a really deep dip.
  • Jump or push yourself up to the top of a ring dip.
  • Repeat 8-12 times x 3 sets.
  • To make this harder, put your feet further forward of the rings.

Core Exercises

Hanging knee/leg raises

  • Hang from the bar in a “dead hang” with your knees tucked behind you.
  • Keeping as still as possible, pull your knees up and towards your chest.
  • Lower back down to the start.
  • Repeat for 8-12 reps x 3 sets.
  • If you find this easy, try straightening your legs (you might need to hold a half or full pull-up to be able to do this unless your bar is higher!)

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  • Hanging from the pull-up bar, straighten your legs out to one side.
  • Sweep your legs up and over to the other side.
  • Pull a really silly concentration face.
  • Repeat 8-12 times x 3 sets.
  • If this is too hard, bend the legs a little to shorten the levers and make it easier.

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Photos taken with my Olympus PEN E-PL7*.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post in association with Pull Up Mate. I bought my own Pull Up Mate, but the Reebok rings and Bulldog Gear bands were samples gifted to me. As always, my opinion is my own and not affected by payment, or items/services gifted to me. To find out more about my policy on this and other matters, see my Disclosure page. * Affiliate link. Affiliate links do not affect the price that you pay, but any commission earned helps me to pay the costs of running this site. To find out more about my policy on this and other matters, see my Disclosure page.

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Look at any stag and hen party website and you’ll see the typical choice of activities for women – dance lessons, spa days, maybe a even a class on making your own frilly knickers. But there are so many more options out there than first meet the eye. For my hen party just over a year ago I had great fun life drawing and cocktail making, but if you’re after a more active hen night then Maximise have you covered.

I was invited to bring a team of girls along for an evening of active hen night games, with prizes up for grabs. I don’t often get to share my blog experiences with friends so jumped at the chance to put together a team made up of my friends and fellow CrossFit girls. I knew they’d be totally game for it and they proved me right from the word “go”!

The Megamix Games

The Snatch Sisters

Kelly, Jo, Kerry, Tina and Anita joined me as team captain to take on the other teams. The first challenge? To come up with a team name. We wanted something that identified us as CrossFitters, and “snatch” was the obvious choice. Plus, who doesn’t love a bit of alliteration? So, Snatch Sisters it was.

When I told Elle, of Keep It SimpElle, that I was bringing my CrossFit friends she said “sounds like you’re gonna be taking it seriously?” I told her we just were going in for the fun of it, but when we started playing the first game our competitive nature took over, well… we are CrossFitters!

The Games

The variety of games we played was huge and definitely included something for everyone. The old school sports day games really got the teamwork started with three-legged races, accumulating team relays, the “getting dressed” race and more. These were probably my favourite of the evening with laughter flowing all round.

We also tried our hand at hula hooping, bubble football (which I was nervous about but actually loved), disco dodgeball and beer-goggle football. All of the Maximise team were brilliant at getting the teams psyched up and coming up with twists on the games to keep them fun and different. The two hours from when we started absolutely flew by and we had smiles plastered on our faces the entire evening.

Activity Quick-Fire Summary

Activity One: Old School Sports Day Games

What is it? A retro revival of old school sports day classics, including egg and spoon, three-legged race and the sack race.

Objective: To score as many points as you can across the various games.

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Sitting down like the obedient children we are!

Activity Two: Bubble Football

What is it? Encased in a large body zorb players roll, bounce and bump their way through a simplified football game.

Objective: To score as many goals against the opposite team as possible.

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Bubble football mayhem

Activity Three: Hula Hens

What is it? A multitude of different hula-hooping challenges from being able to sit down while hula hooping to being able to run and keep the hoop spinning.

Objective:  To complete a variety of challenges while hula hooping

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Some hip-thrusting hula-hooping

Activity Four: Disco Dodgeball

What is it? Disco tunes and dodgeball come together in this unique mash-up. Players dance their way out of trouble to a soundtrack of tunes from across the decades.

Objective: To dodge balls hurled by opposing teams 

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Grabbing life by the balls…

Activity five: Binocular football

What is it? In this twisted version of football, players attempt a variety of ball skills while wearing googles which make the ball appear either 10x closer or 10x further away.

Objective: To complete a variety of challenges in the quickest time

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The crazy beer goggles

The Results

What helped the smiles was the fact that we seemed to be on a bit of a winning streak. We earned first place in bubble football, disco dodgeball, goggle football and old school sports day… the only game we didn’t win was the hula hooping, despite a couple of the girls being naturals!

I can’t help but think that CrossFit was a massive driver in us winning the evening – after all, CrossFit embodies “general physical preparedness”. That is, to be physically prepared for any challenge thrown at you! This is explained a little more in my post exploring whether CrossFit can make you a better runner.

Anyway, we collected our prize, including a brilliant team trophy, and celebrated with some delicious healthy salads from the 100 Islington Restaurant, of course all washed down with our bottle of Prosecco. Who said CrossFitters can’t enjoy a drink or two?!

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Winners!

Book an Active Hen Night

If you’re planning a hen party and fancy taking on some of the activities we tried with your friends then check out Maximise’s Megamix Triple Combo, where you can choose your own combination of games. I’d definitely recommend trying something you wouldn’t normally go for as it was these activities that I enjoyed the most!

Thanks to team Snatch Sisters for being an awesome team, and to Maximise for putting on such a fun event.

Maximise Active Hen Night

Team Snatch Sisters

Disclaimer: I was invited to bring a team to participate in the Maximise Blogger Games free of charge. As always, my opinion is my own and not affected by items or services gifted to me. To find out more about my policy on this and other matters, see my Disclosure page. Photos courtesy of Maximise.