Blog Frustrations

by Brittany on July 23, 2014

Happy Wednesday!!  After two really productive days and heavy strength workouts, I’m dragging a bit this morning.  I had a 5:30 a.m. client and am skipping my workout to rest and get into the office early since I’ll be skipping out mid-morning for a Physical Therapy appointment.  This will be the first time  seeing a PT for myself, as opposed to shadowing a PT while he treats others, so I’m interested to see how it feels being on the other side.  I don’t think anything major is going on, but I’ve been experiencing some shooting sensations and subsequent numbness in my right leg that I want to get checked out.

Before I sign off for the day, I want to get something off my chest that has been bugging me for a while now.  Warning: rant below.

Part of the reason I haven’t been blogging as often is because I’m growing so frustrated and annoyed with the blog world and a lot of my fellow bloggers.  When I started reading blogs, it was to learn new healthy recipes, get workout and meal prep ideas, and associate myself with other health-conscious people.  The more I read, however, the more I realize I’m not like most of these girls at all.  I’m beginning to realize that most of what they post is a crock of you-know-what.  Too many of the blogs I read share awful (sometimes dangerous) workout advice, document unhealthy (and what I presume are unrealistic) eating habits, and shove products down readers’ throats despite whether they truly endorse them or not.    Worse yet, it seems like the biggest offenders have the largest following.  It’s scary actually. 

I don’t want to go into specifics by naming any names, but have you noticed this?  Does it frustrate you?  Am I just reading the wrong blogs and following the wrong bloggers? 

I’m not going to quit blogging anytime soon because I enjoy having a place to track my progress and like looking back on old posts to see what I was doing, how I was feeling, etc. 

Rachel Elizabeth Murray, whom I interviewed here, wrote a post recently where she expresses similar frustrations, but with the fitness industry.  There are definitely some parallels to the blog world.  Here was my comment to her:

I’ve become increasingly aware of and annoyed by this lately myself. As a trainer, I encourage my clients to FEEL and MOVE better above anything else (weight loss, decreasing body fat, etc.). I genuinely care about them becoming better, HEALTHIER, more confident people. It seems the trainers and bloggers that share all the BS (gimmicks, #fitspo, empty inspirational quotes) are the ones that get the most attention and credit. It can be very frustrating. I guess we need to continue to lead by example and take a stand for our industry and hope that others will follow suit.

You can use the words, “trainer,” and, “blogger,” interchangeably in her post and my comment.  I guess I will heed to my own advice and just continue to do MY best to create genuine, quality content, and hope more people catch on.

Q: What are your thoughts on this?

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Crossfit Wha?

by Brittany on July 21, 2014

I did it, guys.  I FINALLY tried cross fit!!!!!

My friend’s husband opened a gym…errr, box… the Harrisburg/Hershey area last year and I had been meaning to give it a try ever since.  It only took me a year, but last week I finally went!

signal 5 crossfit

Our WOD started out with 10 minute sled pushes for distance.  There were three of us to a group so when one got tired of pushing, another jumped in to take over, never letting the sled stop.  It was INTENSE!!!

sled pushes signal 5 crossfitWe had a short break before the next portion which consisted of barbell work.  Again, we worked in teams, but this time for 16 minutes.  Our goal was to complete as many rounds as we could (between the 3 of us) of the following: 12 deadlifts, 9 hang cleans, 6 push jerks. The kicker?  You had to hold a forearm plank when until it was your turn at the barbell.

My shoulders were on FIRE after those 16 minutes ended.  In fact, that night, I could barely french braid my hair before bed – HA!

Overall, I thought cross fit was a great workout, a lot of fun, and something I will definitely do again.  That being said, I can certainly see where some of the criticism comes from.  My advice to anyone wanting to try crossfit for the first time would be:

1.) Find a good box with knowledgable coaches

2.) Start slow by learning the basic movements first, either at a beginners course or one-on-one with a coach

3.) Know your limits, and don’t feel pressured to push beyond what those limits are.

If you are local and interested in checking out a good box, definitely head to Signal 5.  It’s a 6,000 sq ft facility, conveniently located off of rt 322, with knowledgable coaches and a supportive community.


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