Thursday, May 23, 2013

Running Cross Fit? #livewithfire

So I have ran 5 half marathons in less than 6 months. In 2003, I was an avid Yogi and was a substitute instructor a few times (how was that 10 years ago?). I am not cocky with fitness but I feel that I can do any challenge presented to me. I push myself to limits I never thought were possible........
Then I was introduced to a personal trainer named Jimmy Meyers, owner of Art of Strength in Tampa. One who in a mere thirty minutes, pushed me past what I thought was my physical limit. Maybe I drank too much wine the night before.

This is an embarrassing post due to my photos but I feel I have to share the real me, not the one who is photo shopped to look pretty - this is me in a bad form and unbalanced.

I entered the studio decked out in my matching Reebok Gear; Zig Carbon sneakers, Yoga Long Bra Top (built in bra - score!) and PWR Legging. I love every aspect of my Reebok apparel. My leggings were long enough for my 5'10" frame. The long bra top was perfect for my physique. Not to mention, the shoes - I have been stopped 10+ times on the street about those shoes. They are so cute!!!!!!!!!

Never in a million years did I think I would be posting a photo of me with ropes - yet here I am. I HATE ROPES. Keep in mind, this was my first attempt at anything like this - so my formation may not be spot on but I am a first timer - DON'T JUDGE!

To say Jimmy kicked my butt is an understatement. I hurt for days after my small 30 minute introductory at Art of Strength. I have no idea how you cross fitters do it but I have a new admiration for all of you. Jimmy explained the importance of where I need to focus my training on over the next 8 months for my upcoming Dopey Challenge. It's so much more than distance running - I need to include equal amounts of strength and core training. 

Speaking of core -- apparently mine is non-existent. I got up on this contraption thinking I could easily do this elevated lunge, to only fall multiple times - Jimmy caught one photo in action. I look like a ninja turtle in action. Cowabunga dude! 

After every slip, I got better. I finally got into a formation which held for a matter of seconds. Looking at the photos, it doesn't look any better than my ninja turtle pose, but hey - I did it and that is all that matters
I strongly encourage any runner to seek out someone like Jimmy for training. I will surely be back multiple times to get geared up for Dopey. If you are located in Tampa, Art of Strength is located at 13740 McCormick Drive, Tampa, FL 33626. Jimmy has trained a high caliber of athlete which you can read about here.  

1 comment:

  1. You look like a pro doing these things, even the ropes! I know this gym is great for runners!