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Is There Room For Women In A CrossFit Box?

April 5, 2014
Just a day at Rocket, all types of people, doing work, together.

Just a day at Rocket, all types of people, doing work, together.

I am a woman in my mid 40′s. By the time I found CrossFit, I was past 40, and had “been there and done that” for almost anything fitness related that you can name. Except weight lifting, unless you count adding tiny dumbells to some situps and stuff. Like many women (and maybe men,) I found the idea of CrossFit intimidating at best, and downright unappealing at worst. Not because of the exercise, but because of a culture that seemed so codified and aggressive in a way that I just don’t roll.

Fast forward. I’m now a L1 trainer, with a handful of other CrossFit certs to my name, and I own a CrossFit gym. I’d say that I drank the Kool-Aid, but Kool-Aid isn’t Paleo. Read more…

I’m NOT Your “Box Babe,” And I Don’t Want To Be.

April 4, 2014
Oh, are you looking at my ass? My bad.

Oh, are you looking at my ass? My bad.

It was with gritted teeth and a grimace that I slogged my way through the light-hearted misogyny called “Be A Box Babe, Not A Barbie” in the current issue of The Box. I pictured the author, spanking his monkey with spunky pride as he conjured up images of his ideal woman who was, for some reason, bent over a box for the next round of thrusters. (Hey, I never ground my fantasies in reality either, I get it.) Sentences swirled in my head, in which I explained to him that I am actually not doing CrossFit so that I can meet his standards of “box babe,” when I choked on my own words, realizing that the whole idiotic diatribe was written by, seriously, a woman. Read more…

Your Body Is In Charge

April 3, 2014
* See below for an explanation of this photo. Please. *

* See below for an explanation of this photo. Please. *

It’s the first of the month, that means a new batch of athletes are starting at Rocket CrossFit. This is pretty much my favorite day of the month. I love the potential, and in many cases the courage, that fills the air as we embark on a month of Blast Off. Each and every one of them has placed their trust in us, and I truly treasure that. I tell them how their safety is my #1 priority, that we never work through pain, that it can be hard and we’re all in it together. But what they’re really trusting me with isn’t their bodies, it’s their emotions. Read more…

Top 8 Tips For Winning The CrossFit Open: Gaming The Games

March 24, 2014
Froning and Khalipa cheering on another "competitor" who is still working. Because that's what we do in CrossFit.

Froning and Khalipa cheering on Austin Malleolo, who is still working. Because that’s what we do in CrossFit.

It’s CrossFit Open season again, and here at Rocket Crossfit we are doing what we always do in our humble little 1,300 square foot gym: Consistently turning out more champions per capita than any other gym on our block. Winners, baby. Fucking champions, dude.

And, as happens every year, throngs of reporters in my imagination are asking me how we do it. What our secret is, because our success is just so obvious. Our secrets are so simple that anyone can do them, and can seriously raise the barre for competition in the Games.

So, here are the Rocket CrossFit Top 8 Tips For Winning the CrossFit Open:

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Using Your Grown-Up Brain To Deal With Your Child’s Growing Sexuality

March 15, 2014
Photo: Flickr / J.Elliot

Photo: Flickr / J.Elliot

I have a lot of fears about the fact that my daughter is going to be having sex sometime soon. I don’t mean today, though I suppose that’s possible. But in the next year or two, someone (I think a guy, but I don’t really know, maybe a girl, maybe both) will inspire something in her that results in them having sex. Of some sort.

As a sex-educator and sexuality advocate, I would love to spout for you the party line, the one which says that it’s exciting and empowering and a glorious journey. I could even say it convincingly, because I believe it. But let’s be honest, I believe it more for other people, in theory, than I do for my own daughter, in my gut. My gut is all like “aaaaccccckkkkkkk” when I think about it. Read more…

Real First Kisses, Fake Porn & What They Really Tell Us

March 13, 2014

Our first kiss as husband and wife.

The last first kiss I had was a few years ago, with the man who is now my husband. I think about it often, it was that… Well, I don’t know what it was. It was electric and pure and kind of funny. It was telling. Although I remember a great many details about it, the most important thing was that when it was over, I knew I wanted another. And as he walked away, I was almost frustrated, not because I wanted another per se, but because wanting another meant that I was going to have to deal with this. “This” being a whole host of feelings that are messy and complicated and can somehow make life at once a thousand times better and also completely insecure and outside of my control. Read more…

CrossFit, It’s Time To Fix Your Ways

March 7, 2014

1013018_392520527520746_2121630102_nThe CrossFit Games has made an altogether unsurprising move to cement their reputation as being sexist. Though they’ve upped the ante by throwing in a healthy dose of Transphobia. As a CrossFitter, a CrossFit Trainer and the owner of a CrossFit affiliate, I wish I could say I was surprised. As a woman, and the mother of three girls, and a human being, I wish I could say I was surprised.

But I’m not, I’m just fed up. Read more…

The Single Most Annoying Trick People use To Get Your Attention

February 14, 2014

woman-butt-fitWhat’s the single most annoying trick that people do to get your attention? Headlines like this one. Especially if they’re coupled with photos like this one, which, by the way, has nothing whatsoever to do with what I intend to write about. It’s just a woman’s butt, which is the most surefire way to get people to click on a link. Especially connected with declarations and promises. Read more…

My Daughter Wears Booty-Shorts, And I Learned To Love Them.

February 6, 2014
This is not my daughter. This is Annie Thorisdottir, my daughter's hero, photographed by Sevan Matossian.

This is not my daughter. This is Annie Thorisdottir, my daughter’s hero, photographed by Sevan Matossian.

My daughter and I went shopping for workout clothes the other day. It was better than bra shopping, I’ll give it that. Until my brain kicked into overdrive, and I went from thinking, “wow, my baby girl is growing up,” to thinking “oh my god, judgement, shame, expectation, what will people think, does she know, does she care, oh my god butt cheeks.”

My daughter wears booty short. And her body looks amazing in them. Read more…

Why We Scale Workouts (or Why RX is Bullshit.)

December 29, 2013
Me and my favorite lift.

Me and my favorite lift.

I’ve been out of the gym for 2 months with the hat-trick from hell of shoulder surgery, a spasming back and diverticulitis. Before that I was in mod mode with a torn rotator cuff for months. Today, I went back. I was a fraction of the CrossFit athlete that I was this time last year, and it was awesome. I was proud of myself for being there. I was proud of my slow and meticulously accurate movements. I was proud of my technique bar with no weight on it, as it showed not only that I was getting back at it, but that I was being careful and listening to my body, working for it and with it, not trying to boost my ego with big numbers.

But more than that, as a coach and a gym owner, it was a great opportunity to suit action to word. I am constantly telling people that scaling workouts is not a compromise, it is not a lesser achievement, it is how you get the best workout for your body, and that’s why you’re here, isn’t it? Read more…


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