GUEST BLOG: Crossfit Aberdeen gives you wings!

Hey CiC readers! Allison is back and this time with stories from her trip to Crossfit Aberdeen        
Scotland: Beautiful landscapes. Friendly people. Creatively deep fried foods. Mysterious lake-dwelling monsters (maybe). Delicious whisky. And of course, if you work in the oil biz (like me), home to Aberdeen, the centre for UK North Sea oil and gas, where I sometimes come for work and as a bonus get to try out a new box and write a blog entry for Rae. I contacted Rob Lawson, owner

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Guest Blog: Kyuta checks out Crossfit Spree in Berlin, Germany

Well our official CiC travelling correspondent is back! This time he has visited one of my favorite cities – Berlin!!  Berlin is home to some amazing  historical sites – the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, that tell the tales of some dark times past.  It is also the home to some pretty cool Crossfit Boxes. On this trip, Kyuta visits Crossfit Spree in Berlin. He also brought me back a tank top. Love it. Love him. Enjoy.    
Roughly 5 months ago, I

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Guest Blog: CiC’s Travelling Correspondent goes to Crossfit Primal

Hey, you all remember Kyuta? Well Kyuta has been promoted to official CiC (that’s short for Covered in Chalk – I like it, I’m going to use it until it catches on; every good blog needs a good acronym…but I digress…this moment is not about me.) Anyway. Kyuta is now an official CiC travel correspondent. This is his 4th travel guest blog for the site.  Now he’s a bit behind on his writing but since I don’t pay him….  (except in affection and kind words at

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GUEST BLOG: Meaghan visits Annie’s gym: Crossfit Reykjavic

Like I’ve said before, the people from my gym, travel a lot! Then they come back and tell us all about it. Then I rope them into writing blog posts.  It’s a good life. This week Meaghan tells us about visiting Annie Thorisdottir’s gym in Iceland during the Crossfit Open this year.  Holy crap! How cool would that be?!?  
  It’s always been on my bucket list to see the Northern lights, so with the recovery from a ski accident keeping me off the slopes this winter, I decided to

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A successful DNF » My journey to the Crossfit Open 2015

For those of you who are new to Crossfit, there are a lot (A LOT!!!!!) of acronyms that we use. AMRAP, EMOM, WOD, METCON etc… and the list goes on.  But the worst one by far – the one we most try to avoid – is the DNF. DNF stands for Did Not Finish!  Which essentially the equivalent of showing up at the gym without any pants on.  What I mean is, you generally don’t want to get a DNF. Most

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GUEST BLOG: Allison tries out Kauai Crossfit – Crossfit on the Beach!

Rae here. One of the great things about living and crossfitting in an international city is that I get to work out with people who travel….a lot.  Some of them get to go to some very cool places and I can live vicariously through their adventures. Today’s Guest Blogger is Allison who has been at our box for about a year…although she, for some reason, chooses the morning classes…shudder… Allison recently checked out some boxes in Kauai, Hawaii.          
  A family holiday to celebrate my

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Tips for finishing a Metcon when all you want to do is quit!

Let’s be honest, Crossfit is effing hard! There are days when just getting to the gym feels like an impossilble goal…let alone actually working out when you get there. And I swear, those are always the days when the Metcon has 4,000 manmakers…or burpees in it. When, if it were socially acceptable, you would just curl up on the gym floor and cry like a baby.   Last night was one of those nights for me. The metcon was: 15/12/9 Manmakers (RX 20kg men/15kg women) and Pull-ups. (seriously, who

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What do men worry about at the gym?

As you know, I’m a girl – well a woman actually (as a side note, when are you too old to refer to yourself as a girl?). And with being a woman, comes a lot of really inexplicable neuroses. Never has this been more apparent than my recent (I admit, sporadic) trips to the Crossfit box. Because yes, I worry about not being able to do a pull-up and about my squat technique, but I also worry about some really random stuff. Which got me thinking. But before I wow

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“Abundant physical energy” and other myths for the 30 somethings » My journey to the Crossfit Open 2015 » Covered in Chalk

I just got married, I just a new, higher level job, I’ve passed my Level 1 certification…I should be bouncing off the walls. I’m not. I’m freaking exhausted.  Honestly, all I can think about is how great it would be to just be able to lie on my couch for a few hours and do nothing. Except that when I get the chance to do this, and I do, I still feel exhausted.   What.the.hell? I’m reading a book right now about

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How do you keep going when the Crossfit progress just isn’t happening?

As you know (if you read my last post, which I’m sure you did because you are awesome) I recently decided to postpone becoming a Crossfit coach so that I could focus on getting married (IN 7 DAYS HOLY SH*TCAKES BATMAN!!!!) and on my new job.  This meant that I could put a bit more time into focusing on improving my own personal crossfit skills while I am off work in August. Which is a great plan. A brilliant plan even….IF IT WERE WORKING…WHICH IT IS NOT!!!!! (Sidenote: I’m getting married in

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