Whole Life Challenge #2

It’s back….

The Whole Life Challenge was such a success that we are bringing it back. Everyone should be back in to some kind of routine and all the holiday treats should be out of the house, but is the holiday weight off yet? Is your energy level down? Has your recovery after workouts been crap? Well we may have a solution for you…

The Whole Life Challenge begins on Saturday, February 16th and goes for 8 weeks.

Mission: To create lives of unbound possibility where health and fitness are limitless resources and the right of every human to design and share.

Description: We believe that health and fitness are fun, exciting, and best done with friends! We believe that your expression of health and fitness comes from you, who you are, and what you love, not from a formula or “perfect” regimen. We don’t believe in limitations.The Whole Life Challenge transforms your health with fun, game play, accountability, and mastery. This is not a routine. It is designed by you to have your health and fitness be wherever you are, not just at the gym or the salad bar. We play games with you and the people that matter most to you to create a healthy lifestyle that supports everything that you are and everything that you want in your life

The Whole Life Challenge is an 8-week online and in-your-life game you will play with your friends and family that will train you to have exactly what you want in your health and fitness. You will learn to create it where you are and with what you have right now. Wanna play?

Here is what Loni has to say about her experience from the last WLC…

“Doing the Whole Life Challenge was a completely new experience for me, as I have never done anything that involves a change in my eating habits, and have never given much thought about what I’m eating. The timing of it was perfect for me; I had taken a break from CrossFit from February to August.

Starting the challenge, I was out of shape (badly), and just getting back on track with regards to injuries and health (knee surgeries in September 2010, January 2011, March 2012). As of August 2012, my body was ready for a real ass kicking, so I started CrossFit again at the end of August, and signed up for the Whole Life Challenge in September.

The challenge definitely opened my eyes. I’m amazed at how much crap is in the food that I thought was healthy. I’m also astonished at the physical changes I’ve seen in myself just from being a little more active and eating according to the plan. In the first week I dropped about 8 pounds, but didn’t see much change in my body. I had a bit of a headache for the first few days, and my stomach was unhappy for about a week. I stuck with it pretty strictly for the first 2 weeks, and got through the minor unpleasantness of the head and stomach aches.

After that, it wasn’t too hard to just eat homemade food. I already cooked for myself the majority of the time, and am a lover of all food, so it wasn’t a tough adjustment to only make certain items. The first month of the challenge was pretty steady. I kept off the original 8 pounds, but didn’t see too many changes other than that.

 It was week 5 or 6 that I really started to see things happening. I started rapidly shrinking, like my body was waiting to see if I was really committed before it showed me any progress, to the point where I had to take all my clothes to a tailor and have them taken in. I was eating less strict towards the end, adding back in items that I felt ok eating even though they weren’t compliant (store bought almond milk for instance). I lost about 7 more pounds in the last 3 weeks of the challenge, and found myself with way more energy. I was sleeping better, feeling better throughout the day, and my mood was lifted. I have been so much happier lately than I ever remember being, and I attribute it to how I’m feeling physically. I don’t have the cravings that I used to have, and I’m feeling better in my own skin. My performance has improved with CrossFit, and I’m not having the aches and pains I’m used to feeling.

 I had an amazing experience on the Whole Life Challenge. I will be continuing with many of the habits I learned on the challenge as well: working out as many days a week as I can, eating no wheat/grains/dairy (most of the time), being aware of what ingredients are in the food I’m eating, cooking my own food as much as possible, cutting way back on alcohol, and continuing with the fish oil.

 Thanks for encouraging us to take part.”

If you would like more information about the Challenge, please contact Deanna@crossfitzone.ca or check out the Whole Life Challenge website.  Our gym is registered, so please make sure that you and your friends/family register under CrossFit Zone.  Join the FaceBook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/147723868709681/

Open Gym time:

  • 8:00am – 9:30am
  • 10:30am – 12:00pm

Today’s Workout:

Buy In – Mobility Warmup, then:

4 rounds of:
:15 Plank
:15 Superman
:15 Side Plank – L
:15 Side Plank – R

WOD“Abs of Steel”

AMRAP in 12 Minutes:

This is a team workout,  the slamballs set the time at each station.  Score = total situps and toes to bar for the whole team.

P1: 10 Ball Slams (14lb/20lb)
P2: AbMat Situp (Score)
P3: Toes to Bar (Score)

* Slamball substitutions – sledgehammer hits on a tire or slam ball with dynamax ball.  If using a dynamax ball don’t release the ball, you must hold it all the way to the ground.  If you have your own slam ball, bring it to class.

* If you are competing on Saturday and you are not used to high volume rep situps/toes to bar, alternate rounds with another exercise or work at about 75%.

Zone 2 – scale toes to bar to hanging leg raise or modification on the ground
Zone 1 – scale ass needed, add a rest station

Cash Out – KB Swing 12 EMOTM for 10 Minutes

  • Use a challenging weight
  • Games prep – goal is to get to 70lb/88lb bell for atleast 1 set


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