Father Andrew's Hot Body Gym

January 30, 2010

Re: Ramping It Up

Filed under: real talk — Mara @ 6:42 pm

It’s a little past January 1, but I can finally report on the goals I set back in October in my Ramping It Up post. Well, I worked so hard at my goals that now I look like this!

Just kidding!

In all seriousness, I am happy to say I met almost all of my goals! Having them there was certainly helpful – keeping me on track when I felt like slacking off, showing me progress when I felt like I was going in circles.

My reasons for making this public are two:

1) I hope that people who don’t already know what women are capable of will be inspired by my progress. Women can be strong! In fact, pound for pound, they are often stronger than men. Women need to have fitness goals, not weight loss goals and dress size goals. I for one have begun to measure myself by my deadlift, by my squat, by my pull-ups, and by my willpower, not by whether I fit into those skinny jeans. We need to be strong, not toned. And we need to be proud of how that makes us look. Period.

2) This kind of tangible evidence is what make CrossFit so effective. By looking at my progress, you can see how these workouts have improved every aspect of my fitness, not just one or another. While decreasing my 5k time by 4 minutes, I also added 40 pounds to my deadlift, 60 pounds to my backsquat, and increased my olympic lifting stamina dramatically (see my Grace times). You can’t argue with these results. And anyone can get in on this, one squat/push-up/sprint at a time.

The Goals


Pull-ups: 5 consecutive unassisted (can do 3 currently)

Result: dead hang = 6 and kipping = 16!

Ring dips: 1 unassisted, perfect form

Result: 1/2 range of motion only – fail


1 rep Deadlift: 1.5 x bodyweight = 210 (did 165 for 5 reps on 8/31)

Result: 215#

1 rep Back Squat: my husband’s bodyweight = 185 (did 3 rep at 120 on 8/9)

Result: 185#

Cardiovascular Endurance

1 mile run: 7:30 (only point of reference is that I had to run a mile in 7:50 for college soccer)

Result: 7:27

3 mile run: 27 min (no point of reference)

Result: 27:19 (not quite, but a huge improvement from my time in Nov of 31:30 given that I only ran more than 300 meters at a stretch twice in between!)


Grace: 95# in 7 minutes (did 85# in 7:39 on 9/22)

Result: 95# in 6:20

I felt so good after making my backsquat goal today that I looked like this:

Me feel strong!

So, what fitness goals have you achieved recently? Share under comments, or tell us what goals you hope to achieve in the future. All you have to do is start…

1 Comment »

  1. Hooray for reaching goals! especially the weightlifting 🙂

    Comment by joshuaeller — February 7, 2010 @ 3:15 pm

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