Once again, congratulations to our Spring cLEAN winner, Chanel Paul! Chanel made amazing progress over the 8 weeks of our challenge, both in performance and body composition. Chanel was very dedicated with her training, turning up consistently and working hard, as well as embracing the philosphy of eating real food and avoiding processed carbohydrates. She was also a regular at all of our associated team challenges, and she did well to harness the powerful support of the community when she encountered road blocks.
Chanel gave us permission to show you her before and after pics, and her Facebook page was littered with positive comments after she posted them there as well. My favourite comment? "I like how your smile got bigger......."
Here's a few words from Chanel.
Since joining Crossfit I have completely changed my out look on exercise and eating. I have also had the chance to meet a wide range of amazing supportive like minded people who are always there to cheer you on when you run out of steam.
Why did you sign up for the Spring cLEAN challenge?
I had heard that it was a good way to meet all the other crossfitters, also that it was a lot of fun. There was also the the lure of looking hot for summer.
What did you think of the challenge?
I really enjoyed all the challenges even swimming in the rain during the beach challenge. As soon as one challenge was completed I was holding out to find out what was coming up next.
What was the hardest part?
Not eating the wrong things at shared lunches, when i was rushing around and when I was stressed.
Was there a food you craved, or a time where things were just tough?
Potato chips. That was the big thing for me. I have also had a rough time as some of you may know in my personal life. Things just kept going wrong one after another, so staying on the right eating plan and making it to classes was extremely tough at times.
Cutting out sugar was easy for me but I have never really had much of a sweet tooth anyway.
Most memorable moment?
During the spring clean I was at on open gym session on a Sunday and managed to go from dead hangs pull ups with a blue band to dead hangs with no bands, thanks to a whole bunch of cheering from those there. Just a couple of days later I managing my first kipping pull up. Getting my first pull ups was a great feeling finally getting something that was hindering me for so long.
What advice would you have for people trying to improve their nutrition?
Keep it simple and there is such a thing as good fats. Mmmmmm Bacon.....
Deadlift 3 reps, rest 30s,
Ring dips, max reps, rest 90s
5 rounds, first set should be at 85-90% of 1RM.
Lateral Jumps over barbell