When you think of CrossFit, you probably think of big, bulky men screaming, grunting and lifting barbells and dumbbells. I’m willing to bet that a lanky 21 year old girl with negative muscle mass is the image that comes to mind. But that’s exactly what happened at this Friday’s first. I, Hannah Tess, tried my first CrossFit class at ICE NYC on the Upper East Side… and to much surprise I lived to tell the tale.
As much as I was expecting to push my body and my mind, I wasn't expecting how much I would actually learn about the CrossFit process and the huge lifestyle it has become for so many. If you’d like to hear about my experience and all the blood, sweat, and tears that I shed, keep scrolling. Just kidding, I’m not THAT dramatic. But I’m not kidding about the sweat. Like, at all.
If you’re anything like me, your mind is always running a thousand miles a minute and you often find yourself telling your brain to STFU. I mean, I’m lucky if I get a break from myself for just a few minutes every day. So imagine my reaction when I showed up to a meditation studio and was told that for 45 minutes it was just me and my thoughts. And more specifically, me and my thoughts of nothingness. The idea of thinking about nothing for a while actually sounded appealing, at least it would give me a break from everything that usually stresses me out. But actually forcing myself to clear my head and focus on nothing but the rhythms of my breathing seemed even more stressful! How could I possibly do this?!
Do you ever look back on old photos and think to yourself, “Jeez, WHO let me leave the house looking like that?!” Well I’ve got news for you, styles and trends always come full circle, and right now we are in the era of athleisure.
This trend is taking over the globe and all of the biggest stars are rockin’ our old kicks. Major fashion icons from Rihanna to Sofia Richie to the Kardashian-Jenner clan have been switching out their sneaker wedges for actual sneakers, and we are LOVING it.
I’m not trying to be dramatic at all, but when I think of “green juice” the image that comes to mind is a thick, seedy substance that tastes like leaves. I’m picturing a full on tree being grinded up in a blender with a little bit of water, appetizing right?
I mean, I've heard of people eating tree bark but I always thought that was in prehistoric times. So when my manager at Ketanga (I'm the summer intern!) told me she wanted me to try a green juice for my series, it’s safe to say I wasn’t too excited. Flashback to two Friday’s ago when I JUST tried my first salad – how am I supposed to drink leaves if I’ve barely begun eating them?!
Pilates & Pinot. The alliteration intrigued me, and the mention of wine sold me. After studying in Europe for the past five months, wine has sort of become its own little food group in my diet, and working out with the promise of being rewarded with some sweet vino was too good an offer to pass up. Disclaimer – I had never done Pilates before this event and I wasn’t even sure I knew what it was.
I figured it would be similar to yoga with a little more stretching, so I wasn’t too concerned about it considering I had just taken my first (beginners) yoga class a few weeks ago. Even walking in the room with all the yoga mats set up gave me a little sense of comfort and made me think that the class was going to be a piece of cake. Boy was I in for a treat.