A1 – Handstand Hold 3 x 1 minute
A2 – GHD Sit-up 3 x 10-15
A3 – Single-Unders 3 x 200
As many rounds as possible in 12 minutes of:
10 Kettlebell Swings (1.5/1 pood)
10 MB Sit-ups (20/14)
This time last year… Alex wrote on a Virtual Challenge.
…And the Winner Is!
Before we announce who the overall winner of our largest cash prize in CrossFit Chicago history is, I just wanted to let you know that this was one of the most satisfying challenges that I have been a part of. The team that I got to lead and be a part of really motivated me to get even tighter on my own diet, and I personally saw some great results just from the camaraderie of being a part of this experience.
The most satisfying for me was to see how many people change had their perspective change on how your bodyfat% affects weight loss. It doesn’t!! There were numerous people who came in with disappointed looks on their final bodyfat percentage tests with me because the scale didn’t move, only to find out that they dropped three percent bodyfat.
These are our AVERAGE changes from our challenge participants in just three weeks time:
Body Fat 2.5%
Squat Reps 6 reps
These are our top performers in each individual category:
BodyFat% – EmilyG – 5.6%
Suprailliac Score – BrianW – 19mm
Squat Reps – JaredH + 29reps
Metcon Time – MJ C – 9:18
NikkiY was our overall winner! She was chosen based off a formula we developed based on overall improvements in each of the four categories. Nikki dropped 4.3% bodyfat, 16.2mm on her suprailliac, improved her squats by 27 reps, and dropped her metcon time by 2:40.
The rest of the top 10 looks like this:
If any of you are on the fence for the next nutrition challenge, I hope you can see the benefits, and have seen some of the transformations amongst your fellow athletes. Even if you think you’re pretty strict, which I know a lot of people who already look and perform great, a lot of those athletes also dropped bodyfat, picked up some new muscle, all which lead to better results in the world of CrossFit.
Some Words from the Champ!
I came back to CFC after taking a three month hiatus from working out, and soon realized that I was in terrible shape. At that point, I had heard of the benefits of eating clean but was always too doubtful that I would succeed in changing my eating habits. When the paleo challenge announcement came along, I was hesitant to sign up – I literally was flip flopping on my decision to participate up until I e-mailed Bryce telling him I was in just days before the challenge meeting. From that point on, I figured…well, I already e-mailed him so there’s no going back now. Might as well give it a shot. From there, I tried to eat paleo wherever I went. I think my hardest day was my first Saturday, when I was invited to my boyfriend’s coworker’s for dinner. Thinking I could find something no matter where I went, I thought I’d be fine. Sadly, the only thing I was able to eat was some of the chicken picked out of the rice it was a part of. Since then I learned that if I was going to be visiting friends or family, I should probably tell them ahead of time (or eat earlier) just in case something didn’t work out.
Having Team KK as a support group was also extremely helpful. Paleo challenge veterans in the group shared their successes from previous challenges, tips for travelling for work, recipes, etc. Everyone was always so great and encouraging that it made me look forward to reading about their experiences every time I opened my e-mail.
As I started to get used to eating better, I had to make sure I was staying active and committing to the challenge. Slowly, I felt better while working out; I felt less gassed and frustrated after WODs. Post-challenge, I cheated over the Thanksgiving holiday, but made the determination that I need to keep doing what I’m doing to feel better and healthier for my own happiness. Sure, I’m not eating as strictly as I was during the challenge, but I did up my membership from two a week to four a week to make sure that I keep moving. It’ll be thousands of baby steps from here to where I want to be, but the challenge was just the kick in the butt (or inspiration) I needed.