Barbells, Food and Jojo

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August 21, 2015


Rita Benavidez

If I had to pick a woman with the strength and beauty that I idolize, it would be her. I never do #WCW, and it’s not Wednesday, she’s #WCEveryday. She is very strong, has muscles while maintaining some curves. Yassss.

It’s official. I now officially identify as a Weightlifter that CrossFits. For a while there it was an identity crisis. I mean, I’ve been a CrossFitter for nearly five years. That’s what I knew and loved. I still do love it, and still do it. But I fell in love with weightlifting more.  Funny that …

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Alright guys, it’s been a week since I’ve been back from my week long business trip in Vegas with my coworkers where tracking macros was nearly impossible (group meals, long days, limited options, etc). I knew and expected all this – it was not my first rodeo, being my third year doing this business trip. …

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December 30, 2014

Scored myself a 30lb Deadlift PR on Saturday – from old 1RM 235lbs to new 1RM 265lbs! Attempted 275lbs twice and failed – mental block/fart. Gunning for 300lbs…

December 29, 2014

It FINALLY happened and unexpectedly so – I got not only my first but second (this video) Bar Muscle Up!! And then…I got SIX more during the 12 Days of Xmas WOD we did on Christmas Eve. So stoked!! I did not see this coming. I was ready to scale this part of the WOD until one of the coaches said I should just give it a try and I did it! At the top I was like WHOA DID THAT JUST FUCKIN HAPPEN?!?! Haha. Love it.

December 27, 2014

Couple weeks ago I finally hit a 125lb/57kg snatch! It helps to look back and see how far I’ve come over these last few months. Just nearly 4 months ago my 1RM snatch was 105lbs and it felt heavy as shit back then. Excited for what’s to come from The Outlaw Way!

…is a bitch. There is so much to those two little words! Both men and women deal with it. Both men and women can struggle with it. The struggle can even go in stages. It can be positive or negative.  In these last few months, my body has been transforming – generally for the better! …

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December 7, 2014

An unexpected clean and jerk pr at 72.5kg/160lbs (10lb pr)! Yes…I know I caught it high, back rounded a bit, didn’t drive under it enough and pressed out at end of jerk – but I’m still stoked! I have things to work on, such as working on getting under the bar faster and catching it lower so that I can pull more weight and get under it. Same with the jerk, I need to pull myself under faster and lower, let the weight push me down versus fighting the bar. Following The Outlaw Way has helped a ton in reaching some of my training goals – key is to stick to a program, don’t go program hopping just because you get bored or too hard.

I’ve mentioned before that I hate taking and posting progress pics. Mainly because for the longest time, I saw little to no results. And I was ashamed. As I go down this road, putting my trust in a method so vastly different than conventional, I am realizing the importance of progress pictures so much more. …

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No, not the 12-hour period when any and all crime is legal on an annual, government sanctioned night. But, rather intentionally going through my closet and purging my closet of clothes that no longer fit and I don’t intend to ever fit me again. This purge was specifically pants. One by one I went through …

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