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CrossFit-Inspired 200-Rep Bodyweight Workout

CrossFit-Inspired 200-Rep Bodyweight Workout

You don’t need heavy-duty barbells, a box, or a pull-up bar for this intense workout, but it’s still fast-paced, full-body, and intense. It’s just four basic moves, 10 reps each, repeated five times for a total of 200 reps. Aim to do this workout AQAP …

After Battling Cancer and a Broken Back Patti Lost 135 Pounds With CrossFit

After Battling Cancer and a Broken Back Patti Lost 135 Pounds With CrossFit

Patti, a cancer survivor, who was nursing a broken back and dealing with diabetes, found the courage to try CrossFit. After 12 months, she lost 135 pounds and is off her diabetes treatment. If you’ve been afraid to try something, scared to start becaus…

Reebok Ad Brilliantly Inspires Girls to Be Strong (Like Their Mamas!)

Reebok Ad Brilliantly Inspires Girls to Be Strong (Like Their Mamas!)

Everything about this Reebok Nano 7.0 commercial is awesome. If you’re a mother who has struggled with your own body image or worried about how you’re going to raise a daughter in this age of magazines and Photoshop and eating disorders and the obessi…

The Easy Eating Formula For Getting Rid of Body Fat

The Easy Eating Formula For Getting Rid of Body Fat

If you feel soft in the middle, you can either thank your mother for inheriting her blessed genetic predisposition for belly flab or your sweet kiddos who were created there. Whatever the reason, if you’d much rather have a sleeker midsection, as a mom…

Shirtless Men Doing CrossFit, Just Because

Shirtless Men Doing CrossFit, Just Because

CrossFit WODs are crazy intense and because you get so hot and sweaty doing all those burpess, pull-ups, and wall balls, sometimes you just have to take your shirt off to cool down or wipe off your sweat. We’re OK with that. We will not be offended.
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The Reason This 65-Year Old Grandmother Does CrossFit Is the Reason We All Should

The Reason This 65-Year Old Grandmother Does CrossFit Is the Reason We All Should

Freda Bernadette is 65 years old. She has 11 grandchildren and they’re the reason she does CrossFit. Her doctors think she’s making it up, because how could a 65-year-old be doing CrossFit?! She says, “I’m here working out because I want to live longe…

You’ll Want to Do CrossFit After Seeing These Transformation Photos

You’ll Want to Do CrossFit After Seeing These Transformation Photos

Growing up as a girl, I was encouraged to be pretty, and of course thin, but never strong or athletic, so it was a huge breath of fresh air to meet Danielle Horan when starting my own CrossFit journey. Her strength and confidence inspire me every day to push myself and embrace my strength (and my muscles!). Her incredible transformation is proof of all her hard work and dedication. Today, Dani is not only a CrossFit coach but has also competed in numerous competitions.

Danielle: Before (2011)

POPSUGAR Fitness: When did you start CrossFit, and what made you want to try it?
Danielle Horan: I started CrossFit October 2010. I had stopped competing horses, and my dentist introduced me to it. I hadn’t ever heard about CrossFit before I tried it; I was looking for something to fill the time that I used to spend in the stables. I was bored and looking for something to entertain me.

PS: What do you love most about CrossFit?
DH: Every day I am learning something new, being challenged in a different way. CrossFit makes me not just a better athlete, but a better individual.

PS: What are you most proud of when it comes to what your body can do?
DH: [That] I can do whatever I put my mind to.

Danielle: After (2016)

PS: What motivates you to push yourself so hard?
DH: I know what I’m capable of, and I see the results. I want to be the best version of me, and I won’t stop until I get there.

PS: When and why did you become a CrossFit coach?
DH: I started coaching about six months after I started CrossFit. I love being able to help athletes learn new movements and feel good about themselves. My goal is for every athlete that comes to my class to have it be the best part of their day.

“I want to be the best version of me, and I won’t stop until I get there.”

PS: What’s your weekly workout schedule?
DH: It varies. I train five days a week four to six hours a day. [On my active recovery days] I train for about an hour, usually on the bike at an easy heart rate, or on Sundays I like to try to do something active outside of the gym like a hike.

PS: When and why did you start competing?
DH: I started competing because I’ve always been competitive and I was seeking that out again. [Editor’s note: Since 2012, Danielle has competed in nine CrossFit competitions.]

PS: What is your current fitness goal?
DH: I am training to become the best version of myself. I want to find out what I am truly capable of. My programming focus is cardio, I’ve been running . . . a lot!

Always something to work on & improve. One of my favorite reasons why I love CrossFit. 💙 Things that went well this week: ⋅ 3 x 3 Front Squat #263 (after cardio) ⋅ #223 Clean Complex Made after failing Jerk at #213 (after cardio) ⋅ Forcing myself to move when I wanted to rest ⋅ Remaining positive ⋅ Maintaining a higher Heart Rate during running intervals ⋅ Reading my new book ⋅ Spending extra time on Mobility Things I need to work on: ⋅Staying in my right heel when I split Jerk ⋅Being focused on my current task ⋅Accepting there are only so many hours in a day ⋅Kipping the dip when I do Ring Muscle-ups ⋅Daily S/L Activation Drills ⋅Remembering 1% Better Every Day adds up #dailyreflections #gratitude #hungry #wantmore

A video posted by D a n i H o r a n (@_danihoran) on Nov 13, 2016 at 12:36pm PST

PS: What’s a typical day of meals and snacks?
DH:
Wake Up: coffee and milk
Pre-Workout: Fuel For Fire and banana
During: Sometimes a quick-digesting carb
Post-workout: Protein shake (using Mission 6 protein powder)
Breakfast: Oatmeal, eggs, some type of veggies
Pre-Workout: Fuel For Fire
During: Sometimes a quick-digesting carb
Post-workout: Protein shake

In addition to the above, I’ll have two to three meals consisting of veggies, protein, and carbs throughout the evening. I don’t eat strict Paleo; I focus on a well-balanced diet. I’ll have a treat every once in a while. I eat a certain number of protein, fats, and carbs every day. I weigh and measure everything. I have a nutrition coach, Jason Phillips. He currently has me eating 160 grams of protein, 80 grams of fat, and 395 grams of carbs. I currently weigh 148 pounds and my body fat percentage is 11.

Last set of L-Sit Pull-ups! Don’t forget your accessory work 💪🏼😉 #crossfit #basics #sohard #high🖐🏼Hawks

A video posted by D a n i H o r a n (@_danihoran) on Oct 29, 2016 at 10:34am PDT

PS: Because you look so strong, do you ever get comments about your physique? How do you deal with negativity?
DH: Yes. I usually ignore them, but yes when I travel and people ask me what I do, I say Zumba. It started as a joke a few years ago, but I still say it.

PS: Advice for other women who want to try CrossFit?
DH: Just start. Don’t wait until you’re “in shape.” Focus on yourself and doing the best that you can do.