February 1st marked the start of my gym’s 60 day challenge – 60 days to Kingfield strong. In defining the challenge, the coaches wrote the following, “One of the single greatest things about our community is the freedom to be you.
We come in all different shapes and sizes and from different places and experiences and we all want different things.
Which means that #KingfieldStrong is yours. Whether it’s increasing your three rep max front squat, being able to do a pullup, getting your diet dialed in so you have energy throughout the day, you shed a few (or 20!) pounds, or you get 188 reps on the one minute 5 pound bicep curl time trial (the current record is 187), own it. Define your #KingfieldStrong and get after it.”
In the weeks leading up to the challenge the coaches from both CrossFit Kingfield and Kingfield Endurance shared their own stories, which you can read by clicking on the links:
- Coach Caitlin – We All Run Boston
- Coach Leah – To Stop or Keep the Course
- Coach Tony – Living Life as a Failure
- Coach Danny – Motivated & Strong
I was undecided as to whether to participate. I have done two sugar detoxes now and seen the success that comes from a maintained diet. (I use the word “diet” not in the sense of anticipated weight loss, but just daily food intake.) My first sugar detox led to me having more energy, improved mental wellness and better sleep.
So I was intrigued by the prospect of what change 60 days in a row, compared to just 21, could bring about.
Further, I know my success in these type of challenges is often due to having others by my side versus going solo. On the other hand, I didn’t want the challenge to be a distraction as I have seen my competitions often can become.
After talking more with the coaches, I realized that the challenge would be big on community and would be about the day-to-day and not an event.
Hitting my morning workouts and eating right with just a more concentrated effort was going to be the backbone of this challenge and easy to integrate without causing a disruption, outside of some denied cravings and having to pass on having a beer or wine when out with friends.
The challenge has a very straight forward set of rules:
- Participate in pre-challenge and post-challenge assessments. During the first and last week of the Challenge, record current body weight, current body measurements and results from WOD.
- Commit to removing trigger foods from the diet for 60 days (i.e. refined carbohydrates, industrial seed oils, sugar and artificial sweeteners, and alcohol).
- Commit to three Kingfield classes per week and two at home workouts (or some combination of five workouts per week)
- Engage with other Challenge participants via social media in private #KingfieldStrong Challenge Facebook group as much as possible.
To get started, everyone participating in the challenge did the pre-challenge assessment yesterday. This was to establish a baseline, which is important as success is hard to measure when you have nothing to compare it to.
Each person will have their own metrics that they look towards but you need to know where you started to appreciate where you progressed.
Since change is measured not only on the scale, the coaches met with us one-on-one to not only measure body weight but also body composition metrics (i.e. waist, hips, chest, neck, thighs). They also took our “before” photos – front, side and back. I weighed in at 167.6 pounds.
In addition to the scale, photos and tape, they measured our athletic performance during the regularly scheduled classes by having us complete the following baseline workout (I’ve noted my results):
- 3-rep max Front Squat = 165 lbs
- 1,000 meter Row = 03:47
- 10-minute AMRAP “Cindy” (5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 squats) = 7 rounds + 25 reps
I felt good during the workout, but not great. I think I could have gone up another 5-10 pounds in the front squat but was short on time. In terms of the row, that felt pretty strong.
“Cindy” however saw me not moving as quickly as I would have liked. As a sugar detox came to an end on Friday and I knew the challenge was about to start on Monday, I used the weekend to enjoy some drinks, some flapjacks with butter and syrup, and lots of tortilla chips.
Ending Sunday night with a twist on an Old Fashioned made with rum probably contributed to me not doing all my push-ups unbroken.
Now, I am not making excuses for my performance. Instead they are the reality of what happens when you spend a weekend welcoming all these triggers (i.e. refined carbohydrates, alcohol, sugar and artificial sweeteners) into your diet. It revealed itself for sure.
So with the assessment complete, the remainder of this week is all about prepping. I got ahead of the game and made an egg bake and roasted a ton of sweet potatoes on Sunday afternoon. I’m also taking the time to think about what I want to gain from this challenge.
I’ve shared my goal for the year, but I think it is important that I set an intention for the next 60 days beyond just completing the challenge.
What will be my metric of success? What will make me feel Kingfield strong? I will share with you my thoughts next week as the challenge kicks into high gear.