The Awk Spot: The Time I Thought I Lost My Phone But Didn’t

The following post is sponsored by Fitfluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.

Last week I was invited to attend a fitness class downtown that was hosted by CrossFit Backbay and City Sports. While I am not a “traditional” Cross Fitter, I do like trying new classes around the city and was excited for the opportunity. I also knew we’d likely be doing a bodyweight workout since the class was held outdoors, and I’m always looking for new bodyweight ideas to teach in my fitness classes, do as part of no equipment workouts at home, and share on the blog with all of you.

I went into the night feeling a little flustered after being stuck in traffic on the way home from work. I had to sprint to catch the bus I take into Boston, but luckily my new Nano 4.0 sneakers that Reebok sent me to wear to the workout helped me make it in time. Phew!

Reebok Nano 4.0s

After arriving to the Greenway and checking in, I really had to pee. Since I had five minutes to spare, I decided to quickly run across the street to use the bathroom in one of the restaurants in the North End. Of course my awkward self picked a creepy restaurant with a bathroom in their dark downstairs area. As I was waiting to use the bathroom, I started overheating because it was so hot. I took off my zip-up jacket (note: phone was in the pocket) and put it in my bag, quickly used the bathroom, and made my way back across the street. At this point, everyone had arrived and settled in, and it was time to start the workout.

Cross Fit on the Greenway

We began with a double Tabata style warmup where we did different dynamic exercises such as squats, lunges, high knees, jumping jacks, pushups, and situps to get our blood flowing. During the warmup, I reached into my pocket for my phone to snap a few pictures (dun, dun, dun), only to realize that my pocket was empty. No phone. Of course I started panicking and stepped out of the warmup for a minute to scan the area around me and frantically dig through my bag. No dice. I lose things at the bottom of my bag all the time, so I quadruple checked, but I still couldn’t find it. Gah! How the heck I was supposed to document my experience at the event for this blog post!? More importantly, I started freaking out about all the pictures that were still on my missing phone from Slesh’s wedding and Erica’s bachelorette party.

After our warmup, the instructor said he was going to take about five minutes to explain and demonstrate the next exercises for the partner section of the workout.

CrossFit on the Greenway

I figured that since the exercises and form for each move were familiar to me, I could sneak away to try to backtrack my steps to the restaurant. I ran away, ignoring some of the weird looks I was getting from other class goers, and sprinted across the street. Back to the creepy bathroom area it was. The manager of the restaurant even came down at one point only to find me crawling around on the gross dark floor like a crazy person. I guess I don’t blame him for being concerned. It’s probably not every day that someone decked out in Reebok gear comes barreling in to his restaurant not once, but twice in one night, and not even to eat anything.

At this point I chalked it up to a loss and figured I should just finish the workout and would worry about my phone later. Back across the street I went, and I made it back just in time to start the partner part of class. Miraculously, a really nice guy was still looking for a partner and found me. The gist of the workout was that each pair needed to finish all 100 squats before moving on to the sit-ups, then all 100 sit-ups before moving on to the jumping lunges. Everyone could decide how they wanted to split up the reps, so my partner and I decided to just alternate doing 10 reps each until we reached the 100 total. The kicker was that every minute on the minute, the instructor would yell for everyone to pause wherever they were and do 3 burpees. Those minutes seemed to get shorter and shorter as the workout went on! I taught this workout in my class this morning, and I think it’s safe to say that my class members would agree.

Can you spot me doing butterfly sit-ups?

Reebok crossfit on the greenway[photo via Run to Munch]

Once everyone completed the partner workout, the instructor said that “the only reward for exercise is more exercise!” (definitely stealing that), so we finished class with some isometric work: straight-arm planks, side planks, and a new to me version of V-ups that I most certainly will be introducing in my classes soon. Even though the class was advertised from 6-7, we finished around 6:45. The City Sports and CrossFit Back Bay folks stuck around to host a raffle, hand out water, and answer any questions people had.

CrossFit on the Greenway

City Sports also gave me a little swag bag before the workout started, so after I finished stretching, I sat down to peek at what was inside. What was the first thing I saw in there? My phone. When I took my jacket off and put it in my over the shoulder bag, my phone must have fallen into the swag bag inside somehow! I still don’t really understand how that happened since I hadn’t opened the swag bag yet, but it did, and I basically ran around like a madwoman for an hour for no reason. I just had to shake my head because this was definitely a typical awkward Athena thing to do.

I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get to introduce myself to some of the other bloggers that were there, but I just felt too frazzled to have a normal conversation with anyone. I do consider my overall experience a success though. Even though I “lost my phone,” I was still able to get a good workout in and sweat a lot during the WOD. I also really liked wearing my new orange and purple kicks for the workout. They were super comfortable, and the wider toe box was a bonus! (ha).

CrossFit on the Greenway

If you are interested in participating in this class, you are in luck because it’s being offered every Thursday night from 6-7pm until August 21st on the Greenway (right between the North End and Haymarket station, near the intersection of Cross and Hanover). To take part, you just need to register online and show up. I definitely recommend it! There was a good group – about 25 people total of mixed genders, ages, and fitness levels – so if you are intimidated by Cross Fit, don’t be. The instructor broke everything down so all the beginners were comfortable, and I think free fitness events like these are a great place to meet new people.

Unless you are a loser like me.

–Let’s chat–
Have you ever tried CrossFit before? Was it indoors at a CrossFit box or outside for a free event? Are you taking advantage of any other free fitness classes in your communities this summer?

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Weekly Workouts + A New Deck of Cards Routine

Good morning!  Hope everyone had a fabulous long weekend.  I had a great birthday weekend, but I’m saving my recapping for later in the week after I’ve had a chance to celebrate with my family too.  Thank you to everyone who sent along all the wonderful birthday wishes, cards/gifts, and helped celebrate with me – I appreciate all of you!

This is a short week for me since I had yesterday off and I’m working from home on Friday, but as you guys know, I still like to map out my workouts for the week.  Gotta stay on track!

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts

2 mile outdoor run + core strength

At home workout!  20 minutes of kickboxing + push strength splits + push/pull ab circuit

Morning at home workout since I skipped teaching to go to the Red Sox game.  I did a 2 mile outdoor run + pull strength splits + the same push/pull ab circuit from Monday.

Push/Pull Splits

The last free CrossFit class at City Sports in Legacy Place.  The workout was actually a deck of cards workout!

Deck of Cards

At first I thought this wouldn’t be hard but boy was I wrong.  This workout was way harder than it looked!  They also had a rowing machine last week and would call each class participant one at a time to do a 250 meter row in the middle of the deck of cards.  I wish this CrossFit box was closer so I could sign up – it’s just not that feasible for me!

Taught a countdown workout in my 6am class.  We started with 10 reps of each move in each superset, then did 9, 8, and so forth… only to end with 10 instead of 1.  Evil, I know.  In between each superset, the class did 45 seconds of burpees and held a 60 second plank.

Active rest – 3 mile walk around Fresh Pond Reservoir with Tim.

Fresh Pond Reservoir


This Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday – Circuit workout 3x through with 10 minutes of cardio between each round
  • Monday – Outdoor run + core strength circuit
  • Tuesday – Two A Day: Kickboxing, then teaching total body Tabata strength in my class
  • Wednesday – Active rest
  • Thursday – Teaching another total body Tabata strength workout (different than Tuesday)
  • Friday – Morning or lunch workout TBD before heading to Rhode Island for Ashley’s wedding weekend!
  • Saturday – Off, unless there’s a change of heart about pre-wedding beach bootcamp! 😉

What’s something fun you did this weekend? What’s on the workout agenda for the short week?

Weekly Workouts {Sore Galore}

Good morning!  How was everyone’s weekend?

Here’s quick rundown of mine:

On Friday night a bunch of us headed to Granary Tavern for Slesh’s birthday celebrations.

Slesh Bday

Saturday was my company picnic, and then Tim & I hung out with our friends Cate & Joe for the night.


Finally, Sunday morning was some much-needed clean-up/workout/catchup time, but at least on Sunday afternoon I got to spend some time in the sun by the Belmont pool.  Hope you guys got to do something fun!

Monday motivation time…

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts

Last week started out strong after my vacation, but I weaned off a bit toward the end of the week.

Sunday was my first day back at it after vacation.  I did a sweaty 20 minutes on the elliptical, then busted out some total body strength supersets afterwards.  I also did a ton of partner abs with Tim at the end of the workout.

Took Ashley’s Core Strength class, then hopped on a treadmill for my .5 Treadmill Workout.

The .5 Treadmill Workout

Took Maria’s total body conditioning class in the morning, then went back to the gym for Two A Day Tuesday at night.  I took Liz’s Kickboxing class for my day’s cardio, then I taught a partner/games/stations workout for my class.  At the end of class, each partner group had to decide how they would get to 100 burpees between the two of them.  While one partner did burpees, the other partner would plank.

Stations Partner Class

Tried my first CrossFit class!  It kicked my butt.

CrossFit Together at City Sports

Taught Tabata bootcamp in my 6am class.  I was way too sore from CrossFit the night before to do any of the moves, so I just taught without doing.

Active rest — 30 minute walk.  Because I was still so sore!

Rest — I had full intentions to get up and workout before the picnic, but Slesh’s birthday celebrations on Friday night were the cause of me sleeping in later than anticipated.

This Week’s Workouts

Here’s this week’s plan:

  • Sunday:  Outdoor run + at home strength circuits
  • Monday:  Cardio + core strength
  • Tuesday:  Two A Day
  • Wednesday:  Either a cardio + core workout in the morning, or if I can squeeze one in before my dad’s birthday dinner I’ll do that.
  • Thursday:  Teaching my 6am
  • Friday:  Probably none unless I do a quick at home workout — Erica is visiting!
  • Saturday:  Rest

What’s the last workout that left you super, super sore?

Have a great start to your week!