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I RX’d my first double under WOD…and it took FOREVER!

Exciting news on the CrossFit front. Today I RX’d my first WOD with double unders ever! It took me forever and I was the last one to finish by 5 minutes but I did it!


I was really looking forward to doing this WOD. I love chippers and this looked like a great workout to kick off my week! The burpee box jumps were pretty terrible (they always are) and I did step ups for some of them because I had this nagging feeling that today was the day I would miss a box jump and bust my shins. The pull ups took eternity but I kipped every one of them. I went into the WOD thinking that I would do 25 pullups and 25 ring rows or move to a band but once I got going my stubbornness kicked in and I kept kipping, even though I was only getting 3-4 at a time. Push press and air squats were the easiest part of the workout. I thought I was going to do 2:1 singles to replace the double unders but after I struggled through the pull ups there was NO WAY I was finishing this workout without an RX.


I was the last one to finish but I didn’t even care. I was so proud of my accomplishment!


I never take the 9:30 a.m. class but reader Hannah was in town from Philly for a job interview and wanted to drop in for a class so I met her to workout. It was so great to connect after a couple of years of messaging. Also, Hannah kicked ass in the WOD! πŸ™‚


Pre-workout breakfast was sourdough toast with a scrambled egg and melted white cheddar with watermelon on the side.


Post-workout lunch was an awesome wrap with portobello, hummus, roasted red peppers, avocado, cilantro and feta. It was a unique flavor combination but it worked so well.


Backing up to Sunday for a minute. I survived a 4 mile run in 86 degree heat and then went to the grocery to get lunch supplies. All I wanted was a sandwich, chips, a pickle and a lemonade Vitamin Water.


Sunday night dinner was ridiculous! I was so proud of myself for coming up with this combo. I served mahi burgers over cabbage slaw and topped them with guacamole and then had farmers market sliced tomatoes, chili-lime corn and sauteed zuchhini, squash and shishito peppers on the side. I am so loving summer flavors right now. I am NOT ready for fall!

CrossFitters…what’s one movement that prohibits you from RXing WODS?Β 

Non CrossFitters…still loving summer or ready for fall?Β 

{ 32 comments… add one }
  • jennyv August 12, 2013, 9:43 pm

    Double unders AND pull ups… yeah.. both of them!

    Also, I am sorry to say it but I LOVE the fall and simply cannot wait for football, pumpkin spice lattes, and boots to be busted out!

    • Jen August 13, 2013, 10:58 am

      i’m sure i’ll fully embrace it once it gets here! last year was just a long winter/no spring and it’s been a weird summer!

  • Nicki August 12, 2013, 9:45 pm

    Congrats!!! DUs and not knowing how to kip definitely prohibits me from RXing…well, also my size (4’10”, <100#) prevents me from doing them RX'd as my max lifts tend to be what the women's weight calls for, hah! I've only RX'd two WODs in my year of doing CrossFit but I was incredibly stoked about those! Way to go on the DUs again, and you're right – who cares about time when you're RX!! πŸ˜€

    • Jen August 13, 2013, 11:00 am

      thanks nicki – wow, i’m sure your size does impact your ability to do heavy barbell wods. i can’t imagine! the RX must call for close to what you weigh sometimes! we have some really petite girls at our gym too and i LOVE watching them workout. so strong! what i do love about crossfit is that it’s so scalable and everyone can workout together!

  • Amanda M. August 12, 2013, 9:58 pm

    MUSCLE UPS!!!!! Gonna get one one day! Oh and pistols….

    • Jen August 13, 2013, 11:00 am

      i feel you on the muscle ups and i feel like we should be able to do them given our cheer/gymnastics background, don’t you!?

  • She Rocks Fitness August 12, 2013, 10:08 pm

    That portobello sandwich looks redunkulous! I have not had a good sandwich wrap in a while and that looks divine. I LOVE summer and even though it is hot as heck down here in Houston, I love everything about summer. CONGRATS on the RXD! πŸ™‚

    • Jen August 13, 2013, 11:01 am

      i have been craving sandwiches lately for whatever reason. i go so in and out of wanting carbs/not wanting them. it’s weird!

  • Amanda @Fitforgloryfoundbygrace August 12, 2013, 10:12 pm

    definitely NOT ready for fall. (aka, nursing school). But I love this weather and being home with everyone! And I can’t wait to try cross fit one day!

  • Megan (The Lyons' Share) August 12, 2013, 11:15 pm

    Congratulations!!! SO ready for Fall – probably my favorite season, plus the running temps will be SO much better in Dallas!

    • Jen August 13, 2013, 11:02 am

      now, i do love running in fall weather. it’s my favorite running season of the year.

  • Kassidy August 13, 2013, 12:02 am

    Toes to bar, pull ups, DU, ring dips. I want those pull-ups so bad!

    • Jen August 13, 2013, 11:02 am

      i have a hard time stringing t2b together. it seems so impossible. you’ll get the pull ups! keep working!

  • Tajtsen August 13, 2013, 1:56 am

    I am all about the summer! Here in Sweden, it’s always too short. I love every day of it.

  • Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com August 13, 2013, 4:31 am

    I cannot ever get enough of summer – besides, i think we need like a week of temps in the 90’s πŸ™‚

  • liz August 13, 2013, 6:43 am

    i had to go to my farmers market on saturday after i saw your tomatoes last week, i was not disapointed!

    • Jen August 13, 2013, 11:04 am

      yay! homegrown summer tomatoes are the best!

  • Courtney G. August 13, 2013, 9:03 am

    Congrats!! I am so excited for you!

  • Sara August 13, 2013, 9:30 am

    Not to rain on your parade, but how is that an RX if you did step ups for the box jumps?

    • Jen August 13, 2013, 10:46 am

      from this year’s CrossFit games open workout 13.2…

      “In this year’s 13.2, the box jump evolved again during the CrossFit Open, resulting in a safer movement, virtually no criticism, and perhaps most importantly, no laundry list of injury reports from CrossFit athletes worldwide.

      ‘For the jump, you can do a two foot take-off or a one foot take off,’ the 13.2 standards declared, a huge change from the normally prescribed two footed take-off. Athletes still had to reach full hip extension at the top of the box, but for the first time, step-ups would also be allowed for all divisions.

      Just a year before, CrossFit eliminated bounding box jumps and this year would be no different. Additionally, if an athlete was concerned about their safety, whether for their Achilles or a nasty box jump fall, it was completely fine to avoid jumping altogether. Some might say that step-ups are a different movement that take away the intensity of the workout, but chances are you’d be hard pressed to find a single athlete who thought 13.2 was too easy.

      Like any sport, CrossFit will continue to evolve.”

      also, i love subbing step ups for box jumps in workouts sometimes because i feel them so much more in my butt!

      • Sara August 13, 2013, 11:57 am

        Thanks for the clarification! I didn’t do the open this year so I hadn’t heard the new rule. And you are right – step-ups are tough in their own way. Congrats on your accomplishment!!

  • Elizabeth August 13, 2013, 10:22 am

    There are still several moves that prevent me from RX”ing WODs…….I have just FINALLY learned to kip, so now pullups will no longer be one of those moves!!! Yay!!! πŸ™‚

    • Jen August 13, 2013, 11:05 am

      CONGRATS! i remembers being so happy when i finally figured out the kipping motion!

  • Katie @ running4cupcakes August 13, 2013, 10:41 am

    Ahhhh that is amazing!! Congratulations. What an awesome feeling. πŸ™‚ I am loving summer running right now, but I am ok with fall coming soon too. . . That’s what I love about MN – the 4 different seasons, each one brings something different.

    • Jen August 13, 2013, 11:06 am

      thank you! and i don’t know what it’s like to have four totally different seasons. everything kind of runs together in the south.

  • Ashley August 13, 2013, 12:37 pm

    Congrats Jen! I ran in the heat on Saturday too and nearly DIED!!! Running in the heat makes it SO much harder! I hope to set a personal record at the gym today and do two pull ups…. haha weak but have to start somewhere right?!

  • Annie @herightfit August 13, 2013, 2:03 pm

    Anything with muscle ups or heavy snatches is a no-go for me. My snatch form is so terrible that even if I can do the weight, it would put me at a risk for injury or just reinforce bad habits. There is always something to work on.

  • Lindsay August 13, 2013, 2:49 pm

    Overhead Squats. I literally cannot get the bar far enough behind me and if I try to squat, I fall over. It’s pretty disastrous! Muscle-ups are impossible as well. I’ve yet to try them on a bar (only on rings) and I really have the vision in my head I can do it. it just doesn’t work out. Nice job on the DU’s!!! Something clicked with me a few months ago and I’m finally able to string together 10-15 at a time.

  • Aurora@Fitness is Sweet August 13, 2013, 3:41 pm

    Congrats on Rxing! I’m so far off Rxing my double unders…I can get one, MAYBE two in a row. But I think my biggest obstacle is pull-ups. I’m not even close without a band, but this is my next goal!

  • Kim August 13, 2013, 5:11 pm

    I still haven’t grasped double unders. I tried progressing from ring rows to jumping pull ups but i just don’t have that upper body strength to get the most out of it. Right now, my biggest challenge is mixing marathon training with Crossfit. I’m trying to get all my miles and speedwork without comprimising the strength gains I’ve made in Crossfit- its exhausting!

  • Trish August 13, 2013, 6:44 pm

    Even though I have been doing crossfit for about 5 yrs (private sessions) I still have some trouble with the language – what does Rxing mean? and what is a chipper? I wish crossfit had been around when I was younger. There are some things I despair of ever being able to do that I am sure I could have done 25 yrs ago. Sigh. WIll keep trying.

  • Heather August 13, 2013, 10:18 pm

    What Maui burgers did u have or did you make them from scratch?


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