Daily Life, Health, Kenya, Nairobi
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Trying New Things #5: CrossFit

Fitness is important to me. I’ve written about how I found the right fitness fix for me. Now, I’ve changed it up a bit. I’m still doing Fitness Blender. I’m still putting the miles (or kilometers) on the spin bike. And now, I’ve added CrossFit to the mix.

I really wanted to do more with strength training. I thought about getting a personal trainer. However, every trainer I met talked about how women shouldn’t lift weights because that will make them bulky. First, this is not true. Second, any trainer who thinks that way is not the right trainer for me.

Enter CrossFit. I figured that this was a place that wasn’t afraid of women with weights. (We want muscles with our mascara, thank you.) I’d have gone there sooner but I was worried about the high impact work, which would not bode well for my herniated disc. With CrossFit, you can make adjustments so I knew that part would be okay…but…it’s no fun if  you can’t do what the rest of the class is doing.

It turns out that they do offer personal training sessions during the open gym hours. I’ve been going for a while (ten sessions in) and I am very happy to be training with Coach Leeroy. I get my butt kicked twice a week and I love it!

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Coach Leeroy near the rowing machines

I’m doing things I never thought I could do. I’m feeling stronger. I did my first handstand (against a wall but still)! I’ve even stopped wearing gloves when I lift.

If you’re in Nairobi and want to try it out, they’re in Gigiri off of UN Crescent. Check out their website for more information.


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  2. Love that you are doing a mix of fitness! Where I live, they don’t have gym classes, but the resident Fire Chief started running CrossFit sessions up at the Firehouse. It’s great – because apart from getting a workout in its bring people together.

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  3. I started lifting in January, and I love it! I’m so curious about Cross Fit, but Gigiri is just too far for me. But I’m with you, there is no reason why women can’t lift heavy!!

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