Introducing The Bar Belles

Over the long weekend, my lifting best friend (Jalene) and I competed in a two-person team competition called Battle on the Border. Before the competition, the organizers asked to feature us, so we answered their questionnaire. But they never posted it! So here it is now, in all its glory!

TEAM NAME: The Bar Belles

AFFILIATE: CrossFit 780, through Prime Strength & Conditioning

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CROSSFITTING FOR:

We met in fundamentals class in January 2013, so we just celebrated our first Crossfit anniversary!

 ATHLETIC BACKGROUND:

Lisa: I played soccer fairly competitively ever since I was very young, but also played basketball, skied/snowboarded, ran cross-country, canoed, and even briefly dabbled in lacrosse. Then I got into triathlons during university (I had to take adult-learn-to-swim lessons) and ran some longer distances.

Jalene: I danced throughout my childhood and into high school and did competitive  gymnastics when I was very young. I was briefly involved in track and field in high school and I’ve gotten a bit into running over the past 5 years or so, but overall “athletics” are kind of something new for me!

WHAT MADE YOU START CROSSFIT?

Jalene: I bought my boyfriend Crossfit fundamentals for Christmas last year and decided to be a good sport and try it too. I didn’t really think I would like it, but after the first month I was hooked!

Lisa: Both of my older sisters do Crossfit and they were always talking about how much they love it. I held off for a while, but eventually, after two ACL tears from soccer and endless hip and back injuries from running, I thought it was time to try something new. So far, no bad injuries!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WOD?

Jalene: Kelly! And maybe also Diane

Lisa: I like the long ones! Probably Kelly? I like Nancy a lot, too! I also love a good chipper.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE MOVEMENTS?

Jalene: I love box jumps, DUs, most gymnastics stuff and olympic lifts.  I pretty much just hate kettlebell snatches, or anything involving a kettlebell in one hand!

Lisa: I love overhead work (especially overhead squats), rowing, box jumps, DUs, and the olympic lifts. I don’t like most gymnastic movements, especially T2B.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT CROSSFIT?

Jalene: Everything! It is the first type of “exercise” I don’t find entirely boring, and I love how the focus really is on becoming stronger and healthier, and not just looking better in a bathing suit. I love how every WOD starts with intense competition with the people around you, pushing you to do your best,  and ends with everyone cheering on the last person to finish.

Lisa: Doing Crossfit has made me amazed at my own abilities. I have had countless mid-workout moments where I’m just like, “I can’t believe I can do this!” It feels so good to know objectively that I am stronger than I’ve ever been.

WHAT IS YOUR DIET LIKE?

Jalene: I just try to eat in a way that makes me feel my best. I never limit the amount I eat, and I have a rule against food rules! I find the more I stress about my diet, the worse I actually eat, so I just accept that sometimes for dinner all I want is a grilled cheese sandwich (with extra cheese, pickles and ketchup) and move on.

Lisa: I try not to eat too much processed food, but I say that as long as I’m making sure to leave room to eat enough protein and a variety of fruits/vegetables, then enjoying some carby starches or sugary bonbons is just part of eudaimonia. (See also: riots not diets)

FAVORITE CHEAT FOOD / MEAL?

Jalene: I can’t even answer this! I love food too much to pick one

Lisa: Well, I don’t like the idea that enjoying any meal should be called “cheating”, but I do try to limit the number of frozen pizzas I eat. Those thin crust pesto ones. YUM!

DO YOU HAVE ANY UPCOMING GOAL(S) IN RELATION TO CROSSFIT?

Jalene: 40 kg snatch (I’ve been stuck at 38 for so long!), 91 kg back squat, and muscle up.

Lisa: I want to make it to provincials for weightlifting this year. A 150lb clean and jerk is only a few months away, probably, if I keep working hard. I’m also looking forward to getting my first muscle up soon!

WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF BEING A CROSSFITTER?

Jalene: Trying to talk about non-crossfit/olympic lifting things in social situations…
Also, having to wash and do my hair everyday now! (lady problems?)

Lisa: Good pain vs. bad pain. Knowing when to take it easy or when to tough it out.

WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT REGARDING THE UPCOMING 2014 BATTLE ON THE BORDER?

It’s our first competition so we are looking forward to unleashing our inner beasts and seeing how hard we can go. Also we can’t wait to wear matching shirts!

WHAT WOULD BE YOUR “IDEAL” TEAM WORKOUT AT THIS COMPETITION?

Anything we can split up! All of Lisa’s weaknesses are Jalene’s strengths and vice versa. It’s almost ridiculous. They don’t even make sense.

HOW OFTEN DO YOU WORKOUT? DO YOU DO MULTIPLE WORKOUTS IN A DAY?

Currently we lift four days per week and do some conditioning two or three times per week. We’ve been talking about doing two-a-days (adding in some conditioning on strength days) but so far we’re not doing that.