Crossfit.. another word for hell

Crossfit.. another word for hell


It’s Thursday poppets, and a very special occasion indeed. Justin Michael Farley is back on the blog today to chat all about our Crossfit partner workout experience. And this better be good because he now thinks he should own 70% of the blog, meaning that I owe him about $1 thus far (gigantic cardboard check is in the mail buddy boy).. I don’t have any decent pictures from the workout because our photographer apparently had the shakes, but this next set of photos from last year in Cabo pretty much captured the same feelings I felt during the workout.

Now Mr. Crossfit himself is a true professional, but ya girl is just not about that burpee, deadlifts for speed, killing my back kinda thing, so I am sure you can guess that Justin and I were on different pages. But I will let Justin tell you all about how it went… so here we go:

Ciera’s First Crossfit Journey

Back again by popular demand! Welcome to Justin and Ciera’s fitness adventure, written by Ciera’s role model, icon, and overall inspiration.

It started out as a normal Monday, right up until I found out that my usual gym (box for all you crossfitters out there) was hosting a community day to allow a friend to come check out the gym and do a partner workout for free. The moment I heard this, I knew who I wanted to call to invite. Someone that I knew would enjoy a challenge, be up for a new adventure, and someone who would complain minimally. My dad couldn’t make it.

So onto my next invite, someone who would slightly complain, wouldn’t be thrilled to be invited but would show up anyways and pretend to have a little fun.

My mom and Ciera’s favorite Ginger (aka The Ball and Chain) couldn’t make it either.

After calling around 250 of my closest friends, I was left with no other options…So the one I knew would refuse to go unless dragged, that would complain nonstop and possibly threaten my life for putting her through such a workout was going to be my partner for the day.

What follows below is the timeline of events, with commentary added by me.

Wednesday 4/12/2018 – Double Edge Fitness Midtown4:15 PM: Ciera rolls into to Double Edge with a fake smile on and informs me “If I’m doing this crap with you, you are writing a blog post and we are taking a picture”. I refuse. We compromise by taking a picture and me writing a blog post.

4:25 PM: Ciera’s first glance at the workout. With a partner: 50 Wall Balls (20/14), 40 Cal Bike, 30 Deadlifts (135#/95#), 20 synchronized burpees. 3 minute rest. Repeat in the reverse order. The complaints start flowing.     Ciera: “I did like 100 super heavy deadlifts yesterday”

Justin: “Oh”

Ciera: “And wall balls too?? My legs hurt from Monday, plus I’m teaching two spinning classes later.”

Justin: “K”

Ciera: “But the bike shouldn’t be too bad…”

Justin: “Good luck”

Ciera: “And burpees twice?? I didn’t wear the correct number of bras for this”

Justin: “-” No clue how to respond

4:37 PM: Warmups over. The entire class now knows that I brought my sister. Her mentioning it to everyone during the introductions was real subtle. No chance I can deny knowing her now.

4:45 PM: The fun begins! 10 wall balls in for Ciera and I’m already mid eye-roll knowing shes about to stop and leave me with the last 40 reps…

4:46 PM: Huh? Is she feeling alright? 25 wall balls, in a row, no complaining… This could work!

4:48 PM: Miss spin instructors first roll on Satan’s workout machine: the Assault Bike. 10 cals in: Ciera: “my quads!”

4:52 PM: Onto the burpees. 5 in, Ciera smiling. 10 in, no discernable emotion. 15 in, slight anger. 20 in, death glare.

4:54 PM: Resting    Justin: “Not bad C, lets fly through this last set”    Ciera: *Heavy breathing

Justin: “You killed it on the wall balls though, let’s do sets of 25 on those again”

Ciera: *Heavy breathing

Justin: “Cool, onto the burpees again, let’s try and go unbroken this time”

Ciera: *Heavy breathing followed by incoherent mumbling

5:01 PM: Back to the Assault Bike.

5:02 PM: Still on Assault Bike.

5:03 PM: Justin: “How many more calories”    Ciera: “I’m stopping at 15, you do the rest”    Justin: “No”    We compromise by Ciera stopping at 15 calories and Justin doing the rest.

5:04 PM: Last set of wall balls before freedom.     Justin: “C’mon C, you got 25 in you!”     Ciera: *Possible middle finger flash     Justin: “Mom would be so proud”

5:05 PM: 25 wall balls from Ciera, 25 from Justin, workout over

5:07 PM: Justin: “Nice workout C, how was it?”

Ciera: “Justin, you are my idol and my inspiration. I think about you and the lessons you have bestowed upon me every morning and every night, and strive to be like you. I know I may only be able to be 1/4 of the person that you are, but that would still be good enough. Thank you for blessing me with your presence during this workout, I didn’t think that I could ever do something like this until you gave me this push”

Justin: “K. You want a FitAid?”

All jokes aside, I couldn’t be more proud of my little sis and her (somewhat recent) dedication to fitness. I still laugh about the the old days where I’d see her at the gym and know that she must be going to the lake shortly after, as if the one workout an hour before would somehow be a magic pill to get her to where she wants to be. She’s been killing it lately and soon might even earn her way onto the Farley Fitness Wall of Fame.  Keep checking out The Devil Wear’s Rompers for more posts from Ciera and the (slightly more) occasional (than previously planned) guest post from her inspiration in all things fashion and fitness: me!

So there ya have it folks.. CrossFit Ciera at her finest. Probs won’t go back, but never say neverrrrr. Happy weekend!

Xo, Ciera

And so it continues…

And so it continues…

Hi friends,

You’re back once again and I so very appreciate it. Now I noticed that the links yesterday were not working on mobile devices, which is annoying I know.. but I have no specific answer quite yet on how to fix it, so we are going to try an experiment and see if I can stumble upon a solution. Also today was supposed to be a special guest post by Justin Michael Farley, but apparently my one day warning for the post was not enough time for the genius to do his work. He will be writing it next week (he doesn’t know this yet) so stay tuned! It is going to be all about the terrible workout he brought me to yesterday, in which I only complained like 5 times.

But since Justin takes 26783626 days to write a post making fun of me 2678255 different ways, I will be writing today’s post.. I guess as I am doing right about now. So in hopes of holding myself accountable, I am going to tell you guys about my current ‘cut’ I am doing. If you saw me eating my second bowl of cheerios last night, you would not have believed I am ‘cutting’ currently, but occasionally a girl has got to eat.

I am technically 4 days into my cut, but I use the term ‘technically’ loosely since I mentioned that I ate everything in sight last night. My cut pretty much consists of not eating bad foods, sugars, or anything I actually want to eat. So I guess you could say it is going kinda well. Honestly though, prior to last night I had been eating pretty healthy.. I blame the crossfit class and teaching two classes after that for stuffing my face excessively. I am focusing on eating lean proteins, lowering my dairy intake, and eating lots of veggies! (Yay greens)

Along with healthy eating, I am working out at least once a day, hitting weights 4-5 times/week, and cardio 4-5 times/week as well. Most of my second or third workouts of the day come from teaching a class, but for a normal person I really do not think it is necessary to work out 10 times a week. The main goal of my ‘cut’ is to tone up by summer, because I only have 5 weeks until this bod has to be seen in a swimsuit (cue excess self tanning as well). I am not trying to lose excess weight or prepare for any wrestling matches or body competitions, just trying to strut my stuff in my bikini come May. So please help hold me accountable and force me to stay with this plan. WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHERRRRRR!

Also since the Shopbop sale is still scooting along, I’ve included some super cute workout picks all at 20% off with ‘EVENT18’!!

So if any of you see me trying to put chocolate cake near my mouth, slap it out of my hand, and please keep me on track! Okay, see you next week honey bunssss. ❤️❤️❤️

Xo, Ciera

BBG & Me

BBG & Me

Hey hey hey,

Happy happy Thursday party people! It is a fitness post kinda day, and I have got a review for you. SO I know everyone has different body types, different exercise habits, as well as different likes and dislikes, but I am going to give you my 100% honest review of the BBG workout. This is not sponsored.. (I just wanted to say that because all of the big-time bloggers say that, and I thought you guys would think I am cool) But I am way cooler than you will ever know, so it doesn’t matter anyway.

If you have no idea what BBG is, I will so kindly explain it, because my mom told me no one likes mean girls, so here I am, being nice. 🙂 BBG stands for ‘Bikini Body Guide’ and it consists of plyometric and weighted workouts along with a couple of days of cardio a week to get you that ideal bikini body. So literally every single blogger I follow has raved about this program, so I decided I would give it a try. I was going to buy the book, but then I thought Mother Earth is dying, so I should just download the app.. which I did. The app is called Sweat, and is free through the app store, but just you wait, they get ya.

I downloaded the app and what not, and decided I was going to do BBG Stronger instead of the original because it incorporated machines, and heavier weights, which tree-trunk leg gals like me need. I clicked it and it told me it was $20/month.. which isn’t too bad ya know, but really I was just trying this out for the sake of all of you, and $20 is a little steep for a college girl’s budget.. so I decided instead on the free week trial. This is getting lengthy already, I will get movin’ here. 

I did the whole week’s worth of my free trial and decided I wouldn’t be continuing with the program. Now like I said everyone is different, and I honestly believe that if you are already a longer, leaner, thinner gal, this is the workout for you, but for me, it was not my fave. This program is designed by Kayla Itsines, literally the definition of long & lean (think super toned, but way thinner than I will ever be, and strong chopsticks as legs compared to my logs (weird analogy I know) as a reference), so it makes sense that these workouts are more so directed toward gals like her.

I am in no way, shape, or form discrediting the program, just saying it didn’t get me all amped up on Mountain Dew ready to come at you like a spider monkey (that’s a Ricky Bobby reference if you were unaware). To me, the workouts seemed a little short, but I am weird and don’t feel like I have really done a workout unless it is longer than 30 minutes. These 28 minute workouts would be great for busy peeps or maybe those that work out at home though. Also I normally look to workout programs and Instagram workouts for new things I didn’t know about, but most of the program consisted of the same things I dread doing like jump squats, chest presses, and straight-leg situps. I like my workout to change with my mood and challenge me with new things. If you are a fitness newbie or are just completely overwhelmed when you are at the gym, I would try it out. 

Of course I am not a negative nelly, so there were definitely some things I liked. I like the split that is set out in the program. The schedule laid out is super easy to follow, and goes 1 day legs, 1 day arms/abs, 1 day full body, and 3 days low impact cardio. ( I am more of a high impact cardio kinda gal, but it was a nice week of walking and stair climbing) I also liked that you can also follow the meal plan for an added bonus (and an added purchase). I would also say that the app is uber easy to navigate and track your daily workouts.

So sadly I do not have rock hard abs just yet, or legs as toned as Kayla’s, but that’s what happens when you are a BBG dropout after the first week, kids. I think for now I will stick with my current workout regimen and see what happens. Also, if you ever have any weird fitness programs or anything you’re too nervous to try but would love to know if they work, send them my way and I will be your guinea pig. 🙂

Xo, Ciera