[Guest Post] Grit

Hey there blog land, the fiancée (upgrade from BF) here with another guest post. Last week we did "Amanda"- 9/7/5 muscle ups and snatches at 135#. I first heard of this workout roughly a year ago when I wasn't close to either a muscle up nor a 135# snatch, and I decided to set it as a big benchmark goal to someday complete it prescribed. It was a long and daunting task I had set, and I had serious doubts on the validity of this goal. I had to increase my snatch PR by 40 lbs just to even be able Read more [...]

What My Best Friend Has to Say About It

This is a picture of my best friend, Steph Fellows. Milking a cow. In South America somewhere. You know how sometimes I refer to my friend who is so ridiculously athletic that she could probably win the CrossFit Games within a few months of her first wall ball? Yep, that's her.  And if it weren't for her, I would never have started to care about being active. Because I would have never thought about being active as a reward you give yourself, or a gateway to exploring the unknown, or a way Read more [...]

The Art of Running with Small Dogs {by Evan Pollitt}

Editor's Note: Our final guest post comes from Evan of Salt, Dogs, and Duct Tape. He is an hilarious writer with a knack for calling it as it is, and I am so excited to feature him as we wrap up this awesome week of stories! By the way, I didn't exactly give Evan the chance to approve this title... But I think after you read this, you will understand. Hello Ascent Blog! Let me start by saying I’m happy to be here. I’m Evan and I write salt, dogs, and duct tape. Allow me to introduce myself. Read more [...]

Health is a Choice {by Laura McElduff}

Editor's Note: Happy weekend! This guest post comes to us from Laura of NJ Paleo Runner. She has been through the same trajectory that almost all of us can relate to--starting out with running/cardio and a "low fat" diet, seeing some results, but still not feeling anything "click." Luckily she eventually found weight training, and then Paleo, and you will love the last line of this post! PS, you can check out Laura's blog right here!   I grew up in the South with typical Southern Read more [...]

Fat Girl Gone Healthy {by Mandy}

Editor's Note: Today's post is written by Mandy, who struggled with depression and body issues for many years but felt helpless and didn't know what to do about it. Four years ago she finally decided to take control and reach out for help, including starting to see a personal trainer. This is a super inspiring, relatable story and I love what she says at the bottom about the way people see her vs. the way she sees herself!  PS, you can check out Mandy's blog right here! Four years ago, I decided Read more [...]

CrossFitting for Life {by Dana Harker}

Editor's Note: Today's post is from Dana, who is so dedicated to CrossFit that she actually has been doing the Open WODs at her local globo gym! Even though she doesn't have access to the same CrossFit community that keeps many of us going, she uses her kids and future grandkids to motivate her. That is dedication!! I cannot tell you exactly how I stumbled upon your blog, but I do know that I look forward to seeing your posts in my email inbox. I am a mother of two, a Crossfit fan and a silent, Read more [...]

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