Good morning! Today marks the END of my spring break but oddly enough, it’s a pretty happy Friday around here. It’s been a super crazy week — but honestly, in the best way possible. You know when you you get to the end of a puzzle and all of the missing pieces are put in their place? That’s kind of like what life feels like right now. My heart is so full. To top things off, I bought a new desk (ordered this one at Crate and Barrel yesterday — no more working from my laptop in bed!) and I’m finally not sick so I get to go for a run today without dying. The last time I did any physical activity was last Thursday. I can’t remember the last time I took a full week off! I was invited to a Crossfit Liberty Village last week so I thought I’d share a little bit about my experience.
A part of me was a bit nervous as it’s has been a pretty long time since I’ve been in a “box” (aka Crossfit gym). All I really know how to do is lace up my shoes and go for a run. I was slightly intimidated but also up for the challenge! I did say I was looking to switch up my workouts so this was actually perfect timing. Thanks for helping me step outside of my comfit zone, Reebok!
Upon arrival, I (along with Gracie and Gloria) received a duffel bag full of goodies which included a pair of the new Nano 7. I remember my very first pair of Nanos that I got when Electra and I won a trip to the Reebok Crossfit hub in New York a few years ago. It was cool to see and feel how the shoe has evolved while putting it to the test during out WOD (workout of the day).
After warming up with a series of body weight exercises, we got right to work.
The first workout was 12 minutes of 3 exercises done every minute, on the minute. So basically during the first minute, we would do 10 kettle bell goblet squats. If they were completed before the minute was up, the remaining time was used to rest until the next minute/exercise. Once the second minute started, we got to work on our 10 step ups/box jumps. We all chose to stay safe and stick to step ups so that we wouldn’t risk breaking our face. The third minute/exercise was 20 mountain climbers and once those were done, we started from the top again.
I didn’t find this first set of exercises to be too intense. Maybe it would have felt a bit harder if I tried the box jumps. I mean, I felt like I was working and my body was getting warm but I didn’t really feel like I was dying…
…until the second part of the workout! In this portion, we worked for 10 straight minutes and did AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) of the listed exercises -> 10 KB swings, 10 lunges, 10 box dips, 10 calorie row. NO STOPPING. This is when I really started to sweat. I liked this portion better because I like to constantly be moving. The time went by super fast and I feel like I got a really good burn.
Now let’s talk about two very important things.
1. COACH AMY. Not only is she is beautiful and incredibly fit, but she did an amazing job coaching us through the entire workout. I didn’t feel intimidated or embarrassed at any moment. She was super welcoming, encouraging and helpful in correcting our form when we needed it. I appreciated that she gave us the guidance we needed to be better while not making us feel like inexperienced newbies. Thank you, Amy!
2. The NANO 7. I have only tried these shoes for the one workout so far so my opinion is based solely on that experience, but I will say that the Nano 7 provided both flexibility and stability. We tried a variety of exercises that allowed us to put the shoe to the test.
The heel piece is what made the shoes feel super stable, especially while doing squats. You feel like you are “locked in” and there was no shifting around, even for me and my super narrow feet. Another thing I appreciated was the fact that my mobility was not impacted. The shoes have a low cut design so there is enough space around your ankles, preventing any sort of discomfort when completing specific exercises.
While the Nano 7 felt stable and secure, they were also really flexible. I found this to be helpful when doing things like step ups and mountain climbers. I thought they’d be too stiff for any exercises that required the foot to “bend” but they honestly felt great. Our workout didn’t include any running (I know some WODs do) so I’d be curious to see how they would feel and what the traction would be like for something like that.
All in all, I had a really great experience at Crossfit Liberty Village and thought the shoes felt awesome for the duration of my workout. Huge thanks to Reebok Canada for having me!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Reebok, though all opinions are my own. Thank you for your support!
Have a great Friday and weekend!