Monthly Archives for January 2017

Why CrossFit Keeps You Coming Back For More

Fitness, Fitness related, Lifestyle - Anupriya kapur - January 31, 2017

“Happiness can exist only in acceptance.” George Orwell

It’s been over three months since I joined CrossFit and I attend the sessions three times a week. I haven’t let any other commitment come in way of my sessions till now. I’m truly hooked. I used to love working out on my own but something has changed. And that forced me to think and write about what about CrossFit is working so well for me.

1) I’m gaining upper body strength. And that’s something which is completely out of my comfort zone. In fact, I don’t think most women in India end up concentrating on upper body strength. Pull ups, push up, rope climbs – who would have thought?

2) At this stage of my life, I’m unable to commit long hours to running. And as of now, I feel 3 sessions of per hour in a week, with couple of half an hour of walks here and there, is enough to stay strong and healthy. I don’t have to worry about anything. It’s like I have to just show up and push myself to my capacity. I don’t have to think. And that’s one stress less for me.

3) Unlike gyms, CrossFit doesn’t concentrate on certain body parts. It’s about overall movement and strength. A toned body is just the “side effect” of being dedicated to your workouts and good food. While it feels great to look good, the feeling of getting stronger is unmatched.

4) The workouts never get boring. It’s been more than 3 months now and so far never have I repeated the same routine. Sure, there are certain exercises we do regularly but every routine is a surprise. Sometimes it’s a circuit and you are timed, sometimes it’s a set time and you see how many maximum rounds you can do. Sometimes you’re running, sometimes you’re rowing, sometimes your are skipping. Sometimes you lift heavy, sometimes you go for reps.

5) It’s competitive in a very healthy way. How much I’m able to lift or push myself for a certain workout is completely on me. My instructor understands me and I just need to concentrate on my improvement. Surely, I’m awed by all that’s happening around but the environment is such that it never comes in way of my workout.

I’m still not sure if I will combine running with CrossFit. Or I will strength train enough before I give CrossFit a break and start training for a half marathon. As of now, I can run 5-10km at an easy pace whenever I want to so that’s keeping me happy 🙂

 

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Lessons I learned from the Ultra Dog

For the soul, Marathons - Anupriya kapur - January 23, 2017

cooling down

It was the second edition of the New Delhi Marathon Stadium run yesterday. A simple format, where a runner has the option of running for 6 hours, 12 hours or be a part of a relay team. I ran in the first edition and loved the experience but this year I was there as a part of the organizing team. I ran a bit here and there with my running buddies and chit chatted with most. The music was loud and the energy at the stadium unmatched. Around 11 in the morning, we noticed a healthy stray dog doing rounds with the runners.

cooling down

Thinking of him as a hindrance, runners initially tried to shoo him away. But he seemed very determined and refused to budge. He wasn’t aggressive, not even one bit, but he wasn’t meek either. He held his ground so we let him run. He paced quite a few runners on different laps. And when he didn’t stop running after a couple of hours, we knew he was there to stay. Continue Reading

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Express Yourself

Fashion, For the soul - Anupriya kapur - January 23, 2017

I had been contemplating this shoot for a long time. And once it was done I was contemplating if I should be sharing it or not (maybe because it was a little sensual). And of course I was scared to share it because of good old conditioning and the fear of being judged. Once I realized that, there was no stopping me. There is hardly any skin. Every woman wants to be shot like this. Every woman is and wants to look sensual. The only thing that stops us is fear and conditioning. And this is just another jab in my fight against it 🙂

A big shout out to Shailaja for capturing me the way I had imagined.

 

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Beginning with breakfast

Fitness, Fitness related, For the soul - Anupriya kapur - January 10, 2017

Honestly speaking, I have never believed in New Year resolutions. But that’s mostly because most of  us set unrealistic goals. However, if the resolution is do-able and aligned with the overall goal, then the resolution doesn’t take too much time to become a habit. This year if I want to take up one thing seriously then it would be breakfast routine. With my regular CrossFit sessions, eating well and right is a necessity and I will do that by including Oats in my breakfast regime. And, even though, I’m a healthy and moderate eater in general, but there’s something about breakfast and the mad scramble of early morning and getting my son off to school that makes breakfast always feel like an afterthought, hence I would spare 5 minutes in the morning (yes it takes only 5 minutes to create a healthy and a tasty meal) I always end up eating less even though I’m aware that breakfast is by far the most important meal of the day. So, here’s what I want to do – Continue Reading

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Fat to Fit to Yoga Instructor

Fitness, Fitness related - Anupriya kapur - January 5, 2017

Samrat is a yoga instructor and an inversion nut job. (And do follow his insane journey on Instagram).

It was 20 Oct 2015… It wasn’t a particulary extraordinary day by any measure.

At 7:00am I had breakfast – 7  idlis (ahem it was actually 11) and some yummy chutney.
I was mighty pleased with myself because I felt like I could eat 3 more. You see, I took a lot of pride in my “capacity”.

I sat down at my computer and didn’t look up until the morning had turned to afternoon – I worked as a freelance digital marketer at the time. Another thing I was not a bad hand at. I was also great at watching movies back to back. Continue Reading

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