Thursday 09.05.13

What's your favorite Quest Bar? Ever take a cookie dough and a chocolate brownie bar, heat them up, and smoosh them together? Ya...neither have I...

What’s your favorite Quest Bar? Ever take a cookie dough bar and a chocolate brownie bar, heat them up in the microwave for 15 seconds, and smoosh them together? Ya…neither have I…

***Remember today is bring a friend day!***

The Good Life
3 rounds of:
500m Row
12 Burpees
21 Box Jumps (24, 20″)

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Rachel E aka Firebreather of the Month for August!

Rachel E. aka Firebreather of the Month for August!

I sat down with Rachel and got the lowdown on her favorite WODs, foods, and which president she thinks would be best at Crossfit.

1. How did you get involved in Crossfit? I was working for lululemon back in 2009 when Ben and Heather hosted an intro to Crossfit class for lulu employees. I love pretty much any activity that involves running around, so I pulled into the CFNE parking lot that Tuesday night to check it out. I remember being scared to go in, since it looked like some intimidating warehouse! (I think I was expecting something like Fight Club to be happening inside, haha.) Ben and Heather were so friendly, of course, and stayed late to take us through a quick team AMRAP. I had to wait a few years to fully join, but after that night I always knew I’d be back! Every day I walk into CFNE I feel tremendously lucky that I fell into such a special place by pure happenstance.
2. What is your favorite WOD? People will probably commit me for this… but I’d have to say The Admiral. Maybe because it’s both mentally challenging to hold onto the bar for the squats, and burpee pullups are just kind of fun, right? …hello? Guys?
3. What is your favorite movement? If dodgeball warm-up isn’t considered a “Crossfit movement” (though really, when else are all of our ninja skills really tested under pressure?) I have to say snatches, especially for OTM workouts. I love how powerful it feels if you get the movement just right and the weight flies up overhead.
4. What is your least favorite movement? I think I speak for everyone under 5’4” and most definitely all T-Rexes when I say wall balls. Woof.5. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life what would it be? Homemade chicken enchiladas with tons of cilantro and limes and hot sauce…and a side of Buffalo chicken pizza. Toootally counts as one meal.

6. Rumor has it your hair is really straight and you curl it everyday…any truth to that rumor? It’s true, but don’t ask where I buy my 800 tiny curlers. A lady never tells.

7. Is your alter ego really a scary neon clown? Oh don’t worry, she’s harmless…as long as you wear neon on Neon Friday. Keep an eye out, Max.

8. Let’s play a game called “Tickle, Hide and Seek, Cook”. I’ll give you three people, you decide which one you’d tickle, play hide and seek with, or cook a meal with. Your people are Abe Lincoln, Ben Franklin, and George Washington. GO!

Easy peasy. Ben Franklin is the obvious tickle-target because he doesn’t look too fast (sorry, Ben – less inventing, more Crossfit!) and would be easy to catch, AND he’s got a little belly that’s just asking for a tickle fight. Abe Lincoln would be my hide and seek buddy because I think he would have a hard time hiding that giant top hat behind furniture, trees, horses, buggies, cannons…pretty much anything. Plus, if he changed hiding spots while I was looking, he probably wouldn’t be able to lie about it in good conscience. That leaves George for my cooking partner! I’ll have to think up some new recipes for mashed things so he can eat them with his wooden teeth. Maybe Bode knows some good ones?

9. If you could be any Care Bear who would be? If you need help click HERE.

Probably Bedtime Bear, so I could help out those of us who always stay up way too late watching YouTube videos/cooking vegetables/doing cool stuff and then roll out of bed for the early morning classes. You’re welcome, 5:30am mayhem!

10. You’re trapped in a giant pit filled with pasta. Oh no! Do you eat your way out or stick to your paleo guns and wait for help to arrive? I’m not sure how eating the pasta would help me get OUT of the pit since I’d just sink lower as I ate…but who cares, my answer is: enjoy being trapped in the pasta party pit instead of the Indiana Jones snake pit and MANGIA!

11. Which U.S. President would be best at Crossfit and why? Teddy Roosevelt. He’d have to wear contacts instead of those little glasses on a chain, but I think his sense of adventure and stubborn drive to see things through would make him a tough competitor. Plus, I think when he said to “speak softly and carry a big stick,” he was talking about a barbell.

12. Would you rather be a squirrel or a chipmunk? I’d rather be a chipmunk – they’re better singers and don’t spend their days running in front of cars or trying to get into birdfeeders. Have some self-respect, squirrels!

13. Who is your Crossfit crush? Hey! That is top secret! (He DOES love to wear American flag short shorts, though.)

14. What if Lululemon only made grey and black clothing, would you still wear it? Wow, a little piece of my heart died just thinking about that for a minute. If such a terrible future were to happen, I think I’d have to bleach that gloomy moisture-wicking, 4-way stretch fabric and dye it neon!

15. How long would you let coffee sit in the fridge before you drank it? One week? Two weeks? One month? Hahahaha coffee never makes it past my mug and into the fridge! This question is bananas.

16. You have to choose, either being too hot or too cold. Too hot, for sure — it’s a million times more fun to pick up an iced coffee and go to the beach to cool off than to walk around your house with a hat on, wearing a blanket like a cape, and clutching a thermos of hot chocolate…I’d imagine. I mean, if I were cold maybe I would do that.




  1. Congrats Rachel! Well deserved!

    5×3 Front Squats @ 215
    5×5 OHS @ 150
    The Great Life: 10:40 Rx
    mu and handstand work

    Great Job 8:30!! Great coaching Rachel!

    To all those friends and family! Congrats for kicking butt! The hardest workouts are the first ones……but we have all been there so stay with it!!

  2. The good life. 11:46
    Snatch complex 8×55#
    4×6 FS at 125#

  3. The Good Life: 11:44, 22 calls on AD instead of row

  4. The Good Life – 9:18 Rx

  5. Congratulations, Rachel!!!

    The good life: 12:26 or 13:26 rx ? I suspect it was 13.
    Loved the burpee tip and such a great class, Rachel. Thank you!

  6. 12:08 Rx

    • Eugene thanks for the intensity help. Heather great job, saint and Kate loved the battle.

  7. The Good Life: 14:09 Rx

  8. The Good Life: 11:34 rx

  9. The Good Life: 12:25 Rx

    So awesome seeing so many people trying crossfit for the first time! Fun class at 6:30.

  10. Kristin B.

    The Good Life: 14:29 w/a mix of box jumps and step-ups. Didn’t have it today, but fun to bring a friend!

  11. The Good Life: 13:58 RX … So fun to see the 5:30 pm group!

    Lindsay’s first time at a regular class: 14:48….. The second daughter is now converted!!!!

    Awesome interview… Congrats Rachel!

  12. Christian

    The Good Life – 11:30 rx

    4×6 Front Squats – 235# (3 sets), 245# (1 set), 3 reps at 265# felt light and tried to 1RM at 300# but missed.

    5×1 (Power Clean, Hang Squat Clean, Squat Clean) — 155#, 155#, 175#, 185#, 185#

    3×10 back extensions, 3×20 GHDSUs

  13. FGBish: 23:42 – hope I don’t get cutoff!

  14. THANKS, everyone!! I love this community — you guys made my day. : )

    The Good Life: 12:21 Rx and 11:22 scaled for my buddy Jay. Awesome “bring a friend” class, Ali and Geoff! And thanks for saving my workout/life Ali — would have been tough to do this one in a skirt…

  15. Good Life 11:06 Rx’d felt good, have to stick the landing on few of the box jumps, but great 6:30 class.

  16. Hotel WOD – “Angie” minus pullups
    100 pushup
    100 situp
    100 air squat

  17. Back squat 3×5@185
    Press 3×4 @115
    The good life- 11:27 with step ups.

  18. The good life: 14:01rx

    So fun having so many “bring a friends” in class tonight. Great coaching Ali and Geoff!!

  19. The Good Life (1st day back – post partum scale): 12:02

    Good to be back. Thanks for the warm welcome, Ali.

  20. Congrats, Rachel!

  21. Welcome back, babe! You rock. H will be so excited to talk about barbells with you.

  22. The Good Life – 12:08 rx

    Snatch Complex x5 @115

    Front Squats – 4×6 @205

  23. Andrea Frey

    The Good Life – 14:11 (did step ups)
    Great job 7:30pm!

  24. Maureen B.

    The Good Life: 13:26 Rx

  25. 15:40 RX!
    Felt good to do an RX WOD once in a while!
    (rows: 1:54, 2:04, 2:09)

    What a crowd today @ 7:30pm!

  26. The Good Life: 12:36rx

    Great energy at the 6:30pm!
    Job well done for all the friends tonight.

  27. The Good Life: 14:04 RX

    felt like i was doing burpees/boxjumps in a weighted vest.

    Post WOD: Snatch/front squat complex THANK YOU MAUREEN for the killer advice: it’s all in the abs!

  28. way to go, rachel, you little firebreather you!! i LOOOOVE your perm!

    the good life: 11:20 Rx
    with the 7:30. you guys are awesome. so much hard work was put in by so many of you tonight… especially jose. very inspiring. : )

  29. Annie RX @ Manhattan Beach Marriott 12:22

    Mile run on treadmill 9:00

  30. The Good Life: 18:?? Rx

    Just about 2 months out of elements. Exited for my first Rx!

    Time is a bit of a guess… I was not thinking about the clock after those last 21 box jumps :)

  31. The Good Life: 16:22 rx

    5×5 Bench Press: 135#
    3×5 Deadlift: 315#

  32. Patti Jeanne

    the good life 13:10 step ups for box jumps due to achilles injury

  33. John S.

    The Good Life 14:39 (20#). 49 seconds faster than last time…I’ll take it! My legs are feeling very wobbly.


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