The Chief

October 10, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Workouts of the Week {Some new moves}

Probably more like one new move … but who’s counting? Workouts the past few weeks have been going pretty well. We’ve had a LOT of handstand push-ups, and though I’ve tried to get the kip down, I haven’t (yet) been successful. Being as stubborn as I am, I’m taking the time to use two abmats under my head and doing them strict. Which … ow. But yeah, that’s the way it is for now. At least I’m getting stronger! This week I did both a benchmark WOD, and a Hero WOD. A good week, if ya ask me. Only thing that would have made it better would have been some squats. Then it would have just been … *clutch*. Continue Reading →


October 6, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Is Crossfit Judgement Free? {My response to The Box Magazine’s cover disaster}

As you all know, there are a lot of things that I love about Crossfit. The WODs, the community, and the gains I’ve made in fitness are just a few. But one thing that I haven’t shared on this blog about my love for Crossfit, is the body confidence that has come from it. I know that I’m not the only Crossfitter to feel like this, but I think if you’re not in the Crossfit world, it may come as a bit of a surprise.

Growing up, I was incredibly self-conscious about the size of my legs. My thighs rubbed together, and my quads bulged out – they weren’t stick thin, like the other girls my age. I personally think it’s part genetics, and part behavioral. I have a few family members with what I would define as muscular legs, so that’s the genetics side of it, but the behavior side came (I believe) from participating in taekwondo from the age of 4 or 5 to about 13. My mom might read this post and dispute this statement, but I tend to think part of the reason I developed large leg muscles is due to all of that taekwondo. There is NOTHING wrong with that, but it definitely made me look twice when I lined up next to the “other girls”. I was uncomfortable in my body. I spent a lot of hot, Iowa summers in pants. That’s the way it was. Continue Reading →


October 3, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Five Things Friday: Crossfit Edition

I’ve been a bit of a Thursday-Friday blogger, these last few weeks, huh? Meh, oh well. I actually was planning to do a workout post today, but I just had too many fun things to share … so a “Five Things” post won!

First: I’ve been thinking about this photo after seeing it on the Design Sponge blog yesterday. TELL ME you don’t want to climb backwards up those stairs. At home WOD, anyone? Continue Reading →


October 1, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Goodbye, September

Just like that – September is done! (Plus one day in October … basically … by the time this posts will be live … )

I had a blast this month, as nuts as it was. Sometimes you move so fast, you forget about all the fun you’ve had … but that’s why there are pictures. Hopefully October will be full of more blog posts to back these pictures up, hmm? Continue Reading →


September 26, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Five Things Friday: Videos Worth Watching

Happy Friday! The weeks, they just go so fast these days. Pretty sure I said that yesterday, but it seemed appropriate to start the post with that anyway. We’ve got a pretty calm weekend ahead, which I appreciate as I have midterms next week. Oh, grad school. How some days you seem like such a good idea … and some days … not. But, I know (and keep reminding myself) that it will be worth it in the end.

Five Things Friday is a little different (for me) this week – because all five things are things are videos! When I was thinking about what I wanted to share, all these came to mind, so I decided, why not have a video-themed Friday? Some are serious, some are funny. All are worth a look! Continue Reading →


September 25, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Thinking Out Loud (Thursday) (The one with all the blog stuff.)

Ahhh Thursdays. That title’s probably not great for SEO. Anyway … let’s ramble, shall we?

Life’s been a little nuts, to say the least.

As usual … I mean, seriously. What’s new? I think the best way to recap what I’ve been up to is probably a photo dump from my phone, but not today. Not today, my friends. Continue Reading →

Overhead squat

September 8, 2014
by Alex Meyer

One Year of Crossfit (Some perspective)

As I was sitting at the competition this weekend, a I had a myriad of emotions. There was exhilaration when I finished before other girls in my heat (I know, that’s a little petty, but who isn’t competitive in Crossfit?). There was anger when I couldn’t seem to hold on to the barbell, and therefore, didn’t get as far in the clean ladder as I knew I could. There was surprise when I was able to pass a fellow competitor running with a wall ball. Then, there was disappointment when I couldn’t seem to push up my placement in the scaled division.

That’s something to love about Crossfit – it really does keep you on your toes.  Continue Reading →


September 3, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Wedding Wednesday: 5 Reasons to Go to Pre-Marital Counseling

Another Wedding Wednesday for you – but today, a slightly more serious topic. I’m hoping it’s still interesting to you, since I know it was to me!

Phyll and I recently completed our pre-marital counseling class at our church. We go to Cornerstone Family Church in Des Moines, and although we haven’t gone for long, I really love the church. They are very welcoming to a variety of cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds – I never feel like anyone is judged. When we were engaged, I knew that I wanted to get married in a church – it was pretty important to me. It was also important to me that we get married at our church, not a random one that was convenient for our ceremony or reception. Continue Reading →


September 2, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Scenes from the (Long) Weekend

How was everyone’s Labor Day? We took the long weekend to relax, but also to get some things done. It was a pretty nice mix, if you ask me. I’ve got a couple pretty busy weekends coming up, so it was nice to take some time and relax before the insanity of September really takes off. I snapped some pictures throughout the weekend though, and I thought it would be a nice way to “recap” what I did.

Friday, my mom and sister came to visit. My dad stopped by to show us his new toy … a Porsche. Continue Reading →

Mat Games

August 29, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Workouts of the Week: Prepping for Competition

It’s Friday! You know what that means? We’re officially 7 days out from my next competition! I’m happy to report that I am not nearly as nervous for this competition as I was for my last one. I think that’s probably because this is now NOT my first competition, and also, there’s nothing in the workouts that’s freaking me out (unlike the last competition – those were some odd movements!). Although, we are still a week away. Maybe my nerves will come up next week?

Something that’s probably helping, though, is that so far I’ve been able to try out 3 of the workouts on my own. Two of which, I did this week. In one day. But you know, whatevs. I had to take two days off mid-week, so I decided I could handle two WODs in one day. Continue Reading →

Prickly Pear

August 27, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Thinking Out Loud Thursday (Monte Cristos + Beer)

Come one, doesn’t that sound like just the tastiest combination?

I’m getting ahead of myself, though. Rewind …

Good afternoon, all. How’s your week been going? Things have been busy-busy around these parts. So much so, that I’m pretty sure my first thought today is …

Is it seriously Thursday already?

What happened to all of the other days? Continue Reading →


August 22, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Five Things Friday: Blue Diamond & Bravery

Happy Friday everyone? How was your week? I’m happy to say that mine was not as loooong feeling as it was last week. Regardless, we have some fun plans this weekend so I’m excited that it’s finally here! No huge plans, but lots of little things I’m looking forward to. Hopefully I’ll also get some more wedding planning done. Maybe.

Thank you to everyone who commented on yesterday’s post. Once you have a blog for awhile, you can start to really wonder about some of the inspiration behind it – but you all made me feel great about my “random” post and my struggle to “figure it out”. Love you all, my awesome Blends icon smile Five Things Friday: Blue Diamond & Bravery .

Today’s post is dedicated to some fun favorites I’ve stumbled on this past week or so that I wanted to share with you. I’m linking up with Katie and Clare AND Heather, because … link-ups are cool! (Just like bow ties. Bow ties are cool, too.) Continue Reading →

Crossfit Frozen

August 21, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Thursdays are for Thinking out Loud

What do you do when you feel like blogging, but don’t know what to blog about? While I have a million posts up my sleeve, I just wasn’t in the mood to write a single one of them last night. I had a ton of random thoughts happening though (lack of focus = why I didn’t want to blog about something I had planned?), so what better link-up to join in on today than Amanda’s “Thinking Our Loud” Thursdays?

Thinking Out Loud2 Thursdays are for Thinking out Loud Continue Reading →


August 19, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Recap: Crossfit 424 Throwdown

Soooo … remember how I talked about my first Crossfit competition? You don’t? Well, maybe that’s because the recap post never made it up on the blog. Kind of like the Dam to Dam recap. Honesty moment: the Dam to Dam recap isn’t gonna make it up. I do believe a certain amount of what I preach about posting timely content. However, I’m going to break a rule and post about the Crossfit competition for a couple of reasons. One, because it was absolutely terrifying for me to do (and I need a boost against fear right now!) and two, because it was my first competition, and I don’t want to forget those feelings and memories. While it would have (obviously) been better for this post to go up a week post-competition, now will do just fine – especially since in about two weeks, I have another competition, which I imagine might cloud my memories of the first one. Continue Reading →


August 15, 2014
by Alex Meyer

Workouts of the Week: Facing My Fears

I think it was as I was walking out of the box last night and realized that I had done the WOD incorrectly, that it occurred to me – I am pretty ready for this week to be over! It wasn’t inherently bad, by any means. I couldn’t pinpoint any specific issues with it. It just seemed loooong. You know? Just one of those weeks.

My workouts this week were pretty good! You know, except for the mishap with the WOD I did wrong. Oh, and the thought that I might lose the cookies that I ate a little too late in the afternoon as I completed Wednesday’s WOD. Otherwise, allllll good icon smile Workouts of the Week: Facing My Fears . Continue Reading →