With our lives becoming ever more cluttered with everyday essentials and gadgets, there will be instances where it will be difficult to keep our carefully prepared culinary close to hand and keeping it in an appetizing state.

Fortunately, innovation has helped out everyone with every day convenience. Meal prep bags are one of the best innovative products for eating healthy in a convenient manner. With meal prep bags, you can easily be mobile and prepare your favorite food at the same time.

Luckily for you, we already did that part.

Here are the top five meal prep bags according to our members.

  • Husky – The brand that definitely knows that when you are out and about having the time of your life, you need a no-nonsense lunchbox to keep your meals safe. Equipped with insulated pocket that ensure your hot soups hot and your cold drinks chilled. Bonus points for their 600-denier fabric that will help keep the elements away. It is so good that one CrossFitter claims that she and her husband both owns them.
  • Fitmark – Carefully designed meal prep bags that is designed to check off everything you need to reach your fitness goals. Comes with meal containers, TSA approved cooler packs and a handy exterior pocket. This bag makes maintaining a clean diet full of the fresh, balanced foods that sustain your energy levels on-the-go to a whole new level of convenience. Strongly recommended by a CrossFitter!
  •  Jaxx – Fit Fresh by Jaxx has all of the essentials to fuel your day. Comes with a whole day’s worth of portion-controlled meals containers and even a pocket to store your daily doses of Vitamins and supplements all in one conveniently sized insulated bag. The bag is also lined with grey PEVA lining which makes cleaning it a piece of cake! One CrossFitter mentioned – “Jaxx by fit fresh has a great one that I use.”
  • Six Pack FitnessThe perfect bag for those who are just getting into the meal prep game or are on a budget without settling for something that has lack of quality. This bag is made of high-quality material such as EnduraPoly and CoolTech Lining. Each bag comes with 2 small soft-gel freezer packs that is meant to keep your food cold for 8+ hours. Without a doubt, this bag has everything you need to carry your meals on the go! One CrossFitter commented – “6 Pack bags are great!”
  • Evolutionize EDC – This patent pending meal prep bag is a complete meal management system is designed to keep your diet on point and can hold up to 3 meals at one go! These guys do mean business when it comes materials and safety of their products. The bags are made from the highest-grade quality and their BPA free food containers that comes with the bag is microwave safe.


No matter what type of workout you’re doing — high-intensity cardio, slow paced yoga, or anything in between — working out with your hair in your face is always a nuisance, and a regular ponytail just doesn’t cut it.

Your hair can somehow miraculously wiggle their way out and into your face, and even if the hair survives the whole session without breaking free – the hair under your ponytail can turn into a rat’s nest. We know, ladies – that the struggle is real.

Here are six best (and cheap!) hair ties to try instead.

  1. Blax CLEAR Hair Elastics – Don’t be fooled by their appearance because these are notoriously strong and durable – and be used over and over again! They work wonders in keeping your hair in place and it doesn’t snag your hair. Quoting from one CrossFitter – “Blax are my favorite. They stay in place, don’t break hair, and you can get clear ones. I have to order them on amazon now. I have long, fine hair.
  • TecUnite – These no metal hair elastics are especially perfect for thick hair gals! They are soft and stretchy, with no metal that can hold your hair without any damage, easy to put on and remove without tangle, snag or pull. “These…I have super thick hair and these are the only kind of bands that work” –a CrossFit member commented.
  • Goody – Formerly known as Goody Stayput, this hair ties definitely lives up to its name as the ties are made of slide-proof elastics with rubber tread weaved through the elastic for superior staying power.
  • Kitsch Spiral Hair Ties – There are so many things to rave about these pretty, durable, hygienic, small and mighty hair ties. It adds a fun pop of color to your top knot and it stretch easily and generously to hold up all of your hair in a ponytail, or braid. With its unique design, it is said that it helps prevent annoying ponytail bumps and hair headaches too! One CrossFitter said “I have long, thin, fine hair, and these work wonders!! I’ve always had an issue with the normal pony tail holders actually holding my hair up (they would always slip or fall out during a workout and I would have to either deal with it or try to put it back up), but these “phone cords” as my husband calls them, works awesome at keeping my hair up during workouts!
  • Goody Ouchless – As the name depicts, these hair ties will not snag or pull hair while it holds your hair securely in place. “Yes. These!!!! 100% best hair tie I’ve ever used.” – commented by one CrossFitter.
  • Conair – Perfect for days when you want to add some sass into your workout outfit as it comes in a variety colors, promises snag free and causes no damage to your hair. One CrossFitter said – “I have super thick hair and these are the only kind of bands that work.


Meet Kristi, a sporty scientist who inspires people to do things that they love rather than sit and wait. Kristi once been insecure and tried to compare herself with everybody until she realized that her only competitor was herself. Let’s see how this scientist does her CrossFit and how she continue to walk through the door!

Name: Kristi L Pellegrini
Affiliate Box: Solidarity CrossFit

Tell us a little bit about yourself (family, job, hobbies, interests, etc.).

I’m a scientist and a dog mom. I’m currently in a long distance relationship (my boyfriend was my WOD partner when we lived in the same place), so it’s not uncommon for me to find myself in the car on the weekends.

CrossFit Athlete Kristi Pellegrini

When did you start doing CrossFit?

I started late 2016 / early 2017.

What were you doing before CrossFit and how were you introduced to CrossFit?

The BCFE (before CrossFit era) of my life was sports in grade school and early high school (soccer, volleyball, basketball, track, cross country), which gave way to marching band (late high school through all of undergrad). After undergrad, I would “run” and sometimes, do yoga.

How has your approach to CrossFit changed since first starting?

Starting out, I was constantly comparing myself to everyone else in the gym and I was straight up frustrated ALL THE TIME. Now, it’s me versus me. Am I doing better than I was doing previously? Heck yeah. That’s growth. 

Favorite WOD or movement?

Snatch is my favorite! 

Least favorite WOD or movement?

Wall balls or burpees are my least favorite.

What types of changes have you seen (mentally, physically, and/or lifestyle) since starting CrossFit?

I’ve created families at the boxes (three now) that I’ve had as home boxes, and this has kept me motivated and definitely given me support on my worst days. I also found my nutrition coach through CrossFit, and that has caused physical, mental, and also lifestyle changes. My fitness journey started with CrossFit, but it doesn’t end there. CrossFit has taught me that I can absolutely do hard things. It’s given me a different measure of growth and progress than I am accustomed to – looking at my own personal growth and not being so concerned about how I rate with everyone else in the box. Where else can you find a community of people who are cheering you on – even when you’re the last to finish, or you’re lifting 100 lbs less than them. I’ve tried to let this spill over into all other areas of my life.

Kristi Pellegrini lifting heavy weights

What helps you get the most out of your CrossFit Workouts? What motivates/inspires you?

I feel like 90% of the motivation I need for CrossFit is the motivation to walk through the door. I’ve found myself a tight community of people who are helping me with that accountability. They are checking in and asking me about my workouts. They are encouraging me to get my butt through the door. And when my butt is in the box, they are cheering hard for me to get it done. I’ve taken their cues, and I’ve been internalizing them. But ultimately, my motivation comes from the community. And I’m inspired by the PRs I see there – whether people think it’s one worthy of celebrating or not (it’s ALWAYS worth celebrating).

My CrossFit journey : Kristi Pellegrini

What’s your CrossFit goal for 2019?

An unassisted pull up.

What would you say to someone starting CrossFit for the first time?

Walk through the door. Now. Don’t wait until you lose a certain amount of weight. Or until you’re “more fit.” Just start. Right now.

What’s your PR /pump up song?

Look What You Made Me Do – Taylor Swift


Meet the real people of Crossfit! Kristi Pellegrini

TheBarbellBeauties help! Reader asks: What are your favorite CrossFit Shoes?

CrossFit is an incorporated elements of exercise with intensity that requires increased work capacity in a short span of time designed to improve fitness and health. Some activities are calisthenics, gymnastics, high interval training, olympic weightlifting, plyometrics and powerlifting.

CrossFit requires heavy lifting exercises which really needs a shoe that provides steadiness and support. Make sure to buy a flat heeled, dense midsole shoe for a steady foundation during weightlifting and flexible during high intensity activities. Comfort, Durability, Steady Platform, Fit, Size, and Climate are some of the things to consider.  Purchasing a good quality pair of CrossFit shoes will help you save money because it’s multi-functional in doing different activities.

Here’s what our readers and other CrossFitters have said about their favorite and recommended CrossFit shoe brand and model!

No Bull Women's training shoes
  • No Bull – This has a simple designs and technology which produces solid, reliable quality for hard working athletes.  It has a one-piece, seamless, durable, breathable, high carbon material. No bull has medial rope grip for rope climbs, outsole lug pattern for multi-environment uses and strong heel cup to keep your foot in place during heavy lifts. I love my No Bulls, even for running. But it’s the only crossfit shoe I’ve tried.” A CrossFitter said
  • Nike Metcons  – CrossFitters found this good and comfortable for narrow feet. The Metcons are great investment because it worked well on a variety of training activities such as lifting, running and jumping. One reader said “I have narrow feet so I’ve found the Metcons fit me better and are more comfortable. I also think they’re better for running in than the Nanos were.”
  • Reebok Nano 8’s – It has a true-to-size measurement, lightweight material, stable platforms that support heavy lifts and roomy toe box for toe splaying. This shoe is suitable for CrossFit exercises such as lifting, running and more. Loved my Nano 4’s but recently replaced them with the Reebok Speed TR. Those nano 8’s were so comfortable.” A comment from a patronizer of this shoe. 
  • Inov-8 f-lite – This shoes is good for everyday use. Durable for high-intensity workouts and very stable during lifting and squatting. CrossFitters said that this shoe provides adequate support during cross trainings and suitable for transition footwear during barefoot trainings.
  • Reebok Grace – Good and perfectly fits for those who has a wider foot and is breathable for gym buffs. This high marks of style shoe provides great comfort for running, lifting and rope climbing, stability for squats and has a grippy sole which makes it flexible for most CrossFit exercises. A user of this shoe said that I use Reebok grace and I love them! Great for everything (running, lifting, rope climbs). I have a wider foot, and they fit perfectly. More comfortable than any other shoes I have.” 
  • Merrell Barefoot Shoes – This CrossFit shoes offers variety of heel to toe drop depending on the running experience you prefer. This has a lightweight material that improves your speed, encourages natural flexing for runners, comfort during the hell to toe transition and provides a great balance of flexibility and support. I keep looking for something I like better but I always go back to those.” A reader commented!
  •  Reebok Nano 6 – This shoes has a beautiful gumsole and has a cool looking kevlar patterns that provides grip during rope climbs and protects the shoes from abrasion. Crossfitters admires its outsole performance during squatting, deadlifting and thrusters. A CrossFitter said “ I have Nano 6 and they are comffy as feck.”  

Do you have a favorite CrossFit Shoes to recommend? Share in the comments below


The Best 7 CrossFit Shoes According To Our Readers

Hey ladies listen up! This one is for you! What comes to your mind when you hear “Women in CrossFit”. If you are anything like me, there were a lot of misconceptions and myths that I bought into. Have no fear ladies because I am here to dispel some of those myths for you today.

Myth #1: Women in CrossFit look like they are straight out the Wonder Woman movie.

Let me tell you! Honey, I bought into this one big time! Before I stepped into the box for the first time I thought every woman in there was going to have washboard abs and muscles on top of muscles. I was scared I was going to be the only woman in there who didn’t look like a Amazonian goddess! We are all at different places in our journey to health and fitness. Not every woman has a six pack abs. There are all bodies types and shapes in every box and CrossFit celebrates everyone no matter where they are on their journey. Don’t be afraid to step into the box just because you feel you don’t look like everyone else. Remember, everyone is at a different place in their journey!

Myth #2: Weight training will make you look like the Hulk’s sister. (and there is nothing wrong about it)

Can we please give the whole, “lifting heavy makes me bulky” notion a rest?Some of us are afraid to start weight training because we have bought into the myth that weight training will make you too big and masculine. This is not true as naturally we don’t have the hormones that will build bulky muscles. We are just not designed to be big and bulky.  Female bodybuilders have trained for many years to achieve a very specific look, and often use anabolic steroids to assist them. That is the difference between men and women. This doesn’t mean that we won’t be able to gain strength and power. All those rumors you’ve heard about lifting heavy weights are just that: Rumors. So get in there and work on barbell exercises that build strength, balance and mental strength. Also ladies, keep in mind that the coaches at the box know the differences between how men and women train and help you navigate that!

Myth #3: CrossFit is only about the getting to the Games.

FALSE! This is totally not true and if that has been your experience, you need to find a new box! I heard someone say once, “CrossFit is only as competitive as you make it.” Meaning, CrossFit is more about competing with yourself than competing with those you are in the box with. One of the best parts about being in the CrossFit community is that you go through the WODs together and you encourage one another to push past the mental barrier. Some of my best lifts have been when I have had my CrossFit family yelling and encouraging me on! Competing against yourself means you will push yourself more to outdo yourself. I find there is more of a reward in this than trying to outdo someone else. Know that no matter how much weight you can lift or how fast you run, there will always be others to cheer you on!

So ladies, we don’t have any excuses not to get in there and smash out a WOD! Don’t let the myths about CrossFit overshadow your desire to get healthy! Take charge, put down those pink dumbbells, pick up the heavy black ones, do your best  and finally lay to rest these common misconceptions and know we will be there to cheer you on! 


Myths About Women, Crossfit, and the "Bulky". Worried that Crossfit will make you big? Fear not and check this article out.

You walk in to your box, exchange hellos and trash talk with those arriving, put your things in your spot, then you walk over to the whiteboard and that’s when the outcome of your workout changes.  You look at the scores for the day and you zoom in on a few people that have the fastest times or the heaviest lifts. At that moment, your assessment of your own performance starts spiraling.  You decide, at that moment, that you are not fast enough or strong enough and, in your mind, that’s an automatic failure.  Some people see other athletes’ scores and it lights a friendly fire for competition while the rest look at the same one or two athletes and decide that they will not match up.  Then there are some of you who know a few scores are padded to look better and let the lack of someone else’s integrity destroy your happy hour, so you spend the rest of the day boiling over how that score is “winning” but it’s only because they cheated.

If you truly want to grow, get faster, get stronger, get more BADASS, then you must stop staring at the whiteboard in comparison and you must keep your focus on the lift or the workout directly in front of you. Stop seeing others’ PR’s as your failure. They may have been working specifically on that lift or technique behind the scenes. They may not have the same physiological or physical boundaries that you are trying to work through. They may get a full night’s sleep or recover better. Maybe they have a kick ass pre-workout. Who knows what else? What it boils down to is what you have power over and you only have power over yourself. So, use that power instead of wilting away when you are near other athletes.

As a coach, I can assure you we know who is doing their best and doing EVERY rep and we know who is cutting corners to look best. Let go of your anxiety and anger and let those people deal with their own half attempts.  They are not getting the benefit of the full workout or building their mental and physical fortitude because they choose to cheat instead of fight to the end… and they are not gaining respect.

If you struggle with intrinsic motivation, team up with a friend you trust, who you feel can push you, but leave it at that! Don’t compare their strength to yours. Instead, take the anxiety or the self-doubt and flip it right around in to fuel to become what you know YOU can be. It’s an injustice to yourself every time you say you want to be better but show up and give up because of what someone else is doing or claiming to do.



CrossFit workouts : Find out how to read the daily workout


Whether you’ve been a CrossFitter for one month or five years, chances are you’ve found yourself victim to at least some of these quirks, which are the signs of a true “CrossFitaholic.”

  • You can’t remember the last time you weren’t sore.

and Lastly , You are obsessed with more CrossFit Clothes.


10 Ways To Know You're A Crossfitter : You've got to CrossFit to understand

Once you started CrossFit You will begin learning the lingo;

HERE’S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO BECOME FLUENT IN CROSSFIT!  even if you haven’t yet stepped in a box.  and oh, (You might want to write this down.)

W.O.D (or WOD): Workout of the Day, this is the combination of exercises, prescribed weights and time allotm

RX: When one does the prescribed amount of weight and reps, one is said to have RX’d (as in, he or she followed the prescription).

Box: CrossFit centers are not called gyms, they’re called “boxes” and many of them resemble just that.

Benchmark Workouts. WODs that are recurring and extra challenging.

Clean, Jerk and Snatch. These “Olympic lifts” require one to lift weight from the ground and raise it overhead using a bar with weighted plates or bumper plates. They help build power and strength that aids performance in other movements and sports.

AHAP – As Heavy As Possible

Kipping. A way of using the power from your hips and core to do certain moves more efficiently.

AMRAP. “As Many Reps/Rounds as Possible,” that is, given a specific time period.

Ass to Grass: Get low! Also called “Ass to Ankles,” or ATG for short, this term denotes a full-depth squat. (Wondering if that last rep was deep enough means it probably wasn’t.)

Buy In / Cash Out – “Buy in” refers to work that must be completed before starting the main part of the workout.  “Cash out” refers to work that must be completed after finishing the main part of the workout.

For Time: Think you’re fast? See how you stack up with the rest of the CrossFit world by measuring the time it takes to complete a prescribed workout. Though not all CrossFit workouts have a timed component, the protocol is famous for pushing athletes to race against each other and the clock.

BS: Back squat

BTWB: Beyond the Whiteboard. A website for tracking your WOD’s.

BW (or BWT): Body weight

CFT: CrossFit Total (A best of three attempts at a 1RM of (Press/DL/BS)

CF: CrossFit

CFHQ: CrossFit Headquarters

CFWU:CrossFit Warm-up

CLN: Clean

C&J: Clean and jerk

C2: Concept II rowing machine

DFL: Dead F’ing Last

DL: Deadlift

DNF: Did Not Finish

EMOM: Every Minute on the Minute

FS: Front squat

GHD: Glute hamstring developer. A device that allows for posterior chain exercise, such as a hip extension, sit-up or a back extension.

GPP: General physical preparedness, aka “fitness.”

HC: Hang Clean

CTB (or C2B) – Chest to Bar (pull-ups)

HSPU: Hand stand push up. Kick up into a handstand (use wall for balance, if needed) bend arms until nose touches floor and push back up.

HSC: Hang squat clean. Start with bar “at the hang,” about knee height. Initiate pull. As the bar rises drop into a full squat and catch the bar in the racked position. From there, rise to a standing position

GTO (or G2O) – Ground to Overhead

IF: Intermittent Fasting

KB: Kettlebell

KTE: Knees to elbows. Similar to TTBs described below.

MetCon: Metabolic Conditioning workout

MU: Muscle ups. Hanging from rings you do a combination pull-up and dip so you end in an upright support.

OHS: Overhead squat. Full-depth squat performed while arms are locked out in a wide grip press position above the head and in line or slightly behind the ears.

PC: Power clean

Pd: Pood, weight measure for kettlebells

PR: Personal record

PP: Push press

PJ: Push Jerk

PSN: Power snatch

PU: Pull-ups, possibly push ups depending on the context

Rep: Repetition. One performance of an exercise.

RM: Repetition maximum. Your 1RM is your max lift for one rep. Your 10 RM is the most you can lift 10 times. (Commonly found in WOD’s as 1RM/3RM/5RM etc.)

SC: Squat Clean

SDHP: Sumo Deadlift High Pull

Set: A number of repetitions. e.g., 3 sets of 10 reps, often seen as 3×10, means do 10 reps, rest, repeat, rest, repeat.

SPP: Specific physical preparedness, aka skill training.

SN: Snatch

SQ: Squat

Subbed: Substituted. The CORRECT use of “subbed,” as in “substituted,” is, “I subbed an exercise I can do for one I can’t,” For example,if you can’t do a HSPU, you subbed regular push-ups.

TTB: Toes to bar. Hang from bar. Bending only at waist raise your toes to touch the bar, slowly lower them and repeat.

WO, sometimes W/O: Workout

  • # : Symbol for pounds or lbs.
  • ” : Symbol for inches



Crossfitters Speak Their Own Language : Learn the secret language of CrossFit

Have you been working out religiously for years and are frustrated because you don’t see the results you wish for? I am like many people have become frustrated about not seeing changes in weight and my clothes are tight.  But by following this 5 steps, It saved me so much time and frustration.  I have been doing CrossFit consistently for a year now, it’s definitely time to increase the intensity of my work out and regularly push myself beyond my fitness comfort zone.

Be willing to make some changes, expect more and reap the results.

What to Do When Your Workout Isn’t Working

1.) Quit making excuses and start prioritising your health in the same way you do your job and your social life. There’s always time to workout – even if it’s only for 20 minutes. Think about the reasons why you’re exercising in the first place because the more meaningful your goal is, the better.

2.)Don’t give up on trying new things. Don’t stick to the same workout routine for too long, or your body will adjust to the stress level and you won’t be getting an effective workout. Always change your workouts up; never let your body adapt.

If you only do what you know you can do, you will never improve. You need to try (and, more importantly, fail) new things and work yourself harder, smarter, faster, better to understand what you’re capable of. I have learned to take 1 day at a time. You can not be doing the same thing every time and still expect different result.

3.)Talk to your coach. Let them help you establish your goals and work out how you can get the best results from your training.

4.) Own a log book. Did you hit your goals? If not go back over the log book and see where you might have gone wrong. A weight training log allows for optimal progress. Too much or too little weight may be used if resistance is not recorded.

It’s a nice feeling knowing you beat your personal best.

5.)You deserve a rest. To allow the body to build muscle tissue, rest and recovery are essentials. Remember to always take one to two rest or easy active recovery days a week!

Remember, when it comes to exercise, change is good—and that change should be challenging! Make exercise a habit; something you just do and enjoy because, ultimately, the best motivation is no motivation at all. Persistence is key here , we all fail at doing things, but what keeps us motivated is determined mind set. Push through the work outs even though it hurts but it rewards you in the end… which reminds me… since I’m not going to make anything today, I must hit the Gym!

“I want to lose 100 pounds and become a super model!”

How many of you had a goal similar to this when you first started Crossfit? Or maybe some of you are there now. Girl, I was right there with you! Except mine was more, “I want to lose 100 pounds and compete in the Crossfit games in a year.”

Goals are what drive us to get into the gym every day, to eat healthy and overall try to live a healthy lifestyle. But let me tell you too often do we get ahead of ourselves and end up completely overwhelmed.

Let me tell you what I mean. First of all, it is great to set a grand scheme goal or long term goal. So the “lose 100 pounds and become a super model” would be that long term goal. These long term goals that we set for ourselves are a lot of the times why we started coming to Crossfit. But it is really easy to lose sight of that long term goal if we don’t set short term or smaller goals.

Let me tell you a story. About a week ago, I was feeling super discouraged. I felt like I didn’t know what I wanted to get out of the gym, I wasn’t sure I liked what I was doing and I was just super duper discouraged. I didn’t feel like I was progressing in my lifts and I hadn’t hit a personal record in what seemed like ages. One of the people closest to me asked me what my goals were both long term and short term. I honestly couldn’t answer him. I knew that my long term goal is to lose another 20-30 pounds and compete in a strong woman competition but other than that, I had no clue.

I realized that because I had no short term goals, it was seeming like I was never going to get to that long term goal. Long term goals take a long time to achieve and that is okay. Sometimes we don’t see the progress we are making towards those goals because it seems like we do the same thing every day. Somedays it feels like we are as far away from reaching those goals as we were the first day we stepped in the Crossfit box.

So what did I do? I sat down and started setting smaller, short term goals for myself. For example, I know that to get stronger and compete in a strong woman competition, I need to work on heavier lifts. So I set certain goals for hitting my personal records in my deadlifts and squats. I want to be able to hit 300 pound deadlift by the end of next month. It is a reachable goal for me. It is something I can work towards and accomplish while still journeying to accomplish my long term goals. Another goal I set for myself is to help me with the weight loss. I made sure to look at where I want to be and how I can set goals along the way to get there.

So, I encourage both seasoned athletes and new athletes to set not only long term goals, but also short term goals. I can’t even begin to tell you just how much it has helped me not burn out and quit. Sometimes those big goals seem out of reach but if you take time to pull them apart and break it down, you will see that they are achievable. Take some time to set goals that not only will continue you on your path to you big goals but goals that you can accomplish this week, this month and in the next few months to come.

Try it out and remember; “a little progress each day adds up to big results.”(unkown)