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About this time last year I started getting into Crossfit. It’s a form of cross-training that involves various bootcamp type tasks such as: pull ups, kettle bells, box jumps, wall balls, jump rope, rope climbing and weight lifting just to name a few of them. I’d like to start posting some of my workouts, mostly to brag that I survived them . . . but also to hopefully inspire you to participate in your own fitness.

When I first began Crossfit, I could barely perform an assisted pull up. I didn’t know how to swing a kettle bell. I certainly couldn’t jump onto a 24″ high box. After going about 1-2 days a week for the past year, I can do all those tasks and so much more. The best part about Crossfit has been learning how to lift weights. I’m not talking about bicep curls or bench pressing . . . I’m talking about Olympic lifting. Snatch, clean and jerk are words that I understand now. Snatching is the most densely technical skill that I have ever been taught. I think it was easier getting glaucoma certified in California, lol. So far, I can snatch 59 pounds which is almost half of my body weight.  And who knew that snatching would be the best abdominal workout ever?

I still have to modify workouts to fit my skill level (read: novice) but I am really enjoying the results. My most favorite part of the Crossfit class is the end of it because I survived the physical and mental game . . . but mostly so happy that I took time out of my week to do something for myself. 

Last Saturday’s workout:

100 meter Prowler Push (metal sled with heavy weights, ugh) + 100 meter Farmer’s Carry (carrying 1 heavy kettle bell in each hand). Repeat 10 times. Please read that again . . . 10 times!! I finished in 45 minutes. It was a challenge.

Yours truly,

Dr. Gill




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    Dr. Gill is also a member of the Ocular Surface Society of Optometry. In addition to her Doctor of Optometry, Dr. Gill also has a BA in Integrative Biology and a BS in Vision Science, both from UC Berkeley. Go Bears!
    In 2015, Dr. Gill developed and founded We Love Eyes, which is a green cosmetics company that produces eyelid and eyelash cleansing products that are natural, non-toxic, and vegan.

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