Beauty Secrets of a Crossfit Girl


“Iv found a few things that seem to really really work for me. My skin, hair, hands and ultimately, my smile”


GIRLS !!! It’s hard enough maintaining clear skin, strong nails , fresh eyes and healthy hair at the best of times, I know you know what I mean. Couple the stresses of life and the ever changing environmental climates with long days/weeks in a sweaty exercise facility with rubber matting, chalk clouds and a hands on approach to life …. We dont really stand a chance !! Or do we ?

With the changing weather around here (Scotland) comes hot and cold flushes in the box and even though I may not be sweating my face ends up clammy and sticky. We run on average 8 classes a day here at FFD Crossfit and by end of play I feel and look a bit dishevelled 🙈😂

My skin often breaks out, worse in summer with the humidity. My hair frizzes (similar to extreme bed head meets electricity) my hands were a mess , pitted with holes and rough patches , battle scars and wounds not to mention my nails 🙃 I’ve always been a fan of pretty nails and nice paints but regular polish just crumbles with training and working in these environments.

So , piecing myself back together , one bit at a time Iv found a few things that seem to really really work for me. My skin, hair, hands and ultimately, my smile 🙂

Number One. 1
My skin : I wash my face post mid-day training session, minimising the dirt on my skin but not over cleaning my face and washing away my essential oils etc …

I use St Ives apricot face scrub each morning and evening in the shower and once or twice a week I use LORÉAL skin expert Pure Clay face mask. I moisturise 3-4 times a week with Olay because my mum swears by it and she looks great with it. I don’t really use anything fancy or expensive, as long as my face is cleansed and moisturised it stays clear and in healthy condition. I would like to find a BB cream for daily use … any suggestions ?

Number two. 2
My Hair – my hydration really really helps this, along with taking Daily dose vitamins and minerals. I do occasionally (maybe once a month) use Moroccan Argan oil to replenish the Moisture in my hair . I drink 3L of water a day most days. On another note – I don’t use heat on my hair, really ever. I wash my hair twice a week with John Frida Curly shampoo and conditioner and then I leave it wet and all crinkled up for bed. I just sleep it dry 😊 when I get up it’s a giant bush of wrinkles , crinkles and curls and Iv been told it’s in great condition.


Number three. 3
My hands – I’m not just a coach, I’m also a sports physio so it’s important that my hands stay in good condition and are able to withstand my training and my career.

I file down rough skin and callus each week with a Scholl rough skin remover usually on a Sunday when I’m day dreaming out the window. I use a little razor to take the worst off, the rig can be unforgiving when your programmed 100 Chest to Bar 🙃. I have “Tear Care” for rehydrating and repairing my skin if and when I need it but I never really let it get as bad. I care for my hands most days , keeping them clean and clear.

I have my nails painted with Shellac or Gel polish, I do like the colours but it’s more so to keep my nails strong and protected. I wash my hands a lot between clients and classes and coaching and then with Lifting and hanging from bars, walking on my hands and then swimming and running my nails take a beating. I find it helps them grow and it prevents than breaking as well as allows me to feel a little more well kept.

Number four. 4
My nutrition – I have a well balanced diet of carbohydrates protein and fats, my calories are between 2500-3250 depending on the season I’m in and I always have vegetables and good fats in my meals. I take a daily supplement to support my body during my tough training. It’s called daily dose and it’s by Awesome supplements. It supports optimal health and well-being with a blend of fish oils, zinc, magnesium, B vitamins, calcium and vitamins A, C, D, E + K. It keeps me Awesome every day !


Number Five: 5
SLEEEEEEEP !!! I can’t get enough !
I often train early and late and over the quiet period of my usually ridiculously busy day (between 1-3pm) I will have an hours sleep. Iv noticed a huge difference in my recovery particularly, my skin and my energy adding in the occasional little nap. It’s not every day , maybe 2 a week , but it’s the secret to juggling a busy work schedule and training diary. If I had the opportunity to become a full time professional Crossfit athlete I would add in a recovery sleep every day because I personally value it far more than an extra training session or meal for my own development.

Young sleeping woman and alarm clock in bedroom at home .

I love to share my thoughts and ideas with you all and encourage you to leave your own below. Try out a few of these beauty secrets and see if they help you too.

Shel Xx


Are You Motivated By The Music ?


“There’s a place beyond the whiteboard where the real athletes are made “

At what point do you stop relying on the music , your coach , the competition , the crowd and the time to beat and just start self motivating ? Having seen such success and failure, the quitters mindset and the winners drive, I question you, who and what are you ?

Why do you set up your Barbell ? Why do you sit and calculate your percentages ? Why do you come back everyday ? It’s not because it’s easy , that’s for sure!

Is it to beat the man you sit beside ? To proudly display your better time ? To prove to others you are superior ? Accepted ? Part of the team ? Or is it to actually prove something to yourself ? Don’t get me wrong, None of this are negatives, but are they the winning formulae for the success you seek ?

Ask yourself this ….

Are you here for yourself ? Is it all about the social acceptance and the family we create around you ? Is this for a better you ? A better tomorrow and a brighter healthier life ? … or

Are you only Motivate by the music ?

There’s a seriously dark place beyond the whiteboard where athletes are made, this place isn’t inviting, it isn’t pleasant and no one wants to stay for very long…. but athletes come here for one purpose, to break the mould, to build the foundations of a winner and to be the very best version of themselves. No pain .. and all that.

Here’s the truth about that though ..

If you can’t actually take yourself  there purely by your own desire to better yourself for yourself, if you don’t actually have that ON switch … then you’re not much threat to those who do .

The really dangerous athletes are the ones who can walk themselves to this place, sit them selves in the darkness and accept the fate they bestow upon themselves for as long as it is necessary.

No music

No crowd

No time to beat

No opponent

No praise

Twisted by design and a little sadistic.

It’s Me Against Me ….

and that makes me dangerous….