A couple weeks ago, I was talking to my husband and telling him that I felt like I needed a new challenge. I was bored with my workouts and needed something new. And then I quickly said, “And not running. I don’t want to run a race.” He asked, “What about running a shorter distance race?” to which I responded, “I said no running.” We went through several different options (mud run? No. Color run? No.) Finally he asked about Crossfit. I had actually tried Crossfit a couple times a few years ago. I liked it, but the times weren’t very convenient for my schedule at the time. Anyways, I decided to look into it and remembered that there was a new Crossfit gym (or “Box” as they call it) in town. I texted my brother about it, and he said he heard about it and that your first time was free. We decided to try it together that following Saturday.
Going into it, I was pretty nervous. I really wasn’t sure what to expect. Would I look dumb or like a total wimp? I was definitely glad that my brother was there so I would know someone! The workout ended up being a “partner workout”so I paired up with my brother. It started with partner burpees, where you did as many as you could for 4 minutes straight, and faced each other during the burpees and had to touch hands when at the bottom. Those were hard! The WOD was a 400 meter run, then 100 deadlifts, 100 toes-to-bar (we did hanging knee-ups), then walking lunges for one meter holding a weighted plate overhead, row machine till you reach 100 calories burned, 100 med ball cleans, and then a 400 meter run (running backwards!) Since it was partner work, you could split the 100’s however you wanted between the two of you, so we did 50/50.
Everyone was very friendly and they all cheered each other on. We left in a good mood and decided we wanted to go back! The next day we were both SORE but it felt good. I felt it mostly in my chest (actually, it felt more like my armpits!), lower abs, and inner thighs. I did a Michelle Dozois “Body Fit 360” DVD the next day to try to help stretch everything out. It seemed to help.
We went back the following Wednesday and both decided to join. Wednesday’s WOD was 10 rounds of deadlifts, hang power cleans, and push jerks that were timed. I was only able to use the weighted bar (35 pounds). I could deadlift more, but I couldn’t get the bar up for the other moves so I stuck with just the bar. I’m used to lifting heavy in the gym, so that was a little disappointing, but it is all new movements that I’m trying to learn and get used to. It all feels a little weird and off right now… The others were very encouraging and said that it’s surprising how quickly the body changes once you learn the correct form. I’m looking forward to that! It was a great workout. I was out of breath and sweating like crazy! My time was 15:15 for the workout. Had I been able to use more weight though, it would have been a little slower. I was a little jealous of the other girls who got to “throw” their bars down after each move. You can’t throw down just a bar.
We went back today for the third time and again it was partner work. I tried out a PiYo class there a couple hours before Crossfit. PiYo is one of my favorite workouts, I have the Beachbody DVDs, and was excited to try it out live! The instructor was really nice and I’m looking forward to trying it again sometime. I was a little worried that the pushups in PiYo would affect Crossfit, and yes, we did do pushups again in our WOD. Today’s WOD started with a 400 meter run (in the rain!) I actually called my brother before and asked, “You don’t think he’ll make us run in the RAIN do you?” to which he said, “Yes, you will be running in the rain.” Ugh… It wasn’t that bad once we actually ran, but it had been a total downpour as I was heading there. after the run we did 70 pull-ups (we both used the pull-up assist band), 60 goblet squats (I used a 25# kettle bell), 50 box jumps, 40 bar facing burpees (you do a burpee in front of a barbell, then jump over the barbell, turn around, and do another burpee, and continue the pattern), 30 squat clans, 20 toes-to-bar (we did hanging knee-ups), and we finished with a 400 meter run.
I was pretty nervous about the box jumps. I had tried them a few years ago at the other Crossfit class, and knocked my hand into the edge of the box when I was jumping and ended up pulling back a huge flap of skin, was bleeding all over, and my thumb hurt for weeks from where it got bumped. I don’t know if I was thinking about that too much or what, but I could NOT do a regular box jump. I kept trying and I know it was all in my head because I would kind of freak out and not be able to do it. Several people were encouraging me, but I was so frustrated with myself! When I got home, the first thing I did was go home and set up my step bench with six risers on each side and I practiced over and over till I got it! I think it was a little shorter than the box at the gym, but I think I’ll be fine when I go back and have to do them again! Visit this little video to see what I did: Box Jump Redemption
So now I’m trying to make a plan of how to fit in my Crossfit workouts with my work and family schedule, and also how to still fit in some extra cardio. One thing that has helped me with fitting in cardio is going to the gym at 4:00am before work and walking on the stair mill for 30 minutes, then getting ready there and going straight to work. I’m hoping to go to Crossfit this Monday after work (as long as I get out of work on time!) I need to attend some of the open gym times at Crossfit too, so that I can practice form a little more than when it’s an actual workout. I’m excited to see how all of this goes, and definitely looking forward to a new adventure!