After a long day of traveling yesterday, we are finally home! We had such a wonderful trip – we are so blessed to have the loving family that we do. I’ll catch you up on the last few days within the next day or two, but for now, I want to fill you in on my first experience with Crossfit!
I’ve always wanted to try Crossfit. I love the idea of short, high intensity workouts, but I could never convince myself to shell out the money for it. It was also pretty intimidating to me, and I wouldn’t have tried it if I didn’t have someone there with me that I knew and trusted. My brother has been going to a Crossfit box for the past month and invited me to go with him one morning. He knows the owner, so they gave me the opportunity to do a workout for free. Woo hoo!
Once we got there, everyone was welcoming and so nice! I had heard that most Crossfit “communities” are super friendly, so I was happy to personally experience that myself. I filled out a waiver and some other paperwork, and then the owner and my brother gave me a little introduction to basic equipment around the gym. My brother and I stretched out and foam rolled a bit while we waited for others to get there.
We started out with the coach giving us an overview of what the hour would look like, and then we went around and introduced ourselves since there were a couple newbies (like myself).
Our hour workout looked something like this:
2000 meter row
We did this “for time”, meaning we did it as fast as we possibly could. I finished in about 9 minutes/30 seconds, and let me tell you, it was TOUGH. It was like a long sprint. Whew! The Crossfit coach told us that this is somewhat of a rare distance to do in Crossfit. Typically they do much shorter distances.
10 push ups & 10 side planks
After our row, we had some time to practice our jump roping, and we had to do 10 slow push ups (counted down from 3 as we lowered), and 10 side plank reaches. This was nothing difficult, but it was nice to help me cool down from the row.
Focus exercise: barbell shoulder press
The coach started out by going over proper form with us on the barbell shoulder press. We practiced it a few times, and then we did 5 reps/5 reps/3 reps/3 reps/3 reps (max). We started out with a somewhat heavy weight, but it was light enough that I could continue to add weight to it and still complete my repetitions. By the time I got to my last set, I needed to be maxed out with my weight at 3 reps. I ended up maxing out at 3 reps with 55 pounds. Not sure how great that is in the Crossfit world, but my brother seemed impressed for my first time!
There’s all sorts of “Crossfit lingo” that I’m still learning, but a common one is W.O.D. (aka workout of the day). W.O.D.s are typically titled with a name. The one we did in particular when I went was called “Megan”. We had to do 21 reps of kettlebell swings, double unders, and burpees, and then do the same round of exercises for 15 reps, and then 9 reps for time – meaning we had to do these as fast as we could while still using proper form.
By the time I was done with the row and shoulder press, adding the W.O.D. into the workout totally challenged me. I can’t remember the last time I felt so exhausted by the end of a workout! Not to mention I felt pretty nauseous – lovely, right? My brother says it gets easier as you continue…
As tough as it was, I truly had so much FUN! The hour flew by, and I didn’t feel bored for one second. I liked that it challenged me and put me outside of my comfort zone. I could see myself really enjoying Crossfit, but I just can’t afford to belong to a Crossfit gym right now (or ever – I have a hard time wrapping my head around paying $100+ per month no matter how much money I have). Not to mention the fact that I feel like “Crossfitters” are kind of black and white – either you do Crossfit hardcore or you don’t do it at all. Maybe that’s just me, but that’s kind of the impression I get. I like a well-rounded variety of workouts, so I think I would have a hard time staying committed to just Crossfit, making a $100+/month fee SO not worth it.
I definitely enjoyed going with someone that I knew had experience with Crossfit – it was much less intimidating for me that way. It’s something I would recommend if you’re considering trying it out for the first time!
P.S. I’ve been receiving a lot of emails re: hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA) lately. As much as I would like to, unfortunately I just don’t have the time to respond to each and every email. Please make sure you read the posts on my HA page for the answers to your questions. Thanks for your understanding!
Have you ever tried out Crossfit? If so, how’d you like it?
What is your opinion on Crossfit?
If you haven’t tried Crossfit, do you have a desire to?
Disclaimer: I was given permission to use the above photos by Wildfire Crossfit.