My first WOD

For months I’ve been intrigued by the idea of taking a crossfit class. Or is it going to a box? Whatever, I don’t exactly get the lingo, which may have contributed to my fear of trying it. I will also admit that the fear of overly muscly (yes, I am making that a word) types is intimidating as well.

I knew I needed to finish out my New to Me Cross Training and the end of the month was getting close. I had secretly wanted crossfit to be the new to me, but wasn’t sure how to go about it.

LUCKILY, Larisa text me the night before the Santa Run to tell me that she was going to crossfit. And my first class would be free and that I should come along. Trying it with friends and free? PERFECT.

I met Larisa and Jen at Crossfit Coastline Christmas Eve morning. At first glance, the place was big and intimidating (as expected).

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We waited for the owner/instructor to put up the WOD (workout of the day). It looked like chinese to me. Thank goodness Jenn is a fitness/bootcamp instructor and she told me what to do/how to do everything.

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Jenn kept saying, “AMRAP, oh goodness.” Again, more crazy crossfit language. I thought it was some type of workout. Nope. AMRAP=as many rounds as possible. Ahh. Yes. Got it. In 15 minutes.

We started the class with a warmup. Honestly, I was quite distracted and bored and felt like things were moving kind of slow. I kept asking Larisa when the workout would take place. It seemed like we were spending lots of time setting up and demonstrating.

Well, that all made sense once we started. 15 minutes is a LONG time once you are repeating the WOD. Or, it is for this newbie.

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I chose to do the push plate (45 lbs)-which is exactly what it means. I pushed a plate up and down the crossfit room. Not sure of how far it was.

The Push Press was with a weighted bar (I did 35 lbs) and kind of reminded me of dead lifts. Not sure how else to explain it.

Pull ups were comical. I used a box to put myself up to the bar. Jen said to jump up while holding the bar and doing so on one leg and then trying to hold myself up and slowly fall back down to the box. Not sure if that makes any sense at all, just know it wasn’t pretty.

The burpees weren’t too bad-I actually knew how to do those-except in crossfit you drop all the way to the ground and push yourself back up.

I was able to do 3 rounds plus one push plate.

15 minutes and I was wiped! It was a great workout. We took a few minutes to cool down and stretch, put away our things and it was time to head to the Santa Run.

Larisa, instructor, me and Jenn
Larisa, instructor, me and Jenn

I surprisingly wasn’t too sore on Christmas Day. Maybe I didn’t push hard enough? Or I’m in good enough shape?  Either way, I LOVED crossfit. The people were super friendly, supportive, and made it fun. The big muscly people weren’t too scary.

My only problem with crossfit is finding the time and money to fit it into my schedule.  Keeping up with running, yoga, pilates and other cross training (TRX, feel the burn) makes it tough. If only I could be a professional runner/workout person and exercise all day. I would love to do some sort of online crossfit type thing that didn’t involve having to add an additional gym expense. Does that exist?

Crossfit was the perfect way to end my New to Me Cross Training Challenge for 2012. Thank you for organizing it all Kim! I truly don’t think I could come up with another 12 in 2013.

Have you tried Crossfit? What did you think? Ever do your own WOD at home and not at a box?

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  • I’m excited that you loved Crossfit! I start in January. I bought a living social deal for an unlimited month and recruited my friend to go with me. I’m still going to be running at least 3x a week and try to incorporate Crossfit 3x a week for strength training. One day will be a 2xday.
    I don’t know if I’ll stick to the Crossfit after since I haven’t started yet, but I plan to take what I learn and apply it to my workouts outside of the box/crossfit gym.

  • I loved your goals for last year! Do you have a list or will you make a post of all the new to you cross training activities you did this past year? I’m interested in seeing which ones you did!!

    My sister LOVES crossfit! I still haven’t had the chance to try it out yet 🙂

  • Crossfit is tough. I have the same issue as you do, with the additional expense (and it’s way more than a gym membership here in Oregon).

    My first pull ups were hysterical too, but we had a gigantic rubber band to use the supported one foot. It helped a lot.

    Thanks for sticking with the challenge. I agree with you, 12 more (even one more at this point) is overwhelming to think of. On to new challenges in 2013!

  • I am thrilled that you tried crossfit and liked it. I am obsessed with it!!!! Best workouts I have ever had and the nice thing is the variety too. Since October I have never had the same workout. I am getting super strong and getting more confident at the same time. The box I go to is all women and everyone is so nice and friendly. I am a little bummed that I had to downgrade from unlimited, to just 3 days a week and now just 2 days a week. Marathon training I suppose is a bit more important now. I am really going to look forward to my Tuesdays & Thursdays where I can throw some weights around. I am not sure what the cost is in Atlanta, but it is pretty affordable in Spokane. Two days a week is just $79 a month.

  • Pushing the plate…I can imagine the muscles this worked. I remember helping someone push their car over to the side of the road and being sore for days. I’d love to try CrossFit sometime. This write-up makes it even more of a priority to give it a shot 🙂

  • I can only imagine how bad I would be at cross fit. Kettle bells are the extent of cross fit type activities in my routine. Monet and lack of discipline are my reasons for not taking it up.

  • I am so glad to hear that you tried out Crossfit, I started 3 1/2 months ago and am so addicted. I couldn’t imagine not doing Crossfit. The strength I have gained in these past few months is insane. Our box posts our daily WOD”s the day before so you know exactly what you are getting into. You were asking if there were any at home workouts you could do and yes there are lots that don’t require any equipment at all. I am sure you could find lots online or if you have an iphone there are also lots of apps out there as well. The only problem with this is that the workouts are more cardio based than strength. Another at home option that is a good sub would be kettle bells, they are one hell of a workout and again lots out there to work from.

  • How did I miss this post?! Awesome! The initial WOD is deceptively hard–you never think 15 mins is that long but it IS when max effort is involved. Yep, burpees to the ground is the way to go-much harder and more effective. 😉 Glad you tried it. Great way to supplement all your running!

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