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).
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.
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.
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.
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?