At It Again

Hey guys! It’s been quiet around here lately, sorry about that. I’ve been busy with work stuff and I’m currently away on a little work trip. As much as I’ve been enjoying the lovely weather and just focusing on myself, I can’t wait to get back to my family and to whip up some delicious meals in my kitchen. DFAC food is wearing on me and I’m officially sick of eating out.

One advantage of going TDY is that I have all the time in the world to workout. I’ve been hitting up the gym a lot and trying to run outside as much as I can rather than on the treadmill, but the heat and the sun has made it tough. My body just isn’t used to it considering I wen’t from a climate of -10 degrees to over 80 degrees! I think my longest outdoor run here has been about 3 miles.

The other day the gym was closed for maintenance so I decided it would be an outside run day instead. When I got back from my run, someone told me about a Crossfit gym on base they went to that offered FREE classes! She told me that they start you off with 6 On Ramp classes to get your familiar with Crossfit and the proper techniques. My sister, a coworker and I all decided to give it a try today.

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This experience was much better than my last one. The instructor went over what Crossfit was, the pyramid-reminding us all how nutrition is key to everything we do, and then got into the 9 basic moves of Crossfit. For today’s workout, he had us doing three exercises AMRAP. He went over each move, explaining what proper form looks like and things not to do. He watched us do each of the exercises and corrected us as needed. We did the three movements (10 Air Squats, 15 sit-ups, 20 broad jumps) as many times as possible in 8 minutes. I was able to get through 4 rounds plus 3 sit ups. After that 8 minute workout, he went over cool down techniques and great hip stretches to do against the wall. It felt wonderful! One thing I’ve been lacking during my workouts is a good stretch session. My hips & glutes were super tight.

I would LOVE to be able to complete all six On Ramp classes here, because they’re free but I’m not sure that time will allow it. After today’s session, Crossfit is something I can definitely see myself getting into with the right gym and the right instructors. I feel that because you spend so much one on one time with the coaches, your personality definitely has to jive with theirs. I love the community that they have built and I think it’s awesome that they’re certified coaches doing it for free, simply just to help people.

Anyone try any new fitness classes lately? I think all my cardio work from The Barre Code helped me kill it today in those broad jumps!

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Do One Thing a Day that Scares You

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And this morning, I did just that.  I tried out Crossfit for the first time.  It’s something that has peaked my interest for awhile but I never really had the balls to try it because it looks extremely intimidating.  That is, until a co-worker of mine (6 weeks postpartum), told me that she wanted to try it out.  The conversation went something like this:

Me: Hey I heard you want to try Crossfit.  I’ll try it with you when you come back to work!

K: Great! Let’s go next week!

Me: Uhhh…I was thinking more like next month.  It can be “my thing” for February.  And didn’t you just have a baby?

K: Gotta start somewhere!

And somewhere we did.  We went to a Crossfit gym 5 minutes from where we work that just opened up this past fall.  Verdict?  I’m still not sure how I feel about it.  It’s really hard to write a fair review based off of one single class, but I will share my experience with you as best as possible.

When we arrived at the gym, there was no place really to sign in, but a rack of clipboards and pens with waiver and liability paperwork that we had to fill out.  The coach was writing the workout on the wipe board when we walked in.  We introduced ourselves and told him it was our first time.  Luckily, there were only 3 other people in the morning class, who were all experienced “crossfitters”, so he spent a majority of his time with us.

The Warm Up
7 min AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible)
-10 dive bombs (reminded me a version of chatarunga in yoga)
-5 pull ups
-20 front rack lunges

The warm up consisted of the above exercises done within a 7 minute period.  He went through the exercises once and then set a timer up for everyone to see.  I was able to repeat the workout twice through.  We did pull-ups on the bar but with a band and I’m convinced that no matter how strong my upper body becomes, I will never be able to do a pull-up…It was the exercise I hated the most.

Weightlifting
Behind the Neck Jerk (5 sets of 3)

This was probably my least favorite part of the class, but also the most important because we worked on technique and skill.  The instructor spent a lot more time talking us through the movement instead of showing us.  Finally, my friend asked him if he could just show us.  His response was “it’s kind of hard to just show you.”  I get it.  There was a lot of movement with your hips that really could only be felt and not seen.  We did it with just the bar for awhile and then I added 20 lbs on.  It was challenging, but in a good way.  My arms, back and shoulders definitely got a workout.

WOD
Marguerita (timed)
50 sets of:
-Burpees
-pushups
-jumping jacks
-sit ups
-handstand (scooter walks)

My favorite part of class: super sweaty cardio!  The whole workout was done for time, so you had to work as hard and fast as you could.  This part of the class really challenged and pushed me to give it all that I had.  Especially with the class being so small, no one wants to come in last.  Each exercise was 50 reps.  The last exercise was physically the most challenging.  The instructor modified it for us twice.  I tried to do the intermediate exorcise, which were wall climbs, but I felt like my feet were going to topple over so I moved to the scooter walks.  In scooter walks you basically put your feet on a scooter (gym-class style!) and you use your hands to “walk” yourself across the gym floor.  We did that 5 times and, somehow, I ended up doing 6 times.  This was probably the hardest workout in WOD, and I wished I would’ve stuck it out with the wall-climbs.

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Pros:

  • Incorporates strength-training moves
  • Challenges you to work hard and push yourself for personal bests
  • Modifies exercises based on your fitness ability
  • Personal attention

Cons:

  • Would’ve liked more dynamic stretching/warmup
  • more focused on reps rather than proper form
  • no cool down or stretching included
  • first 1/2 hour was slower-paced and very instructional and not a lot of doing

Overall, I’d like to give Crossfit another shot.  I could see myself really loving certain workouts, especially when they incorporate running sprints, but I don’t see myself loving it enough to make it a routine thing.  I still like my barre classes because I leave there feeling like I’ve worked every single muscle group in my body.  Hubs and I have talked about trying out the Crossfit gym near our house since it’s the only Reebok certified Crossfit gym in WI AND they offer a free introductory class on Saturdays just for first-timers.

Now that I’ve tried Crossfit, I can definitely see why there is such a big following.  It is the one workout that I’ve tried where you can actually track your progress in the studio and watch yourself get progressively better.  I do love a workout that pushes you to beat your own time 🙂

Have you tried Crossfit?  Thoughts? Love it or hate?