A couple of months ago, I came across a Groupon being offered by my local CrossFit gym. I saved it, as I was already pondering whether or not to give Crossfit a try. A friend of mine, who is an avid CrossFitter and attends this specific location, encouraged me to try it out - especially since the first week is free. I actually had several friends give me great reviews on their CrossFit experience and encourage me to try it out for myself.
I went for it, and showed up to my first (free) CrossFit class. After some warm-up and mobility exercises, the owner/coach had me show him how I do some basic, specific moves. He watched as I completed the following:
As I completed each move, he offered suggestions and feedback. It was really informative. I have pretty good form for all of them (or so I thought). I was definitely lacking strength in certain moves like push-ups and pull-ups. Furthermore, squats mean butt below knees, push-ups mean chest touches the floor, etc. Yikes.
After he made sure I was completing things safely and effectively, I completed a beginner Baseline CrossFit WOD (Workout of the Day). I was timed to complete the following exercises for 3 rounds. The first round was 15 reps of each exercise, second round was 12 reps of each exercise, third round was 9 reps of each exercise:
jumping pull up
I completed it in 10:30, which I was actually proud of. I was out of breath and felt like I had a hard, but good workout, but it was strange having the main part of my workout be so short.
The best part about all of it was that there were some people hanging around after the last class, and some of them including the coach, jumped in to complete it with me. How motivating!
Overall, my first CrossFit experience was a positive one. I could totally see how having a new WOD each day keeps things interesting and makes you excited to go back. Having a scalable workout created and planned out each day is a huge bonus for me. I also like the idea of group classes and the community aspect - brings me back to my college field hockey days. Not to get too sappy here, but that sort of team comradery during workouts is something I have really been missing since college. Unfortunately, there are no options here for me to play or coach field hockey - even in an adult league - so I must do the best thing a washed-up ex-athlete can do - in this case, it's CrossFit.
I have decided to sign up for CrossFit for the next 3 months. At that time, I will reevaluate results, how I feel, etc. So far, I am really enjoying it. Thankfully, I am able to keep my weekly running in my training schedule as well. More on this later, but my training schedule includes at least 3 days of CrossFit and 3 run days. I am sure this will have to be adjusted at certain points, but I am doing my best to listen to my body.
I will be sharing some more posts about CrossFit and my experiences with it soon.
Calling all CrossFitters: Any advice for this newbie? :)