I have been thinking about giving CrossFit a try for the longest while now. I think intimidation and a touch of self doubt has been keeping me from really pursuing this bucket list item. On Friday night, I finally decided to bite the bullet and try the free demo offered at a local box. Walking into the box, it looked like a large, cold warehouse with bars, weights and torture chamber like devices hanging from bars from the ceiling. Why should I be intimidated? What the heck are those rings and straps for? Oh well, there is no turning back now. I didn’t feel right taking any photos without consulting with the owner first, so you will just have to use your imagination. Me, scaredy cat face, looking like a deer in the headlights at all the hangy “rings and things. Coach, sensing my fear and (slightly amused by deer in headlights face?) ensuring me that it will be fine.
We started with a light jog of 6 laps to warm up, accompanied by sit-ups, tricep dips and squats right away. (Side note, I was already tired and this was just the warm up.) Kristen, the coach, then wrote the WOD (workout of the day) on the white board and explained what we would be doing.
Rowing Machine; 750m
Dead lifts (30, 25, 20 reps)
Ring push-ups (30, 25, 20 reps)
Repeat for three rounds
Once I got into the momentum and rhythm of the workout, I really found myself enjoying it. The ring push-ups where by far the most challenging. My the final round, the burn could definitely been felt. My legs are my strongest body part, so I actually reveled in the dead lift. I don’t know if it was Biggie Small’s Hypnotize blaring from the loud speaker, or the feeling of team work, feeling pretty darn strong and encouragement from the coach, but I was starting to question why in the world I took so long to try this. I know that there has been great debate regarding the safety of CF, but I truly don’t see at this early stage how it is any more dangerous than any other workout. The coach was there every grueling step of the way, and stepped in immediately and professionally if she observed any ill form. I felt safe, yet challenged. The difference with CF is that you are constantly changing up the WOD’s and going from exercise to exercise to get a better time on completion of the WOD. It is the best competitor ever. You against you.
So where does that leave my CF adventure? I do not want to give up my gym membership, but I may take a hiatus from Women’s Fitness, and buy a CF box membership for one month to gain the ultimate in strength and physical challenge. My muscle growth program from Dr. Lynn that I am on now is going very well with obvious results. By March, it will mark three months of the intense program. So, I think I will take a break from said program and go to CF exclusively and get back to Women’s Fitness in April( ish) and continue with Dr. Lynn’s program for another month or so.
What can I say? CF has me hypnotized. Hit it Biggie!