I tried CrossFit for the first time! Goodbye comfort zone and the ability to move for several days! But what an awesome workout!
In September, I had the honor of meeting Karin, a fellow Esprit de She Ambassador and the blogger behind Just Up the Way. When we met, we started discussing that she did CrossFit. I mentioned that I would love to try it but it scared me. Karin assured me that it was a normal feeling and that I should really give it a try. Of course, I decided to do it, I knew I would regret it if I didn’t.
Fast forward to last Saturday. I met Karin at CrossFit SISU in Plymouth. Before I even got started I was excited about CrossFit SISU, it just so happens to be located in the same building as Baylee’s daycare (yes, she goes to daycare but not everyday), can you say convenient location.
When I walked in, it was a little overwhelming but within seconds Karin was there to meet me, putting me at ease. Karin introduced me to Christina, the coach for the day, and she and I discussed what the WOD (workout of the day) would be. Christina let me know that I would be shadowing Karin and that I should just do as many of the reps as I could, not the assigned number.
We started out with warm up of ring around the medicine balls, think musical chairs with medicine balls but instead of walking/skipping, you lunge/crab walk around the circle. The warm up started with about 40 people and I made it to the last 5ish before I lost out, I was rather impressed with myself. I loved the warm up (or as much as you can love an intense warm up), it was fun to do something outside the box.
Then we moved in to the real workout. I had no idea what was in store for me! We started with jump ropes, do you know how much skill that takes? You can see in the picture below that I am really concentrating on it!
Second up was sit ups. We had to touch the ground at your feet and above your head. I was feeling it in my abs, or the area where my abs are supposed to be, within minutes of starting.
After sit ups, we moved on to push ups. My upper body strength sucks so push ups weren’t my best. I tried doing normal push ups but quickly realized that I needed to do modified push ups. I looked forward to Karin finishing up her set so we could move on to anything but push ups.
Slipped in there we also did air squats. I knew I would regret those later but I gave it my all. Air swats were about the only exercise I didn’t have to modify, so I had to give it my all! ;o)
Next up was pull ups. As if I can do a pull up! Instead, I stood on a box and jumped and pulled myself up. That was hard, in and of itself, I can’t even imagine doing a real pull up.
Then it was box dips. I liked box dips. I can do box dips! Between the box dips, pull ups, and push ups I realized I need to work on my upper body strength!
Finally, we did wall climbs. Um, need I even say more? So what is a wall climb? You slowly crawl your feet up the wall while your hands are on the floor. Yep, not happen here. Since I knew that wasn’t happening I did centipedes, which were still a challenge.
And then it was over! Karin and I did a short run to cool down and then some rolling. I used a foam roller first, but then moved on to a lacrosse ball. OMG, it hurt so good! I will be buying one soon!
I loved CrossFit! It was fun and challenging all at the same time. I was worried because I am not much of a group fitness fan. However, this was so different than that. Yes, there are a lot of others working out at the same time as you but you are so busy focusing on yourself you hardly even notice the others. I am also super competitive with myself and I can see how CrossFit would help me to push myself to get better with each workout.
I am hoping to figure a way to fit CrossFit into my cross training schedule. However, I will have to start slow because for two days after I tried CrossFit, I had to slide down stairs on my butt…