So, I bit the bullet, drank the Kool-Aid, and went to my first Crossfit class today!
I had participated in Crossfit at fitness events and conferences (most recently Fitbloggin ’14) but never officially went to a “box” to work out. Since I live in Podunk, I don’t have the luxury of walking and driving a few minutes to different types of gyms. I have my local gym (a 5 minute drive), a hot yoga studio (a 20 minute drive), bellydance (25 minutes away)…ok, you get it. Everything is a drive.
When I discovered that I had a Crossfit facility only ten minutes away from my house, I was ecstatic. I have been in sort of a fitness funk and just going through the motions. Sure, I have an awesome personal trainer, love Zumba, and have been running my 10K program which has been frustrating, exhilarating, and annoying. Unfortunately, I haven’t been to a spin class in weeks and my yoga mat lies dusty in my entryway closet.
And then there was last week at kickboxing…I walked out before the cool down. It started that I was late to class, then this woman wouldn’t share her bag with me (did she NOT get the partners memo?) and I had to use the broken bag, and then I was just tired of fixing the broken bag every five of so punches and kicks. Also factor in that I was PMSing and it was quite the scene. I did burn a few frustrated calories but I didn’t get the endorphin rush I usually get.
I had been email-ing with the owner for weeks and after the kickboxing incident I hunkered down a time and put my money where my mouth is. I needed today’s Crossfit session to rejuvenate my fitness spirit. It was fun, tough, and so different from other activities I have tried during my journey. I love the combination of high-intensity interval training, weightlifting,and calisthenics. The fact that I did assisted chin ups is testament that was something new and different.
Here are 5 Things I Learned At My First Visit To The Box
1. Mind over matter! – Leave what you thought Crossfit was at the door. If you Google “Crossfit”, there are amazing stories and not-so-good stories but that’s the story of the Internet, right? Like any fitness activity, you get what you give. It might not be the workout for you but it’s a really good workout. Crossfit had me the mobility exercises alone. I have flexibility issue (read: have no flexibility) but by the end of the mobility exercises I wasn’t touching my toes…something I probably haven’t done since I was…I can’t even remember. I also skipped and burpee-d. Something fun…something not so fun. I also pushed myself but not to the point of injury.
2. The right instructor is everything. – This was my introductory session so I got lots of one-on-one instruction from the CrossFit instructor. He was awesome–personable, funny, and encouraging with no sales guy vibe. He also helped me do assisted chin ups and I’m sure he didn’t know going in to work today that he would be joisting me up! He wanted me to join the family but didn’t shove the Kool Aid down my throat –just offered the paper cup and said it was here when I decided to go for it.
3. Ass to the Grass is my new mantra – I have joked that I am the last of my friends to have surgical assistance in the posterior region. It’s true, several of my good friends have had work done and I know never in a million years will I have a donk like theirs. HOWEVER I truly believe that I continue to go to Crossfit, I will have a better butt. Just from the weighted squats I did, my butt was like “where have you been all my life?”
4. Don’t let the WOD break you! – This was only my introductory session so I did a modified WOD (Workout of the Day). Even when I join, I can do a modified version. The box I went to encouraged fitness for ALL. There were all types of athletes there and I felt included. Lots of encouragement from seasoned Crossfit attendees and it was just an overall friendly vibe. When I first saw the board, I was intimidated but I know I will get there. Heck, I “ret to go” tomorrow if need be. Ok, maybe not tomorrow but Wednesday. Yes, Wednesday.
5. Take that Tabata break – I was feeling a bit cocky and I didn’t take a break. So sure, that was a nice time to go to the bathroom and dry heave a bit. Take the REST especially if it’s your first time.
I definitely believe that adding in one or two Crossfit sessions a week will help me reach my goals (reducing body fat, build stamina, AND find my fabulous [self-confidence]). I have a few more gyms to try out before I re-vamp my fitness regimen but Crossfit is a top contender. Did I mention that this box offered a Kids program so my sons can get “be better than yesterday”? Be still, my fitness loving heart.
I think I may have found a new #fitness love! My first official #Crossfit session and it was amazing. Instructor was awesome and even though I felt fatigued (read: may have tasted my breakfast in my throat) I took a break and pushed through. Is my fitness funk over? #wod #fitmom #fitfluential #sweatpink #health #fitness #weightloss #getfitdiva