Thursday, July 26, 2012

Intro To CrossFit: My First WOD

So today I did something that I have wanted to do for a LONG time.  I took an intro class for CrossFit. I was first introduced to CrossFit two years ago when I was doing Physical Therapy for my shoulder.  You see, they do CrossFit at the Clinic where I did therapy.   So while I'd be sitting there doing my measly shoulder exercises I'd be watching these "beasts" do CrossFit workouts.  

So why haven't I done CrossFit up until now?  First, I had no business doing CrossFit as I was healing from my fractured shoulder and wrist.  I barely had the mobility to lift my arm above my head much less anything else.  Also, I was SUPER intimidated by CrossFit because it seemed so hardcore to me.  

After I stopped going to the clinic I kind of just forgot about CrossFit for awhile.  Then, slowly but surely, CrossFit starting "leaking" into the blog world.  As I've said before, I read A LOT of blogs.  Several of the girls' whose blogs I read, started doing CrossFit.  

It was really fun to read as they began doing CrossFit and keep reading and "watching" their growth and development.  Many of them were at a fitness level similar to what mine is now.  Now they're kicking butt and taking names doing things I could never dream of.  

Not to mention that these girls (just regular girls like you and I) significantly improved their running times.  How exciting is that?  Here's how I see it.  Do CrossFit, get strong, look better AND run faster.  Sign me up.  

I was convinced a LONG time ago that CrossFit would change my fitness level.  I really needed no convincing of that.  I could see that it changed people-- mind and body.   In fact, about a year ago I convinced George that he needed to go do CrossFit.  I knew he would love it.  He went to the intro class and he definitely loved the idea behind it and thought it would be great for him, but you see George is WAY TOO CHEAP to pay for CrossFit.  

So I put the idea of CrossFit in the back of my mind again.  However, with every post I read about CrossFit I'd feel a tiny twinge of jealously.   I so badly wanted to try CrossFit, but I knew it was a heavy financial commitment.  I didn't think it was fair of me to do CrossFit when George wasn't going to do it because of the amount of money it costs to participate, but my desire was getting stronger and stronger every day.  

Then my very good friend Tracey (who lives in Pittsburgh) told me she signed up to do CrossFit.  I was so envious I could barely contain myself.  Tracey is very cautious with her money and seems (to me) to always make sound financial decisions.  She's also one of the best moms I know and always makes good choices for herself and her family (again my opinion).  The point is, Tracey got me thinking that maybe it wasn't so selfish to want something, albeit expensive, for myself.    (Just so everyone understands, I'm not saying that I need anyone else's validation in order to do something, but sometimes it helps to validate my feelings.) 

So I talked to George about our finances and my VERY STRONG DESIRE to do CrossFit and we agreed that I should try it out.  George is one of the most selfless people I know.  Well when it comes to the ones he loves anyway (and hey that's me).  I think George realized that this is something that I REALLY want and, once again, he has been very supportive.  

So the only thing left to do is sign up to officially do CrossFit.  I have to quit my current gym membership and finish out the bootcamp I'm signed up for (it runs for 2 more weeks), but I'm very excited to get started.  

Guess what else?  I mentioned to Bianca that I wanted to try CrossFit and she said she had been thinking about it too.  So we did our first intro class together and I think Bianca is all in too.  Another thing to do with my girl B.  

Here are the details of today's workout.  

500 M Row:  2:16 
40 Air squats 
30 Sit-ups 
20 Pushups (chest to floor) ----> Just to be clear I've been getting so much better at pushups but I was NOT ever doing them chest to floor.  I had to go to my knees after 4 REAL chest to floor pushups.  
10 Pull-ups I can't do one pull-up at all.  I had to do jumping pull ups where you grab the bar and jump up and pull bringing your chin above the bar.  I WILL do an unassisted pull-up some day.  Mark my words.  

Total Time:  6:34 

Yes as you can see Bianca finished 16 seconds before I did.  I just had nothing left in my arms when it came to the pull-ups and I had to stop and rest before knocking out the last 3 or 4.  Those dang pull-ups were SO HARD for me.

There you have it folks.  I've drank (drunk?) the CrossFit koolaid and I can't wait to start and see the changes in my fitness levels.

Have you ever done/do you do CrossFit?  Do you want to try it?  


Watchpot said...

Good for you guys! Impressed!

Jessica Jensen said...

I have been going to CrossFit since Feb and love it! I have definitely increased my running speed and I just feel overall so much stronger and confident. A little advice that someone told me when I started out that has helped is "Don't compare yourself too much to everyone else. Of course the WOD's are timed and you want to compete but don't get discouraged if you take longer then others. You will improve. Your times will get better. Make sure you are using proper form. As long as you know you are giving it your all in the workout then you should be proud of yourself."

I still can't do an unassisted pull-up. My upper body strength is lacking but man can I squat! I am scared for tomorrow's WOD....50,40,30,20,10 pull-ups and I know there were few more but I got so nervous looking at how many pullups I have to do I am trying hard not to talk myself out of going!

Good Luck with CrossFit and I can't wait to hear how you do!

Rain Gowens said...

I do something similar to crossfit in Austin at Dane's Body's much of the same moves, but it's an hour class and less competitive and intense.
You will feel so much stronger!

Momswimbikerun said...

Thanks for the advice. It's VERY hard for me not to compare so I appreciate the advice. However, I am used to being the slow one so I guess I'm used to it.

robringer said...

I'm jealous. I want to do crossfit...but I think I have resigned myself to buying a TRX trainer for home use instead.

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