Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Post Where I Can't Remember the Name of Anything

Ok so I'm going to be honest.  I'm OVERLY excited about CrossFit.  I know I'm going to be talking about CrossFit a LOT and I don't want y'all to get sick of it, but it's something I'm feeling pretty passionate about.  I hope y'all are up for the CrossFit ride.  

Anyway, for those of you that don't know anything about CrossFit and would like a glimpse into the cult world of CrossFit, here is a little about what I learned today.  

Class always starts with dynamic stretches.  This is REALLY good for someone like me that isn't good at stretching.  As in, I NEVER stretch.  My muscles are really tight and these stretches usually feel really good.  I'm glad stretching is incorporated into each and every workout. 

You then do a warm up which gets the blood moving.  You go through this whole series two times.  I don't know if I'll get it exactly right, but this is what I remember and pieced together from the pictures (all taken by Nicholas by the way).

First you do burpees as the coach counts it off.  I think it was a 6 count, but maybe 5.  The point is, it keeps you moving.

I don't know if this is really me doing a burpee, I might be doing a press up (back stretch) because my feet aren't in push up position.  Either way you get this lovely picture of ME (and who doesn't want that?). 
Jumping Jacks (not pictured).  I was just glad I didn't pee my pants.  Jumping Jacks and my bladder don't get along.

Next up high knees.  I'm surprised my knees are that high actually.  

Butt kicks

And finally, air squats.  My legs are still VERY VERY sore and I had to try very hard to not cry like a baby just to get through just 10 of these.  Wah!

Next you would do the WOD (Workout Of the Day) and end with mobility movements (more stretching).

Since I'm still new, we worked on learning the ins and outs of technique and didn't do the WOD.  It might seem like it would be easy to learn all the different types of lifts, but by the time I got home I was so confused about everything that I had learned.  Plus I really sucked at so many things.   I found myself laughing at myself and my coach said I shouldn't be so dainty.  He said, "You're not a ballerina".  Wow, that hurt.

The deadlift is about the only thing I did know how to do and did well.

I was even able to do it WITH weight.  Don't I look badass?  Haha.  Hey it is 95 lbs.  I was impressed with myself.

See now I don't even know what this move is called.  Power clean?  I made that up.  The point of this move was to get your hips up and use it to power up the weight.  Wait, maybe I do know the name.  Maybe this is the Sumo one.  Yes I do look like a Sumo wrestler, so I think that's right.

The next thing was something called a dip something or other.  I realize my description is a very technical, but I honestly just can't remember.  I do remember the point, however, and that is to get a little dip in the knees to help get more power and be able to lift more weight.  He made me do it up against the wall first, to practice good form I suppose.

The next move was the same thing only you were to jump a little.  This proved to be very difficult for me and that is when he said I was being dainty.  I seriously could not get this move down.  I felt so stupid, but he said it's difficult for everyone.  I bet he says that to all the ladies.

We also did some work with the medicine ball and I wish I could remember the name again, but I just can't.  This was going all the way down to the deadlift and then up to the clean position.  The point of all these different ways of lifting is to be able to lift more weight.

I hope I'll look back at all of this someday and laugh that I couldn't remember the name of this or that.  Right now everything is all jumbled up in my mind.  I tried to show George everything I learned and he laughed at me.  NOT GOOD!  Oh well, coordination has never been my strong suit.  I'm not going to let this intimidate me.  This was my first day and I WILL get everything down.

I have my last training session on Friday and he said we'd probably do a WOD that day too.  I'm nervous, but more so I'm excited.  I can't even begin to tell you how ready I am for CrossFit and I'm excited to challenge my body to do things I've never done before.  Clearly I have A LOT of learning to do and I'm excited to share it with all of you.

Do you like trying new things or do you like staying in the comfort zone?  
What new workouts have you tried lately?  


tracey smith said...

I can't remember any names either. I did the sumo thing too- have no idea what it is called. I always have to ask a few times. I need to start writing it down.

Anne said...

I've heard such awesome things about cross fit! I'm thinking about trying one of the free classes and seeing if I can't convince hubby to switch out our gym membership for it... we never use the classes and I hate running on the treadmill anyway.

I'm just like you--I'm awful about stretching. And now I'm paying for it!

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