Today I ventured into my first ever CrossFit class, and what an experience it was. For those who aren’t familiar with CrossFit, it’s basically a training regime that focuses on strength and conditioning without using cardio machines and other weight training machines. The “workout of the day” (WOD) changes every day and features repetitions of a variety of movements including weightlifting, running, carrying heavy objects, jumping jacks, burpees, pullups, etc. It’s based on high intensity interval training combined with survival skills and isn’t for the weak of spirit. The thing that really draws me to it is how each maneuver can be done at the person’s own fitness level, everything can be modified to support the individual’s training plan, and the community feel and support of it all. CrossFit is supposed to be something where everyone supports each other and cheers each other on. The class sizes are small (less than 12) and a focus is given to performing each exercise correctly to protect the body.
Most CrossFit gyms (or ‘boxes’ as they’re called) offer one free class for anyone who is just starting out. I went today and managed to rope my fiance and our friend into coming along. We started out by doing a 200mm run to get our hearts pumping. We then moved on to lifting a dumbell without any weights on it and learning how to lift properly. We then learned the form for the kettlebell swing. We were then ready to “begin the workout” (which made me laugh, because I was already sore and exhausted by this point!). It basically was as many ’rounds’ as we could do in 15 minutes of the following: 4 lifts, 10 kettlebell swings, then a ‘suitcase carry’ where we had to carry the heavy kettlebell outside down the street and back. Over and over until the 15 minutes was up. I made it through 3 full rounds of this and I was exhausted. I am sure that tomorrow I am going to be so sore from head to toe.
I really enjoyed the experience. Having a set time to go work out is fantastic. The motivation of the group was great, the instructor was no-nonsense but really knew her stuff. I felt the workouts in every muscle group. The only downside is the price – it’s $200 for the first month and then $150/month after that. Definitely more expensive than your normal 24 Hour Fitness! But I think the price is worth it *if* I’ll stick with it (and that’s a big IF) so I’m going to try it.
I’m heading off to San Francisco for work for 4 days this week so I’m not going to sign up until I get back. I have a feeling I’ll be sore from this all week anyway.---------------
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