I Did It: Cross Fit

Last spring, my fire department held a training session about a new exercise program called CrossFit. I missed it because I was at school 400 miles away and couldn’t justify driving home on a Monday for a training session.

I forgot about it for a while… until I stumbled across it again on a few blogs. I started doing some research on it and found out that a Cross Fit studio had just opened January 3 about 15 minutes from my house.

It was a sign.

So on Monday, I went in for a free training session to try it out. I’m here to report back to you my thoughts about CrossFit.

What is CrossFit?

  • A strength and conditioning program that incorporates weightlifting, sprinting, and gymnastics

The Details?

  • CrossFit is based on the principle of the Workout of the Day (WOD).
  • You can workout out on your own using the website. The WOD is posted on the front page. If you have the equipment and the knowledge, have at it.
  • If you’re like me, you can go to a studio (check out the Affiliates column on the left to find a studio near you). Going to the studio will help you become acquainted with the program before forging out on your own.
  • The premise of this program is minimalism. You should be able to do most of the workouts with little equipment.

My Workout

  • Here’s the workout I did on Monday:

    • Warm-up (2 sets)

      • 30 mountain climbers
      • 10 squats
      • 10 bend-and-pulls
      • 10 push-ups
      • 10 sit ups
    • WOD (Repeat as many times as possible for 7 minutes)

      • 7 squat thrusters
      • 7 burpees
    • Stretch

My Reaction

  • The warmup was misleading. I wore my sweatshirt throughout the entire twenty minute warmup and never broke a sweat. That being said, it definitely warmed my muscles up. I was ready to work after.
  • The WOD kicked my a@$. I’m just going to own it. Going into this workout, I felt like I was relatively in shape. I mean, I can run 15 miles! This workout reminded me clearly that there are a ton of muscles not hit when running. My upper body was literally shaking. Every time I went to squat, I swore the ball I had to hit deflated from the time before. I was sweating. I was angry. I was determined. My a(* was thoroughly kicked.
  • Even the stretching reminded me that just because you run does not mean you’re invincible. It also reminded me that I haven’t been to yoga in a long time (like two weeks… FAIL). I was in pain. It wasn’t painful pain (like a bone breaking), but it wasn’t that good pain either (like when a little kid steps on your back).
  • I felt sore!!!! I rarely feel sore anymore even though I feel like I’m really pushing myself in my lifting routine. This workout I felt jello-y walking out of the studio. The soreness started that night.

The Verdict

  • I am definitely going to try this again. I have another appointment on Friday. I am not sure if I’ll start it before or after my marathon training ends though. I’ll let you know after Friday’s workout!

What trendy new workouts are you loving right now?

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About Katie

I'm a college student who is trying to find her feet in the world of cooking healthy and incorporating food healthfully into my world!
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