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
- 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.
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
- Warm-up (2 sets)
- 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.
- 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?