So there are not a lot of fitness activities I’m scared to try, but for some reason CrossFit has been a fascination for me (it sounds badass!) but also something I was a little afraid of. See, I was scared of one of the two things happening: 1, being in a line of people and asked to do 100 pull ups consecutively and only being able to do two, then being sentenced to sit in the corner with a “weak ass” dunce cap on; or, 2, being surrounded by judgmental people who hate anyone who doesn’t do CrossFit or eat Paleo.
Today I got over my fear and headed to a CrossFit class at United Barbell in SOMA.
I had polled some fellow FitFluential friends about this and encountered a really helpful post from Nancy about it which assuaged some of my fears. My coworker who brought me also did a great job explaining everything there was to know and making it seem really simple.
CrossFit gyms are super simple: none of the fancy cardio machines seen at Crunch Fitness, but rather, lots of weights, barbells, medicine balls, pull-up bars, ropes to climb, and so on. Totally different than what I’m used to but I was really excited to change up my workout.
We started with a warm-up that included a short run, some stretches, squats, and then a bunch of weight lifting. I wish I could tell you the names of the moves we were doing but in the excitement of all of it, I forgot. It involved a large amount of weight being lifted up and thrusted above your head, something I have not done in a long time. Everyone went with as much weight as they could.
Then we moved on to the Workout of the Day (WOD). The WOD only takes up a small percentage of the one-hour class, but is by far the hardest part. Today we needed to do 2,000m on the rowing machine, 100 lateral jumps over a huge weight, and 50 burpees (pushup at the bottom, jump at the top). When I read that on the board I thought it sounded so easy. Then we started doing it for time and about halfway through I was FEELING it… it took me 20 minutes to finish! Then we stretched and all of a sudden it was over.
I LOVED my first CrossFit experience! It was just like I expected in some ways (no-frills, lifting big weights, sweat) but very different in others. I wasn’t sure what to expect attitude-wise, and the two people I met who worked there were EXTREMELY nice and the girl who led the workouts was incredibly helpful. My technique sucked across the board, but instead of making me fell bad about it she was nothing but supportive and helpful. The others there at the class were really nice too. And best of all, I felt like I got a great workout in only an hour without pushing it that whole time, either. This was a much more supportive place than a recent class I took (just wait for the next installment of I Tried It: Pole Dancing).
I would really like to join a CrossFit gym (particularly this one, it’s literally around the corner from my workplace and the people were so nice, plus my coworker goes there) but it’s pricey. Wherever you go, you’re paying $200+ to go a couple of times a week unless you’ve got a sweet corporate discount. I definitely do not have the money for that, but I want to try to save up to do this for three months. I think it would really revolutionize my body and strength.
I recommend anyone thinking of trying it out to go, at many places your first class is free!
PS. still time to enter my coffee giveaway!
Ever tried CrossFit? Any interest?