Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Crossfit: Day One

I've been curious about Crossfit ever since I met my friend Sara several years ago.  She used to blog about it regularly and although I wanted to give it a try, I never got the chance to work out with her.

Then we moved to Italy and there was no Crossfit class here. So, I just put it on the backburner and watched as several of my other military wife friends around the world got into Crossfit. Finally last year on our Vicenza gym website an airman posted that he was coming to Vicenza and was Crossfit certified, did we have any classes.

Lo and behold the airman is here and is now doing a two month beginner Crossfit class three times a week.  I immediately said I was interested and yesterday was our first class.

I must admit I was nervous going into it. I know what Crossfit workouts are like and I was afraid I wasn't going to be able to make it through one.  Well, the workout was intense, but I made it through it. Even though I alternated feeling like I wanted to drop to the ground with exhaustion and wanting to yak.

Our workout was:

400 meter run
21-15-9 (in other words 3 rounds) of squats, push-ups and dead-lifts
Finish it off with another 400 meter run

I'll admit that I had to walk part of the last 400 run. I was EXHAUSTED. But I finished, even though my total time wasn't that great, but it was my first time so I'm just wanting it to improve.

I was really pleased with how encouraging everyone was, it made things that much easier and I really liked knowing that my form was right when I did deadlifts (I can attribute that to Sara). I was a little surprised by some of the girls there though, one admitted that she'd never lifted weights. I was shocked honestly, I can't imagine NOT lifting weights, but to each their own.

I'm super sore today even though I've tried to stay active and even took a long walk and did stretches. Tomorrow is my next class so I'm hoping I'm not too sore.


Jessica Lynn said...

Go you!! I loved CrossFit and did it for a few weeks until the trainer out here got ridiculously flaky (had to drive 30 minutes each way only to have her show up an hour late). I liked that the workouts were short but did a heck of a lot in that short time. I wish I could have done it long term, so I hope you keep it up so I can see how it works for you!

loquita said...

Yay! So glad you finally are starting CrossFit! You are so right about just focusing on getting better each workout, and not worrying about where you start. Just trust the process, it will work. :)

My hope is that I'll get the chance to teach a beginner CrossFit class on base at some point. Our current duty station is not CrossFit-friendly (the Navy is seriously messed up) but our next stop is very CrossFit-friendly.

The Rest is Still Unwritten said...

Good for you! That sounds intense.

Abbie said...

Ryan's a cross-fitter and I told him I wanted to start doing it with him but that I was nervous because I know how intense it is.

So I'm glad to hear about your first time...it makes me feel less scared!

Lisa said...

I'm glad you enjoyed CrossFit! I'm bummed that the location P is does not have a gym for me to use.

It can be intense, but it feels SO good after!

simplicityisultimatesophistication said...

omg! you are going to LOVE CrossFit! It becomes addicting. The constant changing- never know what to expect= competitive atmosphere is just the best way to workout. I am a trainer and have to say I think it's the best way to stay fit. You push yourself to YOUR max (which may be different then someone else in the class) but that's the uniqueness of it...it's geared to your level and over time you will see your improvement in lower times! Have a blast girl! xo


Jes said...

congrats on taking the 1st step, it's always the hardest! I hate that we don't have a gym here, it's just not the same doing it by yourself!

Angela Noelle said...

That's awesome! I have a lot of friends who are super into CrossFit. I don't feel like it's for me (reminds me way too much of the military!), but it's obviously a huge hit for a ton of people. Good luck!!