So I joined a CrossFit gym a month or two ago, and it’s been absolutely brutal! Each time I go I leave feeling like I just got my butt kicked, the funny thing is, I seem to like it.
So you know how in the movies some dude goes and works out and he’s walking around with a ring of sweat around his neck and down the front and back of his shirt? In the past I never really had that experience, so I thought that movies were being totally unrealistic—now I understand.
What It’s Like
I usually go to the gym in the morning before work, at either 6:00 or 7:00. Workouts are done as a group (or as one of the coaches likes to call us a “crew”). This is awesome, because everyone in the crew is eager to see each other succeed. We sweat together, we suffer together, and we succeed together. Each class or session is composed of two parts: warmup, and the workout of the day (WOD).
We typically do warmup stuff for about 30-45 minutes, this isn’t your typical warmup though, we’re doing much more than a bit of stretching. Within 5 minutes of warmup I’ve usually got sweat droplets all across my face. By the end of warmup I usually fell pretty tired and like I could gladly go home and feel like I had a good workout. But alas, it’s just the warmup and the real workout is still to come.
The Workout of the Day
The WOD is usually some crazy loop of exercise, that done once is a bit daunting. We usually repeat that loop multiple times for ultimate devastation. For example Wednesday’s workout was called “Fight Gone Bad” and was built on the following simple loop:
- Row for 1 minute - max calorie burn
- Push Press (75lbs.) for 1 minute - max reps
- Box jumps for 1 minute - max reps
- Wall balls (20lbs.) for 1 minute - max reps
- Sumo High Pull (75lbs.) for 1 minute - max reps
When I saw that loop, I thought, wow, this is gonna hurt. Then the coach told us that we’d be running the loop 5 times, ouch. But, I managed to do it all, and I felt great as I drove home knowing that I did it. Throughout it all I was encouraged by the coach and others in the group. It’s great have a built-in support system at the gym.
So if you’re thinking about trying to get more fit, be sure to find the nearest CrossFit gym, and give it a shot. I’m loving CrossFit, and I think you’ll love it too.