I must’ve fallen and bumped my little head.

I’ve officially lost my mind.  I did it.  I tried CrossFit.

What prompted this?  I’ve been reading a lot of health-type blogs lately and I’ve been extremely intrigued by anything/everything CrossFit related.  As in… furrow the brows, squint at the computer screen and go, “good god, how is she lifting that much?” and “if I do that will my body look that GOOD?!?!”.

Sometime last week I said screw it. What do I have to lose?  I researched my local options and called one that looked best. After getting my gazillion questions answered over the phone, I said, “okay. Sign me up for 6:30 tonight”.  I made sure to arrive fueled (but not full) and hydrated.  Still didn’t help the butterflies. omgwhatamIdoing.

Here’s what I didn’t know.  Thursdays are a “down” day at this gym.  There were a handful of folks in the 5:30pm class finishing up as I arrived, but I was the only person there for the 6:30 class.  One-on-one training for my first time out? Score!!! I tried not to gawk at the torture-esque equipment or the ropes and rings hanging from the ceiling.  Fifty Shades kinkery, anyone? Anyone?

I kid, I kid.

Here’s what the CrossFit rookie did:

Warmup:  Row machine, ring pullups, jump lunges and situps – The ring pullups were ouchie. Luckily they adjusted the pullup position for my weakling-upper-body-strength, but still. Ouch. That’s what I felt the most for the next 2 days.

NOT what I’m able to do. Yet.

The WOD (workout of the day):

  1. BOX JUMPS: Jumping up onto a 20″ high box seems daunting, but it’s doable.  Once or twice.  (for me, that’s about as high as my kneecaps.) I wound up doing 46 of them total. Holy shit.
  2. TOES TO BARS: Hanging from a bar and lifting your legs up until your toes hit the bar? Sure I can do that!  So I thought…. nope.  Tried and failed. Modification: I lifted my knees as high as I could and tried not to swing like a monkey in the process.
  3. POWER CLEANS (olympic-style lift): This is HARD. I still don’t feel like I fully “got” the form of it, but it was difficult to tell with only a PVC pipe and a 10# bar.

Those are just the descriptions.  The actual routine was this: Do 15 of each exercise, then 12, then 9, then 6, then 3, then 1… as fast as you can, without stopping in between exercises. It’s timed.

And I have to say… I loved it.  It was VERY challenging, even after hitting the gym hard since April.  After doing the 15 reps and the 12 reps, at about the 9 rep point, my heart rate was up to 185 bpm.  (On my longest run so far, my HR didn’t get above 175.)  I was breathing HARD and wanted to punch the trainer for telling me to keep going, don’t stop!  I didn’t, even though I would have given my left kidney for the chance to catch my damn breath.  Sweat was running down my face, dripping off my nose.  And my language!!! I must have dropped 10-15 F-bombs during the agony. Oopsie. I really am a delicate flower, I promise.

By the last box jump I was dead sure that I was going to under-jump and faceplant on the damn thing… and just as that thought ran through my freaking-the-hell-out mind, the trainer yelled at me, “DON’T THINK! JUST GO!”.  I swung my arms and heaved myself upward one last time and was shocked when my feet landed solidly in the center of the box!  Dude. I did it.

When all was said and done, I finished that WOD in 9min, 10 seconds.  I walked around the place in a sweaty daze, desperately trying to slow my breaths that were rapid-firing in and out of my screaming lungs, hands above my head – because I knew I shouldn’t sit.  If I sat, I’d weep in gratitude on the floor and never get back up.  Then I looked down at my hands, bewildered as to why they were aching.  And I saw the baby callouses.

whoa.

Once I recovered, the trainer said that my athletic ability was above average compared to most women starting out, and that I picked up on the instructions quickly. They think CrossFit is perfect for me and will get me better results than going it alone at a big-box gym. I want to go back and try another class there – one with more people in it. I also want to try a different CrossFit gym in the area, just to compare, before I decide on one.  I think I may like the smaller, more community feel of CF.  Anything would be a thousand times better better than staying in a gym full of meatheads who won’t leave me the hell alone.

Because that nonsense makes me want to go all …. THIS ….. on them.

GTFO

Laters, baby.

~Peach

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I must’ve fallen and bumped my little head.

21 Responses

  1. That looks like one hell of a workout! When I started kickboxing, I almost died in the first class :)

    jamie June 12, 2012 at 10:37 am #
    • Whoa, kickboxing is a beast of a workout too. My first class of that didn’t kill me…the 3 days after did! :)

      50peach June 13, 2012 at 9:04 am #
  2. Hahahah that sounds killer. Love the cat gif!

    Mayor Gia June 12, 2012 at 10:58 am #
  3. I’m going to have to go take a nap, I’m so exhausted from reading your blog. You are my hero. And holy crap, that woman’s back muscles are amazing!!

    Kenja June 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm #
    • Can you nap extra hard for me? Narcolepting on the keyboard this morning. My body is TIRED. zzzzzzzzzzz

      50peach June 13, 2012 at 9:06 am #
  4. I’d be curious to hear if you end up doing it regularly. I have friends that do it, but they’re all a little crazy for me. This is the first I’ve heard from someone who was (in my opinion) appropriately frightened of it, at least at first. :)

    A Place of Greater Safety June 12, 2012 at 10:55 pm #
    • Oh, stay tuned! I’m appropriately intrigued enough with it… but I promise this site will not become all-CrossFit, 24/7. It’s too much fun to share the ridiculousness of my love life. 😉

      50peach June 13, 2012 at 9:09 am #
  5. Hysterical! Screw all that, I’d be dead:)

    Jennifer Worrell June 12, 2012 at 11:36 pm #
    • Haha, glad you enjoyed! :)

      50peach June 13, 2012 at 9:10 am #
  6. I must try it out even if just for the experience!

    Love the punch video!

    Chat soon!

    @SpaTravelGal Ava

    Spa Travel Gal Ava (@SpaTravelGal) June 14, 2012 at 6:22 am #
  7. I must try it out even if just for the experience!

    Love the punch video!

    Chat soon!

    @SpaTravelGal Ava

    Spa Travel Gal Ava (@SpaTravelGal) June 14, 2012 at 6:22 am #
  8. Just finished boot camp and cried, bitched, and moaned through most of it, but this body is starting to look less like the one that birthed 5 kids and more like the one that got me into this mess. Ha! Love Love Love the cat! Erin

    Sisterhood of Moms (@SensibleMoms) June 15, 2012 at 6:50 am #
    • Get it, you hot mama! Seeing those results… it makes all the pain SO worth it. :) Thanks for reading.

      50peach June 15, 2012 at 9:09 am #
  9. Just finished boot camp and cried, bitched, and moaned through most of it, but this body is starting to look less like the one that birthed 5 kids and more like the one that got me into this mess. Ha! Love Love Love the cat! Erin

    Sisterhood of Moms (@SensibleMoms) June 15, 2012 at 6:50 am #
    • Get it, you hot mama! Seeing those results… it makes all the pain SO worth it. :) Thanks for reading.

      50peach June 15, 2012 at 9:09 am #
  10. I am so flipping impressed with you right now. I’ve just started working out a little (as in walking/jogging), and I don’t know how you could possibly do that…you’re my hero :)

    Katie Ross (@chicknoodlegrav) June 15, 2012 at 8:49 am #
  11. I am so flipping impressed with you right now. I’ve just started working out a little (as in walking/jogging), and I don’t know how you could possibly do that…you’re my hero :)

    Katie Ross (@chicknoodlegrav) June 15, 2012 at 8:49 am #

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