OK, so about a month ago, I told you all that I was going to try Crossfit. Then I didn't post anything for a month, so I'm sure you thought I died attempting to do a hand stand push up, or something equally heroic.
|Hint: I can't do this http://crossfiteastsac.typepad.com/.a/6a010534fc7768970b01156f3555a6970c-500wi|
My first day at "the box" (which I'll admit always sounds a littly dirty)
- I was immediately greeted by Will, in a very open and friendly way. He made eye contact, he didn't look at me and scoff. By the way, this is Will:
|In case you thought that open friendly eye contact meant a lack of intimidation http://crossfitinfernal.com/|
- He took me through a starter work out to get a handle on my (lack of) fitness. This included 500m row (cake), 400m run (I'm still slow at 400 m), 40 squats (surprisingly ok!), 30 situps (I was hoping for death about 15 in), 20 push ups (girly ones allowed, still stunk), and 10 pull ups (or as I like to call them, jumping up and down on a box while holding onto a bar)
- He was very encouraging and nice. His coaching was constructive and positive. He made me feel like I did a good job.
- I stayed for the real workout, which J attended. About 4 minutes into it J was trying to be supportive, and I wanted to die of humiliation. We left mad at each other, and determined (again) that we cannot work out together. We also determined that this was completely my fault - which it honestly is.
- Where I met Greg, one of the owners. He was possibly even nicer, and very welcoming. He told me to do "only" 75 wall balls, rather than 150, and let me do every 3rd monster truck tire flip, instead of every other one.
|This is Greg. Totally not intimidating, right? http://crossfitinfernal.com/|
- My notes for this class said "I feel proud!"
- The workout was 30 handstand pushups, 40 pull ups, 50 kb swings, 60 situps (remember when I wanted to die at 15?), 70 burpees
- Eileen: So... I can't do any of those things
- Greg: Give it a try. We'll scale if you need to
- Eileen: *dies*
- Eileen actually completed something along the lines of this workout in 22:15, which was approximately 12 minutes slower than her husband. She knows this, because the box has a white board where everyone's daily results are listed. This validated that they should not work out together, ever.
- My notes for this workout said "My knees were down on the pushup, even with the blue band (the heaviest assister) pull ups are still impossible, kb swings were at 18lbs, sit ups meh. Burpees had horrible form, I don't even know how people can do these. This was really tough - but I will get better."
- Coach Greg made sure to tell me after class that I had done a really good job.
- Note: the next day, I was trying to make myself eggs, and I couldn't press the spray on the spray can down. True story.
Overall What I Love:
- I love the coaches. They are all bad asses, but they ensure that the environment is positive, supportive, and community based. There's no egos in this place. I could see making friends here.
- I love that scaling is a part of learning. No one looks down on me for modifying a workout to my abilities. The coaches do make sure that I'm challenging myself, but will never ask me to do something I can't physically do.
- I love that it exposes your weaknesses, even the most unusual. For example, I am totally incapable of jumping with both feet at the same time. No, I swear, it's true. I cannot jump on a box with both feet. I can't jump rope with both feet. I can't frog jump with both feet. I can't jump through a tire with both feet. I always lead with one foot. Who knew that it was even possible to have that problem?! Still, now that I know this, I can work on it.
- I love that every day I need to have a pep talk with myself, and listen to inspirational music on my way, and read off my tools for being mentally tough to get in the door, but I've gone every time, and I feel like a rockstar when I leave.
- I love that they post the WOD's for the week, so I can youtube school myself on things like "What is a turkish get up?" and "What does AMRAP mean?"
- Related - there's a website http://www.crossfit.com/ that has amazing amounts of detail for the maven in me.
- I love that Bonnie (another coach) yells at my hubs, and he loves it. I also loved her face the first time I did a clean and jerk, and was so excited/amazed that I immediately dropped the bar and bear hugged her. I don't think enthusiastic hugging happens that much here.
|She can also maybe lift more than he can...|Complete a marathon
- Run a sub-29:24 5K, achieve 2600 pts in the Summer Series
- Stay under 150 lbs
- Do an unassisted pull up
- Switch to real pushups, yo.
- Beat the box monster at 20" - it's totally mental. I need to stop thinking and just DO it.
- Rx a workout (do it as actually prescribed) - which will not be happening this week.