CrossFit 1 month review

Some of y'all have asked about CrossFit. What is it? How do I like it? How is it different than the regular gym? etc. So here are my thoughts/answers to your questions. If you don't care about CrossFit you may want to skip this post :)

 *I've only been going for 4 weeks now, so take this for what it's worth :)*

After only 4 weeks though, I can say for sure that I love it and I don't know if I can ever go back to the "regular" gym! Before, I was going to the gym for spin or group power (weight lifting) classes, or occasionally running, and that was it. As you all (should) know, I've had a running injury for well over a year now that I can't seem to completely shake. So after I had to give up my goal of running a marathon, my workouts felt a little un-purposeful. I was just going to go, I wasn't working towards anything. I was doing the same thing day in and day out, and don't get me wrong - I LOVE my gym family (after all, that's where I met Josh ;)) and I'd push myself, but it was still the same thing over and over.

What I love about CrossFit is that it's never the same workout! Four weeks in and I haven't done the same thing twice! I also love that it's always a full body workout. Spinning and running only work your legs, and even though group power was full body, the workout was still the same each time and the amount of weight we used was significantly less and the exercises much less intense. (For example, in GP I only dead-lifted 25lbs and in CrossFit I dead-lift 95lbs!!! 95!!!! I didn't even know I was capable of that!)

Plus I never did this in my old gym:

This was a pretty cool moment for me. I didn't even think I could get up there (after all I haven't done anything like this since I was 4 years old and took gymnastics..) but once I finally did, I even held it like that for a whole minute!!! Renee said that's awesome for my first time! :)

I constantly surprise myself in CrossFit. I am always pushing myself and seeing what I'm capable of.... and it's usually a lot more than I ever thought :)

Plus, a lot of the WOD's do incorporate running so I don't feel like I'm giving up running completely.

Another thing I love is how efficient the workouts are. At my old gym, 20 minutes was like a warm-up... at CrossFit if you see the WOD is going to be 20 minutes -- THAT'S A REALLY LONG TIME. 

A few questions I've been asked...

A lot of people do CrossFit on their own at their regular gym...why didn't you do that? The answer is, I tried! It didn't work. The guy at my old gym even said I could do all the CrossFit stuff there when I told them why I was cancelling my membership, but it's just not the same. The CrossFit gym is a lot more expensive than my old gym membership... but I think it's completely worth it! For many reasons... 1) the workouts are so intense that if I was doing them alone I'd probably quit less than half way through! 2) there are so many specific movements that I'd never heard of before and if I didn't have a coach to explain the correct way to do them, I'd totally do them wrong and hurt myself 3) the CF gym is just totally different.. the atmosphere, the people, the workouts. It's just different and I need it! That being said, yes you could do many CF workouts on your own if joining a CF gym isn't possible.

Is it intimidating? UHHH.... YES. I get nervous every time I go in there! Because you never know what the WOD is going to be until you get there... and even if you did, I don't know that it would help. BUT at the same time... EVERY single exercise can be scaled to your level. I don't think I've actually done any of the workouts the 100% "right" way... but I'll get there eventually!! If you're considering CrossFit, DON'T BE SCARED!

Are you seeing results? YES! It's a little hard to gauge because like I said we don't do the same thing over and over... so I may do 95lbs on dead-lifts one day, and not do dead-lifts again for a month... so has my dead-lift weight improved? I don't know! But Renee wanted us to do Fran about a month later to see how much we've improved on our graduation WOD! I did it last night and I went up 10lbs on my thruster weight, and instead of doing box pull-ups, I did real pull-ups with band assistance (in other words, both exercises were much harder than the first time I did them).

I've already been using less help on pull-ups than when I started, using more weight on common exercises (like squats), etc. I'm also starting to see a difference in the way my muscles look...specifically my abs! :-D 

So, hope that helps answer some questions! :)