Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Soooo .. yesterday I finally gave in and went to a free session at crossfit fire with my husband. He has been going faithfully for months now with great results. I never thought it would be for me because they lift weights and do gymnastics type moves and "I don't lift weights". The entire drive there my husband and I discussed what the workout might be. We figured it would be something simple in order to be friends and family friendly, right? Wrong! It was an olympic style lifting move called the clean and jerk. Being the good sport that I am, I warmed up with a 500 meter row then turned on my fitness watch to track my heart rate and calories. The coach did a simple warm up with some jumping jacks and other simple moves ending with 5 burpees. I don't like burpees, but I figured I could do 5. Then he went into how to do a clean and jerk using a wooden rod just to get the movement. I then graduated to a 10kg rod and after I was confident with the move, I switched to a 15kg bar. The coach broke the movement down and made it really easy, and the other people in the class who were experienced really helped out watching the new people's form and giving advice on corrections and encouragement when it was done well. Then we moved on to the workout of the day which was do as many clean and jerks as possible in one minute. One minute?!?!?! That's the whole workout? I did it and it was fun! .. so I did it again! Then I checked my calories burned and couldn't believe I had burned nearly 600 calories!!!! WHAT?? I wasn't sore, I wasn't winded (except for right after that minute thing). Here I am, the next day, feeling fine. That was a sneaky little workout ... keeping me distracted with that learning stuff and all of those positive, helpful people. I might actually do this crossfit thing once or twice a week.