Two crossfit intro classes down, four more to go.
This class is HARD and I'm not even in the "general population" class yet, lol, I'm in the warmup classes.
What I love about crossfit so far: I can feel the workouts getting me to work muscles that have literally never, ever been targeted even though I'm close to/at my goal weight and have been working out consistently for almost a year (? I think?) now. That's awesome.
What I don't love about crossfit: Unless you are a Kennedy, the membership is expensive (130 for unlimited). For me, crossfitting is going to mean some serious belt-tightening (which is what I'm aiming for anyway, right? LOL
), but it also means that I'm not able to go to yoga classes at a studio. I can and will do yoga at home, but for me personally, I appreciate and feel like I need the guidance of a good instructor so I know when to push limits and when to back off.
What bothers me about the expense of crossfit is that while it eliminates my yoga budget, the crossfit workouts themselves REALLY require a lot of physical flexibility.
The program isn't just about lifting heavy things. But very little (if any) time is devoted to gaining flexibility in the classes. I think that's a big mistake. If you are going to be pressing things over your head and hanging from pullup bars, jumping onto high boxes, etc, you NEED good body awareness, if nothing else.
So my initial reaction, which may be very gym specific, is that the workouts are AWESOME and challenging, but the lack of attention to stretching, flexibility, and body awareness is concerning. I actually thought I had pulled a back muscle yesterday from doing one of the clean and press moves, and when I asked the instructor about it, she said, "oh yeah, that's because you are really, really tight." Well, if the instructor knows that to be the case and one of the core tenants of crossfit is to build up from your individual fitness level over time, then shouldn't I have started with stretching or something else before I lifted a bar over my head?
Maybe this is the long-winded way of saying that I wish more time was taken to show us modifications for the moves. They are great moves, to be sure, but not everyone is going to start out being able to do them perfectly with weight. If we could, we wouldn't be there!
I'd love to hear other cross-fitters experiences.