Yesterday evening was my first REAL CrossFit class after completing my foundation/on-ramp sessions. I was SO nervous. In short – I didn’t die, throw up, pass out, fall over or cry (although I almost did cry once LOL). So – in my book, that was pretty much a success! People were all SO super nice. One couple was even there on a first date! WHAT??
Anyway, we started off class with a six minute warm up. We were given "skills" to do for a minute each - across the floor, then jog back, like high knees, bear crawls, etc. Then we had to hold a "hollow" position on the floor on our backs for a minute with core contracted, feet and head off the ground, then hold a squat position with knees wide for a minute. Ok, not bad.
Then came the workout of the day or "WOD" as it is known. It was kettle bell swings (me with a 7 kg one – little) alternating with running 200 meters. It went: 21 swings, run 200 meters, 18 swings, run 200 meters, 15 swings, run, 12 swings, run, 9 swings, run, 6 swings, run, 3 swings, run. Everyone was blowing by me saying “come on Anne” and “you can do it” and “you are doing great” which was nice yet mortifying all at once. My husband (who finished early before time ran out) came back out and ran 2 extra laps with me which was SO nice. Yes, at points I was down to walking but I DID finish and DIDN'T quit. There was a 15 min. limit on the workout, and you had to “end on the run” so if you at least started your run before the buzzer, you finished that lap. The buzzer went off sometime after I started my last lap so yes, even though I was the very last person done, I did complete it!
Next was strength. It was supposed to be chin ups and ring dips, 5 each, 5x. Brian (my husband) did that. I did ring rows (standing on an angle, hands on rings that are fastened to a pull up bar and you do rows – much easier, but hard by set 4 and 5!) and modified pushup, where I start in a plank position, put my knees down, go down so I am laying flat, then back up to knees then plank. I made it through all 5 rounds of both of those, but was fairly wiped out at that point. Next was conditioning but the trainers both told me to be done (yea!) – they didn’t want me too sore to move, or too unhappy to come back. LOL Brian did that – 12 of these “GHB” situps where you are on this stand thingy and you go backwards past 180 degrees and touch the ground with your hands (yeah…crazy….I don’t do those - if I were to have done those, I would have just done regular sit ups) and then 12 burpees, 3 rounds of both of those. I kind of stretched, watched Brian, read the boards, talked to some people, and waited for him to finish.
And that’s it! I lived to tell the tale. As hard as it was for me even at my beginner/basic level, everyone is really very nice and encouraging and friendly so it is a really positive atmosphere, and having my husband there to talk to and encourage me is a definite bonus. I'm not quite ready to venture into class on my own yet. Today my left hip hurts from jogging/wogging/walking but that is normal for me anytime I pick up wogging again. I'm sure I'll be more sore tomorrow but that is completely expected. The next time I plan to go to class is Friday evening.
***Disclaimer - Brian has been doing CrossFit for 4 years and is quite physically fit. This particular gym or "box" is new for both of us, but Brian is way advanced, does the prescribed (or even more difficult/heavier) workouts, has competed, etc. He is in no way a beginner but this whole thing is ALL new to me and let's just say that my fitness level is umm....low. So while it is great he is there to help me out, I'm all by myself in the "beginner" category, and there is no level of competitiveness between us, except that I am way more flexible than he is.