I'm in love...with CrossFit

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Hello friends! I hope this blog finds you well. After having been in South Carolina for nearly two months without much working out at all, I finally found a place that I can call home. It's called CrossFit Redeemed. I love this place. The women that own it and everyone else are so supportive and encouraging. I've been dying to try CrossFit for quite some time, but I've been unsure. At home in Maine, it wasn't an option for me because one wasn't close enough. Here in SC, there are plenty to choose from, but with my hip issue, I hesitated. Then I hurt my wrist and had it in a cast for a month, so any thoughts of trying CrossFit was out then. I've also gotten mixed reviews from people with more than one person telling me how bad it is and that I would get seriously hurt if I tried it.

I had my cast taken off about 3 weeks ago and then got a deep tissue massage from someone who had been recommended to me. It was the most painful experience of my life. Nothing like the massage therapist I'd had back home. There were so many times I wanted to jump off the table, it hurt so much. I guess I'm just not used to someone digging at my muscles with such force. I'm used to a more gentler approach. Anyway, I digress. While everyone else has been telling me not to workout for the most part, he told me to get moving again. He said he didn't think I had anything majorly wrong with me. He said I had smaller muscles that are tight and doing all the work that the bigger ones should be. The more major muscles, like my quads, are weak because they haven't been made to work in quite so time. So get off your butt and do something. Okay!

I struggled with making a decision on what to do. Do I workout at home, join this gym, go back to trying the Y again, etc. Before I committed to a year contract at a pricey gym, I decided I wanted to see what CrossFit was like first. I sent out some emails, got a few responses and decided to try the CrossFit closest to my apartment. My first class was free. I was a little nervous but excited to be back at doing something. The owners/trainers were so great! In the first class, I got shown the basic moves and proper form of various types of squats. First, you learn with a PVC pipe, then with a training bar (possibly with or without weights) and then a regular bar (weights or no). Whoever said CrossFit was bad for you, dangerous, etc., obviously didn't have the right place with the right trainers or was just feeding off stuff they'd read online. I've had a great experience so far. I've been going about 2 1/2 weeks. They always start me off light, making sure I have the right form down before adding weight and monitoring me very closely. I love the workouts, the variety and challenge of them and the small class feel. Even though it's competitive and you're doing your best to get the best time, everyone still cheers you on and makes you feel one of the team, no matter how fast or slow, strong or weak. I love it! I'm so happy I joined and can't wait to see the progress I'll make. I'm keeping a journal so I can look back and see where I started.

Aside from CrossFit, which I'll be doing 3 times a week, I'm starting up running again. I need to be 10K ready by the beginning of August. This will be the first time I'll be going home since moving and I have a 10K that I registered for the day I left home. It's very important to me and I hope I'll be in decent enough running shape to do it (and that my hip will allow me to do it too!). I'm starting back at the beginning, doing walking/running intervals. I've been twice (I know it's not much so far) and I've suffered from no ill effects. Yay! Claire and Joann, I've still got my sights set on Paris, you know. This girl ain't no quitter! Despite all the setbacks I've had, I still keep going. I may have steered slightly off course since moving here, but I believe I've found my way back. I just need to work on my nutrition more. Has anyone here tried the paleo diet?

The other part of my routine will be doing a long bike ride once a week, on the weekends. I did a group ride this past Saturday. These ladies were also wonderful and encouraging. I am still very nervous since hurting my wrist and getting going is the worst part. Also my fear of getting stuck in the clips and falling. I'm very proud to say I made it through this ride without falling once. Progress! I want to continue doing this group ride every Saturday. I hope my fear will go away the more I do it. I almost talked myself out of ever biking again, but the little voice inside my head said don't give up yet. Very proud of myself for sticking with it. :) I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my bike rides will continue to go well along with CrossFit and most especially, running.
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  • no profile photo CD9394210
    emoticon Glad to hear you are doing well! emoticon
    3331 days ago
    You really are a true athlete. I commend your effort to keep going at it even with the difficulty you have experienced!!!

    3331 days ago
    Great job! You are so rocking it! emoticon
    3332 days ago
    I'll say it again, just because.... she's baaaacccckkkkk! emoticon
    Great attitude, you will persevere! So glad you're finding your niche in SC and CrossFit sounds like a nice fit for you! I look forward to reading about your progress and I have no doubt you will be up and "running" in no time, just remember, slow and steady. Kudos Suz. emoticon
    3337 days ago
  • TPELL21
    Great job, and welcome to CrossFit! It really is an amazing experience. The fact that you did the research on it will make even that much more gratifying!

    One of the added benefits of doing CrossFit is that it will help immensely with your race, even if you don't do any additional running. I'm sure you will find that you will be well prepared when the time comes around. ;)

    I've been doing Paleo for about two years now and love it. There are so many great resources and recipes out there. It really becomes second nature. Here are a couple of my favorite sites to get you started:

    I actually think that the last one is based out of a gym in SC (Carolina CrossFit). Not sure where it is in relation to Redeemed...

    Anyway, good luck!
    If you have any questions feel free to ask. There are a lot of great (and knowledgeable) people on this site that are more than happy to help.


    3338 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Way to go! I did research on it and I definitely have to try it eventually. Right now I am reworking the Insanity DVDs and adding bits of running (so kind of like you!) for my races in the fall.

    Keep it up! You rock.
    3338 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1331346
    that is awesome girl.. we all get derailed when we have big changes in our life lol ad you had alot the first 2 months.. so glad you ar riding again and crossfit totally ca see you doing that... andrunning.... you will get there.. :) so happy for you!! Hugs and love
    3338 days ago
    Yay Sue! that sounds wonderful. how nice that the first try turned out so well! you definitely strike me as a crossfit type person (me, not so much). i have my fingers triple crossed (is that possible?) for your running and hope to see you in Paris for a marathon soon! i don't think you can eat homemade ice cream on a paleo diet!! hugs from Paris.
    3338 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    I think you are a perfect fit for Crossfit! I am so happy for you. I share your fear of biking and clips - I am not a good cyclist so I am very impressed that you have begun to master the clips without falling! Yay, you are starting to run again. I so hope it goes well but remember, my dear emoticon , running recovery is not a straight-ahead process. There are ups and downs, as you know all too well. It sounds like the painful massage was worth it, ultimately. I have been known to do "labor breathing" to get through those kind of massages. How smart you were to register for a 10k in your old hometown as you were moving, giving you a target to work towards that you could combine with a visit. I look forward to hearing how it goes. Take care! emoticon
    3338 days ago
    You must be so confused with all of the conflicting advice that you get from people! I'm impressed that you keep such a good attitude through it all and just keep plugging along.

    I recommend visiting my friend ANNALISSAS. She's a CrossFit and Paleo junkie, so it seems like she might have some good advice for you. It's exciting that you've found something that you like so much and that you're confident that the trainers know what they're doing.

    It also sounds like all of these activities will have you meeting some new people, which I know you were hoping for. I hope you can make some friends that make your new home seem less lonely.

    I hope things will go well with your running and biking, too!
    3338 days ago
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