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.