Thursday, July 19, 2012

My First Time at CrossFit

Finished with Day 2. Loving it!

I thought I would share a bit about my first-time experience at CrossFit, in case any of you were thinking about trying it out! I have quite a few friends who are super into it, and they've been encouraging me to try it forever. Like I mentioned in that first post about it, I had a feeling I would love it, but there was always something holding me back. I hate that though. I don't ever want to be the kind of person who has a goal in their mind, or an idea to try something, but doesn't do it. Like I also mentioned, this year I wanted to break out of my comfort zone. Fitness has always been a major part of my life, but I always kind of keep it in comfortable zone, never really pushing myself past what I'm used to. So the other day while I was on the elliptical and talking to Autumn about her morning at CrossFit, I decided to just call up one of the CFs in our town right then and there, and schedule my intro session. They told me that since the whole box (what a CF gym is called, as I later learned) was headed to the CrossFit Games that weekend, the first day I could come in would be Tuesday.

I spent the weekend a little nervous. It was weird, but in a way I kind of loved it because these days I rarely get that nervous/exciting feeling before I do something. It used to be pretty common in my life- I'd feel it every fall back at school or later teaching- but I'd forgotten what it felt like to be so amped up and at the same time, scared to death. The night before I set out all of my clothes, like it was the first day of school all over again. Although the CF I go to has childcare, I didn't want to bring Henry there until I checked it out, so Veronica and Max came over to hang out with H.

My intro began at 9 and I arrived around 8:45 or so. I pulled up to a huge warehouse (my friend Emily had already given me a heads up so I knew what to expect) and sat in my car for a minute, nervous, but ready. When I walked inside I was blown away. Captain CrossFit is HUGE. And beautiful. I went up to the front desk and let the sweet, friendly girl know why I was there. I signed a form, put my things in a cubby, and met my coach, Tim. My stomach was still flipping around but Tim immediately put me at ease. He was awesome and we started off my first day going through some basic exercises and telling me all about CrossFit. I learned that CF is all about doing what is best for you- to make you the best you can be. Everything can be scaled, so for example if you can't do a pull-up, then you use bands so you can keep your intensity up. It's all about executing your workout the right way, at a high intensity. Intro is a one-on-one thing here which was awesome, and made me feel a lot more comfortable asking questions and understanding everything. We ended that first day with a mini-WOD (Workout of the Day), which consisted of rowing 300 meters, then doing a 21/15/9 split of wall balls and pull-ups for time. It was definitely challenging but not a nightmare. My legs, arms and core were shaking like crazy at the end, but when I yelled "TIME!" it was amazing to know I had accomplished it. Tim was super encouraging and right before I started he said, "Take a second. Your life is about to change. Are you ready for this?" I loved that.

I arrived back for my first day of Foundations at 8am the next day, sore from the day before but excited and ready to go. The childcare there is awesome- it's right there, blocked out with a waist-high indoor fence so you can see the kiddos the whole time, and they can see you. They have a million awesome toys and forts in there, and even foam CrossFit exercise gear so the little ones can overhead squat right along with you! Ha! The childcare goes from infant to 12-years old and included in your membership. CC is a family-oriented place (which I love), so they also have classes for kids too, beginning in preschool.

So I arrived at 8am for Day 2 and was met by Tim again. It was just the two of us and he taught me a few moves- we worked on my squat, overhead squat, and two others whose names I can't remember. Afterward we did another mini-WOD and I left sore but happy. Because I was leaving to go out of town, I'll be finishing up my Foundations next Wednesday night and Thursday morning. From there I'll be able to take my first class and do my first real WOD. Scary, but exciting (which I think is the theme here).

Now keep in mind I am brand new and have no real advice to give whatsoever, but if you are thinking of trying it out, I say DO IT! Anything is scary when you first start. I felt terrified to do hot yoga, but now I couldn't be more comfortable whenever I take a class. And if you're feeling intimidated because maybe you feel you're not in the best shape yet, or just feel self conscious, at CC there were people of all ages and body types. I felt such a great, positive vibe, and I bet you will be able to find a place near you with a great ambiance too.  I think the key is just trying it out and seeing for yourself!

It's only been two days (perhaps talk to me again once I complete my first real WOD...) but I'm so happy I decided to just take the leap and do it. Hank's going to take his Intro next week, and I'm excited to have something fun we can do together, and something that Henry can participate in once he's older. Most of all though, I'm just proud of myself for doing something I was scared of, and I'm looking forward to seeing where this journey takes me. I'll be sure to keep you all posted!

28 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you had a good experience! I want to try crossfit, but I'm a little scared. Hopefully after the triathlon in October, I can go try crossfit!

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  2. I too want to try CF! However I'm scared of getting an injury and lack of health insurance so yeah... /: one day though! I you really get into it I recommend checking out the primal/paleo lifestyle as well if you have not already! :)

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  3. Yay!! Sooo happy you love it! I love CF and I'm not even in a box yet. lol (The hubs and I do WODs at home, though). For me, the BEST part of CF is the community, which was so apparent at the Games this year (my first time). No matter if you come in first, or last, everyone is cheering you on... all in the name of CrossFit!! ;-)

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  4. I've been thinking about trying CrossFit for a while too! My husband (so weird to write still haha!) and I have watched the CrossFit Games on ESPN for the past couple summers and always talk about how fun it looks. I might just have to try it now. :)

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  5. I'm glad you liked it! I did CrossFit for about two months but it's not fitting into my schedule anymore and I'm sad! Luckily my mom is an addict and had a mini-gym built under our back porch!

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  6. Aw that sounds awesome! Maybe I WILL try Crossfit!

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  7. Glad you liked it! I might give it a try sometime.,just gotta find a place close to me. Thanks!

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  8. Im so obsessed with CrossFit!! It is the best workout ever!! Get ready to get addicted!! And good luck with your first real WOD!!

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  9. Awesome Dani just be careful that you don't get RABDO!!!!! My husband did as in past tense CrossFit. He stopped because they've sold out to Reebok and the risk of doing the crazy WODs. Now he's just into Krav Maga, which I feel is a much better and useful physical fitness outlet.

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  10. PS, My younger sister is into CrossFit though. She actually participated in the Crossfit games last year.

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  11. Woo! I feel so encouraged by these two posts to try it out now!! That's so awesome Danielle, please do keep us posted!

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  12. Hooray for stepping out of your comfort zone and finding it an enjoyable experience. I prefer to work within the walls of my home but have been debating taking my first actual yoga class. Thanks to you I might just have to sign up right away! :)

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  13. I've never heard of this before. I'm glad you enjoy it so much. I just can't wait to be back to school and near a gym.

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  14. Hey Danielle, Sorry this is on an unrelated note...I thought I'd let you know that there's a photo collage floating around on Facebook and you're in it(ignore this if you already know, or if you've approved it). It's on the page "In a relationship your partner is also your best friend" and it's in an album - Not a huge deal but it has almost 7000 'likes'. It just showed up on my homepage. That must be weird for you to see this happen! (I saw where you mentioned about the tattoo'd mom post so I thought you might wanna know.
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  15. This sounds so cool! Are you going to continue doing hot yoga and your regular gym routine as well, or will this replace that?

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  16. This post couldn't have come at a better time! I just had my 3rd baby 3 months ago and I've already completed the entire Insanity series (my 4th time through it) and I'm almost done with The Asylum (again); I've also been wait training again for a couple of months and I run every day. I feel like I'm stuck, though, and REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want to try out CrossFit (it's on my 101 in 1001 list, actually) and this post may be the thing that pushes me over the edge to go ahead and do it! My big worry is more "who's gonna watch my kids" than "this makes me nervous" but reading this gives me hope that I can find a CF gym in my area with child care, too! Thanks for this :)

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  17. I've being seeing a lot of CrossFit on my Instagram feed and on Twitter. After reading this I took the plunge and signed up for a free intro class at a CrossFit gym surprisingly close to my house. I noticed it a few weeks ago while sitting on the patio stuffing my face at a new kosher frozen yogurt place that just opened up. Back in March I dropped my membership at an expensive gym. I loved their yoga glasses but the price didn't seem justified since I felt worthless spending any time on the elliptical and some of the weight machines. I knew it wasn't working anymore and I was so unmotivated. Since then I've just been walking my dogs everyday and hiking on the weekends which is a huge change for me since I'm similar to you. Fitness has been a part of my life since early high school. I'm super nervous about CrossFit since I know I'm out of shape now but I'm excited too because I think finally I'll actually see some major changes in my body for the better. Thanks for the great post!

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  18. thanks for this post, i've been thinking about trying CrossFit, but wasn't sure if it was scary or if i was in shape enough. i may have to give it a try now! :)

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  19. So - here's my problem. I travel for work. There's a team of about 25 of us. Of the team of 25, I'd tell you at least 13 go to Cross Fit every week. Getting up the nerve to try something out of my comfort zone, probably beyond my physical means (it doesn't matter that you set your own levels - my levels are below 0 at this point), AND in front of my co-workers is a little too much to handle. But your one on one introduction sounds like it was pretty awesome, and like it could definitely take away a lot of those nerves.

    I'm excited that you've found something new though :)

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