|That’s Not Me, but Maybe in a Year|
So, two weeks ago I started something completely out of my comfort zone. I began Crossfit. Granted the last 2 weeks were just an intro (or Crossfit 101) teaching us the basic moves we’d need to master in order to do everything that Crossfit offers, but that didn’t mean I didn’t leave a few of those classes feeling like jello and sore the next day.
The heaviest workout we did was only an 8 minute AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible). Basically, what that means is they give you a list of moves you need to complete, and then in the time you are allotted you complete as many rounds as possible. So, for the 8 minute one we did 4 Burpees, followed by 6 Box Jumps, followed by 8 Kettle bell swings. Once you did a full round of all of that you started over till the clock counted down. That was last Thursday, I was still sore yesterday. Granted, I did not do all of that without what they call “scaling”. Since everyone is at different fitness levels, sometimes things have to be scaled down to match the level of the person. So, in the case of the box jumps, while most were jumping up onto a 24″ box, I was jumping onto a 12″ box (and in the latter rounds just stepping up onto it).
This morning was my first REAL Crossfit session. We started with a warm-up that is equivalent to what many people would consider a full workout. We ran 400meters (about 1/4 mile), followed by 3 rounds of 30 second pushups, lunges, & rowing. I can barely do a pushup, actually I CAN’T do a pushup properly. Lunges & rowing, no problem. Then the REAL workout. A 20 minute AMRAP of 5 pull-ups, 5 ring dips, & 15 squats. For me, that was 5 jumping pull-ups (with the assistance of a 32″ box, 5 push ups (on my knees with a wedge under me) and 15 squats. I managed to do 9 full rounds, which honestly amazed me.
I was worried a little about going into Crossfit, it seems so hardcore, and it can be. However, the coaches at Huntsville Crossfit have been amazing, reminding us regularly that it’s about safety first and getting the right form over adding lots of weight. They’ve backed that up with each class and today the coach really backed it up. I’d emailed her yesterday asking about possible 1 on 1 assistance, and filled her in on where I’m coming from as far as the Fibro and inactivity. She told me to come to class and after she saw where I was at she’d be better able to gauge what I need. During class today she helped me scale each exercise we did to help me improve and not hurt myself. After class, she told me that Personal Training would be a waste of my money at this point, they can (and will) scale to fit my needs in the group classes and I will improve as I go.
I’ve been using this picture and quote from Sparkpeople as my motto lately. My goal is to be stronger tomorrow than I was today. And today, I am stronger than yesterday, but most importantly I have to remind myself that I am Stronger Than I Think I am. I’ve already proven I can do a lot more than I would have thought I could given the last few years. I was scared to death to make this LEAP (cuz it’s way bigger than a step) but I think it will be an awesome thing for me.