Adventures in CrossFit (Part 2)

In case you missed part 1, I was peer pressured into doing a month-long trial of CrossFit. I survived the month, and now I look like this:

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Photo courtesy of: foxypar4

Ok, not quite (but, I do look devilish in a kilt). While I was hoping I’d be transformed into a Scottish Warrior, I’m not there yet. That being said, I have felt some noticeable changes to my physical fitness. For example, after my first day, I almost puked and I couldn’t lift my arms. After today’s workout, I still can’t lift my arms, but I just had a slight tinge of “I’m about to puke.” I’ll take progress where I can get it.

Now that my month has wrapped up, here are some of the highlights (and lowlights) from my adventures in CrossFit:

CrossFit things that I’m good at: Running, jumping rope, and (some) ladder drills

CrossFit things that I’m bad at: Rowing, extreme sit-ups, or anything that requires me to lift weights

Hardest workout: Since every workout seems harder than the previous one, I’ll just reference the most recent. Today we did a workout named “Cindy.” Side note, if a workout has a name, that usually means it’s a monster, and you’ll feel like all your muscles were karate chopped the next morning. In this case, “Cindy” gives you 20 minutes to do as many cycles of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, and 15 squats as you can. I felt annihilated by about minute 4, and by minute 20 I was what I like to call “black out tired.”

Easiest workout: Does not exist

Sorest muscles as a result of CrossFit: Abs, arms, abs, legs, abs, back, shoulders, neck, abs (seriously, did I mention that my abs are sore?) butt, hands, and I’m starting to think my ears are sore. I need to ask Coach Jo why my ears are sore.

The most rewarding thing about CrossFit: Since it’s really, really hard, I feel a sense of accomplishment after every single class. Since I’m new (and for all in tense and purposes; a weakling), I rarely excel during a workout. But that’s the beauty of it. I’ve finally learned that I’m only competing against myself, and if I finish a workout, I feel pretty darn good about it.

The most humbling thing about CrossFit: I’m 90% sure the people in my class are cross-bred with velociraptors, because they’re maniacs in there. No joke, you should see these people in action, it’s terrifying (in a good way). So, while I know that only I’m competing against myself, being surrounded by such a fit group is inspiring.

This is Armando (The Peer Pressuring, CrossFitting Stallion that got me hooked)

This is Armando (The peer pressuring, CrossFit Stallion that got me hooked)

My trial has ended, and despite the fact that I’ve been complaining non-stop to my friends, family, and co-workers about always being sore, I’ve decided I’m going to keep going. Waking up early is rough, and I still hate the rowing machine with a fiery passion, but once I’m awake and at the gym, it’s actually really fun. Coach Jo and my 6 a.m. classmates are awesome, and starting the day with a kick in the butt is extremely gratifying. So while I’m not a Scottish Warrior (yet), you’d better believe that I’ll be tossing cabers in no time!

Huge thanks to everyone at CrossFit Revival, Coach Jo, and Armando (the guy who convinced me to try it) for giving me the chance to give it a shot. If you get a similar opportunity, I highly recommend you try it. Trust me, if I can survive it, anyone can.

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