It seems to be all the talk in the fitness world these days…CrossFit this, and CrossFit that. What is this CrossFit craze all about?
I was more than curious to find out!
Lucky for us, the military base we live on has a CrossFit specific gym filled to the brim with pieces of equipment that would fulfill any crossfitters dream.
It’s seriously like a playground for gym junkies.
I swear that J. Alabama was salivating over the awesomeness of this place the first time he went there to do his WOD (workout of the day).
CrossFit has been described on many websites as the ‘leading edge strength and conditioning training’.
What I gathered from my first experience is that it’s a quick & intense workout intended to work as many muscle groups as possible while keeping up your heart rate.
Before starting our workout we viewed the official CrossFit website for the recommended workout of the day.
Sunday’s WOD: (Three rounds, 15-12-and 9 reps)
- 135 pound barbell Thrusters
- 45 pound weighted Pull-ups
Because I didn’t know what a barbell thruster was, we You Tubed it. Which is a great way to see a demonstration of these workouts before you go to the gym.
And since I have never done a CrossFit workout before, let alone can I thrust a 135 lb barbell – we obviously adjusted the workouts to fit my ability level.
I started by doing a squat with a 45 lb barbell and then thrusting it above my head. I did this for 15 reps then moved onto the pull up bar.
I had some issues at the pull-up bar and there was no way I was going to be able to do the recommended pull-up with the added 45 lb weight lifted from me feet.
So my pull-up workout was modified to me just hanging on the bar for at least 5 seconds [with attempts at trying to pull myself up] for the recommended reps.
So I ended up doing 15 reps, 12 reps and 10 reps of both [modified versions] of the barbell thrusters and pull-ups and was a sweaty sore mess by the end.
My first CrossFit workout was finished in roughly 50 minutes, and I actually left there in a pretty emotional state. There is something about doing a hard workout that lets out my emotions.
But I am glad to have taken a step into the CrossFit world, and would definitely be willing to add these types of workouts into a more regular fitness routine.
What are your thoughts on Crossfit? Have you ever tried it?