The real deal!
I finally made the leap. I was brave and went to my first class at a Crossfit gym! It was great – just like I pictured it would be and better. Why better, well, I pictured it full of young, hot, fit 20’s somethings just killing the workouts while I floundered in the corner…. it was nothing like that. Sure, there were some cute young guys there and some girls, but they were all very nice and the class I was in had two woman older than me. They started in April this year and were very nice and helpful. Everyone was so encouraging – it was great.
It all started this morning when I heard that I girl I work with goes to Crossfit. I have worked with her for a few years – she is young and pretty and has always had a nice shape, but lately I noticed she has been looking really slim and fit. She has been doing Crossfit for the past year and was excited to tell me about her PR’s and accomplishments. I was so excited to FINALLY talk to someone who is as excited about this as I am…. maybe even more so. She invited me to go with her to workout tonight and I couldn’t pass it up.
Driving up to the gym I was nervous. The last class was finishing up so I looked around and talked to the coaches. Soon I was up.
The workout of the day:
So, you alternate between the two… the first set is 20 push-ups followed by 1 sit-up and so on.
The coach advised me to “scale”. I was to do half… start at 10 and work down/up.
Since I don’t do manby-pamby workouts I turned my nose up to the “scaling” and went for it. First we did a brief workout on the C2 rower (AWESOME, by the way), and some shoulder mobility. Well, truth be told, I did have to scale a bit – I did the push-ups on my knees and did the sit-ups on the ab mat instead of the GHD (Glute Ham Developer)
Man, I knocked out the first few sets pretty handedly. I have to say I was ON FIRE! By the time I got to the round with 17 push-ups I started getting concerned. WOW, I still had quite a ways to go and I was getting tired. At this point I was going full speed. It was then I realized I could pause and take some breathers (I didn’t realized, the coach told me it was ok). The workout is for TIME and I didn’t want to the the last one done. At this point the sit-ups were coming pretty easily since I have been practicing their method.
By the time I got to the round with 15 push-ups I was doing them in sets of three… three push-ups, then a breather, three more, then take a stretch, three more, another breather…. not even half way done yet. WOW – maybe I should have scaled. NO WAY.
At this point we have an audience. People are cheering and encouraging us to keep pushing. A few more sets and I hear “time!”… one of the woman finished… a bit after that I heard “time!” again… the other lady finished. It was just me left and I had 5 more sets to go. People were talking and doing other things, but I on the mat alone finishing up. Oddly, I didn’t feel awkward. I just kept pushing along. A couple of other people came in… one guy shouted “you’ve done more in this workout then some people have done all day”. Another guy “the only option is to finish – you are almost there”. Someone else “finish strong”. The last set the coach was over by me counting them out. TIME! I finally made it 41:30
My name went up on the board. I was NOT the slowest of the day.
Let me tell you!!!!!!!!!!!!! My arms were SO TIRED. There were some points where I started to do the push-up only to collapse on the floor. The sit-ups were coming easy until I got to 17. Then rounds 18, 19 and 20 were TOUGH. I even believe I grunted. I was dripping in sweat. It was great.
At this point all I wanted was water. I forgot my water. ugh.
I chatted with the others for awhile and headed home. Driving was tough as I could barely hold my arms up to get to the steering wheel. It was crazy.
I would love to keep going back, but it is so expensive. I will try to get in there maybe once a week or so. I also want to sign up with a trainer to work on my skills.
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