My experience with Crossfit… I’m still sore.
The two most important rules I like to follow when it comes to exercise are 1. Do something you enjoy and 2. Mix it up. I listened to my own advice and recently started doing Crossfit. I have done it the past 3 weeks and taken a total of 6 classes (and a 30 min personal training session). When people tell you Crossfit is intense… they are. not. kidding.
A friend spotted a Living Social coupon not so long ago to take some Crossfit classes at a gym that just opened up right across the street from our condo in Chicago. This seemed like a great opportunity to try something new for my workouts so I immediately jumped for this deal! I knew it was something I would enjoy because I prefer high intensity workouts and also like to do various things during my workout. This definitely met my criteria.
I had heard stories of Crossfit and mostly that it would exhaust you and people yell at you. That’s pretty much what I thought. I also pictured me having to do something insane like push a car down the street. Well, it definitely wasn’t all of THAT.
The first class I did was at 5 am on a Monday. This is the time that I know I can get my workouts in so I stick to it. There were about 5 people in the class. We started off running on the treadmill for a workout. Then, our instructor puts together various stations doing different exercises. Each person takes a turn at that station for 30 seconds. You go around to all stations then jump on the treadmill again for a short sprint (I believe ours was .33 mile for this class). Then you do it all over again. The exercises range from doing squats while holding a kettle bell, jumping, throwing a huge heavy ball against the wall and catching it, burpees, squat jumps, basically anything you can possibly think of. For the 30 seconds you are at this station your goal is to do as many as possible.
Because I am a runner and have run marathons people sometimes I assume that means I’m just in great shape physically and can do most exercises. While I will say that I am in shape it does not mean I am able to do “anything”. It was a very humbling experience doing this. It’s very easy for me to go out for a 7 mile run but just 30 seconds of some of these exercises left me flat out exhausted! And I loved it!
Mixing up your workouts is really important. It prevents you from getting in a rut (and eventually giving up working out) and also challenges other muscles in your body. I definitely see this happening now that I have started something new.
A couple things that I really enjoy about crossfit:
- Various exercises – you hit your core, arms, and legs
- Something different every time – all of the classes introduce new exercises and something different that you haven’t done before
- I feel as if I have gained more muscle
- You can step up the intensity any time you want – with a heavier weight or more reps
A couple things that I am not so crazy about:
- Injury risk – in order to prevent injury these exercises really should be done with proper form and sometimes I don’t know if I have that
- Missing cardio – I am a cardio junkie so for me, I missed a little more of the cardio aspect but you are still out of breath and sweating like crazy!
Whether you want to go out and try crossfit or do some other exercise, it doesn’t matter. Just keep it fun, interesting, and mix it up! Crossfit isn’t for everyone but it was nice for me to do something to change up my routine and challenge my body.
What different things do you do to keep your workouts interesting? I would love to hear about it!
I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.