Well, I’ve been doing crossfit for six or so weeks now at Ignite Fitness in Hoover. The first thing I’ve learned with crossfit is just how weak I am. It’s been a bit bothersome because I can remember how well I could do a lot of these activities when I was in high school. Of course, that was a long time ago!
In the beginning, everything was hard and I mean everything. Tonight, our WOD (workout of the day) consisted of a 400-meter row then a five-minute rest before we started a 12-minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) of six deadlifts, nine knees-to-elbows and twelve box jumps. The prescribed weight for the deadlifts was 155 pounds for men and 105 pounds for women. The box jumps were on to a 24-inch box for men and a 20-inch box for women. Since I never lift the prescribed weight for men, that never entered my mind. Instead, I used 115 pounds. This was one of the first times that I used a heavier weight than the women! I did use the 24-inch box. Other than the one WOD that consisted of all running, this was the closest I came to getting an Rx on a WOD. I actually did the knees-to-elbows tonight. When I started crossfit, I couldn’t do one of those.
Tonight’s WOD was hard but it was good to complete it. Being able to do as much as I did without having to scale all of it was great. I am starting to see some improvement with the workouts. Of course, I still hate pull-ups!
The trainers have been great. All of them (Chris, Sonia, Clay, Ryan and Shane) have been supportive and worked with me to make sure I am performing the exercises correctly so as not to get hurt. I still have a ton of room to improve but I like seeing results already. I’m also looking forward to how the cross-training will help my running.