For years, my buddy Tina has been bullying me to try CrossFit. She’s obsessed with it, and she thought I would enjoy it too.
Since I’m usually either training for something or have otherwise committed myself to another fitness program, there’s never been a great time to try it. I didn’t want to try it and then potentially love it but not be able to commit to it.
But yesterday, I attended a Reebok press event, and we were able to pick several different activities to participate in. It was basically like summer camp but for adult fitness writers.
So I tried CrossFit.
As I descended the stairs at the box (god, I hate myself for just using that word), I wondered what the hell I’d gotten myself into.
Is this some sort of torture device? Will I have to heave myself up and over it…with one pinky? Blindfolded?
A rope chair?
We met our coaches for the day: Christmas and Annie.
They both gave us some background on how they got into CrossFit and what it means to them. Annie told us a story about her six-year-old daughter trying on a pair of jeans that were tight in the legs. “That’s because I have strong legs like my mama,” the kid said. Annie said that CrossFit had helped her to view her body for its strength, not for what it wasn’t or what it couldn’t do, and it’s obvious that her daughter is catching on to that healthy attitude, which is great.
…And then it was time for the WOD, which stands for workout of the day. (Another word I never thought I’d use.)
We split up into teams of three and did box jumps, kettlebell swings and burpees for one minute each, for three rounds.
After each transition, we were told to high-five our teammates. The first time, I thought that was super cheesy, but as I got more into the workout, I got more into the high-fiving.
Those nine minutes went by really quickly…and I survived my first CrossFit experience!
Thoughts? There’s no denying this is a good workout. I was drenched in sweat after just nine minutes (and a short warm-up before that.) However, I don’t know if I’m into the whole cult of CrossFIt idea, and it’s not cheap. I would definitely try it again, though.
Reebok provided me with a complimentary workout and cute outfit (and shoes!) All awkwardness is mine.
Are you part of the CrossFit cult? Runners – how do you balance CrossFit with running?