Over the last month, I took the six classes that comprise CrossFit Elements, which you need to take to learn the fundamentals of CrossFit before you can take “real” classes.
- What I like best about it so far is that it feels like having a trainer, but for cheaper. You lift heavier than you ever would in any boutique-style class I’ve taken. I also really love the “constantly varied” movements, which is one of their principles. The workouts are pretty different from day to day, which helps someone like me who gets bored easily, especially when matters of lifting things up and putting them down are involved.
- I also truly feel stronger already, despite having only gone 7 times over the course of a month (and doing no strength training on vacation.) While the Olympic lifting stuff is not my jam, baby, it does feel kind of badass to know how to do it.
- You can cancel an hour before class if you need to, since the classes are much bigger. I get why smaller studios can’t do that, but this is a HUGE pro. I was going to sneak out for a 5:20 class today, but a 4:30-5:15 meeting got put on my calendar early this afternoon, and I was able to cancel around 3pm with no penalty.
- There are approximately one million (or like 20?) classes a day, so it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule AND has availability.
- It’s near work, so I can duck out for a late afternoon workout and come back to finish up work. (< This is also a job pro, obviously.)
- I’ll admit that I’m still fairly intimidated by the whole atmosphere, which has more to do with me than the people there. Last night, I took a class with my coworker Amy (who talked me into this in the first place), and we got split up at one point because she’s stronger. We were doing front squats, and I wasn’t really sure how much weight to put on the bar or…even how to get the clips off. I was really nervous and the two other girls in my group were super helpful.
- It is STINKY compared to the boutique fitness classes I often go to.
- It’s not cheap. The regular rate is $200/month, but I got a discounted Elements media rate for the first month and work covers some gym expenses. (And at this point, I’ve been making fitness a big line item in my budget for a while anyway…)
To be honest, I don’t know where that nets me out. I’ve mostly enjoyed it so far, but I’m being cautiously optimistic as well as being cautious not to push myself too hard. My membership just auto-renewed for another month, so I’ll be giving it at least that long to see how I really feel about it. For now, I have not yet sipped the Kool-Aid.