I’ve been curious about Crossfit ever since it became a thing in fitness. I saw people lifting huge weights, climbing ropes and looking all badass doing it. And I wanted to see what it was all about. I found a place called Ocean Beach CrossFit that offers a free intro class on Saturdays, so I gave it a go for this month's 12 Workouts in 12 Months
This gym was much of a community of people who were all friends or became friends through working out together. They go out together on little outings, hang out together outside of the gym and come and go to the gym as most live close to the area. It was nice, but I could see how Crossfit gets its reputation.
This intro class was very instructional, the trainer did a great job at showing us the exact form for each move and gave us tips to get through what seemed like an impossible workout, like breaking down a set of 40 into 10 reps with breaks in between. Crossfit in general is designed to push your body to its limits, in the words of the trainer “to the point of exhaustion” and that is what the day’s workout did.
The WOD – also known as the Workout of the Day was an simmered down intro for us beginners.
The workout went like this:
500 meter row
30 sit ups
10 pull ups
The rowing wasn’t so bad, but it would definitely get tiring and make your biceps sore after a while
The squats were not nearly as bad as I thought. With the proper form – feet shoulder distance apart, squat low and allow your knees to lean out – it actually was much easier. I must have been doing squats wrong all along.
The sit-ups were a welcome relief.
Then came the pushups, SO hard! I hate pushups. The trainer gave a modification where you lower yourself, set your knees down and push yourself back up, then lift your knees again. It was very helpful since I couldn’t do a regular pushup, let alone 20 in a row.
Last was the pull ups. Another challenge. The trainer gave us bands to assist in getting our chins above the bar. It was hard, but I made it through the ten.
We hung out a while longer, tried climbing the rope…failed at climbing the rope and then said good-bye.
The verdict: CrossFit is a great workout, but not for me. It comes off as a gym where its members are dedicated to their routine. I however, like variety in my workouts and could not commit to just doing CrossFit. Plus it’s really hard, and I prefer to enjoy my sweat sessions. But it’s a great workout for anyone that enjoys it!