I tried Crossfit for the first time yesterday. It seems like everywhere I go someone is mentioning Crossfit and what a great workout it is, so naturally, I had to try it and see what all the buzz is about. All I can say was ‘what a workout!’
I don’t think I’ve been this sore from a workout ever in my life. All of my muscles ache…and I kind of like it. I can see why it’s got kind of a cult following.
If you haven’t heard of Crossfit, it is a strength and conditioning program that varies high intensity, functional movements and typically combines body weight exercises such as pull-ups, push-ups, and with sprinting and weightlifting (kettlebells, bars, medicine balls). The workout of the day is timed and each person tries to finish the entire group of exercises within a goal time or tries to beat their best time.
The class I took was an hour long and consisted of a warm-up, strength, and workout of the day. I had heard it was a tough workout and had some trepidation about taking the class, but decided to go for it and I’m glad I did.
I was thoroughly exhausted at the end of class and trying my best not to throw-up, but I felt like I had conquered something. I had pushed my body to the limits and managed to surprise myself. I did exercises that I didn’t think I could do, like box jumps, pull-ups and push presses (lifting a weighted bar overhead).
There’s something so satisfying about completing something that is challenging. It gives you a sense of accomplishment and builds your confidence. I will definitely be taking more Crossfit classes in the future…that is once I can walk again. Kidding, well not really : )