Sunday, November 27, 2011

New Ways of Torture

A couple of weeks ago, there was a deal on DealChicken for 4 weeks of CrossFit.

I heard so much about CrossFit and I am in the off season right now, so I thought I'll give it a go. Actually, both Terry and I got one of those deals to suffer together... How romantic hmmm? ;-)

The gym that offered the deal is a little out of our way, but we thought it would be nice to just try it out and then take it from there.

Last Friday, we went there for the first time. They have organized classes in the morning and then an open gym in the afternoon, where you basically go through the workout of the day (WOD) by yourself or organize yourself in smaller groups.

Going there a day after Thanksgiving and right after the gym opens up in the afternoon turned out to be a good choice, because there was not a lot of traffic, so the owner had plenty of time to explain us stuff and give us a ton of one on one attention, correcting our form and all that.

We warmed up with 500 meters of rowing and then he showed us, what a "CrossFit Cindy" is:

5 pullups, 10 pushup and 15 squats... rinse and repeat two times.

After this little number, my arms already felt like jello.

Then we moved on to strength portion of the workout:

Close grip bench press

And then the real fun started.... At this point I would have been ready to call it a day.

AMRAP (as many rounds as possible in) 20 (minutes)
400m run
10 thruster
10 bar facing burpees
10 SDLHP (sumo deadlift high pull)
2 Wall Climbs pushups for the newbies

In the second round of  thrusters, I almost got sick... This is some hard stuff!

The instructors verdict for me was: Good upper body strength, but bad muscular endurance.... sounds about right.

This is now two days ago, we are supposed to go back tomorrow morning for the 5.15 class... I am scared.

I do believe that this stuff can really make an impact on your strength and general fitness, but it's going to be rough.... On top of it, I still have an 8 mile run on tap for today and I am just so stinking tired and hurting, I don't even want to think about heading out for 8 miles.


  1. i think cross fit is an amazing workout (and i've never done it - it just sounds like one!) but it's expensive and often out of the way. glad you are enjoying it!

  2. i think you need to do a post on meeting bingo! :)