CrossFit is no joke, anybody who says otherwise is lying! CrossFit is a great way to train or cross train & here’s how to survive your first week of any type of cross training.
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Let’s get really friendly here right off the bat. Has anybody ever been so sore that they literally have trouble standing up from the *ahem* toilet. Yep, this is real talk right here. As many of you know, I’m a distance runner and just couldn’t seem to get back to my normal distance and speed after having my son. I knew I needed a cross training program. So, let’s rewind and start from the beginning…
David and I have these close friends that are super CrossFit folks and they have been inviting us for quite some time and long story short, we finally decided that this would be a great cross train for me and a good change of pace in his training schedule.
CrossFit Week One
We went this past Monday, as in 10 days ago. (original post published on 6.14.17) We walked into The Box (CrossFit term for gym) and immediately felt welcome, it was a great group of people and super encouraging.
To put it simply, the workout was brutal, but good.
In one of the rounds, we did hand stand push ups, yes, you read right. You stand on your hands while leaning against a wall, and press up and down. I suddenly saw a mental image of myself falling on my head and breaking my neck with $10,183,159,309.00 worth of hospital bills. Nope. I surprised myself, it took me a few tries to get upside down because I was nervous, but I did it. I only got 3 reps, but that was 3 more than I ever thought I could.
We finished the workout and we walked out with what felt like noodles for arms and jello for legs. I was literally already sore… As soon as we got home, we drank some Rehydrate from Advocare which is my favorite post workout drink and lots of water to try to keep the soreness down. (Be sure to look at my other post – (Top 2 Secrets for Dealing with Muscle Soreness)
Have your eyeballs ever been sore? Yes, well, mine were last Tuesday. I went for my early run Tuesday and even though my legs were dead, somehow they already felt stronger. That morning I cut a minute off of my overall time
Crossfit had already made a difference in my strength and stamina and I’d only had one 60 minute CrossFit class.
Day 2 Post Work out
I sent the following text to super CrossFit friend (my text in blue):
The struggle is real, y’all. I went for another run that morning, my time was slower that day from the soreness, but I wasn’t deterred. Active recovery is essential for getting rid of soreness, however, passive recovery is JUST as important! (Check out my blog on the importance of recovery here) For me, I had done my active recovery, I needed some passive recovery.
My passive recovery included lots of stretching, ice, and to be honest- early bed times.
5:45 AM I roll up to The Box wondering which exercises were going to kill me today. I knew I had to super modify because I had a 9 miler on Saturday morning with some intense hills.
Workout was super intense even with modification but very worth it.
Y’all. Burpees are not cool by the way, your arms get so tired that your face becomes acquainted with the floor. You and the floor might even become besties depending on how well your arms carry you.
First Distance Run
Saturday mornings are my distance runs. To be honest, I was quite nervous about this distance run because I hadn’t had cross training like this since well before Joshua was born due to pregnancy complications.
Ran a total of 9 miles Saturday morning and cut 6 minutes off of my total time from the week before. SIX MINUTES! I was SO pumped and it let me know that I am on the right track in my cross training.
What’s the bottom line? The bottom line is, if you decide that you want to give Crossfit a try, do you research and make sure that you go to a Box that knows what they’re doing with certified Crossfit coaches. I heard someone say “Crossfit doesn’t hurt people, bad coaching hurts people” and I believe that 100%.
There you have it, The Not so Expert Review on Crossfit.