I went to my first CrossFit class on Saturday.
I’ve wanted to try CrossFit for a while, just to say I did it, so when Hanna asked me to go with her to an intro class, I decided why not? I’m happy at my gym and with my trainers, but I’m always up for a new experience, and so I laced up my tennis shoes and met Hanna and her husband Nick at CrossFit Charlotteville with no idea what was going to happen, but a pretty good feeling I wasn’t going to be doing clean and jerks on my first visit.
Landon, our instructor, greeted our group of six and spent some time getting to know us and our fitness backgrounds. Our group was a mish-mash of Hanna and I who are both fitness pros, those who are physically active elsewhere, a former CrossFit member who was new in town, and an older man who made us laugh by informing us he was there because his wife was there.
We started with a basic warmup. We ran a few hundred meters, mixing it up with things like grapevines and running backward, then came inside for some mobility work before Landon started breaking down a few basic CrossFit moves like air squats, burpees, kettlebell swings, and ring rows/pull ups. I’m very comfortable with all of those moves, but I like to observe different coaching techniques and Landon was great – so patient!
Once Landon walked us through the basic CrossFit movements, he set us up with an 8-minute AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) that looked like this:
- 15 Goblet Squts
- 10 Pull Ups/Ring Rows
- 10 Burpees
- Run “to the light pole and back”
We did this continuously for 8 minutes. I knocked out 3 full rounds and half of a fourth, so I was pleased. At my gym, we do a lot of these type of workouts as our “warm up” – quotes used sarcastically because whew – so I was comfortable with it. Landon scaled the workout for those who needed it, and on the whole, it was a good experience.
I was pretty done with the burpees though. I went to our conditioning session at my gym that morning, and explosive bounds into burpees were on the menu there. I decided I would riot if I walked into the gym for my noon training session and saw burpees on the board. Luckily, there were no burpees.
I’m trying to block out what WAS there, though.
If I weren’t so attached to my gym and the community I have there, I think I would enjoy CrossFit, particularly some of the olympic lifting. We do a bit of it in our gym, but we focus on powerlifting.
And now, I’m heading out the door to… Iceland! Casual, right?
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Now tell me, have you tried CrossFit?