Edit: Within hours of posting this, I found an article at Men’s Health about the world of CrossFit, “The world’s hottest new workout system is also the most controversial.” I found the article entertaining and it also gave a inside look at what people may or may not love about CrossFit. I think I may have to stick with it for three months and see how I feel at the end of it.
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning brand that combines weightlifting, sprinting, gymnastics, powerlifting, kettlebell training, plyometrics, rowing, and medicine ball training. CrossFit contends that a healthy, fit person requires proficiency in each of ten general physical skills: cardiovascular/respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, agility, balance, coordination, and accuracy. It defines fitness as increased work capacity across all these domains and says its program achieves this by provoking neurologic and hormonal adaptations across all metabolic pathways.
**To summarize – I don’t know what any of that means other than it looks fun on ESPN: The Deuce.**
I’ve been looking at getting into CrossFit for a while now. I have a few friends that do it and they swear by it. @ColeMart and I have gone around and checked out a few gyms and I have even participated in “one free session” a few months back. I postponed joining a CrossFit gym because I was right in the middle of training for the Chicago Marathon and because, well, it is kind of expensive.
Last night I took the leap and signed up for the On-Ramp Class. The On-Ramp class is the one month intro into CrossFit that teaches you the basic moves and how to do them correctly. It’s an abbreviated version of the CrossFit classes that you’ll be doing once you’re ready. The reason why I finally decided to give it a go is because I needed a little change of pace. I am a member of the local YMCA and have been going through my routine for close to a year now. I run and will continue to do so, but I just needed a changed of scenery and a new challenge. From everything I’ve read and seen, CrossFit can definitely be a challenge. I’m still a little bit nervous to add this in at this time only because I’ll still be training for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon but I’m looking forward to changing things up a bit.
Last night was my first class and it was mainly an introduction. I participated in a one-on-one session with the owner of the gym as he assessed my fitness level to see where we need to start. We went through a few basic moves to warm up:
- Overhead squat
- Pull-ups (which I need to continue to work on)
- Lower Back Exercises
- Squat Jumps (Jump Squats)
- Then I was able to join the group for the final part of session where we ran sprints
I’m excited to get going and am looking forward to the workouts. I’ll be doing this in the evenings at 7:30 three times a week for an hour each time. This will be in addition to my regular running routine and a few times at the YMCA for some light workouts focusing on what CrossFit doesn’t (basketball for the most part). I think I will be giving myself a few months with CrossFit to see where it takes me. Wish me luck!