June 14, 2013

The CrossFit of All Updates

I have been doing CrossFit for over a month now. In case you missed the first 2 posts (and are bored), feel free to have a go at them. 

Verdict: 
It is still super-duper hard. 
I am still in the lower, and I mean lowest, rung at the gym as far as the amount of weight I lift, how fast I can go, and how high I can jump. 
But, I think I am officially addicted. 
I have not missed a day, except for Sundays and even have asked Jen and Martha to watch the kids when I am in a bind, so I can make it to the gym for my hour of need.


What I love:
++ First, I love that I am in the gym for 1 hour and no longer. With CrossFit you come in on the hour and finish before the next. And in that 1 hour I feel like I have gotten the best possible workout.  When I work out at home I am always wondering if I did enough, did I really push myself, should I do another tape, etc. And with CF there is never the question of: if I worked hard enough, because most days I come home with my muscles literally shaking. 

++ I love the competitive spirit. I have always worked well when being pushed by others who are doing the exact same work out at the same time. I never get tired of hearing coaches or peers shouting: "Come on, Push yourself. Yooouu can do it. Keep going!" Thus, why I played competitive team sports through College and taught aerobics for 7 years. I love having comrades around me who make me want to push myself to da limit. If I am not with others, I tend to stop when I am tired or just because I can and no one is looking.  

-- CrossFit coaches are A-Maz-Ing (at least mine). I have never had a problem asking for help and pulling someone over to see if I am doing a move correctly, which 99.9% of the time I am not. I definitely feel that they are there for me and focused on the work that I am doing. 

-- I am getting stronger physical and I can totally see a difference in my daily life. Like holding Hope, Grace on my back, and pushing the stroller-- No problem. 
Or doing this. 
-- I have so much more energy
I'm laying lay my soul before you by saying that I love (and I mean LOVE) to take a nap. Like every single day. But since doing CrossFit, I no longer have to take a nap when the girls nap, which -let me tell ya- is such a good feeling.  

-- I love the feeling of post WOD (Work Out of the Day). There is nothing like the the feeling that you are totally spent and pushed yourself to the limit. It is almost like a physical cleanse and high for the day.

Things I am hesitant about:
-- CrossFit is super expensive compared to most gyms. Enough said.

-- A lot of the woman at the gym are built like SheWoman. They are like beyond buff with muscles bounding out of them and appearing in places I didn't even know they could bulge from. I have noticed my shoulders getting a little bulkier (how I have time to notice my shoulders and their bulkiness-I do not know, especially when I notice nothing, like not even when Matt gets a haircut). So, in the spirit of vanity, I just don't want to bulk into the Hulk. But I am kinda thinking that maxing out at 35 pounds won't really do that. Just thinking. 

Funny Confession Ecard: I'm beginning to think my workouts are tailored more toward not dying than squeezing into a bikini this summer.

-- In the days pre-CrossFit I could do a workout and pull off not showering. Post- CrossFit, NO CAN DO. I have to shower almost immediately after working out because the stank and sweat are just plain gross. This point should probably go in with the +'s, but I am lazy and sometimes miss my non-showering days. 

-- It's addicting, which is both good and bad.

So there you have it folks, onward and upward. I think my CrossFit Love affair has only begun...

6 comments :

  1. Found your blog via Grace :) I started CF about 6 months ago and I love it. I think it has helped me become a significantly better athlete and runner. I have a lot of weak spots and I am definitely noticing a difference.

    We are lucky that our gym is MUCH cheaper than the box gym here and it has childcare. I pay $35 a month for 3 days a week plus $5 a month for childcare. Worried that when we move (Army) we won't be able to afford it anymore!

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  2. Loved reading this! CrossFit is so intriguing to me. I want to try it out sometime when I think I could handle it physically.

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    1. Thanks! If I can do it, you can do it!

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  3. Love this funny review and congrats on the hard work! I just got into 5am workouts (pretty much the only time to squeeze it in with kiddos) and it is def addicting. Also hilarious because I just figured out that my last legit workout stint was your aerobics class at steubie!!

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    1. Hi! 5am is SO SUPER early. That is so funny that you took my aerobics class! Look forward to reading your blog:).

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  4. I love doing crossfit along with running or tri training. I think it's the perfect thing to tone up my muscles and core and then running/triathlon stuff will melt off the pudgy parts. =)

    It's always good to push yourself, though! I'm glad you're having fun! =)

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