It’s official: my days are starting to blur together. I’ve only been on break for a week, and I’m already forgetting the date. No bueno. I feel like I need to invest in a large calendar so I can cross ’em out as I go.
Yesterday, which was Wednesday (I’m practicing keeping track :)), Maddux woke me up around 7:30. He’s been having some rough nights lately. Growth spurt? Who knows. Anyway, when we got up he was practically begging for food. He has this grumpy yell that means he’s hungry. He’s like a wild animal. I made us a pretty good breakfast and he downed the whole thing, plus seconds of fruit. That boy loves strawberries and blueberries something fierce. I love coffee to the same degree. It’s unpictured, because I have to give M his food before I even have time to start the pot of coffee. It’s funny how you get into a little routine in the mornings with babies. He does not like me switching it up on him.
To actually have time to finish said coffee, I had to let him destroy the kitchen. I wonder if those popsicle molds will ever be used for their intended purpose. He thinks it’s a puzzle, and repeatedly takes them out and puts them back in. Hey, whatever works.
By 9:00 am ya boy was driving me nuts. Is it bad to admit that? Oh well. He was all over the place, so we loaded up the stroller for a short walk. I wish we could have stayed out longer, but it was already miserably hot. (Side note: the heat lately has been ridiculous. The extreme amounts of rainfall lately combined with the recent heat wave has brought along some serious humidity. You can chew the freaking air. It’s gross and probably not all that safe for little bodies. It actually ruined my first running club meet of the summer, but that is a story for another day.)
After our walk, we played chase in the house. We played empty the package of baby wipes (<- a game he enjoys and I hate). We had a snack and some milk. Finally, he relaxed a little and went down for a nap. While he napped, I ate lunch and tried to clean up our morning mess. When he woke up, he had lunch and then he “fixed” the house again. 🙂 We ended up snuggling on the floor and watching the Lorax. He actually sat still and watched for a while. I know, I know. I’m a terrible mother and the TV should never be on. Riiiight. He had another snack while lounging around. He was ravenous yesterday!
When Ryne got home, I made dinner and we all ate together. That’s the best. After dinner, I headed off to my very first CrossFit experience. My friend Logan and I bought a Groupon for a few classes at the Aiken CrossFit, so we decided to see what all the fuss was about.
When we arrived, we were asked to fill out a quick health history and answer some questions. Why can I never be serious?
I did, however, discuss my actual goals with the owner after the workout. I’ll get to that later. First up, it was time to stretch. Logan: “Does this stretch your abs?” Yes, yes it does. I love working out with her, because I truly believe laughing burns a ton of calories. 😉
This is my beginner CrossFit game face:
It needs some work. After some quick stretching, he had us show him how we do specific moves. He watched us as we completed:
- push ups
- pull ups
- sit ups
As we completed each move, he offered suggestions and feedback. It was really informative. I’m lucky that my husband, Ryne, has coached me in most of those. I have pretty good form for all of them, I just lack strength in certain moves like push ups and pull ups. I’ve never actually learned the proper form for the rowing machine, though, so that was a learning experience!
After he made sure we were completing things safely and effectively, we completed a beginner CrossFit WOD. We completed an AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) workout. We had 12 minutes to complete as many rounds of the following as possible:
- 200 m row
- 3 pull ups
- 5 push ups
- 10 sit ups
- 10 squats
I liked that he gave us something really simple to start off with for our first time. I think the main goal was to understand how these types of workouts actually work. Another thing I noted was that I really pushed harder once we got into it. There were three girls in the class and it started to feel like a race. I could see that being extremely motivating. While it felt like a race, it also felt oddly like we were doing it as a team. Maybe that’s just me. I should have gotten input from the others, but that’s what I took away from it. We’d all make little comments throughout the 12 minutes, almost like we were commiserating among ourselves. 😉
Back to my goals. My CrossFit goals are to increase my upper body strength. I didn’t realize how weak I was! I feel a lot stronger than I actually am. 😉
After our workout, we learned a little more about what we could expect in the future. We each tried out the rope. I could not, for the life of me, figure out what to do with my feet. It was awkward. Logan did pretty well, but the other girl freaking killed it. She climbed to the top like a spider monkey.
We also tried a turn on the rings. I could almost skin the cat, but I needed help flipping back over. It was fun to see how we each had totally different strengths and skill sets. I was better with the flexibility and squats. Logan killed push ups and pull ups. The third girl was a beast rower and zipped up the rope. We balanced each other out nicely. 🙂
Overall, my first CrossFit experience was a positive. That being said, I’m not sure that I’ll continue after my “trial” time expires. First, I think that for the most part, CrossFit boxes overcharge. I realize that they are incredibly expensive to start and operate, but it’s difficult for regular ol’ folks like me to justify the cost when I can do a lot of that stuff at my house. I realize that part of the CrossFit experience is working out with others, but Ryne and I do pretty well together in the gym at home. Secondly, there isn’t a box close to my house. Finally, I’m not super impressed with the things certain members of CrossFit HQ have done or said in the past. I’m just being honest. It’s easy for “brands” to turn me off and they’ve certainly done some things I wouldn’t do. Simple as that. I do want to stress that the owner of the box I went to was awesome. He was patient with us, offered great advice, and is someone I would definitely not hesitate to workout with!
I left my first beginner CrossFit class with a smile on my face, so there is something to be said for that. Of course, I could change my tune and start sippin’ the CrossFit kool-aid any day now. Never say never, right?
If you’ve never tried a CrossFit class, but you are interested in doing so, here are my tips:
- Find a discount code, Groupon, or other deal if possible. Just being real here.
- Bring a friend. It can be intimidating to branch out like that, so backup is beneficial.
- Take the beginner class. I don’t know if all boxes require this, but they should.
- Ask questions! Don’t feel like you’re bugging them. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Embrace the modifications. Don’t push yourself to the point of injury.
- Accept criticism. No one is perfect, so be prepared for some feedback.
- Don’t compare. While CrossFit takes place in a group setting, focus on yourself!
- Finally, enjoy the process. Why not make it fun?
Obviously, I’m not a CrossFit expert. I’ve only tried once! I just hope I can offer a good beginner perspective on the whole thing. 🙂 Now, if you’ll excuse me, Maddux just woke up from him nap. Gotta run! Have a great Thursday (whoop! I know what day it is!).
Question: Have you tried CrossFit? What were/are your thoughts? Is there anything you feel like I’ve left out for all the first-timers out there?