So let us start with some psychological tidbits regarding Amy's brain. I would consider myself relatively fit. I would also think it's same to say that I am physically stronger than the average 36 year old woman. I could be delusional, but I believe I have a body that says: She works out...but she really loves tacos. You know what I am saying? I am confident in my physique. Confident riiiiiight up until I think about placing myself in a situation where I believe there are REALLY fit people. Then I am a chubby unicorn that has an over inflated sense of self. So it was with trepidation that I went to my first cross-fit class.
Prior to rolling into the parking lot at 4:40 AM (it started at 5:00am and I apparently grossly underestimated the time required to travel to Crossfit during prime sleeping hours for the normal human beings that inhabit Pensacola), I had stalked the Facebook page, I had looked at their website. I tried to watch any videos. Photo stalked people who were in their posts...
I did my research.
I even sent messages to a couple of my friends that I knew went to this facility. I prepped myself.
Then I almost pooped myself.
Well not really....although we know I do have a history...but I had that nervous stomach one gets before embarking on something that could potentially kill them.
But I went anyways.
I waited for the big garage door to roll open.
And out of my car I did go...into...
Imagine a big metal structure, I'm not sure "warehouse" is the correct term...but gigantic garage might work. There are racks and rigs, there are ropes to the ceiling, sleds for pushing, medicine balls, kettle bells...and absolutely no air conditioning. I met Joe, the owner. He looks...normal. Well, thin and healthy. He is training for a triathlon so he isn't even doing Crossfit right now. So he looks more like a "runner" than a "crossfitter". Very laid back. Very friendly.
As the other people arrived I kept waiting for someone to show up in what I call "workout panties".
Here is a good example of workout panties...This is Dani Sidell...another one of my Instagram girl crushes.
But as I waited for people to arrive...everyone looked...normal. There were some girls in college, there were some dudes that may have been around during Jack Lalanne was just a boy...
There were guys in their 40's, women that looked like "ladies that play tennis and shop then go eat salads and shop at Target". There was a range of ages and body types. And everyone was SUPER encouraging and welcoming. And just like I find in many situations in my life...new things are never as scary as I make them out to be in my head.
I can't even tell you what the WOD was that day (workout of the day), and I don't know how it is at other crossfit facilities, but the WOD reminds me a lot of a bootcamp style class. Everyone is doing the same things, although at different weights or intensities, and you are doing it as a big group. There is a warm-up, then maybe a section A, B, and C. We usually start with something to get our heart rate up, a mix of high rep movements like box jumps, burpees, wall ball squats, and then something cardio like rowing or jump roping. If you can't do any of those things...you modify. The middle section is usually the olympic lifting. You aren't going fast, you are concentrating on form, technique, and weight. Then the last section is the "section of death" as I like to call it. I can last anywhere from 3-27 minutes and sometimes I think I am going to die. Usually it is for time and you are doing AMRAP (as many rounds as possible in a certain amount of time) or you are doing a set number of rounds and reps and recording how long it takes you.
What's great about being at the brink of death is you can't really compare yourself to other people for the sweat in your eyes and the beating of your heart in your ears.
If you don't want to push yourself you can take it easy....as my friend Higgie will tell you. Sometimes I look over at her as I try to recover in my fetal position and she hasn't even broke a sweat and is staring off in space.
You do you boo.
But because I want to record my time (and perhaps...PERHAPS I like beating people), I usually go all out.
And before you know it...class is over. I have learned to bring a beach towel to sit on for the ride home because it's hotter than Satan's wallet in there and I sweat like a beast. I have to take my shirt off to get into my car. I could literally ring it out most days. And...I like it.
NOW, do I love love love Crossfit? No. But I really like it. Some people really like the group "fitness class" idea. I honestly prefer lifting alone...with just the Ying Yang twins to keep my company. But there is something to the community idea. Which is why so many people find Crossfitters annoying because it IS very easy to talk about it all the time.
Do I think Crossfit is for everyone and you have to go sign up right now? No. I know you can adapt many things for many levels, I just wonder if someone with say...arthritis or terrible knee pain...would get as much out of the workouts as you should. Some people like Zumba more than doing clean and jerks. Some women just like to work out with other women.
And you know what? That's okay.
Tomorrow I shall broach the subject of "my workout is better than your workout."
But until then, Happy Monday's my friends!