May 17, 2012

My Crossfit experience....

It's hard to believe but I just had my one year anniversary with Crossfit. I think it is my stubbornness that allowed me to make it this long. If you had seen me on day one you never would have believed it. You see it all started at soccer practice with my daughter. My daughters coach from the previous season was there and we started talking about this new workout he was doing called "Crossfit". Crossfit is kind of hard to explain so he said "It's like P90X on steroids". He had me at P90X. I had completed 2 rounds of that and thought "How much harder can it be?". I was in ok shape, although admittedly I had taken a break from working out for a few weeks. He invited me to a free intro workout that following Saturday and I obviously accepted. Here is basically how that workout went:

(Full disclosure: The workout started at 10am and I did not eat anything prior to going. What kind of dumb ass eats food within 4 hours of working out after sleeping all night...........this guy!)

Regina (trainer/owner) walks me thru the movements for the intro workout and explains that the workout will be timed.

Me: (in my head) - I hope that clock doesn't go any higher than 5 minutes because this should be easy.

Regina: "Here is your workout. 3 rounds - 10 Thrusters with a 45# bar, 20 burpees, 50 foot overhead lunge with 15# plate."

Me: "Sounds good." (in my head) -" 45# bar and 15# plate. EASY! 20 burpees? Those are like pushups. I'll kill that no problem. They are all going to be impressed at how good I am at this."

Regina: "Ready? 3-2-1..Go!"

Round 1 Thrusters: I'm going to fly thru these thrusters so I can get to the burpees. Those look easy. 7, 8, 9 10. Whew...not too bad but I'm a little surprised that I'm starting to breath heavy.

Round 1 Burpees: I'm 5 in and a little confused. Why are my legs burning? I thought these were like pushups? Also why does the clock now say 5 mins and I'm only on number 10. Regina said I could take a break but screw it, I'm gonna power thru these last 10.....18-19-20 done with the burpees. I have two questions now. Why does the clock say 8 mins and did I update my will? Holy mother of God I can't breath. Regina keeps yelling something at me but I honestly can't concentrate on her. I hope she's yelling "Does anyone know CPR?"

Round 1 Lunges: These suck. I'm going to check this plate when I am done because there is no way it weighs 15#. These Crossfitters must be straight up liars. Why does the clock say 12 mins? That damn thing must be broken...

Round one is in the bag and by "in the bag" I mean it kicked me in the man bag. I go to the door to get some air and hear Regina yell from across the room "Don't go home!" Nice touch Regina. Not embarrassing at all.....

Round 2 Thrusters: After walking around like zombie for a couple of mins I jump back in. The thrusters are sucking the life out of me and feel super heavy. I see a girl half my size across the room lifting the same bar with what appears to be close to 100# on it. It occurs to me that I will be peeing sitting down from now on because I obviously have a vagina. Why does the clock say 16 mins?

Round 2 Burpees: I am doing these in fantastic sets of 2's now. I can't decide which hurts more, my arms, legs, or lungs. I am also a little afraid that I am going to drown in that pool of sweat under me. It's getting pretty deep and I am pretty sure that if I do one more I won't be able to push my way out of it. I'm hoping that strong girl across the room will snatch me over her head and carry me to safety.

Round 2 Lunges: Damn. I forgot to check the plate. I think the lack of oxygen getting to my brain is causing me to hallucinate. I swear the clock says 24 mins but that can't be right. That MF'ing thing must be broken....

Round 2 is in the bag. I notice that Regina has not only quit yelling at me but she is also no longer making eye contact. That can't be a good thing...

Round 3 Thrusters: I only have to do 10.....I only have to do 10. That's what I keep telling myself. Each one feels harder than the last. I think after all this leg work that there is no way I can drive home after I am done. Maybe the ambulance I am about to need will swing me by there.....

Round 3 Burpees: I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. No seriously. I think I just saw my Grandpa, Elvis, and Abraham Lincoln. I think they call these things "Burpees" because calling them "the worst exercise ever that will make you feel like your legs are on fire and you have been kicked in the nuts" would just scare people off.

Round 3 Lunges: All I have to do is get across the room with this plate over my head. Sweet baby Jesus my legs are burning and I can't see from all the sweat. Or are those tears? Whatever, I am done! That lying SOB clock says 36:00. When I get my composure in a few weeks I am going to check it.

Me to Regina: "So where do I sign up?"
Regina: (astonished/embarrassed for me look) "Online. See ya next week."

And the rest they say is history. I only tell that embarrassing story to help those of you who are new and wonder how will you ever get through or will you ever get better, you will. Since that first miserable day, I have lifted more weight than I have ever thought possible and my cardio is the highest it has ever been in my life. My proudest moment since that day was 108 burpees in 7 mins during the Crossfit Open. I am by no means the strongest or fastest Crossfitter out there but it has changed my life and you will get results if you stick to it and consistently show up.

Oh and that clock is still a liar.....


  1. Omg that was the funniest yet most real thing I have ever read!! A little over a year into this nonsense I love called Crossfit and I still have those days... Great job pushing through! Imagine where you'll be in another year... :)

  2. Thanks Tamara! Everyday is an adventure for sure!

  3. So true, I originally felt the same way with burpees.