Wednesday, July 11, 2012

My First Crossfit experience

Now that I am back from a wonderful vacation it is time to get back to reality.  I spent the week relaxing by the beach, reading, eating, spending time with the family, shopping in New York City and catching up with some great friends.  While I was there, my training and all forms of exercise were put to a halt.  The weather in New York and New Jersey was hot and sticky.  The weather at 8am was 85, muggy and sunny and running in that was not fun.  I could have woken up earlier and not run while the sun was out, but I figured it was vacation, I should sleep in.  
Beautiful Cape May Beach

It is now time to get back to reality I suppose.  I have some fun races coming up I would really like to be prepared for (Disney's Tower of Terror Ten Miler, NYC Marathon, Florida Halloween Half a thon, Disney's Goofy and  Half Challenge, Sarasota Half Marathon) That is a little too much I am thinking.

To get back to reality I tried crossfit.  I bought a living social deal way back in the day and it expires next week.  I had to go, I wanted to go, I just needed to find the right time.  This week/month seemed like a perfect time to use it because teachers go back to work August 13, even though I am working this summer.  

Yesterday I put on my big girl gym clothes and went to crossfit Aero where my deal was from.  The instructors of or the people in charge were almost 10 minutes late.  That is not how I want to start off with a new "gym".  I knew I had to be there 15 minutes early to pay, fill out forms, get changes ( I was coming straight from a workshop).  I was starting to freak out, I am the one who is always on time, usually early.  When the trainers came it was a rush to get everyone in and settled.  After that things began to get better as I everyone was very nice, friendly, and helpful.  Luckily I saw someone I knew, Brian, who works at the local Fitniche and has helped me through the years.  

The trainers were saying the class was extra large with 6-10 people normally showing up, yesterday there were about 18 so they had to keep an eye on a lot more people.  The first thing we did was a warm up of stretches and boy did those feel good.d  I am not very good with stretching as much as I used to, I needed it.  They they told us what our agenda was.  It is also written on the board, just in case!  The workout for the beginning was "goat" which was to work on anything we needed to "work" on, or to improve.   Well, there I was, a deer caught in headlights!  I had no idea what I needed to improve on, I have never done this before.  It was a real great opportunity to people watch.  An instructor showed me back squats with a little bit of weight so I just did those, I did about 5 sets on 10 and called it a day when my leg started to cramp.  Some more people watching took place.

Next up was the "WOD", workout of the Day.  They we do as a group and is times.  We went around as many times as we could in 12 minutes.  I managed to get through 12 before I thought I may pass up. My hearing went in one ear for about a minute.  I stood in front of the fan, drank my water and cooled off for the next few minutes.  The trainers modified the workout for me being it was my frist time.  They  were great!

The WOD:
3 hspu- handstand push ups ( I did regular ones)
5 pull ups- I again, modificiatin
7 box jumps
9 walking lunges.

Yup, I only made it around 4 times.

I enjoyed this class, I enjoyed how it is a group class, but you are able to modify and go at your own pace.  I will be back and I hope the trainers are not late again because that is my biggest pet peeve.  

Today, I think my arms hurt and I want to go back!  There is a class in 40 minutes, and if I finish this post in time, I will be there..I missed my run this morning because I was Lazy.. Again.Genna, you need to be accountable!

This my promise to me, and you, my readers..accountability.  This started out as a journal for my trainings, and I will again, implement that.  I will cover new workouts I do as well and share what I do.  

Have you tried crossfit?  How did it help you achieve your goals?

Have you checked out my giveaway on my previous post?


  1. I'm a new follower :) I am also training for a half marathon right now (my second, but not since 2008- my last one scarred me a little bit) and love all things fitness. I haven't done Crossfit but I have thought about it from time to time, maybe I'll bite the bullet someday? :)

  2. I just found your blog via Neely's and I am SHOCKED that I found another Genna with a "G!" How cool is that?! Judging by your reading habits and hobbies, we have a lot in common! And I am running my first 5k next weekend (which sort of pales in comparisson to your marathon) but hopefully your blog keeps me in line :)

  3. I definitely want to try Crossfit as soon as I am fully healed from my injury. And man, does it sound tough!

  4. I will not do box jumps. Like, I WON'T do them. I'm afraid I'm going to fall on my face every time. I want to try crossfit, but I'm afraid they'd make me do this.

  5. Dang that sounds like a tough workout! I must try a crossfit workout they sound like they get the job done. :)

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