Thursday, April 4, 2013

Drinking the CrossFit Kool-aid

It's been far too long since I've posted. Really, when I started this blog in 2011, I had high hopes for it. I thought I would be updating at least a couple times a week. Womp womp!  I suck again. What happened you ask? Well, I got pregnant. I worked to the bone. I quit my job in May to start a 40 hour a week internship at a VA hospital 50 miles away. I graduated with my Masters. I later got a paying job at the VA. My family moved one county over. Oh and, let me just say it again. I got pregnant. <--- Not for the weak.  AND, I had my baby. Yeah... busy girl here.

Okay, so now on to the topic of this post. CrossFit. After years of being a cardio junky and rarely giving strength training a chance, I've decided to change my gears and focus on CrossFit. Oh, and training for the Marine Corps Marathon. Yeah, I'm a little crazy. My husband started doing CrossFit back in 2008 when we were stationed in Okinawa, Japan. After only a couple of months from doing it, he became pretty ripped.  It wasn't until this year that I decided to make a major change to my fitness regimine. Yes, I still love to run and yes, I'm running two half marathons (1 down, 1 to go) and a full marathon this year. But I feel that CrossFit will make me a stronger runner and an overall stronger individual as a whole. This past tuesday I completed my first on ramp class. I am required to complete four on ramp classes total, however the trainer has a feeling that I can possibly complete all the required courses in three classes and jump right into the WODs (workout of the day) immediately. Day 1 WOD was pretty fun. It was a real eye opener. I started off doing a warm up that included various movements with the ropes. Next the trainer walked me through 4 simple movements which were going to be included in my day 1 WOD: walking lunches, squats, ring pulls and push ups. After he "showed" me how to do these movements with the proper form, it was time for the WOD. 3..2..1.. go! I started off doing so many meters of walking lunges. Then, 15 squats, ring pulls and pushups. Then, 12 reps of those three exercises. Then, 9 reps... After I completed these movements, I had to repeat the walking lunges and done! So it about 7 minutes, I was completely smoked and done with my workout of the day! It's that simple. Well, simple is an understatement. CrossFit is NOT easy and not for the faint of heart. But it's effective and quick. And that's why I like it so much!

CrossFit round 2 tonight!

Have you ever tried CrossFit?