It's official. I'm addicted to CrossFit. Last night I had my first CrossFit dream, and then one of my friends from Women Races posted this on my Facebook wall this morning, and it's so fitting! I do sit there and let my mind wander about CrossFit. Some of the lifts are hard for me to wrap my head around, and I'm going to talk about that a little bit today.
I am always excited to head to my 9am workout for a few reasons:
1) I truly have the best coaches. Jen, Sarah and Pete are amazing and never get sick of me asking a million questions (or if they are sick of it, they never show it .)
2) Community. I am making new friends. Strong friends. I'm feeling like I am part of something bigger than myself. I feel included. And that's a great feeling. And this community extends beyond my box. There is a huge virtual CrossFit community that is supportive, engaging, and encouraging.
3) STRENGTH! I look at photos/videos of myself and I LOOK stronger. And I feel stronger, I am lifting more, seeing more muscle definition. I think I will always have extra skin, but I'm finally seeing some muscle peeking out!
As I've mentioned before, I never know what the workout is going to be until I take a look at the board. Today's workout was called a Hero WOD. It was in memory of USAF SSgt Timothy P. Davis. Hero WODs "are some of the most intense workout experiences that you could experience. They have been conceived and are intended to be performed with intense effort, in honor of our fallen Heroes. Don’t think to your self, I can’t do that or it looks to hard. Instead focus on what you can do, scale where needed, and think about the Hero that has given his all for our freedom. Honor these Hero’s with your best effort."
The workout was called "DT" and it consisted of 12 deadlifts, 9 power cleans, and 6 push press: 5 rounds, FOR TIME!
The way this workout is prescribed you should use the SAME weight for all 3 exercises. But I can't. I'm not there yet. I can deadlift more than double what I can do in a power clean or a push press. I have issues with the arm movements in the power clean. I just think it through too much and my elbows don't come up and out quick enough, I just pop too soon, just too much going on. So rather than risk hurting myself with heavy weight and improper form, I did a lighter weight for those 2 moves so that I can work on form and technique. Now, don't get me wrong, it was still HARD and by the end it felt like a ton of bricks, but for me, CrossFit is way more than how much I can lift. I am a work in progress. And I'm not embarrassed or ashamed to be the ONLY one during the WOD who had 2 bars out. I'm okay with that. I own that.
We started our workout with some stretching, then a 400m run, and 2 sets of 10 pass-thru, 10 morning...morning something LOL I can't remember and 10 presses. And then we practiced all the WOD moves with a PVC pipe, and then we set up our stations, and we were off!! This WOD was NO JOKE! Remember the CrossFit Woman's Creed?? I do not glisten or smile when I'm working out. I sweat, grunt, and curse. Yup. I think this is me on round 2/5.
By the time I was finished, my forearms were TIGHT and so so so sore!! But I smiled and flexed for the camera! And look!! You can see biceps!
I finished the Hero WOD in 16:57. It was HARD. It was supposed to be HARD and I DID NOT BACK DOWN!
And then I finished up my workout with a 2000m row, and then I went upstairs with two ladies and we did some ab work. It was a great day at the box!!
How are you doing with your workouts?? Do you struggle with any of the moves like I do? If so, which ones?? Any tips to help me get over the tricks my mind plays on me??