This Crazy Little Thing Called …

Saturday November 5, 2011
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CROSSFIT

So if you know my hubby in real life, you know that he is a dedicated Crossfitter.  Mike is so passionate about Crossfit that when we meet people, he cannot engage in conversation without Crossfit coming up.  I jokingly call him the Crossfit Evangelist.  And yet, for lo these many years, he has been unable to convert me … until now?

I finally broke down and joined the gym box where he works out and coaches.   A friend asked if I had finally prayed to receive Crossfit and I told her not yet, I’m still Crossfit Agnostic … but I may be on the path!

At this point you may be asking, what the heck is Crossfit?  Crossfit.com starts off by saying:

CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.

Yikes!  I am neither a part of a special ops military group, nor a champion martial artist — and I am certainly not an elite athlete by any stretch.  But, they go on to say that:

[Crossfit] delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing … The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience.

That’s good news for average Annie’s like myself!

Basically, Crossfit offers high intensity workouts over a short duration that can be scaled according to one’s fitness level.  For many Crosfitters, the goal is to be “stronger, faster, better.”  For me, it is to feel better about how I look and my overall fitness, as well as to feel proud of myself for accomplishing something crazy hard each workout.

I really like the way Crossfit Rubicon explains it on their homepage:

Legitimate functional fitness for the athlete in every one of us … Workouts for every age group, every ability.

[Crossfit provides] constantly varied workouts. Fun, challenging, engaging, these short and effective sessions add up to the stronger, leaner, faster athlete that is in every one of us. From grandparent to grandchild, from beginner to competitive athlete, CrossFit is THE fitness program for reaching and surpassing your goals.

So, after attending the “Foundations” classes — where they spend time teaching basic functional movements so you can do the exercises correctly without injuring yourself, you get to jump and join the fun.  In the past 7 days, I’ve attended 3 Foundations classes with “mini-workouts”, and 2 regular WODs.  (WOD = Workout Of the Day — everyone does the same workout for the day).

I am sorer than I have ever been in my life and feel pathetic compared to my workout peers, but am happy to have completed the workout and feel like I’m on the path to a healthier me.

Blogging dork that I am, I actually brought my camera along to Friday’s WOD I attended and asked the coach to take a few pictures of me.

I feel utterly foolish in sharing them with you, but do so with the hope and belief that someday soon I will look back at these and see just how far I’ve come.

The workout called for Handstand Push-ups.  I was scaled down to regular push-ups, which were also too hard for me so they became knee push-ups.

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We also did Deadlifts.  The men were lifting 225lbs, I was lifting a measly 55lbs.

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Jump roping.  That should be easy right?   24 double unders… yeah right.   I got about 5-10 DUs and had to count my singles as well.

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I’m not even showing you the pull-ups because, well, let’s face it.  I can’t do any.  I had to settle for jumping up to the bar with the benefit of a box, which sounds super lame, but was still exhausting for me.

After TEN ROUNDS of that craziness, I somehow managed to finish.   And somehow, despite all the insanity of the workout … I’m looking forward to coming back for more.

Here’s a picture of me and my fellow  WODers — a bunch of studly guys and one overweight suburban housewife mommy blogger.

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Despite not being anywhere near their level of fitness, and in a totally different place in life, everyone is super nice and encouraging.  One of the best things about these group workouts is the encouragement and support you get from your fellow athletes.  Folks who finish ahead of the pack will stick and around and encourage everyone until they reach the finish.

Hopefully these are the before pictures of a brand new me, assuming I don’t fall off the wagon.

I’m excited (and a leetle scared!).  It feels good to be taking positive steps towards my health and fitness again.

Do you Crossfit?  Would you?  What is your preferred mode of exercise?

If you area at all considering it, check out this video.  It gets me pumped to become one of those people.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz0kDqxBC0Q

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9 Responses to This Crazy Little Thing Called …

  1. 1
    XfitDad says:

    Crossfit agnostic indeed? Letting your light shine, and announcing the clarion call to a “tent meeting” at the box.

  2. 2
    Becky says:

    Go girl! We are proud of you!

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    Grandma says:

    Kendra, I am soooo impressed and proud of you.Way to go. You’ll do great!! Pat

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    Mel says:

    Psyched to hear that you’re eager to go back and found community! and surprised you had pictures taken AND blogged about it – must mean you want accountability… I’ll be bugging you to make sure you go to the WOD’s. Very proud of my SIL!

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    Grandpa says:

    Sure looks like some Fighter Pilot Blood in your veins to me. Way
    to go–Stick with it.

    Grandpa

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    Darcy says:

    My neighbor just became a crossfit addict. I totally want to check it out (but I’m a little scared).

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      Kendra says:

      Darcy — it is definitely addictive. Crazy hard but fun! If Tysons is convenient for you and you want try, let me know! Otherwise, you may want to try Patriot Crossfit in N. Arlington, or Crossfit Adaptation in Shirlington.

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    Michele Ramsey says:

    I am SO impressed! I will be embracing the challenge of eating healthier and working out this year. I’ve made a promise to my sister in law to start P90X next week, and do a 30 day cleanse (similar to Paleo diet but more strict) in March. Ugh. It’s now or never. You go girl! You’re motivating!

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