So, I pretty much feel like a new woman.
I cannot even lie. I already love this CrossFit business. Real talk. I’m so about it.
Yesterday, I began my newly-discovered-I-always-knew-once-I-tried-it-I-would-be-obsessed obsession. WOW. I did a one-on-one session with Sean, the owner of CrossFit Primus . We went through the basics, worked on form, and ended with THIS introductory WOD to gauge where I am in my Crossfitting bad-ass-ery. Okay, he didn’t use that “exact” phrase. But, I totally am going to–and I know it’s pretty much what he meant.
Anyways, are you up for this challenge?
Whether you currently do CrossFit or not, you can totally be about this. I dare you. I double dog dare you. My biceps were literally ON FIRE. Allow me to expand a bit upon this WOD–and my “variations.”
I cannot do a pull-up.
Nope, just can’t. YET. So I did mine with ring rows . I also tested it out with a resistance band and was able to do that. For body squats, we used a medicine ball–with hands above the head. This is great for body squats because you really get LOW. With the push-ups, Sean (the Crossfit Primus owner) was all about full-body movements–aka all the way down with your chest on the ground. I had to do a variation on my knees so I could keep the form and not snake on my way back up. With sit-ups, we also did FULL-BODY movements.
Yesterday was also my first time “rowing.” This is going to become a fitness staple. It is ridiculously intense and kick-butt cardio. I never understood “how” to use the rowing machines–so I didn’t. THRILLED to now know the proper form.
I don’t always take selfies, but I totally was about that yesterday. So, judge me. It’s ridiculously motivating to note your process.
And on to Day #2…
This morning I woke up at 5:00 am. Yup. Set the alarm and made it happen. Usually early morning workouts are such a challenge for me because I just can’t get myself up. You know the drill… it’s all fine and dandy when you set your alarm the night before, but when you wake up? You convince yourself you can just sleep a little bit longer.
But, this morning? I literally “jumped” out of bed. I was so excited and ready.
I started off with 16 ounces of water and an energizing smoothie for some fuel– 1 scoop of Vega Energizing smoothie mix , 1/2 cup pomegranate juice, 3 ounces of greek yogurt, and ice. I found this to be perfect to get my through the hour of training.
Today, our box was doing the Isabella WOD: Athletes must complete 30 snatches at 135 pounds (95 for women) for time.
Snatch:Get your mind out of the gutter. The snatch is one of two Olympic lifts where athletes explosively lift a weighted barbell from ground to overhead in one movement, often squatting under the bar and then standing up— or “recovering”— to allow for heavier weights. – Source
See Isabella in action.
For about half an hour we worked on perfecting the lift. Naturally, I would pick THIS day as my first official WOD. Nothing like starting out my CrossFit experience with arguably the toughest and most complicated lift. Naturally, that’s how I roll. Okay, totally kidding.
BUT, I AM IN LOVE WITH CROSSFIT because… I had the time to perfect the lift; Sean, the trainer/owner was ridiculously supportive; and I got to work at MY pace without having to worry about everyone around me.
When I was starting to get frustrated because my arms were not locking out and my momentum was failing to come from my hips (I was continuously using too much upper body–from not locking out), Sean was always there for assistance/support. In a positive way.
At one point he said,
“If anyone can do it, it’s you.”
Regardless of the fact that everyone is probably told that, I don’t care. That was one HELL of a motivation. And I kept on truckin’.
After all of the practice time, we started the WOD–Isabella. I only did 35# today, but I accidentally went over the 30 reps… and did 39. If I can go 9 reps over a CrossFit WOD, I know it’s time to up the weight.
I cannot wait to be back at it tomorrow morning at 6:00 am.
For now, I’ll EAT my Overnight Oats that I prepped last night, shower, and get my day moving. All before 8:00 am? I’m about this.