Overcame some fears, identified plenty of weaknesses, and started the CrossFit Elements classes at CrossFit Amplify this week, can't wait to get stronger! 3-4 weeks of learning the basic moves and skills of CrossFit, and then it will be time to start the real work.
Pullups today, a definite weakness of mine (but everything is, pretty much at this point). We went over basic technique, then added bands to assist us -- I started with the green band, and could actually do an assisted pullup! Up next were kipping pullups, which it involve a hip snap that lifts the body with less pulling. Using the kipping pullup technique allows CrossFitters to complete more reps than a typical pullup. Another benefit over the standard version is that the kipping pullup is a full body exercise. Coach Sean had me working on those using the green and red bands - I had hoped for more assistance, but it's not supposed to be easy, right? Onto the WOD: In less than 12 minutes, 5 Rounds of 5 Kipping Pullups, 10 Wallballs, 70 Yard Sprints. I completed the workout in time, though I needed to borrow my neighbor's bands (green and blue) for the last two pullups. :)
As a CrossFit beginner, the initiation has been very humbling. Even though I always knew that I wasn't very strong, it's still a slap in the face to be shown it so graphically. So far, though, I've really enjoyed the hard work and learning new exercises, and can see this fitting into my training very easily. It's definitely needed.
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