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Fitness update: Crossfit is kicking my ass

Just realized that I haven't been tracking this very well. For those of you who haven't heard of Crossfit (link: Crossfit Lawrence's site), here's what my hour there last night looked like:
  • Warm-up:

    • Stretching: Most dramatic part is using lacrosse balls, PVC pipe, and bars to target sore spots.

    • Lunges: Big step forward until rear knee almost touches the mat, then step up so that back knee touches chest - hold it for five seconds! - then lunge forward. Repeat until you reach the far wall (about 40 feet).

    • Turn around and do fast running-stuff: Step 10 times per mat as fast as you can until you reach the end of the mats

    • Turn around and do inchworm-things: With feet shoulder-width apart, reach down with palms flat (keeping feet flat). Now walk out with hands until back is staight, do a push-up, then walk feet back into flat position. Repeat until you reach the far wall.

    • More stretching. My mind blanks on what we did.

    • Squats, working on form. A lot of 'em, focusing on good knee position, using glutes and hamstrings to do most of the work, and form. Dip so that hips are lower than knees, touch bum on a short medicine-ball, then push up using mostly glutes. This is a warm-up for what's to come.

  • Now some training: Weighted squats with the bar across the top of the chest, against the throat. I believe it was about 100 pounds. We did what felt like a million of these, 10 per set, each of the two of us taking a break as the other did his set (okay, we each did about 5 or 6 sets). Yes, my heinie is SORE today.

  • Now we begin the "Workout of the Day" aka "WoD" - last night's was called someone's name I can't recall done "as many reps as possible" or "AMR"; here it is:

    • 5 jumping pullups: Push off with your legs and lower slowly.

    • 10 pushups: Good form is feet close, lower until chest just touches mat, all the way to arm lock.

    • 15 squats: Not weighted, hands out front on the bottom, at sides when fully upright.

    • Back to pullup bar: That's 1 set. Repeat for AMR in 8 minutes. My partner and I did 6 complete sets, then I managed the pullups and half the pushups before time. Egad, I was dying.

  • Then the coach had us stretch our calves on a raised bar: Yowza.

  • Now a final stretching session, using a giant rubber-band hanging from the pullup bar to keep the hip in position when he placed a big weight on one leg, then we push the other knee down as far as possible. HOLY CRAP. Got a cramp in the hip here, but it lessened over time. Apparently I'm pretty stiff there.

And that's what Crossfit looks like on a typical training night early in the process. Later on, after we are approved to join the others for group WoDs, the sessions are shorter but more brutal. You don't really take any breaks between these stages except to drink a little water, because the point is to keep the cardio going full-blast. I discovered my weakness right there: Cardio.

On the plus side: Things really do get better. After my previous session, my quadriceps (front-of-the-leg muscles) were SO SORE that I could hardly walk for two days afterward. I had been doing squats not-quite-right, using too much front of leg and not enough backside, plus I haven't exactly been a fan of squats, so my prep was crap. This time, they're not so bad, even though last night's workout was MUCH harder than the one that whacked me for days.

So: Progress! Soon, I shall be in the best condition of my life. <- That right there is my goal. Also to be ready for the coming Zombie Apocalypse.

PS: LJ's being dead precluded posting this yesterday; this was for Monday. I'll post an update later tonight or tomorrow about tonight's session....



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Apr. 25th, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
That looks both awesome and terrifying. I plan to hit it hard as soon as finals are over, but I think I'm going to be doing a combination of P90X and swimming, since I can do that at home for free.
Apr. 25th, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
Having such supportive coaches there - pretty much one-on-one for the intro classes - really takes the "terrifying" out of the equation.

I hear you about working out at home! That's what I've been doing for years now, with what I thought was a pretty serious workout: See here for an example, though since then I added heavy-bag workout and dropped the sit-ups, plus added weight to the dumb-bells and got a kettle-bell.

Well, it turns out that all that wasn't doing much! Sure, I got strong and can hit really well, but as for stamina - crap! I'm not sure if I'll keep doing Crossfit 3x week, because of the expense and added time to drive over and back, but if it gets the results I'm looking for, I just might. I'd originally been planning to learn the basic exercises and then just do the WoDs at home, but we'll see.

I'll keep reporting on my experience here!
Apr. 25th, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
Also, 10000 points for Zombieland reference.
Apr. 25th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
How could I resist? :-D
Apr. 25th, 2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
Looks like you did Cindy. List of WODs here!

Thank you for doing this with me. You are awesome.
Apr. 25th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)
Ah, that's a handy reference!

Engjoying it a lot - thanks for keeping at it with me!
Apr. 25th, 2012 06:17 pm (UTC)
Even as a pathological introvert, I get a much better workout when I work with a coach or a group. Glad you're enjoying the CrossFit environment! I'd love to look into that, but I need to offload a few children and their evening schedules first. :)
Apr. 25th, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
I totally hear you about getting a better workout in this setting. I've been doing it at home for a few years now and reached a plateau; this clearly shows areas that need work!

Crossfit Lawrence also has morning intro sessions (and regular WoDs throughout the day)....
Apr. 26th, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
Yay! That's so awesome you're doing Crossfit. You'll definitely be in the best shape of your life and ready to outrun the zombies when the apocalypse comes and society falls!
Apr. 26th, 2012 06:24 pm (UTC)
It really is a blast - strangely enough, considering all the panting and suffering and cursing for those last few reps....
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