I've been debating for ages what to do exercise-wise because I've been at a fitness and weight-loss plateau for months, my options were just be more strict on myself and pushing myself to run further and lift more weights, join a gym or get a PT.. then somehow I was talked into trying out Crossfit (Rob and Ken I'm looking at you!).
Initially I discounted it because of the price and because it sounded way too hardcore for me (and the videos online are scary), but then I figured that it was cheaper than a PT and really seemed to get results - just look at Ken! So I thought what the hell, I'll give it a try!
The way it works is that first you have to complete 3 personal training sessions with one of the trainers who goes through all the basic moves with you, then you can join the classes. It was quite intimidating because everyone is doing crazy stuff like chin ups and climbing up ropes and lifting massive weights, but luckily for me Rob was nice enough to come at the same time as my first PT session so that I would at least know someone when I walked in (THANK YOU!)
I finished the 3rd of my PT sessions yesterday and got the sign-off to go into the classes, so my first class was tonight. This is what I had to do:
10 air squats (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IewlDXTfbjU)
20 double-unders (I had to do 40 regular skips instead because I can't even do 1 double-under yet)
10 roll-overs (they're basically shoulder exercises with a stick)
Repeat 5 times (so in total 50 air squats, 200 skips, 50 rollovers)
I was kind of fucked just after the warm-up! Then it was onto the actual workout, there were only about 7 in my group, one of the other girls had only been one time before, so I didn't feel so out of place and spazzy!
10 front squats (for non-spazzes it was 15, I also only used the training bar without any plates) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chKogKVJB8M)
10 push-ups using a bench (non-spazzes did 15 handstand pushups or handstand holds if they couldn't do a handstand pushup)
Repeat 5 times (so 2k run, 50 front squats and 50 push-ups total)
I finished that in 27mins, I was absolutely dripping sweat and grunting when I was doing the push-ups.. it was weird! Then we stretched for a bit and did 60 sit-ups. The non-spaz people did some kind of gymnastic ring hold and some other ab exercises instead of the sit-ups .
My front squats are pretty bad, I was really struggling with the push-ups by the end and it was quite clear just how unfit I really was, but I completed it! I've heard that it never really gets easier cuz you just keep scaling up and every time is a different workout, so you'll get fitter but it'll never be easy.. I guess that's the point!
The trainers were really nice and completely scaled everything to people's abilities so it wasn't really that intimidating because you're just working against yourself, not the other people. The other people in the class were really nice too and gave encouragement along the way which was good. My arms and legs have already started stiffening up, so I think tomorrow and Friday I'll be hobbling around and unable to lift things!
I doubt I'll have time to go on Friday, so I think my next class will be Monday. I'm going to record my workouts on here so that I can track my progress and see how I'm doing. Thanks Rob for pushing me to do it and being there for my first session :)