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Friday was the end of my second week taking CrossFit and all I can say is that I’m totally addicted!  As you know from my other posts I mainly get my cardio from programs such as running, kickboxing, or bootcamp style workouts.  I decided that it was time to incorporate strength and with the minimal amount of weights that I have at home I figured I would give CrossFit at Indian Trail a try.

What exactly is CrossFit?  The classes are done usually in an industrial like building where you have a wide range of equipment.  CrossFit promotes strength, cardio endurance and flexibility while using aerobic exercises, gymnastic moves and Olympic weight lifting techniques.  Several movements may include however not limited to air squats, burpees, handstand push-ups, ring dips, toes to bar, deadlifts, kettlebell swings and many more.  Some of the workouts are even named such as ‘Fran’, ‘Jackie’ and ‘Cindy’.

So far the only hangup with CrossFit (if it’s even a hangup?) is my soreness level.  I enjoy being sore however since Friday it has been a little overwhelming.  Different muscle groups are constantly being worked therefore something is always sore.  I have been doing a lot of yoga and stretching exercises on my ‘off’ days in order to stay limber.  Icing and putting on heat also helps.  Many people are scared of CrossFit and it can be dangerous IF proper technique isn’t used.  This is why the programs enforces you to go through a 4 week ‘on ramp’ training to learn proper form so that you DON’T get hurt.  Also as with any workout….always listen to your body!

Here is what I have done thus far:

Week 1

Monday October 14, 2013:

Fit in as many rounds within a 15 minute time frame (I completed 5 rounds)

200 meter run

10 Air Squats

10 Push ups

20 Jump Ropes

Wednesday October 16, 2013:

Fit in as many rounds within 13 minute time frame (I completed 5 rounds)

125 meter row

10 Step Ups with 10 lb dumbbells

10 Shoulder Press with 10 lb dumbbells

10 Abmat Sit Ups

Friday October 18, 2013

50 Air Squats

40 Abmat Sit Ups

30 Push Ups

20 Ring Rows

10 Cleans with 30 lbs

Completed in 9 minutes

Week 2

Monday October 21, 2013

8 Rounds of Tabata Squats

4 minute Ring Rows

Followed by

2 min max row

2 min max Farmer Carry for 15 meters each with 20 lb Kettlebells

Wednesday October 23, 2013

‘Jackie’

1000 meter Row

50 Thrusters with 10 lb dumbbells

30 Pull Curls

Completed in 13:50 minutes

Friday October 25, 2013

3 Rounds of the following

10 Dumbbell snatches – Right 20 lbs

10 Wall Balls 15 lbs

10 Dumbbell snatches – Left 20 lbs

10 Wall Balls 15 lbs

I would love to hear about your thoughts on CrossFit.  Please leave me a message below and tell me about your experience if you have had one and if not what’s holding you back?

 

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