Saturday, June 11, 2011

Special Saturday CrossFit Edition

I don't usually post on the weekends, but I wanted to tell you all about CrossFit.  I woke up about an hour earlier than I needed to because I was in such anticipation.  :)  It didn't take me as long to get to the gym (it is in a different city) than I thought so I was the first one there.  A couple of people walked up soon after and nicely introduced themselves and welcomed me which was really nice.

Soon, the trainer got there and in addition to being extremely hot, he was very welcoming and not like the douchebag trainer I had at the big gym (at least not that I could tell in an hour.)  Everyone was friendly and welcoming.  Brandon (the trainer) had us stand in a circle and introduce ourselves.  There were about 20 people there which they said is a big class. 

We picked out our kettlebells before we started and since us newbies were the last to pick, there weren't many left.  I got a 10 lb kb and Brandon seemed to think that was right.  Honestly, I thought I could go heavier, but the next one left was over 30 lbs, so I didn't argue.

We started with a 400m run.  I was the last one to finish (except for a girl getting over bronchitis) and I was a little intimidated.  Then we went to warm up.  Windmills, jumping jacks (which I remember I couldn't do 80 pounds ago!), little sprints and shuffles, etc.  After the warm up, I feel like I had already worked out.  Ha!

Brandon went through the day's workout and explained how to do each thing.

30 Burpee Tuck Jumps
20 Double KB Push Press
20 KB Renegade Row
100m Run
20 KB Swings
20 Double KB Front Squat
200m Run
20 Pull-ups
20 Push-ups
20 Sit-ups
100m run
I had to modify a lot.  Burpee tuck jumps require you to squat then go to the floor in a push up position, then lower to your belly, push up, then jump to your feet, then do a tuck jump.  So...I did squat thrusts.  Ha!  "Just" doing 30 squat thrusts was ridiculously hard for me.

Next was the KB press and since I only had 10 lbs to lift, it wasn't hard for me.  I think that was the easiest piece of the work out.  I don't even remember what the Renegade Row was.  Ha!  As I ran the first 100m run, I felt good.

During the KB swings and squats, my legs were REALLY starting to burn.  After I got back from running the 200m, my legs were twitching like crazy!

Obviously, I'm not at the point I can do pull-ups, so I did Ring Rows.  I would hold on to the ring as I was leaning backward and I would pull myself up.  I actually did two "regular" push ups, but I couldn't touch my stomach to the, I could only do two.  The rest I did on my knees and I still had to rally to finish them all.  Sit-ups were normal and I can do those okay.  The last 100m wasn't too bad, especially since I knew I was going to be done.  I finished in 17 minutes and wasn't the last person to finish!!

When everyone was done, Brandon mentioned that he forgot that there was supposed to be another 30 Burpees at the end.  Ugh!  But instead, he wanted to do an Indian Run.  Everyone runs single file and the last person runs to the front, when they get there, the person that is now in the back runs to the front, etc.  I started out with them, but I was running as fast as I could run just to keep up, so I knew I couldn't get to the front.  I bailed and ran/walked back to the gym.  I hated that I couldn't keep up, but I was glad I gave it a shot!  Now I have something to aspire to.  :)

So...I will start my Fundamentals classes on 7/05 (after all of the fun vacations!)  I have to work it out though because I have to go every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in July.  Since I work at Jazzercise on Thursday, I'm going to have to do some work arounds.  I have asked another Jazzercise class manager to switch with me so I can work Wednesdays in July instead of Thursdays, but I have no idea if she will be able to do it.  I love Jazzercise so much, that I want to do both.  Maybe if she can't switch, I can get subs.  It is just for a month, then I can go to a flexible schedule.

If it all works out, in July, I will be working out 5-6 times per week. 

Tuesday-CrossFit (plus walking with Godmother at lunch)

Whew!  But that should break my plateau, right?!  Once the Fundamentals class ends, I can be a little more flexible and I can worry about my schedule later.

I have just over three weeks to get myself mentally prepared.  :)

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.  I'm going out to TMS tonight for the IndyCar race.  Go Andretti Autosports!!



Alison said...

Sounds really hard! Well done, you'll be doing the Indian runs in no time at all.

Lap Band Gal said...

Thanks for the review...I'm still kinda scared of crossfit though

Cat said...

Wow!! You are such a fitness beast Beth Ann!! I am so excited for you. I think Cross Fit is going to be my next goal. It will be a while before I'm in any shape to do this stuff though, but I will get there!

FitBy40 said...

I think you have a great exercise plan worked out. Caution, since I've upped my exercise my band is super tight. Be careful with solids until you know what you can handle!

Amanda said...

Holy cow what a work out. Mega impressed!

Kiwigirl said...

Whew! I am exhausted just reading about the workout. I don't think you will need to worry about that plateau for long!

Laura Belle said...

Whoa. That's a lot of workouts. I think I would have passed out just looking at a KB. Way to go on keeping up! That's so great!

Dawnya said...

That sounds a good way. LOL I'm so glad you participated. You will be out of plateuville in no time.

Amy W. said...

That really is awesome. A friend of mine is a CF instructor in Idaho, and when I look at her Facebook pictures it really scares me! You should be really proud of yourself!