Lately I’ve been getting bored with the gym … the treadmill is fine but I definitely prefer the W&OD trail. The weight machines are fine but it’s annoying when multiple people are using them (especially if there’s a Zumba class going on with the door open). So after hearing about CrossFit for about a year and everybody saying how awesome it was, I decided to try it!
Apparently Ashburn has 2 boxes, CrossFit Impavidus and Highbar CrossFit, but Highbar is newer and still in the process of finalizing their lease, which I figured would fit better with me as a new person. So last week I contacted them about a free intro class, and yesterday met up with Randy, one of the owners (and another JMU grad :)). All the equipment was a little intimidating, but since I’d never used any of it before we focused on body weight exercises (squats, push-ups, ring rows, sit-ups, and running). My legs were fine the whole time, but OMG my arms lol. I thought I had at least a little strength built up from doing the weight machines at the gym, but no. I couldn’t even do a whole push-up (touching my chest to the ground) without switching to my knees on the way up. Side note: my knees now have bruises from doing that without padding. By the time we got to the timed part, I was scheduled for 3 sets of:
- 20 squats
- 15 ring rows
- 10 push-ups
- 15 sit-ups
- 200 meter run (1/8 mile)
Did I do 3 sets? No haha. My arms were so exhausted from push-ups that Randy shortened it to 2 sets, which I eventually completed (with rest breaks) in 17:30. But for some reason I enjoyed the whole thing and signed up for 2 sessions a week for the rest of April. Even though my arms are super sore right now, I’m not dreading going back tomorrow morning … maybe we’ll do more leg exercises or something? I don’t know, but even if I am crazy, I left in a really good mood and looking forward to the next one.