- Confession: my fitness mojo has been lacking since, ok I’ll be honest, the end of the summer. This is a personal blog about balancing work and health, and I will candidly say that my priority has been the former for the past
But then it occurred to me was that what I really needed, what to try something new. I have heard nothing but great things about CrossFit, and my friends that have been doing it are all super strong and fit. I think it could add value to my cycling and running (which needs a LOT of work right now!), so I decided to try it out. On Saturday, co-owner of CrossFit PEI, Mike Ives, gave me private lesson to get started.
We talked about my athletic background, some of the principles of CrossFit, and then went through some of the basic CrossFit exercises to teach me proper technique:
After establishing proper form for these exercises, Mike turned on the clock and had me do 3 rounds of: 10 deadlifts, 10 kettlebell swings, and 10 push-ups. I was maybe a little cocky, thinking it didn’t seem too bad and maybe Mike was underestimating my athletic prowress. Ha! I was sweaty and out of breath after the first round, and basically had to peel myself off the ground for the last few push-ups. I did my push-ups from the knees, but was humbled to see some other CrossFitters doing handstands. Some day. I completed the workout in about 3 and a half minutes, which of course seems completely shoddy to the endurance athlete in me. Yet, 2 days later my legs, shoulders, traps, and lats are still so freaking sore from those 3.5 minutes that I know it was an effective workout.
The verdict: CrossFit is no joke. And I am totally in love with it already.