My First CrossFit Experience

    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 couple few months. But that’s ok! I recognize that in order to be my best there are times of year (i.e. the fall) where my work life will need to take priority, and this balance thing will get tougher. I have been tried a few things to get the fire burning again. I registered for Timberman 70.3; I splurged on a newGarmin (my 2006 Forerunner 301 and 2008 Polar HRM finally bit the dust); I threw some new Spinervals into my rotation, started coaching spin again for the fall, and dabbled back into TRXjust for kicks.

    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:

    Front squat


    Shoulder press

    Kettlebell Swing

    and military style Pushups

    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.

About legalb

Novice triathlete balancing life after law school with a passion for health and fitness.
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5 Responses to My First CrossFit Experience

  1. Where I live, the temperature dropped and with daylight savings it’s dark in the morning and as I’m leaving work. So the drive to stay active has been tough the last few weeks. I think of it as an adjustment period. Also, I wrote a blog post about refueling workouts when things get stale. You can check it out here:

    Trying something new seems to be the best approach as our bodies adapt if we’re doing too much of the same thing over a period of time. Shaking things up can get that drive back. Good luck!


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