My CrossFit Journey Series
Have you been hesitant to come give CrossFit a try? Back in 2015, our guest writer, Hayli, wanted to share her unfiltered experience and was kind enough to document her first month with us at CrossFit Regeneration. What follows are her words. You can read all of her posts here. Originally posted on her website.
Today was truly inspiring.
First of all, I cannot believe this is our last week of Foundations. I’m a little heartbroken about it, since I’ve gotten to know everyone well. But also conflicted because I’ve enjoyed this workout program so much, yet the membership is more than I would typically pay for a pair of fair trade shoes. Or TOMS.
Before we met in the gym, Charlie talked with us about how challenging ourselves in the Box could permeate into challenging ourselves in our everyday lives, day-to-day tasks.
Being now over a month into my job at Box Pro Magazine, I’ve heard many Affiliates explain they are typically granted one hour of a member’s life throughout the course of a 24-hour day. And while that member may choose to be healthy in that one hour, the Affiliate or Coach cannot control how they spend the other 23 hours.
Charlie was encouraging us to continuously push ourselves outside of the Box. It was a message I truly needed to hear, especially moving to a new area and outside my comfort zone.
Into the Box, we practiced ring dips and learned kettlebell swings.
I’ve watched my mom workout with kettlebells for years, but I’ve never really became friends with them. In order to properly use the kettlebells, it involves a lot of control. You don’t want to toss them too high over your head to where you’re overextending your arms or dropping the kettlebell.
Kettlebells are a great workout. I felt it stretching my back and using my lower back muscles and also in my abs. I was surprised that I was also using my legs and arms to swing the kettlebell between my legs to above my head. It really was a full-body workout.
And I had to remind myself of Charlie’s talk for the ring dips.
10 Minute AMRAP
5 Ring Dips
10 Overhead Squats
15 Hollow Body Rockers
It was a full body workout. And it was great! My arms hurt from ring dips, my legs and arms hurt from overhead squats (again, I never thought I would be doing overhead squats in my life) and my abs hurt from hollow body rockers.
Oh, do my abs hurt.
It was great to start this class knowing exactly what the movements in the WOD were and how to properly do them and where to do them. We hadn’t quite been there a month, but we knew what to do. And the Coaches expected us to know what to do.
So as the first day of the final week is closed, I’m checking my budget excel sheet to see if this I can make this work.