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.
Problem: My knees hurt.
I refuse to believe this is because of all the “dangers” of CrossFit.
I’m sure you have all heard the horror stories of someone trying CrossFit once, then ending up in a hospital bed with a broken finger, rib cage and pinky. But it’s not like that. If I’ve learned anything these past few days of CrossFit classes, it’s that you will get hurt if you do a movement incorrect. But that is why there are always Coaches walking around. They will correct you.
End of rant. My knees hurt, but I’m self-diagnosing them to my squats. I’m finally learning to do them properly and my knees are learning to support more weight. It’s a learning process.
Chiming in from a month after I wrote this. I did not tell my Coaches about this because I thought I would seem weak and/or needy. I felt weak enough not lifting heavy weights, I figured I could just suck it up. That was dumb. When I finally did tell a Coach, he fixed my squat again and I have not had any knee pain.
Before our actual WOD, we went over kipping again. No progress there. Le sigh. Everyone says it will be something that just *clicks.* I’m very much looking forward to that glorious day.
We also practiced double unders!
I was immediately taken back to first grade and having jump rope competitions with my friends. I was so excited to try again.
Turns out, double unders are not like riding a bike, unfortunately. I couldn’t do it anymore! And I have the whipping scars on my ankles to prove it. But knowing that I had once been able to cross that jump rope under my feet twice, challenge accepted.
Row 500 meters
30 wall balls
25 push ups
20 double unders
15 wall balls
10 push ups
5 double unders
Row 250 meters
My knees made everything about this hurt. But I appreciated the wall ball practice. Before we started class, our Coach told us that we have to do a movement a thousand times before it becomes a habit. I took that to heart. I’m going to have to do a thousand squats before that movement becomes the norm to me. This was perfect practice.
But also, rowing. That is hard, but fun cardio! And there’s more movement to rowing than just strapping your feet in and pushing back while pulling a bar to you. There’s a proper way to row in order to get the most distance per rowing motion. And you’re going to want all the distance you can get.
Our Coach told us about a time he had to row 1000 meters in less than 3:15. After rowing just that prescribed 200 meters, I could not believe any human survived that. Goals.
This workout was difficult because of my own pain, I loved the endurance and I loved that I had to push myself to finish every exercise. I actually felt like I was in competition with myself. Again, I will never understand CrossFit programming, but I believe the Coaches understand how to put together workouts that are great for some, and hateful to others, and mix it up well based on different members strengths, likes and dislikes.
I feel like I say this often, but cheering on each other in the middle of the workout is one of my favorite parts I’ve experienced about my Foundations Class. There’s no other word to describe it besides powerful. It’s worth 150 wall balls or burpees or double under whipping scars.
(Chiming in again to let everyone know that 150 wall balls is a thing. It’s a workout called Karen. It’s terribly great.)