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.
Have you ever watched a triathlon or a marathon?
For some reason, I get super emotional watching races. It’s actually embarrassing. Like, real tears and sniffles and sometimes ugly crying noises noises, depending on how people finish.
Ending this last day of our Foundations class was also emotional. Thankfully, I didn’t cry, because that would be super embarrassing and no one would want to work out with me ever again.
Both races and the ending of Foundations don’t make me sad or overly happy. I think it’s just really cool to see how far people have come to accomplish a great physical task.
And that’s exactly what we did this morning. We did the same workout as our first day of the Foundations course. The goal was for the entire class to finish in under 6:30.
At first, I wanted to think of excuses of why we may not be able to do that. Like, what if we take longer because we’ve corrected movements over the span of this course and that takes longer? Or because I burnt my thumb yesterday and my hip hurts and one time I banged my knee on my desk…
Regardless, I was honestly worried I, personally, wouldn’t finish in time.
Aside from the worry, I was sad to see this class dismember. The majority of us are continuing with CrossFit, but may have to attend different classes because of being adults and scheduling life.
Thankfully, we soaked up our last day together with clean and jerks and snatches. I’m beginning to love clean and jerks, as I’ve gotten to the point where avoiding my collar bone area is the norm (and OK, I feel super strong and cool pushing that bar above my head) but snatches still don’t make sense to me! I’m so impressed watching my classmates do snatches. They lift heavy and they look natural. I’m excited to do more and more of these until the movement becomes natural.
After we were done with the weightlifting portion, which we learn will be a part of every CrossFit class, we gather around to prepare for the WOD.
Run 200 meters (we did not do this because it was monster pouring our first day)
Run 200 meters (still didn’t do)
Before we started re-testing, we simply encouraged each other. We passed around “you got this” words and “you can do it” phrases and “at least we’re not running” reassurances.
Charlie reminded us that throughout this whole course, we were supposed to be taking WODs as “yeah that sucked, but I can do it again.” Today, instead, we were supposed to finish and not be able to do it again. We were to give it our all.
Then, we did.
When one person finished, they would encourage the other. And so on and so forth until everyone was done.
And we finished in less than 6 minutes.
After, we gathered in a circle and Charlie called on us individually to tell the time we finished this morning, and he read the time we finished the first morning of the Foundations class.
So many people from our class finished in under HALF the time it took them the first time we did this WOD. In less than a month of CrossFit, we were finishing a similar WOD in half the time it took us to complete it the first time. It was truly inspirational.
It was in that close-knit, sweaty, smelly circle I started to get emotional. It was beyond cool to see everyone clapping and patting each other on the back when they read their results back. Everyone had just accomplished something great.
Now, I’m super excited to attend regular CrossFit classes with these people and continue to watch them, and others, grow in their fitness goals. I’m super thankful for this opportunity to grow as a person and grow in Louisville – a new area I’m trying to call “home.” It’s nice to have a 3rd Place within the city to feel comfortable.