I finally tried CrossFit yesterday and my daughter tried the kids' program. She loved it! I am a little unsure right now.
Our warmup was on the rowing machine. We had to take turns as there were 7 rowers and about 21 people. This was an unusually large class for them.
Next, they all worked on kettlebells. There actually weren't enough to go around so I watched. I have only used them once before and wasn't quite sure what to do anyway. At the end Matt, the instructor, worked with me teaching me some basic moves.
Then we were divided into 3 groups. Our group had 3 more experienced men and 3 fairly new women. Some of the exercises were new to the other 2 women, too, so we needed a lot of help!
The 3 groups went through 3 stations. Our first station was called Cyndee. Basically, we were doing sets of 5 pullups, 10 pushups, and 15 squats. Matt told me to do 3/5/10 instead. I told him I've been working out a lot, and he said I should play it safe and I could complain later if it was too easy. Well, we were supposed to do 5 sets during the alloted time, and I only finished 4! That's part of my humbling experience!
The pullups are pretty neat. We were working out in a garage at a strip center. The doors were open and we had bands, kind of like huge rubber bands, that you step into that help support you while pulling up. They are color coded for how much they help you. I tried the easiest...way too easy. The second band...still too easy. And the third...just right! Or, so I thought. I couldn't even do my 3rd set of 3!!! So, I'll be backing off.
Also, on the pushups, I was on my toes going to town. Matt told me I was only doing 'half' pushups. Huh? He said I had to have my chest hit the ground. Later, one of the guys explained that during CrossFit competitions, you actually have to lift your hands off the ground while you're down to PROVE you are all the way down. So, you are getting a FULL range of motion. Yikes!!! I have work to do!
And, the squats...another humbling experience. You see, my ankles barely move past 90 degrees. I think that is my problem. I can NOT squat very low. And, Matt wanted my legs parallel to the ground. Well, I just coulnd't do it! But, I'll keep trying.
Our second station involved kettlebells & rowing. (The photo above was one of the 'best' in the class. Wow!) I was able to use the kettlebells this time and think I did OK.
(Another photo from class. I like that they post photos daily! This was our class, but I'm not in any of the photos.)
Then, we were to do 2 minutes on the rowing machine. One of the ladies had, earlier, shown me the proper form. Matt kept telling me to pull harder. He wanted to keep my number in a certain range. I couldn't keep it there, but did my best! When you were done, you wrote the calories burned (to show how hard you worked), either in your book or on the board. You did 3 sets of kettlebells then rowing. My cals were 19, 20 & 20.
Our last set was doing 10 squats with a weighted bar (term?) and then burpees (which I HATE!!!) for 2 minutes. Since my squats are so pitiful, he had me just use a 10 pound kettlebell. The other 2 ladies in my group also used kettlebells, but they were using heavier weight. I squated on top of a medicine ball and tried to get down low. Not easy for me!!! We counted the burpees and wrote them down in our book or on the board. Mine were 15, 14, & 14.
So, I'm unsure about CrossFit. As I mentioned, my daughter loved it. There were only 4 kids in her class, and she knew one of the boys from church! And, I knew one of the ladies... a very good friend & it was wonderful she was there. Anyway, in the kids' class, my daughter did all kinds of cool things including jumping rope, hopping onto boxes, and playing games. Because of her, I'm guessing I'll be back! But, I thought I'd love it and just didn't fall in love with it... yet. Oh, and I'm not sore today! That's good news!
One last note (so I don't write 2 posts & I know this is already LONG!)...I also rode my bike, in the rain for the first time, about an hour after class. My neck & hip were hurting. I will not be riding again until I get refitted! And, I HATED the ride! The only fun part was it rained part of the time & I enjoyed my first wet ride. But, I hate getting out there & just riding alone! I need a group to train with, or I'll have to give this up.
Between the CrossFit class & bike ride, I burned 850 calories! And, I'm down another .5 pounds this morning. At my VERY LOWEST of 130.5!!! Just SO CLOSE to those 120's!
Take care & have a great day! I have a run planned for this evening...hoping the rain comes this morning & not tonight!
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