I drank it, guys.
And I loved every sip!
Last night both Stan and I went to our very first CrossFit class. To say I was scared is a huge understatement. I feel sorry for every friend of mine who has ever stepped foot in a box, because I've been bombarding them with questions and fears for the last few days. Luckily I have awesome friends, and basically, they all said to quit being a chicken $hit and just go already. FINE, THEN.
The box we went to allowed us to take a free class to get a feel for it. As we got there, a few people introduced themselves to us, which was awesome. I overheard one girl tell another to be careful where she stepped, because there was puke nearby. Ha! Awesome. Don't worry, it wasn't in the box, though. It was in the parking lot. Good thing I wasn't already nervous!!!
When it was time, we all went in. We started with a few basic warm ups altogether, and then they split the class into the Fundamentals people (us) and the usuals. The place is big enough to where the usuals could workout on the other half without us interfering with each other.
They had all of us grab a PVC pipe, and we began practicing power cleans. This was where I fell in love. The coach stood up front and broke the lift down into sections. We practiced each part over and over again with our pipes as she corrected our form. The owner of the box came out, introduced himself personally to each of us newbies, and he joined her in coaching us. It was great! We all received personal attention as we were learning, and the intimidation was completely gone. After we had plenty of practice with the PVC pipe, they had us grab actual bars. We repeated the same steps with the bar and practiced several times with it. Describing it, it seems as though this would be boring / take forever, but it wasn't, and it didn't. It was completely necessary, and I gained so, so much from it. After we practiced with the bars as a group, they had us form a circle. We each had to go to the center of the circle one at a time and practice a couple power cleans on our own. The coaches would then ask us to critique and help correct each other. Of course they were there to guide us, but it was a great learning tool to be sure we all remembered what we needed to. Even while correcting each other, there was no intimidation at all. We were all in the same boat, and we all wanted to learn and to help each other learn. My form had to be corrected quite a few times by the coaches, and I loved it. I loved that they were paying enough attention to me to notice the mistakes I was making! I had never done a power clean before, so I was happy to take all the help I could get.
After we all had a chance to practice in the center of the circle, it was WOD time! Eeeeeeek! The coaches had us load our bars with 10 pounds on each side, and it was go time!
They modified ours from the actual WOD. The regulars had to do sets of 21/15/9, but ours was 15/12/9. They also took out the ring dips and had us do hand-raise pushups instead. We were to do 15 power cleans, then 15 hand-raise pushups/12 power cleans, then 12 hand-raise pushups/9 power cleans, then 9 hand-raise pushups, and when we finished them all, we had to yell, "time!!" They have a special clock on the wall that times our workout. Their phrase is "do work", so as the clock counted down from 10 to when we would begin, we had to yell "do work" when it hit 3, and then again when it hit 2. They told us to take a deep breath when it hit 1. Haha.
Once you were done and yelled time, you had to go add your name to the board. I finished in 5:42, and those were the toughest 5 minutes and 42 seconds I've ever experienced! The coaches would pause us to correct form and cheered us on the whole way.
If you happen to notice, it appears as though I wrote my name and time blindfolded with my left hand. That would be because I was having real difficulty lifting my arm high enough to write it! I really pushed myself the whole time, and I was spent. I wasn't the last one done this time, but I know I will be eventually, and I'm ok with that. Guess what we all did for the last girl done? We stood by her and cheered until she finished. It was great!
Once we were all done, they had us get our water and walk a lap around the building to cool down. After our cool down, it was ab time. After the ab exercises, time was up, and Stan and I had completed our very first CrossFit workout!
He and I discussed it after class, and we will both be back today to officially sign up. Guys, I AM SO PUMPED. I can't remember the last time I've been this excited about something!!! It still terrifies me, but at the same time, it makes me feel amazing! The biggest reason I am so excited is because I know, without a doubt, this is going to make me both mentally and physically stronger. I know each class will challenge me and push me more than I thought possible. I have no doubt at some point I'll be broken down, but that's part of the process. It's an amazing feeling to know I will be leaving each class both mentally and physically stronger than I was when I arrived.
I can't wait to see what this new adventure brings, and the fact that Stan has decided to join as well is only icing on the cake! Ummm, the protein powder cake, that is. ;-)