We started with a 400m run outside. I hate running. I also need to get a better sports bra. I sucked it up and ran, realizing that I need to work on my cardio endurance. I shouldn’t be winded after running, not even sprinting, 400m.
We got back and were told we’d be doing three sets of each exercise in the order on the board timed. The kicker 21, 15 then 9 reps. I cannot do 21 pullups, I can do 8 pullups maybe with a lot of cheating.
The guy was helping the guys, so I had to find the woman and ask her what to do. All while the timer is running! She said - you obviously work out, just make it work. Really, wtf? So I did 21 jumping chin ups on the rings. The rings are wonderfully fun.
Next were push ups, I also can’t to 21 pushups so once again I have to ask. More time wasted! She gave me a incline made of PVC but there was only one and so the other fit girl was standing in front of me waiting for it. I wasn’t really able to get in the zone, so I sucked through 21 incline push ups. BW squats and crunches I knocked out easily.
Set 2 - I went easy on myself and just did inverted rows. All the rest of the girls were doing them. I need to work on not letting others set the standard for what’s acceptable! Also, I was worried that it would take me too long to get through the jumping chins and my time would suck.
I also let myself do a higher incline than was challenging for the push-ups because there wasn’t pipe available, and I wanted to get done. Set 3 went the same way. I went easy on myself to get a better time.
I was the first girl to finish, but was still after all the guys. They all did harder versions of each movement too! We then just kinda stood around until the last soccer mom was done. They didn’t push themselves at all, and I found myself thinking well at least I did better than them. A hung over soccer mom is not who I should be letting myself compete against!
To cool down we did pike while hanging from the rings. This didn’t feel like a cool down, there is no stability with the rings and I was swinging like mad.
After we were done the woman came over to the women and told us about how great the workout was because we could go at our own pace and adapt the workouts to fit our levels. The guys played with the rings once again. I had given up and was insanely winded so I just left.
I don’t really think crossfit is for me, but saturdays are free and I’m going to try it for a little while. I was nervous, not quite sure of what level to do things at, and apparently lacking internal motivation. I’m going to join the boys side next time, I really want to play with the rings.
I can see drawbacks though - to get a good time I was willing to cheat on the workout, I could have done everything on my own at home (well once I get a chin up bar), I also didn’t like the trainers.
The whole thing only took 40 min, and an hour later I went on to do my regularly scheduled lifting.