Power Cleans, Thrusters & Snatches…Oh My!

That title sounds dirty, doesn’t it?!?  It’s hard to believe that only 4 short months ago I was contemplating trying CrossFit.  The thought of even touching a barbell, let alone lifting one over my head terrified me.  This might as well have been me…

But it’s quite amazing where some dedication and hard work can get you.  I’m doing things I never thought I could do and it has also helped with everyday activities.  I look forward to seeing the WOD (workout of the day) everyday and what new challenge lies ahead.  Well, that is unless it contains burpees…I still HATE burpees!

A Ridiculous WOD
My Box…CFM!

So here’s the low down of my CrossFit experience so far:

The Good

  • My PRs so far.  Who am I????
    • Back Squat – 80#
    • Close Grip Bench Press – 68#
    • Dead Lift – 143#
    • Front Squat (1 1/4) – 93#
    • Hang Clean – 83#
    • Hang Power Snatch – 53#
    • Overhead Squat – 53#
    • Power Clean – 93#
    • Romanian Dead Lift – 88#
    • Shoulder Press – 58#
    • Single Leg Squat (rear foot elevated) – 58#
    • Thruster – 73#
  • Having muscle.  The fact that I can now change the bottle on the water cooler with ease is pretty awesome.
Look at those baby guns! 😉
  • Seeing my body get tighter.  I’m actually not losing weight because I’m gaining muscle, but I can see major changes.  For someone who never had even the slightest definition in her arms…this is major.
  • How I feel, which is AMAZING.  I have so much more energy and confidence since I started CrossFit.  I feel like I can conquer the world after a good WOD.  Who know’s maybe I will…
  • My calluses.  This is a strange one, but I love them!  It reminds of my hard work every day.
Maybe it’s time to invest in some lotion…
  • New friends.  One thing you’ll always hear about CrossFit is the community and family that is formed in the box, and it’s so true!  Everyone is so welcoming and encouraging and the coaches are amazing.  I was also lucky enough to start when some other great people were starting and we’ve formed a really fun friendship over the past few months!

The Not So Good

  • My mental blocks.  For some reason (especially when doing cleans), I psych myself out on the heavier weights.  My coaches have told me that I’m more than capable of cleaning more weight than I have been by looking at my form, but I just stop halfway through the movement and don’t get under the barbell.  I’m not sure if it’s a fear of injury or just a little voice inside my head saying “this is crazy!”.  Whatever it is, it’s frustrating and I need to get over it.
  • The pull up.  Ooooohhhhh the dreaded pull up.  I can’t even do a band assisted pull up at this point, which is frustrating considering I can lift 73# over my head when doing a thruster.  I’ve been working with the gravitron to build my muscle and I started doing the #plankaday challenge to build my core.  But I still have a long way to go.  I think some weight loss is also going to be order to get this done…blech.
My BFF, Mr. Gravitron
  • The possibility of injury.  This is always in the back of my mind since I hurt my neck in the 2nd week of on ramp.  I know I’m much stronger now and know how to do the moves properly, but that’s always in the back of my mind especially when going for PRs.
  • The cost.  It’s no secret that CrossFit is very expensive.  No, I’m not thrilled with the cost, but for me it’s worth it.  I could never do this on my own and the results I’m seeing justify the cost for me.

That about sums it up so far.  Right now, I can only fit 3 classes a week into my schedule.  I’m hoping that after the new year and the WDW Marathon (if I survive) I will be be able to got 4 – 5 times per week.  I’m determined to get in the best shape I can and who knows…maybe I’ll even compete next year!

Have you tried CrossFit?  

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  • I really want to try CrossFit and a box recently opened in my town, I think I am going to wait until after Marathon Weekend though since I don’t want to try anything new this close to Goofy! Plus, cost is definitely a concern for me, I’m not sure I can afford my yoga studio and a box, but I definitely want to try it, everyone I know that does CrossFit just loves it!

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