Who hasn’t heard of CrossFit?! We have and decided it would be the perfect Fitness First for September.
What is it?
CrossFit brings cardio, strength training and competition to your workout routine. The workout varies by day, and depending on the day it can incorporate elements from high-intensity interval training, weightlifting, gymnastics, and calisthenics, just to name a few. The first part of your workout generally includes strength training exercises while the last part is your cardio.
What do I wear?
Tank top (it gets hot in the gym!), shorts or running capris/pants, tennis shoes.
What gear do I need?
Nothing, but definitely bring a water bottle.
Now before we get into our opinions we need to set the stage for this review. Remember reformer pilates? To recap, we didn’t love it and we mainly felt it was due to the teacher. Well, we had the same experience with CrossFit. We tried a class and didn’t enjoy it. In fact, we both wanted to leave half way through, which we have never felt in any of our previous workouts. We didn’t feel supported, and we didn’t have any idea what we were doing (and the instructor refused to explain things) so we felt we may in fact injure ourselves! So we complained to the owner. We were honest about our experience and we were offered another class, for free. The owner was incredibly lovely through the whole thing and made sure we got the complete experience the second time. In short, it pays to be honest as long as you are constructive. And with that background, on to our review!
Overall I thought…
B: Even trying CrossFit twice I am still not sure it is for me. I enjoyed working on weights as I never prioritize that in my regular workouts, but I’m still not convinced.
T: After our second class, I thought it was interesting. I would like to do more weights and I like that the workouts vary everyday since that would keep me from being bored. Since I didn’t know any of the exercises though, I’m not sure if I’d want to put in the effort to get comfortable as it doesn’t seem to be something you just drop in to.
I was surprised….
B: By the camaraderie of the students. While the initial coach we had wasn’t supportive, the students were so supportive and were the reason we even considered trying CrossFit again.
T: How encouraging the instructor and people were. The workout we did the second time was tough and I was the last one to finish, but several people encouraged me to keep going and that I was almost there!
I wish I had…
B: Done more research! I really felt completely unprepared for this workout. I expected more cardio, crazy I know, but I did.
T: Googled crossfit to learn more about the exercises that appear for the WOD (workout of the day). I felt like I was dropping into another planet which made me really uncomfortable since I had so much to learn.
Would you do it again?
B: Still unsure. I feel like it may be good for me, to push myself out of my comfort zone; but there are other things that would do that too.
T: The reality is that I probably wouldn’t. I liked the second class and I even was tempted when the owner told us about what it cost to commit for a month. However, I didn’t feel that comfortable with all the learning different exercises and techniques. It seemed complicated and I may end up avoiding it anyway if I committed to it. It wasn’t “fun” for me.