I have said it hundred times: I cannot categorize myself into one fitness category because I just like fitness. I like workouts in all forms. I enjoy running, I love to lift heavy weights, I enjoy jumping on boxes, the rowing machine is a good friend of mine, and I love a really good group exercise class. After a couple of years of contemplation I tried out what this Crossfit thing was all about and I liked it… a lot… but I am not ready to join the Crossfit cult.
I saw the word cult nicely. You see, runners have a cult too. As do group exercise class attendees and bodybuilders. We all run in our own little cult… I’d rather call it a circle- that is gives a better vibe. I have several circles: I have girls I meet on the weekends for a long run; I have certain friends I will text for a tough workout in the weight room; and I have friends that come to my classes. When I tested out Crossfit it was just me.
I put my name in a fishbowl at a local half marathon expo and got an email that I had won a free month of Crossfit. At about a $150 value I had to try it! I had done Crossfit-like workouts before: we had a trainer at my gym who used to do Crossfit workouts before he left to open up his own Box and I would do them once or twice a week and really enjoyed them. Even when I write my own workouts for the weight room I incorporate a lot of AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) and MetCon (Metabolic Conditioning) workouts as well as Crossfit-like exercises (box jumps, kettle bells, pull ups, rowing, etc.).
I love these types of workouts so I was excited to try Crossfit for a whole month! I was actually a little afraid because I also thought I would love it so much that I would want to be able to do it all of the time and I was not sure how I was going to talk my husband into adding that extra expense- Crossfit is not cheap.
I started my free month out with a bang and the first week I went three times that week! I was sore, but it felt great. I was so excited when I squatted 155 pounds and push pressed 95 pounds. I was drenched in sweat after a quick, 10 minute MetCon WOD on the rowing machine. I did a partner workout one Saturday morning and it was a blast.
Each workout started with a 10 minute warmup. After the warmup we went right into about 10-15 minutes of mobility. I did not like this one bit. I know I need mobility, but it was too slow for me. From there we would work on a skill and do a set number of sets of that specific skill. After the skill work was done we would do the WOD (Workout of the Day) and that would range anywhere from 15-30 minutes.
I loved the first week of Crossfit, but my kids didn’t. I took both of my munchkins with me that first day and they did not. The kid “area” is super small and there is not room to run and play. It is actually not even a room: it is a blocked off place that you can look over and see the kids, and they can hear everything that is going on during the workout. Plus the ages were all mixed together. M is usually a happy baby (I don’t think he has ever gotten an “unhappy” report at our current gym) and I could hear him getting upset towards the end of my workout. This did not make it enjoyable for me.
Despite my kids not liking it, I was determined to still get into it and make the most of my free month. I went when my husband got home from work at night or on Tuesdays (Mommy’s Day off). I had all intentions of trying to go to the 5:30am class, but that never happened.
The second week I went two times and I still really enjoyed it. I did a couple of beginning clinics to learn correct form for the snatch and how to do a kipping pull-up. The snatch clinic was frustrating because I still didn’t understand the snatch and frankly I have no desire to ever do that lift.
The third week of Crossfit came and I never got there… and didn’t get there again. I was teaching a lot of classes at my gym, my husband was out of town for work a couple of times, we had things going on in the evening and it was hard for me to get there without the kids. It just didn’t happen.
I really enjoyed the two weeks that I did do Crossfit. I would love it if I could make it a part of my schedule to just go to Crossfit two times a week. Finding two times a week to go without my munchkins is super difficult at this stage in our life. I could absolutely go at night, but I will be completely honest: I don’t want to do that. When my husband gets home in the evening, I don’t want to leave; that is the time for us to be together as a family.
If I am only going to be able to fit it into my schedule only once or twice a week, I can’t really justify the cost: $120-$150 a month (depending on what kind of contract you sign). In my eyes (and pocketbook) that is a lot for 8 workouts. I would only be able to get in 8 workouts there a month. If I did Crossfit 4-5 times a week, I could justify the cost, but I don’t want to do it that many times. I still want to run, lift with my friends, take group exercises classes, and make up my own workouts.
At this point, Crossfit will not be a regular thing for me. I may drop-in and do a WOD a local Box here and there, but that is the extent of it. I am going to continue to wear all the different fitness hats that I enjoy. And in the meantime, I am being inspired by personal trainer, Sara’s husband and Jess over at Blonde PonyTail and going to start collecting some equipment and so on days I want to workout from home I can have Crossfit “light” in my garage… or basement.