Well don’t I feel silly? Here I sit, behind my computer screen, as my fingers dance away, “do CrossFit,” “find one, and go sign up, it’s well worth the money,” and “yes, it’s intimidating, but it’ll be worth it.”
CrossFit is scary. Really, really scary. And it certainly takes some effort, and self coaching to get yourself there, and to stick it out through the workout, and then show up again, and again, and again.
And, I find with most CrossFit gyms (called ‘boxes’) you’re either ‘in,’ or you’re ‘out,’ and although I’m fairly certain that nearly everyone can get ‘in,’ it’s incredibly hard to move from ‘out’ to ‘in.’ If that even makes sense. Well, yesterday I was out. Nobody, like not one person spoke to me, which was sooooo different than my CrossFit in Melbourne. Yesterday, everybody showed up, did their own thing, and then headed out. It was really different.
The workout last night was hard. For time:
10 Pistol Squats
20 Pistol Squats
30 Pistol Squats
It took me 18 minutes and 31 seconds to complete this (the cut off was 16), and the RX weight of 95 pounds / 43kg (that’s the weight the coaches suggest you go with) was fairly light, or so I thought, but the last 30 were hard. I had also never done ‘pistol squats,’ which were, in two words, pure hell. My thighs actually locked up at one point, but nonetheless I (somehow) pushed through.
This CrossFit gym is without doubt *a lot more intense* than my one in Melbourne. I got the impression people were there to get fit (and my God, they were fit), and not really socialize (although, obviously, I was the odd man out. And obviously, this is probably not a bad thing, as I’d imagine it would get better results.) My coach, however, (who was my old personal trainer), was great, and guided me through the workout and didn’t correct my form too much. Actually, he said it was good, which made me happy.
So from here? I’m debating. I do want to sign up, and as I have no job right now, or much of a life (wa-hoooo), I feel it’ll be good for me as it’ll get me out the house, and moving - plus, official marathon training (with my group) starts June 27th, so it would be nice to be down a couple of pounds for then, and feeling stronger, but CrossFit really is SOOOO (like, whoa) expensive… decisions, decisions.
Now please excuse me as I hobble away to make breakfast, as my body is in a world of pain today.