Ohhhh, look at me trying to turn yet another CrossFit post into an artsy-fartsy post. And while I still have the non-CrossFitters’ attention, can we all please all appreciate the headless guy in that top, left photo? Because spooky!
I think one of the greatest things about doing CrossFit is that once you learn it, once you know it, you can then rock up to any CrossFit in the world and do it. On Saturday I tried out my fifth CrossFit in Toronto, Tidal CrossFit. A reader, Allie *waves* emailed me and asked me to join her, and as I’ve been feeling really lazy these days, I simply had to say ‘yes and please!’
It’s really interesting trying out new CrossFits and getting to compare notes; they’re all so different, and yet so similar. I won’t lie, I’m pretty judgmental once I step into a new box (CrossFit lingo for gym). The number one factor I judge on is the coaching, and the second is the community (as in, do the members chat to each other and support each other (esp. the last person). The location, space, WOD (workout of the day) setup ect., are all factors too, but small issues compared to coaching.
Because yes. Coaching-coaching-coaching. Coaching is so goddamn important to me because first and foremost I do not want to get injured. CrossFit includes a lot of very heavy lifting, and some incredibly fast, hard, heavy moves (cough Snatch cough) so you better believe I need an expert to watch me, give me tips, pointers, and make sure I’m doing the movement safely. And, of course, I want to get better. My knowledge of the details of movements is pretty useless, so I need help.
Anyways, back to Saturday’s workout, Allie (who wasn’t the coach, but is Level 1 certified) was fantastic. She gave me special treatment and lots of tips on my dead-lift (my 5RM was 160lbs), and helped me set up for the WOD. One of the worst things about being new to a CrossFit is having no clue where equipment is kept, or what their routine is, so it’s always so appreciated when somebody takes me under their belt.
I need to note, however, that their coach did not run through the movements with the entire class beforehand, which was kind of crazy-crazy to me. I don’t care if every single person has seen a front squat, or dead lift a million and one times… I personally believe in CrossFit the coach must *always* go through the technique of each movement before the class - this will give people (aka me) a reminder of the movement, and allows people to ask questions and continue to learn. I don’t know, maybe my standards are too high.
The workout was 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 of front squats (I moved 55lbs), and box jumps (I did 16”). (If non-CrossFitters are still with me here, that means: for time - 10 Front squats, 10 box jumps, then 9, 9, 8, 8, etc.). I completed it in 10:20, and thoroughly hurt the next day.
If my life goes according to plan (bahahaha. doubt that) this CrossFit is in the area I’d love to live, so it has a high potential of becoming my sweaty-sweaty home. We shall see! Plus, Allie was fantastic, and I (not so) secretly want to force her to become my BFF.
Also, I’m wearing the Victoria’s Secret tank they very kindly sent me, and I still love-love-love it. Note to self: write that review of their sports bras, because under-wire in a sports bra is oh-so-very new to me!