Yesterday, I started Crossfit. I was really anxious about it based on its (well-earned) reputation of being super intense. But despite my nervousness, I was up and at the box at 5:30am. Yes, 5:30am... I definitely prefer morning workouts to evening workouts, but that's WAY early. But, it was the only morning option that still got me to work on time, so I did it.
Day 1 actually turned out not to be so bad. The beauty of early morning workouts is that there aren't many people there. I was the only new person there, so I got the benefit of having one-on-one training most of the time. He taught me how to do proper back and front squats during the strength portion then we got to the WOD ("workout of the day"). Yesterday, it was to do as many rounds as possible in 7 minutes of 7 handstand pushups (of which I did exactly zero), 7 box jumps (where you literally jump onto a box), and 7 front squats with the barbell from the ground (not racked). The trainer had me get (mostly) inverted for the handstand pushup portions and stay there for a 7-count before moving on to the rest. I made it through three full rounds plus some!
I got home super amped up and excited about my workout. As the day progressed, I got more and more sore, but it wasn't too horrible until late in the day. Obviously my legs are sore with all those weighted squats, but it's really my shoulders/neck (where the weighted barbell rested during back squats) that's the most tender today.
This morning, I was back up and at the box at 5:30am, and today there were only four people. Three
beasts dudes and me plus the trainer. The WOD didn't look too bad when it was on the board, but it as I'm learning, the board is a big fat liar. As many rounds as possible in 30 minutes of a 400m run (ignore the word "sprint") while carrying a medicine ball then five rounds of 5 pull-ups, 10 push ups, then 15 burpees. Yes, a 400m run, 25 pull-ups, 50 push ups, and 75 burpees is one round. Kill. Me. Now.
My goal was to make it through one full round (with heavily-assisted pull ups), which I did at about the 26 minute mark. So what does the trainer say? "You've got time to do another 400m!" Um, excuse me? I want to die, and you want me to go run?? But you know what? I did it! Well, I ran for a bit then walked for a while then ran for another hot second and walked the rest of the way. The whole time I was out there (plus all through the strength rounds inside), the trainer was at the box yelling after me and cheering for me and telling me I could do it.
There's no way I would've made it through (or even attempted) the final 400m without the encouragement of the trainer. I was ready to be done after I finished my single round, but he pushed me just a little bit harder, and I did it!
I left feeling absolutely exhausted and like I just wanted to lie down and sleep, but I also felt like a conquerer. In the last two days, I've worked harder than possibly any workout I've ever done on my own at the gym. And that's the beauty of Crossfit-- they help you get more out of yourself than you could get on your own. Everyone is pushing each other and wanting each other to succeed and do just a little more. So you do. And everyone gets better that way.