Cece is the crossfit Queen of our duet, so after dragging her to an Orangetheory class and watching the enjoyment of pain come across her face mid treadmill sprints I figured it was only fair to take a whirl at crossfit. I was EXTREMELY nervous because although I’ve done a lot of different exercise classes, I am not someone who is super amped about squatting 125 lbs and pressing as much as possible until failure. So I played it off cool, at least I think, but I was dying inside.
This was my train of thought before crossfit class. “Omg will I embarrass myself ? What if I can’t do it ? What if I don’t know what the exercise is ? Will they all know I’m new ? Will everyone be better than me ? Does my outfit look okay ? Are these pants going to fall down ? How is my pony tail ? I’m fine I’m fine I’m fine. Nope no, not fine.” Ten or so minutes into the workout those thoughts subsided and I finally found my confidence.
It was a simple WOD (workout of the day for all you newbs like me). There is some crossfit competition and everyone was doing 16.2 that weekend so they made the WOD a little bit easier so peeps could prepare. So we did a warmup, then a strength block, and conditioning. The strength block had no technical lifting so it was perfect, it was all exercises I’ve done before so I didn’t feel completely lost. I felt in control of my workout, which was awesome because I was so scared I would be lost. The conditioning part was really fun for me! We had an option to run or row and I picked running, which I guess is usually the lesser of two options. Running was the main reason I joined OTF a year ago. I wanted to get back into running, there was a point where I loved it and ran 3-6 miles a day. So I’m a cardio, adrenal, endorphin junkie so those sprints on the tread was exactly what kept me in the bright spirits with the veteran crossfitters. I kept close pace with Cece which was my goal.
I would say it was a successful workout and I definitely got a good sweat in. Was it what I was expecting? Not really. Is it my new favorite workout ? Probably not. Will I try it again ? Most definitely. I am a firm believer in giving workouts even up to 10 times to see if you like it or hate it. So even if the next class I go to is all lifting and I use the only the bar, I’ll have to keep trying to get a true feel for it. However, I am still holding strong and true to my Orangetheory Fitness (as I am off to my Friday night sweat sesh right now!)