Saturday, May 26, 2012

My First WOD

Good afternoon Beautiful,
Well, I did it. I survived my first WOD (workout of the day). I went with my friend Jason to a CrossFit studio in Liberty Village here in Toronto (website here) for my first CrossFit class. It was literally my very first time ever going into a CrossFit studio so I was a bit nervous; thank god Jason went with me. I went to a “foundation” class because you basically need to learn all of the foundations of the movements before you can do a normal class. They recommend someone who’s coming in for the first time do about 6 foundation classes before moving into the normal classes.
I met Jason at our GoodLife club in Liberty Village and we walked over to the CrossFit studio together. We got there, and as soon as I walked in it felt like a wet sauna. So humid, so hot, I was a bit nervous at this point because all I can see is some serious equipment, and all I can feel is basically, the moisture from people’s sweat. Luckily, I know one of the owners of the CrossFit gym, I’ve known him for about 4 years actually and I’m glad he was working because it made it a lot more comfortable for me.
We started the class by introducing ourselves to each other. Then he walked us through the movements that we’d be doing that day. We started by learning a proper squat, then a push-up then a pull-up. We learned an additional movement called the “clean”. Basically it’s a movement you do to bring a barbell from the ground, up to shoulder height. Nic (my friend/the coach for the day) broke up the movement into multiple smaller movements so we could learn. It was really neat to be coached so closely, I really liked that part.
Then we learned about the workout we were doing that day. The normal WOD which was called the “Murph” was this:
Run 1 Mile
100 pull-ups
200 push-ups
300 squats
Run 1 Mile
And do this as fast as you can. Because we were in a foundation class, we were only doing half of this. So our workout went like this:
Run 1 Mile
50 pull-ups
100 push-ups
150 squats
And do this as fast as you can. One of the coaches put a time limit on this workout (thank god) of 25 minutes. Nic explained to us that we could break up the workout however we wanted, but the easiest, least confusing way of doing it would be 10 sets of 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups, 15 squats… So I did that. I didn’t make it through all 10 sets (I didn’t think I would), but I did make it a good chunk of the way through. I did 45 pull-ups, 65 push-ups, and 115 squats plus the 1 mile run in the beginning. I used a resistance band to help with my pull-ups, which really helped, because I got in most of those. The squats were the second easiest for me as they were body weight squats, but they were really deep. The push-ups killed me. I’ve never been good at doing push-ups, and it wasn’t until after college that I could actually complete one push-up from my toes. I did my push-ups on my knees, because I think I literally would have died if I would have done them from my toes.
My goal was never to be the best at this, because that will NEVER happen, but I was really trying not to be the worst, and I wasn’t! Woohoo! I am so proud of myself for actually doing a CrossFit workout! I think I will be returning, I mean, if I’m not completely crippled by the workout today. I think I could do this about 1x/week, including all my other workouts of course.
I think the only other time I’ve been as sweaty as I was after a workout was when I did hot yoga (which I refuse to do again by the way….).
How is your weekend going so far?
I bought a really cool drink dispenser from Kitchen Stuff Plus today after my workout, and I’m super excited because I’m going to make Sangria in it tonight! White wine sangria to be more precise! I’m really excited. Hopefully we’ll be going out tonight with some friends.
Tomorrow is an off day for me in terms of working out… I’m so excited to relax!
Stay sweet.
xoxo

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