Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Crossfit Beginner Tips & I Need Some Advice!

Good evening Beautiful,

So I slept in this morning. What a perfect start to the day! I had my alarm set a bit later yesterday because I was working from home, and forgot to change it back to reflect the fact that I actually had to go to work today… I still made it out the door in decent time after I gathered everything from the fridge for breakfast/lunch and then couldn’t find my keys so I stole C’s. It took me 40 minutes to get to work this morning resulting in me being a couple of minutes late for work. It normally takes me about 15 minutes to get to work, so it was a bit concerning when I was in the car for 25 minutes and still hadn’t hit the highway. I managed to get to work at about 9:05, but my day was not off to the best start.
This morning was the first morning I was keeping a food journal (again) and weighing my food. For breakfast I had a quarter of a salmon fillet with brussel sprouts and green tea. Delish! The morning went by and then I let Jenny know that she was not working through lunch today, and she was coming up to workout with me! We made our way upstairs and did a WOD, short amount of time but intense at the same time. We did:
100 squats
100 push-ups
100 pull-ups
100 crunches
We did the WOD in 10 sets of 10 reps of each exercise and just kind of rotated through the exercises together and we were both pretty sweaty by the end of the WOD… It was fun! I’m glad we did it, it definitely put me in the right mindset for the rest of my day. While we were working out I told her that she should try a real crossfit class sometime. I was explaining how there is usually a time limit on the WODs but people stick around and cheer on the people who are finishing last. I know a lot of people are intimidated by CrossFit, and it’s really understandable. The Crossfit Box’s (the gyms) are really industrial looking full of weights and barbells and plates, and it would be really scary if you’ve never done it before. So I put together some things you can do if you’re looking to start doing Crossfit to make the beginning a little less scary for you J.
Keep in mind, I’m still pretty “new” to Crossfit as well, so I know these things from experience!
  1. Go with a friend. You can either take a friend who’s also never done Crossfit before, or if you know someone that does Crossfit, go with them! They’ll know how to help you set up your equipment, and will be able to introduce you to regulars in your Crossfit box!
  2. Check out YouTube. There are thousands of videos on YouTube of people doing Crossfit. If there is an exercise that you really don’t know much about, look it up and see how people perform the exercise, it will help you going into the WOD if you have a bit of an idea about what you’re doing.
  3. Check the Crossfit Box’s website the morning you plan on going. This is a good idea for more than 1 reason. The first is that you can see the exercises you will be doing in case you do need to research them before you go, and secondly if you absolutely HATE a certain exercise, you know to not go on that day. If you HATE running, or maybe you just have an injury, you will know if the WOD that day is a lot of running, or if there is no running that day.
Those are the top three things that come to mind for beginners, because this is what I did when I first started. The first Crossfit class I attended was with my friend Jason who is like this super crazy Crossfitter. Luckily for me I know one of the guys that owns the Crossfit Box I go to well so that helped make me a little less scared. The second time I attended I went with my friend Katie who’s also been doing it for a long time. Jason sent me a website after my first class showing me all of the workouts and sent me a link to a website explaining each exercise so I could learn the different exercises and be prepared/do the workouts on my own.
Needless to say though, because of that I tend to do WODs on my own because I find it hard to get to a class during the week. Even though I still enjoy doing them alone, the atmosphere at a Crossfit Box is like none other, so I would highly recommend you check it out!
Tonight for din we’re making a whole chicken in the oven and I’m also going to cook up some squash and some sort of green veggie that I have in the freezer. Another boring meal, I’m sorry! Perhaps tomorrow I will be a creative genius and whip something up in the kitchen. Maybe a soup of some sort, I haven’t done one of those in a while.
I’ve been having somewhat of a dilemma today because there’s something I want to do (I don’t want to tell you yet, once it’s confirmed I will post a big brag about it!) and for some reason I’m super nervous about it. I shouldn’t be, I should be totally excited, which I am sort of as well. I’d be a lot more busy (which may mean bi-weekly posts rather than daily posts, but not necessarily!) and I’d have to really watch my finances even more (not by A LOT, but a bit more than I am now). It’s a big/long commitment, and I know I should do it and will probably end up doing it, but I also had to get rid of my shoe savings and stop saving for the shoes so I could start saving for this. In the long run it will make me better and will take me farther than a pair of shoes will (although I still plan on buying them).
When you are facing a big decision, what do you take into consideration? If it’s something you’re super interested in and know it would be worth it… does that help sway your choice?
Let me know – I need some serious advice!
Stay sweet.


  1. First off WAY TO GO for trying out Crossfit! Ive been wanting to try it!! Now that Im not pregnant I need to make the time and pay to go (we have one on base so you have to make the commitment...no free try) Ill admit I am a bit intimidated!

    Making the right choices, especially a big commitment is always tough. I wish I had some words of wisdom...if itll make you happy then do it...thats all I got! LOL
    Cant wait to hear what it is though!!!

    1. Haha - thanks Lindsey! I think I know what I'm going to do and will blog about it tonight! You should definitely try Crossfit! Go with a buddy!

  2. i think that if it's something that really means a lot to you, then it's totally worth it! i'd much rather try something new and have it not work out than never even give it a shot! :o) i really liked your crossfit tips! i havent tried it before, but ive definitely considered it! spa love!!

    1. Aw Jenna - you're totally right, and so smart.. I agree! I think I'm totally going to go for it! :) Will write about it tonight!

  3. Ugh commuting was the WORST today. I live near Queen and Greenwood and it normally takes me about 20 minutes to get downtown.. thanks to the damn rain it took almost an hour. bah!

    I'm the worst at big decisions, I'm impulsive - I have no good advice, especially when it comes to being careful with money!

    Another good tip for Crossfit I would say is to check if your local Box has a bootcamp class - I did that a few years ago and it gives you a really thorough understanding of all the various cross fit stuff you need to know, and you get more personalized attention before you a released into the big classes. Granted, I'm not at Crossfit anymore, but I would happily do a class here and there if I could find one more convenient to me - its such an intense atmosphere I think its great for motivation!

    Hey and congrats on your Stella and Dot win on Fit in Heels! Saw that pop up on my Facebook feed and I was like "Hey, I know her!" :)

    1. Haha, first off - thank you! I'm so excited about the earrings! They're so gorg. I'm totally wearing them for my birthday celebrations! Thanks for the Crossfit tip! I didn't know they had bootcamp classes! Which Box do you go to? I used to be bad with money as well... I'm slowly trying to fix it!

    2. I went to Crossfit TO when the were at Dundas and Carlaw (which was wildly inconvenient for me at the time - I lived at St. Clair and Spadina then), I think they are on logan somewhere now!

  4. what a great post! I always check my boxs' facebook page every morning to see what the WOD is for the day! That definitely helps me know what to wear. There are usually some youtube links in the post as well so that is great especially because I have only been doing crossfit for like 7 weeks so I still don't know all of the workouts. I didn't go with a friend but that would probably make things a little easier. My only advice is don't look at the board do the WOD at your best ability. If you are working hard thats all that matters no need to compare yourself!

    1. Thanks Danielle! That is AWESOME advice and I hope everyone reads it - you rock! Thanks lovey! xo

  5. So, when you go to the box, you can only do the WOD? And do you go every day so that the WOD is a well-rounded total body workout every week or twice a week?

    I am intrigued...

    1. Hi Elle!

      Yes, they have a set workout that everyone does that day. It can be altered to suit your abilities of course, but the goal is to be able to do exactly what the WOD board says. You should google "Crossfit Workouts" and see what they look like! It's VERY intense, but nothing you can't handle! :)

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