The Crossfit Challenge - Part 1

Rob

Rob

Crossfit - a new type of challenge for me

As part of my general training this year, I started going to my local gym (Crossfit Corinthians) to try Crossfit.

My daughter and I had got frustrated at the chain gym set up and when they closed the pool it was time to try something else.
I wasn't really sure what Crossfit was, but a couple of old rugby team-mates were there and really positive about both the sessions and also the gym environment and set up. There were a couple of aerobic machines as well, so I always had that as a fallback so we gave it a try.

I soon found out at the taster sessions and the first timed workouts, that it was unlike anything I'd done before..

  • A whole variety of exercises - running, rowing, weightlifting, kettlebells, jumping, pull ups, bodyweight.. I can go on :-)
  • You get taught and coached constantly that good form is important.. more important than trying to lift heavier weight!
  • All of the exercises scale, so everyone does the same thing at the same time - you are all working hard, but shifting different weights, going different speeds.
  • I'm really rubbish at many of the movements and exercises - which in fact is a bonus, as I feel I'm learning a whole new area of exercise
  • The gym has a positive character and atmosphere unlike anywhere else I have been... and that is 30 years of different gyms/clubs/sports

So after the early workouts, I incorporated Crossfit sessions into my general regime as a great way to keep core strength going and also adding some variety into my regime. I was going once or twice a week, but with some gaps around heavy cycling weeks and working away. 

So about a year on - here's where I feel I am

  1. My legs are quite strong, the cycling and running has kept me in pretty good nick.
  2. I’m really not very strong in my upper body - but I have seen gains
  3. I need to work on my flexibility!!
  4. Some of the things we take for granted as children are incredibly difficult, once you get older (and fatter).. press ups, pull ups, climbing a rope!!
  5. I HATE being crap at something…. even more when it is fitness related
  6. I’m got to be realistic, I'm too old to be as good as people in their 20’s 30’s 40’s
  7. I love doing exercise with my kids… but find it difficult that are better than me, despite my many years...

So I have set myself a long term challenge… well 3 to be precise.

  1. I will enter the Crossfit Open in early 2017. This is a global run competition where everyone does 1 scored workout each week, over a period of 4 weeks. The workouts are only released the day before the week starts (so you can't practice specifics) and you have to enter your score on the system within that week.
  2. I aim to complete each exercise with at least 1 rep at the required standard (RX). (This may sound easy, but for some of the exercises, doing 1 rep is a challenge in itself due to the strength or technique required)
  3. I will aim to get lean and mean to have my first ever 6-pack

Why Have I set myself this challenge?
Entering Crossfit games means I will need to train and develop in a new way from my last few years where I have tended to go longer, slower and concentrate on endurance.

It will be great because:

  • I will get generally stronger
  • I will develop and sustain greater flexibility and core strength
  • The sessions are shorter than my current regime (so potentially more time for other things!)
  • I’ve never specifically had a goal of managing my body shape or weight and nutrition, so it is a really clear goal to aim for.

It will be really hard because:

  • Its a tough sport and it will be difficult in many ways, many sessions….
    Have you tried Burpees since you were a kid… or pull ups... or climbing a rope... or front squats... or... I could go on
  • I love cakes... always have :-)
Rob

Rob

The grumpy old man... played county level at multiple sports, semi-pro football and since retiring from rugby taken part and completed in single to multi day adventure races, half marathons, marathons, ultra running, triathlon, half ironman, ironman. A qualified PT, Kettlebell Coach and Personal Coach.. Loves cake!

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