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
- My legs are quite strong, the cycling and running has kept me in pretty good nick.
- I’m really not very strong in my upper body - but I have seen gains
- I need to work on my flexibility!!
- 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!!
- I HATE being crap at something…. even more when it is fitness related
- I’m got to be realistic, I'm too old to be as good as people in their 20’s 30’s 40’s
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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
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