class review: crossfit 201
Hey all, I’m back!! After another long weekend up in NJ I’m finally home, surviving a United Airlines debacle last night. Thanks to a broken part on the engine (really reassuring), I didn’t make it home until 1:30am. Ouch. On a happier note, I had my first pre-natal client this morning and it was awesome! I’m super pumped to be working with such a special segment of the population. These ladies are so strong.
Over the weekend I FINALLY tried CrossFit for the first time! My brother-in-law has recently gotten into it, all thanks to the 21-year-old intern dude they had staying with them for a month. He was a true CrossFit bro. After trying out a couple of CrossFit gyms (CrossFit boxes?), he chose to work out at CrossFit 201 in Franklin Lakes, NJ.
Anyway, we looked up the WOD the night before (that may or may not be considered cheating) and I decided it was the perfect intro WOD for me. Almost everything was bodyweight-related, so I felt comfortable going into it. We woke up, headed over, and strolled into the warehouse-style facility that I expect when it comes to CrossFit. It was no-frills and stocked with serious equipment, and the family/team atmosphere was apparent from the moment we stepped through the front door. Everyone is eager to become friends, and they attack the WOD with enthusiasm.
Here’s the WOD that I powered through:
- 2 mile run
- 40 wall balls (I used the 14lb ball)
- 30 burpees
- 20 pull-ups (I used the rubber band for support)
I felt comfortable with the 2 mile run, but it was getting steamy that morning with the humidity slowly building. I wanted to make sure I didn’t burn out too easily before I actually got to any CrossFit exercises, so I ended up hanging towards the back of the group. GOOD DECISION.
Once we got back to CrossFit 201, it was time to work. I was really happy that wall balls were in the WOD because I’ve always wanted to try them. I love how they really work the entire body, and they’re fun at the same time! We got through the burpees and pull-ups, and ended the WOD as sweaty messes. Two days later, my triceps are still sore from those pull-ups.
All in all, this was a WOD I could handle and even enjoy. I know I am not into the Olympic-lifting idea, with maxing out and things like that, but I respect CrossFit and those who practice it often. Their bodies don’t lie either–these people could truly lift a car. I’d be totally okay joining a friend for a doable WOD like Sunday’s, but will I become a convert and start working on my clean and jerks? Highly unlikely. I’ll leave that to the strong guys and girls over at CrossFit 201! Thanks for a great workout!
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