This morning I went to my first crossfit class ever. It was HARD. However, it was not as hard as I was prepared for it to be. I was terrified this morning, but I didn’t die, or pass out, or generally make myself look completely ridiculous. You see, I’m not a very athletic person. When exercising I turn bright red (sometimes purple) and I look like a perspiring eggplant. I’m not very strong, and I have very little endurance. I probably couldn’t run a mile if someone was chasing me!
One of my goals this year is to exercise more. I’ve been doing yoga twice a week for about the last six months, but I’d like to add some cardio and strength training. I’m fairly certain I have asthma, although its never been officially diagnosed, and when I try to run I sound like a dying moose with all my wheezing and panting. Today I learned I can jog 1/4 a mile without stopping, and that’s about my limit before I can’t breathe. My goal this year is to be able to run a full mile without having to stop. I’ll keep everyone updated on how that goes!
I’ve been starting my mornings this week with smoothies, in an effort to get more greens in. The recipe is very simple: blend 1 frozen banana, a handful of pineapple chunks, 1 cup almond milk, and a generous handful each of spinach and kale. Blend until very smooth. I didn’t drink a smoothie before crossfit this morning, because that’s a lot of liquid to be sloshing around in your stomach while jumping around, but I definitely felt more energized this week.
The Workout of the Day (WOD) was a partner workout. After a warmup, the workout consisted of the following:
1. 400 meter run while carrying a 14 lb medicine ball (my partner mostly carried the ball), then 30 situps with your partner, tossing the ball back and forth.
2. Tire flips (about 40 feet) and 10 jumps onto the tire there and back, each partner.
3. Repeat step one.
4. 80 goblet squats (squats holding a kettle bell at chest level – 40 each partner).
5. Repeat step one.
6. 100 kettle bell swings (50 each partner)
7. Repeat step one.
8. 120 pushups. (I did 40 girl pushups, and my partner did 80 full pushups).
I had to walk the last two 400 meter runs, and by the time I got to 40 girl pushups I felt like I was dying. But I did a total of 120 situps while holding that medicine ball, and I am so proud of that!
Here’s a super fuzzy picture of me trying to flip a tire. That tire is a heck of a lot heavier than it looks, trust me.
After crossfit I ate a giant pile of roasted potatoes, carrots, and onions. The recipe is super simple. Simply chop 3 gold potatoes, a large handful baby carrots, and two smallish yellow onions. Pre-heat oven to 400. Toss veggies with a teaspoon of oil, or spritz with cooking spray or veggie broth, and top with your favorite seasonings. I used garlic powder, salt, and cayenne pepper. Roast at 400 for 40 minutes, stirring halfway through.
All in all I’m very satisfied with my first crossfit workout. I’m very tired, and more than a little sore, but it was worth it. Here’s to a new year of getting stronger!
What are your exercise goals for 2015?