I tried out Crossfit for the first time today after a friend from Kung Fu suggested I go to one of the free women’s workouts at CrossFit Central on Burnet Road.
I was really nervous. Despite assurances from both Andy and the woman from the facility who put my name down, I was sure I was going to make an ass of myself. It was totally out of my comfort zone to try out a new workout — it’s been ages since I jumped into anything new. The last time I felt that nervous I was about to show up to my first black belt class — and before that — it was my first Kung Fu class 3 1/2 years ago. So it’s been a while.
I was totally welcomed when I arrived. There were several people there who had been there before — but also lots of people who looked like they were new. I made a point of introducing myself to a few people and smiling. We waited a little while for everyone to arrive — thanks to the Austin marathon, it was tough for people to get there. (I had to go way out of my way to go around the runners, which went right through the heart of my neighborhood.)
The warmups were not unfamiliar to me. The guy who used to run our morning Kung Fu class had starting introducing something similar after he started going to a Crossfit facility. The warmup included a 400m run, which made my lungs burn — but I kept going.
The WOD (workout of the day) was 50 sumo dead lifts/50 overhead lunges/50 push presses/400m run (or walk) with weight X3. We worked with a partner so we traded off on the exercises and ran together. My partner felt she could only do the Level I weights, which are the lightest, so we used the 16 pound kettlebell and 2 10-lb dumbbells. She also wasn’t up for running, so I dropped back to do a fast walk with her. I knew I could do more, but I am grateful I took it a little easy today because I’m sore now.
We finished in 27:56 — just under the 28 minute cutoff.
It was a great workout, and I decided to go back for the Crossfit Elements program, which pairs you with a coach for 3 sessions to learn the basics of the exercises. I’m hoping I can continue to go back, if my finances and my schedule allow.