WOW = Workout of the Week!
Take a minute and think back on your week. What did you enjoy? What was particularly challenging or exciting? Do anything new?
It’s been a busy week over here. I finished my 3-week Crossfit Fundamentals class last week, so this was my first week in the “real” classes. You heard it right – a vegan Crossfitter. The shock and horror!! Actually, everyone is pretty chill and laid back and they don’t push the Paleo thing too much. I ended up going to 4 sessions (M, T, Th, F) and I loved them all! Crossfit is really empowering and I can already notice improvements in my strength. And boy am I sore! Crossfit is a great way to add muscle strength in a fun group setting, with a real focus on form to prevent injury. I had no idea what a “clean” “jerk” or even a “push press” was until I started the class and I’m learning more terminology and technique each day.
I’ve been going to Home Grown Crossfit which is in San Carlos, CA near my office. It’s a friendly group of people and one of the coaches is actually an Ironman and an ultra-marathoner. Very cool to be in good hands! I was pretty intimidated by the whole thing at first, but I just have to remember that I can only do the best that I can do. It’s not about what the person next to me is doing, it’s about focusing on ME and proper form. The added weights and improvements will happen over time.
The best part of the week, though, was mustering up the strength and energy to go to my first class. Not only was it my first Crossfit session, but it was a day where we did a notoriously difficult WOD (Workout Of the Day) called Murph. Murph is named in memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005, a nice tribute on Veteran’s Day.
Murph consists of:
1 mile run
200 push ups
1 mile run
We only had 40 minutes to complete as much as possible, and I’m happy that I got about half of it done (1 mile run, 45 pull-ups, 90 pushups, 135 squats, 1 mile run) which is decent for a beginner and weakling like me! It felt pretty great, though. I loved the running aspect and I loved working on my squats. With my tight runner hamstrings the squats are particularly challenging for me. Everyone in the class (me included!) was exhausted and sweating up a storm.
Looking forward to more Crossfit classes and building some much-needed muscle.
Swim. Bike. Run. Eat Plants.