Last night, I completed my first “official” crossfit WOD (Workout of the Day) at Crossfit Naptown in downtown Indianapolis.
Crossfit Naptown offers a free introductory class every Thursday at 6pm for people like me, who are brand new to crossfit. I actually wanted to check out Crossfit Naptown for another project that I am working on (more on that at a later date!) but I thought that it would be helpful to share my first ever crossfit experience with all of you as well!
Several other bloggers belong to crossfit boxes in their own cities and post about their WODs and the community that they enjoy. I feel like I am always reading about it! Because “crossfit” is such a buzzword right now, I couldn’t help but want to know what all of the hype was about and try things out first hand.
The Intro Class was perfect for me because it gave me a chance to ask questions, learn about what “crossfit” really is, why people love it so much, learn the crossfit standard technique for some basic movements, and try it out for myself.
Once 6pm hit and our entire group had arrived, our crossfit lesson began. In the group there were young people, older people, fit people, and people who were less experienced with working out. We truly had a little bit of everything, but the thing we had in common was our lack of experience with crossfit.
So, what is crossfit?
Merritt, our wonderful instructor, explained that crossfit is a strength and conditioning form of constantly varied exercises. Each workout focuses on either strength or endurance, uses the full body, and uses functional training movements to help you get stronger doing the things that you do every day. She explained that rather than working to be the strongest or the fastest, crossfit helps everyone be an awesome “generalist” so that instead of being the best at one thing, you are pretty great at everything. There is a big difference between the fittest and the strongest man on the planet.
Another thing that everyone emphasized was the community that crossfit has. They all explained that crosssfit isn’t just a place to show up where no one knows your name. They make a point to make sure that everyone knows everyone’s name, so when you walk in the door you feel welcome. Everyone holds each other accountable, and they become each other’s family.
After our quick lesson about the background of crossfit, we learned everyone’s name, warmed up with some burpees, and then went over the crossfit standard for some basic movements that we would be completing in our very first WOD.
Here is a look at what we were completing:
One of the great things about crossfit is that even though there are standards and everyone is a little competitive, at the end of the day you are really competing with yourself. You are trying to get your best time, trying to squat lower than before, or do a pull-up with less assistance. It’s totally up to you, because you set your own standard.
Now, you may be wondering how I completed 10 pull-ups…well, I am not going to lie and tell you I did them all on my own. They had these special bands to help you get yourself up over the bar. Honestly, I can’t even do one pull-up on my own, so I was more than happy to take the assistance.
Question of the Morning:
- Are you a crossfitter? If so, what do you love about the crossfit culture, and what keeps you coming back for more?
- What advice do you have for beginners in crossfit?