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Feeling Hardcore Today or Why I Joined a CrossFit Gym

by Tiffany in Health & Healing

I joined a second gym this week. Sounds kind of crazy but I badly wanted to try CrossFit and you typically need to find a specialized CrossFit gym or “box” for that. My other gym is pretty darn awesome and I still plan to go there three times a week but they are pretty vanilla and just don’t have kettlebells, rings, jump boxes, or medicine balls. I toyed with the idea of buying some kettlebells but heck good ones can cost $85 a pop. Plus I know myself well enough to know that I will not work out at home. It’s just not gonna happen.

So I joined a CrossFit box and today was my first workout. Facebook folks had me pretty darn scared about how tough it would be. In fact I was shaking as I drove there. I almost had a coronary when I discovered I would have to drive through a roundabout to get there. Those things terrify me! Anyway the roundabout was the worst part by far because the workout was awesome. No tears, I swear. :)

I am in better shape than I gave myself credit for and when I said those exact words to hubby he said “Duh!” I swim about 6 miles per week and lift weights 3 times a week. I also run whenever I get the urge so I am not exactly an exercise newbie but still I was worried because it’s CrossFit, notorious for being extremely tough. I have no doubt I will be a little sore tomorrow but I kept up and think I was probably one of the best in the class are far as strength and times.

The actual gym was a blast too. It was was very… er, rough with chunks of missing drywall, bars and rings hanging everywhere, uneven flooring with astro turf for carpet, and graffiti all over the walls of this big warehouse building. The atmosphere was very ghetto but for CrossFit it just kind of works. Plus they played AC/DC’s Hell’s Bells really loud and that equates to automatic approval for me.

I came, I lived, and I plan to go back two times a week. Booyah!

Have you tried CrossFit yet?

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

13 Comments

  • http://www.itsawahmlife.com Jackie Lee

    I don’t have a local crossfit box around here, but did work with a crossfit trainer for a bit. I think it was the equipment necessary that stopped me from continuing. I do workout with bodyrock.tv which is hardcore as well… but not quite so much equipment needed ~ rock on for starting crossfit ~ just wait til tabata squat day. ;) I look forward to hearing how your workouts are going. :)

  • http://www.itsawahmlife.com Jackie Lee

    I don’t have a local crossfit box around here, but did work with a crossfit trainer for a bit. I think it was the equipment necessary that stopped me from continuing. I do workout with bodyrock.tv which is hardcore as well… but not quite so much equipment needed ~ rock on for starting crossfit ~ just wait til tabata squat day. ;) I look forward to hearing how your workouts are going. :)

    • http://www.naturemoms.com/blog Tiffany

      Thanks for the link Jackie. Bodyrock.tv looks like a great resource. :)

      • Frugal Babe

        I’m 33 and have been working out very consistently since I was about 17.  I discovered Bodyrock.tv about a year ago (when I was 9 months pregnant – I had to wait a bit to give it a try!) and started doing their workouts about a week after our son was born.  Even though I’ve always been devoted to exercise, I can honestly say that my 15 minutes a day of Bodyrock has me in the best shape of my life.  I love that I can do it at home, and that I can fit it in anytime since the workouts are so short – no excuses!  I’ve thought about buying kettlebells too, but the price tag put me off.  I’ve searched on Craigslist a few times – maybe one of these days I’ll find a great bargain on them.  Have fun with Crossfit – it sounds awesome!  I would love to give it a try, but the nearest gym is a 20 minute drive one way, so working out at home makes a lot more sense for me. 

  • http://twitter.com/MamaAsh77 EverythingMomandBaby

    I’m about to on Tuesday!!! I am shit scared, LOL!

    • http://www.naturemoms.com/blog Tiffany

      LOL. I understand the feeling!

  • http://twitter.com/MrsHamel Misty Hamel

    Wow! I want to comment more intelligently but instead I sit here all lazy and think “Wow! I need to get up and move!”

  • Anonymous

    Just joined – my first session is tomorrow morning. :) 

    • http://www.naturemoms.com/blog Tiffany

      Booyah!

  • Kelly

    I’m not familiar with the brand and since my workout doesn’t get any more intense than a water aerobics class right now I have a feeling it’d nearly kill me LOL! 

    Good for you, you’re setting a great example for your kids and all of us.

    • http://www.naturemoms.com/blog Tiffany

      Water aerobics can be a good workout too Kelly. I do that regularly as well.

  • Angela

    CF is awesome. I have been doing it for about a year. Took off some time to have a baby, but slowly gettIng back into it. A great, challenging workout. My CF is also a wonderful, supportive group of people that I love seeing everyday. Good luck with your new adventure into the world of Crossfit!

  • http://theinternetmom.wordpress.com/ The Internet Mom

    This is reminding me that i need to work on getting back to a gym of any kind! I used to be a workout junkie and I’m a complete gymrat but with finances not being in the best place it can be hard!