Back in 2009, I signed up for 20 classes at my local CrossFit. My friend had joined and he said it was great, so I thought, why not? The first class was a freebie and I remember we did some sit-ups, running, kettlebells and rowing. It was fun, it was fast, and I was completely exhausted by the end of the 20 minutes it took to complete the “Workout of the Day (WOD).”
The next day, I was incredibly sore. I was actually more sore that day than the day after my first (and only) marathon. Who knew 20 minutes of exercise could do that to your body?
But, I wanted to improve. I wanted to lift the heavier weights, do more push-ups, and run faster. Unfortunately there were also a few things holding me back. The first was money. I was already a member at a local gym for about $30 a month. One month of CrossFit was 5X that.
I’m the kind of person that always wants to make sure that I get the most out of my money, and based on the fact that I would only be going to CrossFit three or four times a week, it equalled to about $10 per class. That’s not too bad considering many drop in yoga classes are $12-$15, and a drop in CrossFit class was $20. But when you factor in that many of the classes only last around 10 minutes, it’s pretty pricey.
Another thing I had problems with was being sore all of the time. I remember I couldn’t go for a short run the day after because my legs just couldn’t do it. I wasn’t really able to do anything besides CrossFit. Although they were great workouts, 10-15 minutes 3-4 days a week just wasn’t enough physical activity to lose weight.
There was also the minor problem that since you work your body to great extremes in such a short amount of time, sometimes your stomach just couldn’t take it. I don’t think there wasn’t one class that I went to where someone didn’t get sick because of how much they pushed themselves.
Pushing yourself it great! But when you make yourself sick? Well, I think that’s going a little too far.
I remember the few times I sprinted towards the finish line at the end of the race and felt sick afterward. Ick. It’s just not a good feeling!
When I used up all my classes, I never went back. Maybe someday I would return, but back then, I knew I needed to find a form of exercise that I enjoyed doing, not dreading.
Two years later, I think I found the exercise that works for me… (to be continued)