30 before 30 – Update 5
I feel like I’m becoming a broken record, but I don’t even care.
You guys, I am LOVING CrossFit.
After the 5 OnRamp sessions (normally 6, but they squeezed the last 2 sessions into 1 Saturday session), the only thing missing from the experience is a certificate! (Seriously, I feel like I need a certificate of completion to proudly display on my fridge.)
I know the lifts that we’ll do going forward during CrossFit classes as well as the other power related moves (like knee ups, box jumps, skipping, burpees, etc). I also have a benchmark weight for each lift to start at during the regular classes.
I’m not going to lie: I was a nervous WRECK going into my first regular class. Would people be nice? Would I freeze and forget how do to a squat? Could I handle the WOD? Would I take 10 minutes longer than everyone else?
During OnRamp I found that there was always a coach to answer my questions, tell me to stop looking around (I have a weird habit where I want to watch everyone else lift weights while I’m lifting weights), shrug my shoulders, straighten my back, widen my legs, dip deeper into my squat… I was really nervous that this would be different going from 3 newbies to 14 CrossFit pros.
You know what?
People were SO welcoming. I got high-fived A LOT. I remembered how to squat. I handled the WOD and I finished in about the same time as everyone else (burpees and all!). Greg, the coach, was present and was paying attention to everyone.
It’s important to note that all 14 people aren’t lifting at the same time. You do 5 reps every 3 minutes, so you and up to 2 others rotate based on how much you’re lifting at the time. It’s a good system.
The WOD on Monday was 3 rounds for time (i.e. as fast as you can):
- 5 Push Presses
- 10 Front Squats
- 15 Burpees
In true Barb fashion, I’ve harassed the 7 coaches with a Q&A about their own personal CrossFit experience. I’ll be posting them over the next few weeks.