CrossFit has become a very popular fitness option in the past couple of years. Friends at work and online liked it… a lot. With all that enthusiasm, I wanted to give it a try and bought a Groupon to a nearby “box”.
For those that haven’t been initiated into the CrossFit language (which is everybody that hasn’t attended a class I think) a box is just the location. I’d call it a gym. I went to the intro session and decided this is not the fitness routine for me.
The box I went to was in an office park where the space was very utilitarian. It was a big plain room with the whiteboards on one wall and various exercise “props” around the outer edges.
It felt like I walked into a dungeon. I don’t know what I was expecting but it wasn’t such a bare-bones and yes, masculine place. There were two small one-toilet restrooms and not even a water fountain although they did conveniently sell bottled water.
My goal is to get fit. Not lift 300 pounds or do so many reps as quick as possible. It feels like a competition when you’re doing the same workout as others but all trying to be the best.
Don’t get me wrong; I do like to increase weights or time with my chosen workout but not have it so in my face I guess. I don’t need to keep a log of each and every workout to know I’m getting stronger.
You know I love Pilates but one of my concerns with it being a regular part of my fitness plan is the price. Well, CrossFit blows the price out of the water. Average monthly fees in my area are $125 a month. I’ve read online where monthly fees are up to $300 a month.
For that you can attend unlimited classes but I wouldn’t attend more than 3 times a week.
A friend who loves CrossFit told me I’d be beat up the first couple of weeks. Really? I don’t want to pay to be beat-up. I can tell you that after the intro session I felt like I did after trying the 30 Day Shred DVD!
Sitting down to pee was painful for a couple of days. I don’t even know how people CAN do it two days in a row.
The instructor told me my hands would become callused from the weights and doing pull-ups. Nope, not for me.
Have you heard about the CrossFit cult? That is what some call it while crossfitters call it a community. Whatever your term, I don’t want to become close friends with the other people attending my fitness classes just because we do the same workout.
Members are encouraged to join the Facebook community in addition to socializing together for nights out at a movie, dinners, fundraisers, etc. This is on top of their own language and a common diet.
Oh, I didn’t talk about the diet . At the first session I was encouraged to switch to a Paleo diet. Really? He didn’t know anything about my nutritional history but I should switch to Paleo based on what?
The thought of going back stressed me out to the point I knew it’s not for me. If you tried CrossFit, why do you love it or hate it?
Read more from Kay Lynn Akers on her blog, Weight Chronicles