Last night was a first – a big first. I went to CrossFit!
My sister in law, Morgan and another friend Courtney discovered the gym, CrossFit Malicious, a few weeks ago and they have not stopped raving about it. Marcus and I decided to give it a shot tonight, along with Marcus’ dad, Ed. We were all in for a treat! The gym has absolutely no frills – just a hardcore environment to push you to your limits.
Not familiar with what CrossFit is? From the CrossFit Website: “CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide. Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival, many sports, and life reward this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist.”
I have completed many, many workouts. From being on a Division 1 athletic team in college, to running my own workouts now, I’ve definitely always been challenged. I have never been challenged like I was yesterday, in such a short amount of time. The night started out with Nathan, the owner of the gym, having us sign a waiver, and then he gave us the rundown. The first thing he told us – if you throw up, you get a free tshirt – gulp :/ The workouts from each day are posted on the chalkboard in plain view for everyone to see.
Nathan was awesome – he explained everything to us and made sure we were doing everything correct. We ended up doing a different workout than the other people that were seasoned veterans, just so we could get a feel for it. We started out with a warm up of 10 pull-ups, 10 situps (on an extended situp machine), 10 back extensions, and 10 lunges, all repeated 3 times. Then we were onto the actual workout portion.
Our workout consisted of pushing a machine (The Prowler) from a designated spot in the gym, over to the other side. Straight from The Prowler, we went into 7 burpees. We then pushed The Prowler to its original location, and completed 7 Thrusters (while holding the barbell, squatting very low and going immediately into a shoulder press). We also completed that set 3 times, at our own pace. Oh my goodness! For only 6 and a half minutes of the actual workout, it was crazy intense. My shoulders were on fire!!
I would recommend this workout to anyone. If you think you can not do it, you can! Marcus’ dad, who will be turning 60 in March, completed our same workout. Nathan modified it for Ed, so it was not as intensive on his back. Don’t get me wrong, Ed is in great shape without a doubt, but it just shows you do not have to be a certain age or ability to complete a kickin’ workout!
If you are living in the Tampa area, make it a point to try this CrossFit gym. Your first session is free, and there is absolutely no commitment or someone trying to sell you something. Trust me, its worth it.
Have you ever tried CrossFit, or a workout like it!? What are your thoughts on it?