I have missed working out with a trainer like crazy. I LOVED it. I loved working out so hard that I couldn’t tell if I was sweating or crying. I loved feeling my aching muscles and knowing that it meant I had worked hard and made a difference. I loved seeing the progress every single week and, most of all, I loved knowing that my body was capable of things my mind would never dream possible. See that picture of me lifting the tire over on the right? Flipping that thing across the parking lot was hard. And it was AWESOME.
What I don’t love? Working out alone at the gym. On the rare occasions I make it there, I tend to phone it in on the elliptical or treadmill. Sure, I sweat and I put it on a decent resistance level or incline, but I KNOW I can do more because I’ve done it.
I continue to gain weight slowly but surely, and it’s pissing me off. It’s time to do really DO this thing. The eating part is the hardest for me, so that will come second. First, I need to focus on the working out, because when I exercise hard, I have no desire to eat badly. I don’t want to waste all the effort I put in during the workout.
That brings me to CrossFit. Sadly, I can’t afford a personal trainer. But I *can* (with some major scrimping and saving) afford CrossFit, and it looks almost as fabulous. It’s sort of like small group personal training and involves boot camp-esque workouts. According to this web site, “CrossFit is the fitness methodology used by many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide. It is also being implemented in nursing homes, pre-schools, and physical therapy…We utilize the best movements from gymnastics, olympic weightlifting, power lifting, rowing and running to create unique, intense workouts that are constantly varied so you don’t ever get bored.”
I was going to post some pictures, but some of the photos I saw listed a particular day’s workouts (e.g., 1 mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats, 1 mile run) and I started to feel a tad sick. I’m going to ignore those and remember that everyone I’ve talked to said any fitness level can start and tailor the worouts to their own abilities.
I’ve talked to several CrossFit devotees who absolutely love it and I’m really excited to start. I’ll be joining as soon as Jon’s semester ends–right now he’s gone practically 24/7 and I need to get home to take care of the dogs. With his schedule next semester, I’ll have more freedom and I plan to put it to good use.
The box I’ll be joining (that’s CrossFit lingo I’ve picked up in my research) is CrossFit Fire and their facility is called The Fort. I’m so excited to have found a local box…I’ve been really wanting to meet more local people and I’m hoping this experience has a double benefit and leads to some new friendships too! Torturous workouts are sort of a bonding experience. 🙂
I hope to do a trial session in late November. Let’s hope my enthusiasm is still as strong AFTER the workout!