On Friday morning, I woke to my alarm at 6 a.m.—two full hours before my CrossFit orientation. I guess you could say I was excited. After pacing the house for awhile, since I had so much extra time, I hopped in the car and was pleasantly surprised to see that the drive was even shorter than I thought.
When I walked in, a workout was in progress. The participants? Five very fit, very buff guys. They were jumproping so fast I couldn’t see the rope as it twirled. Gulp.
But before I could meekly excuse myself, the owner introduced herself and I immediately felt comfortable with her. She had me set goals (I immediately said I had two: to be under 200 pounds and to run a sub-4o 5K) and then we did a workout: 500 meters on the rowing machine, 40 squats, 30 situps, 20 pushups (no knees on the way down) and 10 body rows (your body is diagonal to the floor, you’re holding onto rings and you pull yourself up).
I was a little terrified when she pulled out the stopwatch, but she told me not to worry and to stop and rest whenever I needed to. The average time women typically take to complete the workout, she said, was 10 minutes on average, 7 if you’re fast and 12-14 if you’re slow. I was positive I’d come in at 14, ESPECIALLY as I grunted and groaned and tried desperately not to throw up during the pushups.
You would not think that pushups are all that hard if you can use your knees to get up. But lowering your chest all the way to the ground, if your hands and butt are in proper form, is really freaking difficult! For me, anyway. That part lasted an eternity. When I finally finished the full workout, I cringed as I waited to hear my time.
8:40!!! I did it in less than nine minutes! You would not believe how excited I was. (You would also not believe how embarrassed I was to be pouring sweat and gasping for breath after only eight minutes and 40 seconds.)
Sadly, the next ramp-up class isn’t until March 6. I am ready to get going NOW! I can’t even describe how I felt when I left the gym. The closest word I can think of is bliss. I was so full of energy, so excited and so ready to get started with the program. I haven’t felt that awesome since my last bootcamp class during the Fittest Loser competition.
How I feel today is another story altogether. Every single cell of my body is in agony. My thighs ache so badly it hurts to stand. But it hurts worse to sit down and get back up again. I could barely raise my arms to shampoo my hair. And this is after only nine minutes of working out! What the heck is it going to be like after an hour-long session?
I can’t wait to find out! I savor the pain because it’s proof that my body is being pushed, and that means my body is going to change.
Hurry up, March 6th! I’m ready to be a CrossFitter!