Crossfit is by no means the end all be all of fitness, by putting a new spin on movements that have been around as long as lifting has been a form it is innovative, it’s challenging, it’s functional, and if you are looking to bring the pain with the pride of improving your physical state of being it’s fun.
What drew me to Crossfit was not the physical prowess of the men involved (let’s be honest if you’ve seen one meathead you have seen them all), but the shear athleticism of the women who were doing it.
Case in point, Coach Liz:
Also going to a Crossfit Box to workout isn’t like going to the big gyms where no one ever talks to each other, and people intentionally avoid eye contact like the mad computer overlord may come down on us for interacting, or we may get put into Room 101 by the Ministry of Truth for thinking of interacting with the proles in the gym. Case in point:
Yes people at Crossfit have a sense of humor, case in point; the lead fundraiser for Potomac Crossfit was a tattooed fairy who did Fight Gone Bad:
Strength comes in smaller packages, mind you these guys are average everyday guys, not people who make a living with their bodies. So in that light it’s impressive:
The last video is one created by Ryan which captures Fight Gone Bad 6 at Potomac Crossfit.
Monday I went to Crossfit. I woke up a tad late so I went to Patriot Crossfit, Patriot is owned by the same people who run Potomac, but the classes are scheduled a half hour later.
The Workout of the Day started with back squats, and finished with a 10 minute metcon. My back squats were supposed to have been done at 90% of our 1 rep maximum. The last time I test my one rep max I did 265 lbs, which means I should have done all of my work sets at 238.6 lbs. I did all of the work at 255 lbs, so theoretically my new one rep max is 283 lbs, I guess we won’t know until I test again.
I did 7 sets of 1 at 255 lbs. The video is from my third and seventh sets.
The metcon today was a 10 minute AMRAP (as many reps as possible), of 10 push presses, and 10 step ups. I used two 40 lbs dumbbells, and a 20” box for my step ups. On the surface this workout doesn’t seem difficult, but to keep moving with the dumbbells for 10 minutes is difficult. My forearms started to throb after my 2 cycle of work. I had to rest between sets just to shake out my hands.
When the 10 minutes ended I had done 7 cycles, and 4 reps of push presses. It was a good way to start the week.