Corssfit is hard. Plain and simple. I’m not going to bul*shit you.
(Evidence: I looked like I got hit with a sweat train yesterday afternoon post-workout)
Some days I go to class and think, “What the heck was I thinking?!” or “How the hell will I get through this workout?!”. Somehow I usually manage to get through it. There are days that I go and I hate every second of it. Those days are few. But they happen. Yesterday was one of those days. I looked that the workout on my gym’s blog and thought to myself, “Eh, that doesn’t look too tough. It looks like a really fun workout!”. I was looking forward to it. But when I got there, I found myself dragging and struggling a little bit. This was my workout:
12 Min Amrap (as many rounds as possible).
8 Hang Cleans ( I used a 55 pound bar)
10 Lemon Squeezers
I made it through 5 rounds.
2 Rounds for time-
50 KB Swings (14 kg)
4 Bear Crawls (down and back)
50 AB-Mat Situps
I struggled a little with the hang cleans. Luckily, Dylan (the instructor) came over and was helping me get my form down. I do this thing where I swing the bar and that actually used more energy and upper body muscle than is necessary. He told me, “You are making it harder on yourself.” I thought, “Well, dur, of course I am! I do that to myself a lot in life.” This is not the time or the place to discuss my self-sabotaging tendencies. I digress. I worked on getting the form down. It’s not perfect, but it’s coming. I was happy when those 12 minutes were up and the cleans were over. I will never be a competitive olympic lifter. And let me tell you, I could NOT be more cool with that.
The next workout was equally as tough. Bear crawls are nuts. They are physically challenging and you look like a total moron while doing them. Awkwardly crawling around the gym with you butt up in the air. I mean, it’s humorous to just think of. Picture it! 10, worn out and exhausted, adults bear crawling around the gym: dripping sweat, swearing, trying to go as fast as they can. I promise you, it looks about 1,000 times more hilarious when you see it in person and know the people involved. Trust me. I thought “Okay just 4 lengths of the gym. Not bad.” Then Dylan said it was laps. So down and back is one. Okay….so 8 lengths of the gym. That was a total game changer. My plan of attack was to start off with the bear crawls. I usually do my least favorite exercise first. It’s like ripping off a band-aid. Except way more exhausting.
I was the last to finish the workout yesterday. I’m okay with that. Somedays I just don’t have it like I do on other days. I’m human. There are times I feel like a powerhouse and I want to yell “roarrrrr!!!!” as I workout. I don’t, because that little voice in my head that sometimes keeps from embarrassing myself says, “Ali, don’t do that. It’s a bad idea.” But sometimes I want to. But some days, like yesterday, I think I am tots feebs (or in normal people terms “totally feeble”). At any rate, I love Crossfit. The good, the bad, the calluses, the burbees, the stupid f**cking bear crawls. All of it. I do it because it makes me feel so good even on my crappiest days. It makes my body faster, stronger, and tougher. And I would much rather push hard through something hard and finish looking like I got hit by a train and breeze through something easy and finish looking like a beauty queen.
Breakfast: Kashi GoLean Crunch with plain nonfat greek yogurt and honey
Coffee (duh, girlie!):
Lunch: turkey and hummus on a whole wheat wrap with lettuce and apple slices:
Snacks- orange, strawberries, brown rice cake topped with hummus and salsa:
Dinner was sandwich thin mini pizzas eaten after Bestie May and I got back from the Stylefixx event. That was such a fun event! It deserves it’s own post. So look for that laster on today.
What workouts have you done lately that were challenging?