In December of 2018 I started doing Crossfit. I found my local box which was only two minutes from my house and signed up.
Up until that point I had been doing high intensity interval training – HIIT for almost 10 years. It is how I changed my lifestyle in 2009. I really enjoyed HIIT training, but through a series of circumstances I found myself looking for something new.
I did not right away think about Crossfit, but very quickly when I looked for places to workout near my home I was drawn to the location that I now workout of.
I did not know what to expect and maybe had some biases that Crossfit was all about weight lifting. Boy was I wrong. If I had to sum it up I would say it is really about weight lifting, cardio and gymnastics. Form and technique are paramount and I find myself 9 months later still working on some of the basics.
Classes are nicely structured within a one hour window. It is broken into three distinct segments. 10-15 minute warm up, 15-20 minutes working on a specific skill (i.e. rope climb, farmer carry, tire flips), and then a WOD – Workout of the Day. The WOD usually incorporates the skill and can run anywhere from 5-30 minutes depending on what exercises are being done.
I have to say I really love the structure of the class and the community of people. I would not say that I am hardcore and most days I check my ego at the door. I like working on 1% increments. It might not seem like a lot, but overtime they really add up.
I am one of the older folks (52) at this box, but there is a wide range of athletes. Also a lot of people use Crossfit to supplement or help them in their other sports. All in all I am really enjoying it and don’t see myself stoping anytime soon.