I’m sure you’ve heard about it. And if you haven’t…it’s okay, not everyone has. For those of you who don’t know what CrossFit is… all you need to know is that it’s some hard core stuff. It’s all about strength, endurance, and the ability to push yourself to the limit. It takes fitness to a whole new level…I wanna say it’s like a whole new level of crazy. Beyond insanity. I commend those that have done Insanity… and P90x… or any other intense workout routine(s). It definitely takes a lot of physical strength to do these types of workouts. No doubt. But it also takes a lot of mental strength to push through them. I know…I’ve been there. Wanting to give up so many times on workouts I swear I thought I could never do. The mind can be so deceiving. It can be your best friend and your worst enemy at the same time.
So back to CrossFit. My husband has become quite the CrossFit fan. Fanatic even. Like obsessed. Like it’s seriously become part of his vocabulary. Like randomly, I’ll hear “I’m doin’ Fran today.” Hmmm. Yeah. Thank goodness I know that CrossFit workouts are named after women. Otherwise he’d definitely be in trouble. For those of you who don’t know, my husband is extremely active. An all-around athlete. He is the fitness junkie of all junkies. Loves to play sports. Loves to workout. Seriously, the man just cannot keep still. He craves sports. If it’s not football, it’s track. And now that he’s getting older (he won’t like that I just said that), he has to find something to satisfy that crave. I, on the other hand, am not that obsessed. I am, however, addicted to seeing results from the workouts I do. And one thing I’m really wanting to do is tone up and build some lean muscle. No, I don’t wanna look like a bodybuilder. But I don’t want to be skinny. I want to be nice and toned. And I’ve decided to incorporate some CrossFit into my workouts. While he does them on the daily, I’ll do it maybe twice a week. If I have time, I’ll do more.
Quite honestly, the reason why I’m not so heavily into the sport, is the fact that I have absolutely no technique when it comes to many of the different workouts. Squats, I can do no problem. Walking lunges – piece of cake. It’s the ‘hang cleans,’ ‘power cleans‘, ‘snatches’, ‘toe touches’, etc. etc. etc… those are the ones that I don’t know how to do well. And when I can’t get it right the first couple of tries, I get very frustrated and it makes me not want to do them anymore. Oh! And let’s not forget about the weights! The thought of weights intimidate me. And I’m not very confident I can do the workouts with weights. Although, I’ve been told that I can handle more weight and that I’m a lot stronger than I think…it’s difficult for me to believe that. See? Told ya…the mind loves to deceive.
Anyway, today’s workout, I did at home. In the garage. And it was a CrossFit workout the hubs put together just for me. I did 4 circuits of squats, deadlifts, and hang cleans. Yup, I did hang cleans. And I’m quite proud of myself, too. AND with weight. 🙂 The hubby took the time to actually teach me, step by step, how to do one the right way. Usually (because I can) I’ll argue with him. About the fact that I can’t do the workout. And that I’m not strong enough. And blah, blah, blah. But he figured out a way to walk me through the exercise without me getting all frustrated. Don’t know where he got it from. Don’t really care. I’m just super stoked I learned how to do a ‘hang clean’. Oh and if you must know…it was 4 circuits, 10-10-10. And I didn’t do it for time. I figure, get the technique down first and then we’ll work on time.
If you are interested in knowing what a power clean/hang clean is, here’s a demonstration:
But yeah…CrossFit is no joke. I’d love to be able to do handstand push-ups (I highly doubt I’ll ever be able to do that) and do pull-ups (uh huh), and even be able to do something fancy on those ring thingies – you know, the ones used in gymnastics. We watched the CrossFit Games a couple of weekends ago and was just in awe at how strong those women were. I don’t have the desire to be a CrossFit Champion… but I do have a lot of respect for all those women who competed. A LOT.
So I just wanted to share with you the workout I did today. Will end my day with more push-ups, some abs, and a plank. And I already know, just how sore I am going to be tomorrow.