June Challenge: Crossfit.
What!? Abigoliah, another challenge? Why? Because quite frankly if I’m not writing about health I’m not being healthy. It’s your reading and commenting on my first world problems that keeps me going.
Around this time last year my friend Kate, invited me to come to a Crossfit class with her. I had heard about it, but never quite new what it was, so I said yes and that’s how I found myself in my first session, on a Saturday morning at Crossfit BlackFriars. I was hooked by class one. Now when I tell people I do Crossfit they immediately inject, “It’s a fitness cult!” People seem to define Fitness cult as any type of exercise that emphasizes community and pushing yourself in said workout to such lengths you feel the need to post about it on social media all the time. Intact one could argue that the popularity of Crossfit has grown with the popularity of Instagram. Coincidence?! I think not! I’m a Bikram Yoga instructor. I love and thrive in fitness cults. Which is probably why I took to Crossfit immediately. I mean just watch the included video complete with inspirational music. How can you not sign up and give up your carbs and firstborn child!
What is Crossfit?
“CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. These are the core movements of life. They move the largest loads the longest distances, so they are ideal for maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest time. Intensity is essential for results and is measurable as work divided by time—or power. The more work you do in less time, or the higher the power output, the more intense the effort. By employing a constantly varied approach to training, functional movements and intensity lead to dramatic gains in fitness.” -crossfit.com
The Rules of the Challenge:
- 5 classes a week for the month.
Since the Month starts on a Wednesday and ends on a Thursday I’ll take two classes this week (It would be more but I have a festival to perform as and a TV show to film. No big deal.) and four classes the last week of the month totaling in 21 classes in the month of June.
- After the starting week I’m required to take 5 classes a week till the end of the month. I’ll be taking at Crossfit Blackfriars for pretty much every session so if anyone wants to join me for a day, you can find me there. :)
- Blog about it. DUH!
I’m pretty excited about this challenge because my expectations are minimal compared to the last challenges. Yes, I’d like to lose a little more weight and lift heavier things. But I really don’t have the same level of expectations I had for the Food Challenges and the Bikram Yoga Challenge. I’ve been doing yoga since I was eighteen and eating food since I was alive. I’ve only been doing Crossfit for less than a year and sporadically at that. So it’s with curiosity that I hold my breath and take the plunge. I expect to spend a good part of the month complaining about DOMS (delayed onset muscles soreness) and the rest of the time posting pictures of myself lifting heavy barbells. Here goes nothing.