Embarrassing: (Me) “Hey Al! Check out that guy in the squat rack! He totally has a butt wink too!!!” (Gym Buddy Allison) “Oh yeah, that’s a bad one! But look how deep his squat is!”
Embarrassing-er: Gym Buddy Allison and I, temporarily deafened from our TurboKick class (it’s not Turbo if the music isn’t loud enough to make your heart beat for you!) were speaking louder than we thought we were and the guy in the squat rack heard us talking about his butt.
Embarrassing-est: When he turned around to say hi, I realized that I’d been staring at his butt so much I hadn’t noticed his face – the face that belongs to my friend Amy’s husband. Oops. (In my defense Amy, I swear I was only looking at his butt wink and not his actual butt. Wow, that sounds even worse doesn’t it? Egads.)
June’s Great CrossFit Experiment (now with actual professional coaching!) went well. Since I already know what a hardcore and effective workout CrossFit is, the point was more to see how different it was doing it in a CrossFit gym as opposed to just trying to wing it at our gym. The verdict? It’s way different. And I’m torn about this.
One of the greatest draws for me for CrossFit is that it’s a) free and b)do-able on your own. You can use any old gym, your local park or even build your own CrossFit gym in your garage without too much difficulty. The downside is that you have to teach yourself the moves or throw yourself on the mercy of someone well versed in Olympic lifts introducing the potential for injury at worst and quite often bad form, as I discovered with my butt wink.
But when you go to a CrossFit-specific gym they take care of the equipment, the Workout of the Day (WOD), the music, some of the motivation, the water fountain and even your form with the in-house trainers. Of course, you have to pay for all that. And travel to another location. (“Never go to the second location ladies! They will kill you in the woods and no one will ever find your body! If you’re going to die, best do it in the parking garage where at least there are security cameras!!” Sorry, self-defense class flashback. I’m done now.)
So while I ADORED CrossFit St. Paul and our personal trainer/owner Andrea (hah – I mean she owns the gym, not us. Although she’s tough enough she could probably do that too), the latter problem was what did us in this month. The Gym Buddies and I are busy people. We have EIGHTEEN children between us (19, if you count Daria’s bun-in-the-oven squeee!) and the gym was an 80 minute drive away. We only went once. I’m sorry! I meant to go more! Heck, it was free and fun and I totally wanted to go more! But between said kid mob, the drive and my 2-week vacay to the hinterlands, it just didn’t happen.
Doing the WOD in our gym again though brought back some great memories though. We had fun remembering to hate the “small” workout and cheered each other on as we all clean-and-jerked the heaviest loads we’ve ever done and pushed each other until I had one week where I was toilet sore in my legs (so sore you have to fall the last 2 inches to the toilet because your quads give out), bra sore in my arms (so sore you can’t reach around to clasp your bra) and laughing sore in my abs (so sore that you intentionally cut off a laugh even when something’s hilarious because your abs hurt so bad that even laughing feels stabby) all at the same time! Of course we also remembered how hard this workout is on your joints as many of us re-developed pet injuries (Megan’s upper back, Allison’s lower back, Daria’s elbow, my wrist and Krista’s…mojo all went out of whack again.)
Our verdict? CrossFit is one of the most intense and effective workouts we’ve tried. And doing it in a CrossFit gym makes it even more intense and effective. There’s a reason we keep coming back to CrossFit periodically. Of course there’s also a reason why we don’t stick with it – and not just because we’re workout ADHD – it’s tough on your body to do it for long periods of time.
What’s your take – would you rather pay for a gym that will take care of the details for you so all you have to do is show up or do you prefer to do it on your own for free? Anyone try CrossFit with us this month? Anyone else say something reallllyyy loud that wasn’t meant to be heard?
PS. July’s Great Fitness Experiment is… nothing! Yeah, I just got back from vacay. Megan’s gone now. Al’s leaving in a week. Krista’s gone the last week of July. So to each her own this month! I’ll be revisiting Rachel Cosgrove as I miss having my butt (wink and all) handed to me. Tomorrow we’re trying out her Spartacus workout for Men’s Health – anyone want to try it with us? Come on, boys against girls!! Don’t worry though I’ve already got something awesome lined up for August!