If I may say- I disliked the CrossFit craze.
I mean, I dislike crazes in general, but this one really annoyed me.
I ignored all the rumblings about CrossFit at first. It started appearing in more blogs and on more forum posts and popping up in conversations, so I began going out of may way to avoid the topic and the people extolling the benefits and reaping the rewards of CrossFit.
When everyone goes one way, I tend to go the other.
It’s kinda my thing.
Curiosity got the best of me, though, and I began checking out what exactly CrossFit was and why people were going gaga over it.
So what is CrossFit?
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that involves series of exercises to work the major muscle groups of the body. CrossFit, by it’s nature, does not specialize or target a specific group of people; the workouts are designed to be inclusive of all ages and fitness levels. The intensity and amount of exercise is adjusted, not the basic program itself. The idea is that people of all walks of life can do the same kind of exercises to achieve fitness- the only difference is the degree of intensity.
Exercises include squats, pushups, jumps, pullups, handstands, situps, presses, lunges, and lots of ones you may not be familiar with or have been renamed: kips, snatches, muscle-ups, hanging, handstands, jerks, and more.
CrossFit.com offers free videos and instruction for all of these exercises, plus activity-specific exercises; gymnastics, rowing, running, swimming, and powerlifting, to name just a few. A Workout of the Day (WOD) is posted daily on the website, and there’s lots of information regarding seminars and courses and success stories and so much more.
The more I watched and read, once I opened my mind to it, the more I wanted to do it. I saw all these videos of people doing handstands and lifting tires and climbing ropes and doing all kinds of crazy crap …stuff that I want to do to be able to say that I can, to say that I did.
Don’t get me wrong- some of the stuff scared me. It’s pretty hard-core (even though I’ve seen several octogenarians doing it!), but…
I wanted to get my butt kicked into shape, too!
Um…where did this gluttony for punishment come from?
So now that I wanted to do it, I didn’t think I would be able to. When I first heard about CrossFit, all I heard about was going to workout in ‘the box’ (the gym). I priced a one-month membership at $800.
The things I read about doing CrossFit at home required lots of equipment that was going to cost a good $400 to set up for myself.
Then my friend Betty sent me a link for a 30-Day AT-Home CrossFit Challenge. These were exercises I knew already, I didn’t have to spend forever trying to commit new ones to memory. While it didn’t look easy by any means, it looked doable.
So I did it. I started April 1st, and only missed 3 days (thanks, kidney stone). I liked it so much, I started over again in May with an increase in repetitions.
You know what?
I love it.
Even though it seriously kicked my butt in the beginning and it still pushes me (I guess that’s where the ‘Challenge’ part comes in, huh?), I love the way I feel when I get through it.
I’ve started looking at CrossFit.com more and checking out their WOD’s, and I’m learning a few of the exercises to add those in for the month of June. I don’t know that I’ll ever go out and lift a tire over my head or climb a rope 2 stories tall, but I’m okay with that.
I’m not entirely okay with becoming one of the crazies…
but I guess if you can’t beat ’em, you join em.
Here’s the 30-Day at-home challenge that I started with. If you do it, tell me about it!
30 Day At-Home CrossFit Challenge Workout
Day 1: 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, 10 air squats (5 rounds)
Day 2: Run 1/2 mile, 25 (or 50 if you can) air squats (3 rounds)
Day 3: 20 lunges, 10 push-ups (5 rounds)
Day 4: Longer run (or whatever it is that you like to do–biking, swimming, etc), *Add-on: 1 minute front plank, and 1 minute plank on each side
Day 5: Rest day!
Day 6: 50-100 jumping jacks, 25 air squats, 20 push-ups, for time
Day 7: Run 1 mile for time
Day 8: Do one air squat and take one breath, (you can breathe all you want while you do the squat or squats) do 2 and take 2 breaths etc…up to 10, and then come back down to one.
Day 9: Run 1 mile (or run in place, or jump rope, or do short sprints or something to get your blood pumping) and do 10 push-ups every 1 minute.
Day 10: 20 jumping jacks, 10 sit-ups (5 rounds)
Day 11: Longer run (or whatever it is that you like to do–biking, swimming, etc) *Add-on: 1 minute front plank, and 1 minute plank on each side
Day 12: Rest day!
Day 13: 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, 10 air squats (5 rounds)
Day 14: 50-100 jumping jacks, 25 air squats and 20 push-ups (2 rounds) for time
Day 15: 20 lunges, 10 push-ups (5 rounds)
Day 16: Run 1 mile, for time (compare to previous time!), and do 50 jumping jacks
Day 17: 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, 10 air squats (5 rounds)
Day 18: Longer run (or whatever it is that you like to do–biking, swimming, etc) *Add-on: 1 minute front plank, and 1 minute plank on each side
Day 19: Rest day!
Day 20: 50-100 jumping jacks, 25 air squats, 20 push-ups, for time (compare to previous time!), then jump rope for 3 minutes (or jump in place mimicking a jump-rope motion if you don’t have a jump rope)
Day 21: Sprint 200 meters (1/8th mile…or 1/2 way around a track), do 20 push-ups (3 rounds)
Day 22: 20 jumping jacks, 10 sit-ups (5 rounds)
Day 23: 100 air squats, for time
Day 24: 20 lunges, 15 push-ups (5 rounds) *Scale down reps if needed
Day 25: Longer run (or whatever it is that you like to do–biking, swimming, etc.) *Add-on: 1 minute front plank, and 1 minute plank on each side
Day 26: Rest day!
Day 27: 15 push-ups, 15 sit-ups, 15 air squats (5 rounds) *Note: If you’re still struggling with this, you can do the 10/10/10 reps)
Day 28: Run 1 mile, for time (compare with your other results–have you improved??) and do 100 jumping jacks
Day 29: Leap forward (jump as far as you can with both feet) 20 times followed by 50 jumping jacks (3 rounds).
Day 30: Today’s workout will sum up what we’ve done and will take a bit longer than other days, so set aside a little bit more time than normal! For today:
*20 lunges, 15 push-ups (5 rounds)–decrease push-up reps if needed
*10 sit-ups, 10 air squats (5 rounds) — or up the reps to 15 each
*100 jumping jacks
*jump rope for 1 minute
Challenge from Clean Eats In The Zoo