I have a friend who’s always up to try a new class. She recently hooked me up with a friends and family deal at CrossFit NYC.
CrossFit NYC offers a free introduction class and requires newbies to complete the fundamentals classes, which are four classes in total. I didn’t take the introductory class but already had a number of preconceived notions that lead me to believe that it would be REALLY hard but could dramatically change your body and help with achieving a PR. I also knew I had to be careful, because like my beloved running, I could get injured if I pushed *too* hard.
We arrived to the fundamentals class A about 20 minutes early, giving us plenty of time to sign paperwork and find a locker. We also had time to check out the CrossFit Endurance class.
Our class began on time with a brief explanation of CrossFit and then moved into jump rope, push up, pull up, and squat basics. As you can imagine, squats were the break. I loved that they explained how to do a push up (see this Well + Good article - although CrossFit makes you touch your chest to the ground!) and their version of a modified push up (on a block vs. using your knees). I had already done assisted pull ups at the Fhitting Room, but was happy with another set up and form review.
Once we had practiced each movement, we were ready for our short WOD (“Workout of the Day”), a “half” Cindy. We did as many rounds as we could in 10 minutes. Since you went at your own pace, the workout was as hard and sweaty as you wanted. I opted for the tightest band and attempted to do about 20 total unassisted push ups.
I needed an Advil after class, but I learned a ton - from choosing the proper jump rope length to form correction to assisted versions. I was also coached on failure - rather than reach the point of failure and use incorrect form, I should take a break or move to an assisted version.
This is to be continued, but so far so good.
Kate Scott is an avid runner, who has completed three marathons and numerous half marathons. She travels frequently, most recently to Toulouse and Bordeaux in France. She currently lives in Northern Virginia and is a certified public accountant.