Thursday, February 19, 2009

The New Craze!!

Crossfit.. Ever heard of it? Well 6 months ago I never had! Around here, at least on the base, things are all about Crossfit! It seemed to have started in the pilot gym where WODs (Workout of the day) were written up on the whiteboard and guys would post their times, weights, etc. Then came the new equipment- a new GHS (Glut/Ham Situp) machine, a whole wall length pull-up rack, not to mention the wall being torn down to add another room to the pilot gym. They've opened it up to the rest of the base too and have a Crossfit gym with a certified trainer teaching classes. John jumped on the bandwagon probably right around when I had Riley, then talked me into giving it a whirl around September. Crossfit (check it out here) is a definite butt kicker and it challenges me physically but probably more so mentally! The whole thing can be summed up by understanding that they are functional workouts (you lift in ways that you will use... ex: instead of simply doing tricep presses, you do dips to lift yourself up) which are all tracked objectively- either by time or weight. Because I am not comfortable or unable to do the exact WOD, many times I modify the exercises to fit my ability level. For example, as for pull-ups I'll jump into the pull up and concentrate on the negative on the way down. They do a lot of power lifts- hang cleans, clean and jerk, etc. I do them, but don't do the weight they recommend. Anyway, if you are looking for a fun and dynamic work out regimen give it a shot!

I'll post my results of the workout that I found most challenging but also most rewarding when it was done:

(For time)
1 mile run
100 Pull Ups
200 Push Ups
300 Squats
1 mile run

I completed this in 37min 11sec!!! (Jumping pull ups, knee push ups)
John, of course beat me by like 8 minutes or something stupid like that!

Here Riley's getting into the Crossfit spirit! Bringing him to the gym must be rubbing off on him!!


Jim said...

That picture of Riley is hilarious! If he can get up that far, he will be crawling soon. REAL soon.

Mom said...

Crossfit makes me think of my former sneeks --- 'crosstrainers' which I assume are good for multiple sport use. Your 'crossfit' is related - however it looks very challenging and pretty strict! Best of all is Riley!! That's awesome!! He IS one strong baby!!!!