FitBloggin Recap Part I
There’s nothing I love more than a kick butt workout.
- Sixty minutes on a spinning bike? Bring it on!
- Pumping iron in the weight room? Hear me roar!
- Boot camp, sir? I’ll happily drop and give you 20!
Crossfit? Never tried it before, but how hard can it be? (I swear that I can hear the chuckles of veteran Cross fitters as I type these words…)
Famous. Last. Words.
This morning, I was treated to my first Crossfit workout ever, courtesy of Reebok (one of the many proud sponsors of FitBloggin). After way too little sleep and a lukewarm cup of ineffectual hotel room coffee, I joined a hundred of my closest fitness blogger friends in a WOD (that’s Crossfit-speak for Workout of the Day).
Led by a team of Crossfit trainers, bloggers of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels lined up in the hotel conference room to learn how to properly execute air squats, pushups, sit ups and burpees.
Apparently I squat all wrong (!). My coach, Brad had to repeatedly correct my form, encouraging me to keep my chest up and “please, open those knees up just a little more to make room for your butt to descend just a bit closer to the floor”.
After working on our technique, we were asked to pair up. Today’s WOD was to be a partner drill. Partner would alternate resting and working, one minute of each. Doesn’t sound that bad, does it?
- Air squats, 1 minute, maximum reps
- Sit ups (chest to thighs, please), 1 minute, maximum reps
- Burpees (chest to the floor, please), 1 minute, maximum reps
- Repeat again for a total of 6 minutes of work and 6 minutes of rest
My partner? None other than the sweet (and buff!) Brendon from Sequel Life Fitness. We rock-paper-scissored to decide who was going first (in effect, who would be setting the performance standard; a little competitive maybe…)
We started out strong; 35 air squats, 25 sit-ups and 20+ burpees each during the first round. Second round was tougher; a lot tougher. Legs a-shaking, lungs a-burning tougher. I stopped counting reps because breathing seemed more important. This clip of Brendon rocking his sit ups is shaky because I was a bit shaky.
I can totally understand why CrossFitters love their workouts! There’s nothing like the feeling that you’ve physically exhausted yourself to put you in the mood for breakfast.
After you stop feeling like you’re going to vomit, that is.
Thanks so much to my fabulous sponsor Gaiam for supporting my trip to FitBloggin and my quest to learn new things about fitness and healthy living.
Have you ever tried CrossFit? Tell me about your WOD?
Have you ever eaten quinoa ‘oatmeal’? (I have a great recipe that I’ll share with you all next week)