Tuesday, October 29, 2013

CrossFit Obsession!!

I have been trying to post about CrossFit and how its going for a week, but amazingly enough I managed to start a new workout and a new gym during the two busiest weeks I have had in a while, that being said I have still managed to get to every workout and fall in LOVE!

Now, before I get all carried away with how much I am enjoying this new workout and new gym and people I am seriously missing my people from the Med Mall.  I always have trouble switching gyms, for Pete's sake I stayed a member of the gym before that for 10 years.

You can go ahead and get prepared for so many post about CrossFit (I will try not to make every single post about CrossFit and only CrossFit) and daily WOD's (workout of the day) and Max lifts and AMRAP (As many reps as possible) and so many other things.  I knew I was going to like it, I just didn't realize I was going to like it this much.

I love the challenge everyday.  Its so hard and after the original soreness wore off I realized how much stronger I was than I knew.  I had done several WOD's that I found online in the past but never thought I could do them everyday, and never to the intensity that I have been doing them.  I am lifting more than I would have even attempted before and that's only 50% of my MAX.

I love the way my body feels while I'm doing the workout.  I feel so strong and accomplished.  I want to do more.  The workouts can be really short and I think, I can do more, then I realize I had that thought while I am laying in a pile of sweat on the floor and cant move.  I love that my body is changing and that sometimes I push so hard the only reaction my body has is to grunt or groan just to do one more rep.
Still my favorite sign in the gym!

For example, today we did a workout called "Linda."  Now I don't know why they are named after women but today I made Linda my B#!@&!  I will forever have strange feelings about women named Linda.  Its also referred to as 3 Bars of Death.  Three different exercises (dead lifts, bench press, and clean and jerk)  You do each exercise 10 times, then 9 times, 8,7,6....to 1.  It was crazy intense.  I managed to get 135lbs on dead lift, 95lbs on bench press (I'm amazed by this one!) and 65lbs on the clean and jerk.

If you look hard that's me crying (and lifting 95lbs) on the bench press on the left.

I am just in love currently.  I know I am still in the Honeymoon phase but 2 weeks in and I am still chomping at the bit to learn more and get better/stronger!  I just cant wait for my alarm to go off at 4:15 am to do it all again. 

I think it is only fair to mention a few bad things as a disclaimer of sorts.  My hands hurt, really bad because I am not used to this much lifting and its really repetitive and my poor hands just cant stand it.  And the only other thing I can think of that may be a negative is that I have chalk everywhere.  I do kinda like the chalk cause its the only relief for the sore sore hands but all my guy clothes are covered in chalk at the end of the workout.

And since I have talked about how much I love one I feel the need to apologize for something I said years ago.  On season 8ish of the Biggest Loser I watched Shay fall off of the Jacob's Ladder after about 10 seconds and it really bothered me.  She whined and was not my favorite but I knew she could do more than 10-15 seconds on that stupid machine....

Well, my gym has a Jacob's Ladder and I just had to give this guy a go.  How hard  could it really be?  Um, well, turns out its crazy hard and I lasted a whopping 1 minute and 30 seconds and that was a struggle.  I consider myself in pretty good shape even though I am still overweight and this machine whipped my tail.  I was almost embarrassed.  So here is my official apology to Shay (as if she reads my blog) for thinking and possibly blogging mean things about you.

I cant wait to come back again tomorrow and tell you all about it again.  I just hope I can lift my arms tomorrow because they are already pretty sore....and I love it!


Vanessa Nayman Branning said...

Hi Emily,

I came across your blog because Melanie Benson shared it on Facebook. My name is Vanessa Branning"V" and I'm one of the trainers at Rocket City CrossFit. I'm so excited for you to start your CrossFit journey and I love your enthusiasm already! I coach the 5:30 class Mon, Tues, Wed if you can every pop in for one, I'd love to meet you. I've heard great things about you from some of the 5am ladies. Occasionally, I can drag my butt out of bed for 5am, but it"s rare. :)

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions/ concerns along the way. I fell in love with CrossFit almost 3 years ago and am truly passionate about it. I also have a certification in nutrition if you need any guidance there.

Over the past few years, I have experienced many stages, cycles, challenges, and pains of CrossFit, but I can honestly say that it has changed my life.

Looking forward to meeting you!!

p.s. Great Blog! :)

~ V

Vanessa Nayman Branning said...

oh and don't worry about the chalk. There's a saying in CF..."I'd rather wear chalk than lipstick" ;)

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