It’s been three months since my last post.
That means it’s now been three months that I’ve been doing CrossFit!
It hasn’t come without some moments where all I wanted to do was go home at 5 or 6 pm instead of getting home at 8 or 9, but I swear it has been worth it. And it’s not like I’m working out daily or anything, but I try to get in 3-4 WODs a week.
I am drinking the Koolaid, ya’ll.
First, the coaches are awesome. I like to think that they really like me and Adam and I believe they do because we aren’t whiney or negative. We come in, work out, follow instruction, and keep smiling even when it sucks. (Burpees, I’m looking at you.) I think that the coaches appreciate that we don’t bring drama to the box.
Second, we’ve gotten to know other members of the box after several months of seeing them regularly and working toward new personal records together. It’s positive reinforcement to have so many cheerleaders and we have been around long enough that we are starting to cheer on newcomers.
Third, I’ve discovered that I like weightlifting. Before CrossFit I had never lifted a barbell in any way, not even a basic bench press. Now I’m doing deadlifts, cleans, jerks, and presses, and I’m getting stronger every time. We just spent a week finding our 1 Rep Max for Deadlifts, Back Squats, and Front Squats and I had a new personal record in every single movement. A 1 Rep Max is finding the maximum amount of weight you can lift one time. You keep adding weight until you fail. The last lift you didn’t fail is your 1 Rep Max.
I can now back squat 155 pounds – the barbell is held across the shoulders behind the neck while completing a squat. I can also deadlift 165 pounds. It seems simple to lift a bar from the floor to your waist but if you don’t do it right, you’ll be in a lot of back pain and the bar will still be on the floor. I can front squat 125 pounds. This movement is similar to the Back Squat but the bar is held across the shoulders in front and kind of chokes you if you’re doing it right! These numbers seemed unattainable to me a mere three months ago.
Want to know what is embarrassing? Trying to back squat 160 pounds, getting stuck at the bottom of the squat and then losing control of your bladder as your muscles release – right there in front of your coach and several witnesses. I was so surprised I barely remember what happened but when I stood up I went straight to the bathroom to get paper towel so I could clean up the small puddle on the floor. Fortunately, the witnesses were all female and I’m pretty sure the male coach has seen far worse. Everyone was very supportive and made it not too terrible. Adam was on the other side of the room, so didn’t see it. I told him about it afterward but it was mostly just part of the story of how I got 155 pounds on my back squat.