Crossfit – surving the foundation course

So once I had made the decision to try Crossfit I found myself in a place mentally that I can’t remember ever being in.

Of course there was a whole heap of ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’ that covered the walking in the door.  But I realised after the first few classes that as an adult I hadn’t made myself do anything new that I didn’t enjoy.  Yes I have learned lots of new skills mainly relating to geek stuff, but outside of that I have always run (walked slowly) away from new things.  Putting off things like learning proper photography with the excuse ‘ah my brain can’t take anymore learning new things’  Funny how this never happens when I have spent hours teaching myself WordPress related things. Hmmm..

So at the foundation course is about learning the basic movements, technique and exercises that you will then progress each time you attend a session.  So I had 8 sessions, and went through many emotions during them.

All of it was brand new to me, squatting, that I could do (just & badly) and then things that you realise you haven’t done as an adult. A simple movement like jumping on something with 2 feet.  This is where I hit a wall, I discovered a fear of jumping on things and over things. I had total brain freeze but forced myself to do it (a very much recurring theme…)

And then the more technical things the learning the gymnastics & weight lifting.

I also discovered that I have very limited knowledge of the mechanics in my body, the phrase ‘tight back’ was met with me thinking, nope not a clue how to do that.  But I went home, looked in a mirror and practiced and started to feel where things where so next time I could do it.

And I was introduced to the white plastic pole. This is what you use to learn the techniques and positions for the weight lifting moves.  At the time I thought I would never get it, we were drilled and drilled on how to pick the bar up (I still hear the words ‘KNEES OUT’ when I am randomly standing in queues far away from anything crossfit.)

At the time I found this the most frustrating part, I never thought I would get it, because I hadn’t ever tried to do something like it before. But then the day comes to lift the barbell with weights on it and your body suddenly gets into the position (not perfect by any shot, but way better) This is what I worried about, would I ever just know and remember it all.

Through those 3 weeks, I felt new levels of pain the day after, often waking at 3 a.m. and scared to move in bed as I knew it was all going to hurt.  Rather satisfying though 🙂

At the end of each session we did a metcon, ranging from jumping, to burpees, situps, and various other things, none lasting for more that 12 minutes. Easy you think as sure its not long. Well some were easier than others, The last on  I did on the foundation was particularly evil. A combination of get up get down / assisted pull ups and skipping. That was my first real taste of pain and the mental side of your head screaming at you ‘stop, you can’t do this’ and you body wanting to stop as it hurts.

But carrying on.

It has taken me a while to realise but throughout the foundation, I tried it all, some of it was literally terrifying,  like the first go at hanging on the high bar, but each time I went back for more.

And I think that is the best advice I can give about starting Crossfit, just keep going back.

I really didn’t know when starting this how insane it would all feel, when you are trying to explain it to someone and they give you that ‘why would you do that?’  And you just smile and say ‘but its brilliant’

And the hunger for being able to do all the things, I am still really far off getting so many things, I can do 1 double under, chances of my being able to do a muscle up this year are low, but I will eventually do one. Lets not talk about push ups, but again, proper push ups will be mine at some point.  And once  I got over the fact that I would be able to do these things, I just needed to work and practice and get stronger, and each time I was there, that is exactly what I was doing.

I am now 6 weeks in..and so many changes in that time of what I can do already.

This sums up much of Crossfit for me at the moment

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  1. 1 March , 2013 / 4:29 pm

    Great post and I love the final image, might have to nick that.

    Yesterday the trainer asked me to kneel down and then jump from there into a crouched position. I never in a MILLION years would have thought I could do that. I did 4 and the smile (mostly of disbelief) on my face when I did the first was hige.

    We continually underestimate ourselves until someone else tells us to shut up and get on with it. Looking forward to hearing more about your crossfit journey.

  2. 3 March , 2013 / 10:00 pm

    For the first few months of my Crossfit journey I felt nauseous from nervousness before every session – there were just sooooo many unknowns. When I first climbed the rope up to the ceiling though – I walked away from the class in tears – my gym teachers had always told me I’d never learn how to do it! 😐

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      4 March , 2013 / 3:11 pm

      It really is such an eye opener when you realise that (apart from our less than strong upper bodies at the moment) there is nothing stopping us from being able to do it all. It is just about working hard and learning. Being surrounded by people who are so positive is refreshing, no such word as can’t, just can’t yet!

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