So I hit up the free Crossfit workout Wednesday night, and it was a lot of fun. I haven’t been able to go back since, and I want to, because I think there’s got to be more to it than I experienced. I had fun, but here’s the breakdown:
Wednesday was a team session. After a prolonged series of warmups and stretching, we learned the skills and then did the workout. It was a set of things (200 M run, squats, dumbell swings) designed to be done as quickly as possible. For my team, it lasted 7 minutes, 45 seconds. It was an intense 7 minutes and 45 seconds, but nonetheless, it was just 7 minutes and 45 seconds!
I wear a heart rate monitor, so let me give you some stats:
Heart rate got up to 207 (am I dead?) at the peak
… that’s exciting, as reaching anaerobic thresholds is hard for someone who is super active
Burned 281 calories in 45 minutes (including warming up and cooling down)
… that’s comparable to a 45-minute weightlifting workout, but my heart rate doesn’t usually go above 180 or so in those, and usually sits in “fat-burning zone” between 140-160.
Conclusion: It’s fun to work out in a group, and I think this is as good for me as my regular weight workouts, but I don’t think I could do it five days a week and have it be my only workout. Maybe Boone and Wes can prove me wrong …
Also, I was super-excited because two women who read the blog came out! It was awesome to meet them. In response to my touting my blog’s influence to Boone, he threatened: “Thanks so much! I guess we’ll have to bust your ass extra hard tomorrow to thank you ;-)”
This is why Crossfit is fun with these guys.
Take the weekend off (of Crossfit, not working out!), then meet up Monday night at 6:30pm for Week 2 of free workouts!