Simple answer, yes. BUT don’t let that scare you away. It was also the most exhilarating, exhausting and exciting hour I’ve had in a gym for a while. If you want a group activity and want to step it up a level from classes such as boxercise then this is for me. I know I’m hooked!
If you’re new to Crossfit then you might be wondering what it is. If you google it then it tells you this;
“Crossfit is a high-intensity fitness programme incorporating elements from several sports and types of exercise.”
Directly below it also has a quote saying “I thought I was strong until I tried to do Crossfit” which is pretty much exactly what I said to my best friend afterwards. I’m not going to sugar coat it here; it was the hardest thing I’ve done and I thought I was fit and strong!
Crossfit includes high intensity interval training, endurance training, strength training, gymnastics, Olympic weightlifting, mobility, plyometrics, powerlifting, kettlebells, calisthenics, running, jumping, throwing, rowing, strongman and other sports. It’s a real mixed bag of things which is what I loved and I learnt so much in just an hour; my strengths and weaknesses and to never give up.
Sessions vary but my first session involved two rotations of 15 minute AMRAPs (as many rounds as possible). This involved a cardio exercise for a certain distance (such as the assault bike which if you ever get the pleasure of going near, run…run away very very fast) then reps with some weights such as kettle bell swings then reps of another exercise such as a variations of burpees or toe to bars (FYI these are harder then they look). You then do this as many times as possible in 15 minutes. Then it’s a ten minute break then another one. Exhausting but great fun and it still amazes me what my body can do.
What I also loved about my experience was how friendly everyone was. Straight away I was welcomed in and felt part of a group. Everyone encourages everyone else and helps you out with your form and technique. No one is there to put you down or make you feel unfit; they all had to start somewhere as well.
Crossfit might not be for everyone and I can see why people would shy away. It is scary and intense but equally so rewarding. I can’t wait for the next session. Although no assault bikes please.
Finally just a little shoutout to Crossfit Pi down here in lovely Devon for being so welcoming. Also to Head Coach Martin Uttley for making my first session so rewarding and I’m sorry I told you to F**k off, it’s a sign I enjoyed it!