I don’t write much about workouts because though I do workout regularly, I’m no fitness expert. I’m a newbie to CrossFit and don’t want to come off like a poser either, throwing around acronyms and stats. I’ve done my fair share of tough workouts over the past couple years, but nothing compares to the 20 minutes of misery I voluntarily impose on myself a couple times a week through something innocently entitled the Workout of the Day. It’s not just the physical element though that gets me; everyone knows CrossFit is hard. It’s the mental hurdles too. I am afraid to jump on a box… apparently.
What I loved about today:
- Learning the mechanics of a move that is difficult for me. By the time the WOD was over, I started to get the hang of how to do it the right way. I know I’ll get the hang of it soon.
- The encouraging atmosphere. If your gym doesn’t have this, find one that does. These people are awesome!
- I picked a challenging dumbbell weight and stayed with it despite how much it hurt. Which reminds me of my favorite new hashtag I plan on abusing: #dontbeabitch.
- I did a warm up that would define most people’s workouts, practiced pull ups and did 100 box jumps and 100 dumbbell squat/snatch/overhead press thingys in under 16 minutes–15:59 to be exact! Hah! (See, that’s how new I am. I don’t even know what the stinkin’ moves are called!) If I accomplish nothing else today, I’d be satisfied.
What I hated:
- Realizing that a couple pieces of wood nailed together turned me into a coward for a few minutes.
- Being last. That sucks no matter which way you spin in.
So what does one eat after a tough workout? This girl had some leftover frittata made from the Acorn Squash with Fennel-Sausage Hash filling, yellow bell pepper slices, a few strawberries and half an avocado sliced and topped with Celtic Sea Salt and fresh lime. Oh and hot sauce. Can’t forget that! Lots of protein and healthy fats, plus a little complex carbs from the fruit and veggies–perfect!