I Crossfitted

There’s a crossfit gym right around the corner from my place that offers a free first class. For a good month or so I’ve been checking out the next day’s workout that they’ve posted online and just kept putting off going but Thursday night I saw the workout and actually told Nathan that I was thinking about going. You know, because as soon as I say it out loud, I’m committed.

A1. 5 x 1 [Hang Power Clean + Front Squat]
A2. Pull-Up Negatives
B. 5 Rounds for Time:
12 DB Weighted Lunges
12 Calories on Rower

I had an idea of what to expect going in from all of the other bloggers that talk about it, but it’s definitely still a bit intimidating. I got there early to have a chance to talk to the trainer and check the place out.

Crossfit Oakland

Crossfit Oakland

When we started out, I mentioned to the trainer that I’d never done crossfit before. Unfortunately, she assumed that meant I never workout at all. She was very nice and accommodating but started out talking to me like I knew nothing. It was a frustrating way to start and I was feeling like I had something to prove at that point. As we went over the hang power clean + front squat and the pull-up negatives, I was determined to get the moves down solid which I really feel like I accomplished the more I tried. Success!

Onto part B, the cardio portion. I still felt like I wanted to prove myself and at the very least, not finish last. And I’d say that was a success too!

Crossfit Oakland WOD

Overall, I really enjoyed myself and definitely want to go back for more! Even though I was frustrated by my initial interaction with the trainer, she was really helpful and encouraging throughout the class. Hopefully in the coming months I’ll be able to take the on ramp to get started. Not to mention all of the crossfitting bloggers I see posting pictures are serious motivation!

The rest of Friday was a ton of running around and a delicious Greek dinner date.

Troy Lamb Skewer Grilled Veggies

Hers: Lamb skewer with grilled zucchini, tomato, & eggplant, pita, & tzatziki

Troy Shawarma Plate

His: Shawarma plate with salad, grilled zucchini, tomato, & eggplant, pita, & tzatziki

Troy Garlic Fries

Complete with garlic fries!

Saturday was  for early errands, farmers’ market, pizza, and rest. We went to Arizmendi to try out their daily pizza: eggplant, feta, and garlic olive oil; we ordered a half pizza to take home and also stumbled upon a ridiculous cheesy foccacia bread with asparagus, spinach, and red cabbage. I gladly made a nice, big salad with my leftover lamb, huge farmers’ market sugar snap peas, and some foccacia. And a little pizza on the side. What can I say, Passover really made me want bread 😉

Arizmendi Foccacia Lamb

Yesterday was another quiet day. I had originally planned a 6.5 mile hike but when we woke up to rain, Nathan and I made our way over to the gym instead. We grabbed a quick Thai lunch, got just a few things from the store, and had a relaxing day. His mom is going to be visiting this week so we wanted to make sure we were fully rested up to prepare.. we don’t mess around! Plus, Saturday is Nathan’s birthday so we will definitely be having a good time!

Weekly Meal Plan

Like I said, Nathan’s mom is going to be visiting this week so we’re going to be going out quite a bit. The goal of Sunday-Tuesday is to finish up what we already have in the house!

Sunday – Leftovers
Monday – Play by ear.. cajun chicken?
Tuesday – Saturday – Out!

Holy moly, I think come next Sunday, I’ll be quite happy to cook again 🙂

Food for Thought

Have you ever tried crossfit?
What did you do over the weekend?

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14 thoughts on “I Crossfitted

  1. I think one of the greatest things about Crossfit is that it is so scaleable to anyone’s skill level. I don’t think the coach meant to belittle you, but more humble the heck out of you.
    I started CF with about 8 months of lifting experience prior. I knew how to squat, deadlift, been doing some CF workouts on my own before I did OnRamp. I thought I knew it all. Boy, was I wrong. They say “check your ego at the door” because so many things that you think you know, could be totally different when applied to CF.
    At least that’s how I see it from an outsider perspective… 🙂
    Anyway, glad you had a good time and nice work on the cardio part of the workout! I think any workout that combines rowing + anything is awful..

    • I agree, I don’t think she meant anything by what or how she said what she did, I guess I just wish she didn’t make the assumption at all. I was absolutely open and ready to learning and critique walking in there. I appreciate you sharing your perspective, it’s nice to see it from someone else’s eyes. And PS I kind of love rowing. Kind of haha!

      • I think there is something to say about people that love rowing.. haha. We had to do a workout recently that was a minute on, minute off alternating rowing and wall balls. Holy heck my legs!

        Anyway, looking forward to hearing more about your Crossfit experiences if you decide to stick with it!

  2. So glad you enjoyed it! I’ve only been doing CrossFit a few weeks but LOVE it – though I too was super intimidated beforehand, even coming from an experienced rowing background.
    Sounds like you have an awesome week coming up! Looking forward to living through your meals 😉

  3. I tried Crossfit once and I wasn’t a big fan. They had me hitting a tire with a mallet and I was mostly just exhausted and confused haha. I’d give it another try though!

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