Crossfit: Many of you have heard about the popular exercise program called Crossfit. I was curious enough about it to give it a try, and when I saw a Groupon offer from Crossfit Julia in Lafayette, I took the plunge. Let me tell you right at the outset; Crossfit is an intensive workout and not for the faint of heart or body. If there is any doubt about your physical condition, be sure you get your healthcare provider’s OK before you attempt this program.
Crossfit has a vocabulary all its own, and while the words are easy, the exercises are not. Among other things during your WOD (Workout Of the Day), you will experience the Jerk, the Burpee, the Snatch, Ring Dips, Cleans, and Wallball. Having grown up on a farm, I can honestly say I am no stranger to physically hard work, but after my first WOD I thought Crossfit was the most strenuous exercise program I had ever tried. Three months later, looking back on that first workout, it now seems it was just a few easy sit-ups, push-ups and Burpees in comparison to the current workouts. As you can guess, I am very glad I stuck with the program; the results have been amazing.
When I started, I could not de even a single pull-up. Now I can, and that alone is a huge accomplishment for me. Before I began Crossfit, a one-mile run would have been unthinkable--even if my life depended on it! I am proud to report that after the first month of Crossfit, I was able to run a mile in under eight minutes. Crossfit, combined with a nutrition-conscious diet, has me feeling stronger and healthier than at any other time in my life. I love it, and I have no plans to give it up.
Those who hadn’t actually done Crossfit discouraged me from trying it. They said it was very dangerous, full of serious pitfalls, and likely to result in injury. I found these warnings to be unjustified, and all of my “injuries” have been comical. For instance, my body was incredibly sore from trying to learn a jump rope routine innocently called Double Unders! The Rock Shoulders maneuver produced minor arm burns which would have been avoided had I worn a long-sleeved top. Bruises on my legs developed after I failed to control the weight bar and let it bang into me. These “injuries” were simply badges of honor to me and well worth the Crossfit benefits.
If you are looking for and capable of a high intensity exercise program, check out Crossfit. Locations are available almost everywhere.