I've had several new members approach me (in person or by email) in the past several weeks about their experience in the first couple of weeks. The most common sentiment was disappointment or embarrassment in their progress in terms of how they felt during workouts or their ability to complete the workouts. CrossFit isn't easy! It takes time to adapt to CrossFit and the only way to do it is to show up and don't quit. If you're coming from a largely sedentary lifestyle or occasional light workouts, then CrossFit is going to kick your butt for awhile. But don't worry, you'll adapt!
I was looking at my old workout logs from when I had started CrossFitting, because CrossFit kicked my butt when I first started, as well! In fact, there was a running joke/bet amongst my fellow CrossFitters to see how many different trashcans I could throw up in after my workouts. Here's an excerpt from one of my old logs, several weeks into my CrossFit experience:
11 bench jumps
I have developed a new rating system for CrossFit workouts: how many different trashcans I throw-up in after the workout is directly proportional to how scared the concurrent Pilates in the Park class is of us Rancho Park CrossFitters! I wasn’t tired today cardio wise or muscle endurance wise, but by the end of the 2nd round I was seriously ill. I finished, though, and I gave this workout a solid TWO CANS. For some odd reason, Mr. Roger’s “Would you be my neighbor” was stuck in my head after the workout, but instead changing my shoes while talking into a camera, I was puking into the trashcan next to Pilates folks. Hello neighbor!"
Log your workouts and you'll be able to look back fondly at your old workouts and see how far you've come!
Every Minute on the Minute for 10 minutes:
3 Front Squats
AMRAP Double Unders
Posted by Zareh.