Have you ever been in the middle of some awful workout, looked to the person next to you, and hoped they’d stop working so you could too? CrossFit works for a lot of reasons. The full body movements, the intensity, and the ability to scale any movement are just some of the things that make it effective for anyone. After participating in, and watching, hundreds of classes, I’ve come to the realization that shared suffering is a big reason why CrossFit is so much fun, and works for so many people.
I’ve talked about my first CrossFit experience before, but most people don’t know the full story. I was living downtown and working in “The Valley”. Several nights a week I was practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Arcadia. On my nights off from BJJ, I would hit the 24 hour fitness in Glendale with my buddy Karl. He called me one day and asked me if I’d ever heard of “CrossFit”, which I hadn’t. Earlier that day, he’d scheduled an appointment at CrossFit 818 for an intro session. I came along having no idea what to expect. We did the baseline test, chatted with Z for an hour, and I went home to consider my options.
I lifted weights for years in globo gyms. I have read more articles in Muscle&Fitness magazine than you can count. I thought I was an expert in fitness and that little 6 minute workout destroyed me. I wanted more, but I was flat broke, living from paycheck to paycheck. I already had a $200 a month fitness hobby with BJJ. Somehow I made it work, fully intending to complete the six month commitment and apply what I had learned back in the globo gym.
Looking at where I am now… I couldn’t have been more wrong. CrossFit 818 has changed my life. Some of the best people I know, I met at the gym. Some were even at my wedding. It’s not just the place I work, it’s my second home. It’s the shared suffering with the friends in our amazing community that bonds us together.
This weekend is Bring a Friend weekend. Bring someone. You never know what might happen.
Part A: 10 rounds of:
12 second perfect plank
9 second negative
6 second bottom hold
3 push ups
*rest as needed between rounds
Part B: 3 rounds for time of:
30 abmat med ball sit ups (20/14)
30 med ball overhead lunges
30 wall ball
Posted by Tyler