BB Weighted Step-up 5-5-5/leg
4 x 1K Row (rest 5 min)
10 burpee penalty for every row more than 10 second deviation from fastest.
Post – 40 Ring Rows
My CrossFit Story
I always find it interesting to hear other member’s CrossFit stories. That is, how people got involved with CrossFit; how it has changed their lives; and the evolution of where they began to where they are today.
Here is my story. Growing up, I dabbled with many different sports and ended up finding my passion in swimming. I was a competitive swimmer for about 8 years and eventually quit when I decided I wanted a social life. After quitting swimming I would occasionally “workout” at a globo gym genreally using the elliptical for about 45 minutes and sometimes “strength training” with some 5 pound dumbbells. As many of you can relate, this bored me to death. This is when I decided that I needed some motivation. Enter into the picture: Rudy.
I was what some people call “skinny fat”. I looked healthy but had absolutely NO muscle. I could not squat to parallel. I could barely lift 20# above my head. And I could definitely not run a mile without stopping multiple times. To top it off, doing like 20 squats would make me so sore that I couldn’t work out for days at a time.
After a few sessions of squats, 5 pound weighted step-ups (on like a 12” inch box), and other movements for someone muscle challenged like myself, I joined Rudy’s boot camp. This was held outside 2x per week and incorporated body weight CrossFit-like workouts. I slowly began to gain metabolic conditioning. Around the same time that I “graduated” from bootcamp, Rudy was opening up CrossFit Chicago formerly known as Chicago Iron Sports. I asked him about it and he said it was “some hard core crazy type of workout stuff”. Well, of course, being the adventurous person I am, I decided to try it out.
A lot of people think I have a gymnastics background. I definitely do not. When I first started CrossFit I was doing jumping pull-ups, squats with a med ball (since I couldn’t squat to parallel), using the 20# bar for all Oly lifts (which I butchered in the technique department), and running a mile in around 12 minutes. I had no idea what a snatch, clean and jerk, thruster, or kipping pullup was, and I definitely had never lifted anything over 20# in my entire life.
CrossFit has changed my life. Period. As I reflect back upon my CrossFit journey I have so many amazing memories: my first kipping pullup, meeting so many amazing and inpiring people, the CrossFit Games in Aromas, CA, ice baths, falling off the pull-up bar, going from being a Vegan to a meat eater, CFC Socials, deadlifting 280#, the Oz Park WOD, the infamous Francy workout, competing at Sectionals, competing at Regionals, my first muscle-up, learning to take failures and turn them in successes, and meeting Randy at the CFC bowling social. That’s right, for those of you that don’t know, Randy and I met through CrossFit. That being said, I am in the best shape of my life. I am now physically and mentally stronger than ever. So that’s my story. The next time you’re at CrossFit. Ask someone their story. The great thing about CrossFit is the community. I like to tell people, it’s not just a place to workout, it’s a place to meet great friends (and perhaps your future husband :-) ).
What’s your story?