Pity Party: OVER!

by ~jenniferlynn on January 9, 2013

in CrossFit

After my pity party the other day, I wanted to say that I have decided that I do need to take a step back and focus on me, and what I’m doing in the box, and pay less attention to everyone else. I’ve had two great workouts in a row (Saturday and Monday) that despite being mad difficult, they both were set up with a definitive timeline, so there was no inevitable “finishing last.” Despite probably doing less weight and less total reps than the other people, I rocked those workouts as hard as I could and it honestly made me feel better about what I am getting myself into in continuing this Crossfit experience.

I read a great article from Crossfit Lisbeth about what makes a Crossfitter, and even though my list wouldn’t match hers if I were to make one, the point is that there is no set Crossfit mold. We are all different; we all have our own skills, our own pace, our own struggles.

I am still trying to put a set schedule down for how I want to do my crossfitting classes, but I also want to keep in mind my love for just living heavy and hard, so don’t want to lose that focus over just doing day after day WOD classes. Our sister box does Olympic lifting classes specifically on Saturday mornings, so I want to get at least one hard lifting day in, and scatter the WOD classes throughout the week, trying to make it at least 3x if possible.

Saturday, I went to try out my first Olympic Lifting class at Plymouth Crossfit. I got up super early for me on Saturday (8:00), and made it over to the box just before 9:00. There were a ton of people there, then they were all at the whiteboard checking out the WOD for the day. It looked horrifying, but didn’t bother me because I was there for the lifting class, not the WOD class the followed.

plymouth crossfit WOD rowing squats situps pullups kettlebell swings wall balls box jumps push press deadlift pushups front squats

what. the. heck.


Apparently my coach misinformed me of the time.. and I was suckered into a  WOD class, that I mentally was not prepared for. I seriously almost got up and left.. but figured I was already up early and already there, so may as well do it. There’s a very different mentality that I think you need to have when you are preparing for a lifting session compared to a crazy intense workout session, but it was too early in the morning for me to worry about it, so I took a deep breath and did my stretches and waited for further instruction.

The workout was supposed to be done in two pieces: Group A would do the first two workouts, while Group B did the second two; then we would rest 5 minutes and complete the other portion. I was put in the second group, so we did AMRAP of front-squats (45lbs) and push-ups; 7 at a time for 7 full minutes. I made 88 total reps (with REAL push-ups!). This was followed by 10-1 (complete 10 of each, then 9, etc.) of deadlifts and push-presses. I scaled this down for fear of running out of energy, and only did 80lbs on the deadlifts and kept 45lbs for the push-presses. Just after 11 minutes, my torture was over.. and we realized there would not be time to do the second workout. Blessing in disguise? Maybe. We were all invited back this weekend to do the portion we did not complete.

Sunday: Well needed day of rest.

Monday was another workout that I just felt awesome about. I was having a rough day, but went into the workout and felt stress relief, instead of added stress. We started off with sprints, which man, are soo much better than longer distance running. The coach even threw in burpees at the start and turnaround point of our sprints, but it was great. Hard, heart-racing, crazy sprinting, but it felt great!

Our WOD was another with a set time limit. The coach specifically said this is an exercise to compete with yourself.

30s on and off

This was not easy, but I finished it, and I’m feeling good!

As with anything else, new routines and new experiences take time to get used to, and no one walks in the door being the best. Time to move forward with this optimism and rock the upcoming month of workouts! 🙂

Do your feelings with working out yo-yo? For those who Crossfit, do you balance WOD classes with lifting classes? 

Jacki January 9, 2013 at 11:19 am

I love the idea of balancing the WOD’s with lifting and need to find a way to incorporate that into my fitness plan. Glad you are feeling better about your experiences!

~jenniferlynn January 9, 2013 at 3:50 pm

I hear some people do a separate lifting program outside, but I just need to figure out when to fit it all in!

martha b January 9, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Oly lifting classes? Now I’m officially jealous.
I think you are doing a great job of taking full advantage of this opportunity and the fact that you are doing something you love in the meanwhile — that’s just icing on the cake 🙂

~jenniferlynn January 9, 2013 at 3:50 pm

That’s seriously what I’m most excited about! I wish they had them more often.. though I do need the endurance classes too.

Mary Long
Twitter: inmyheadspace
January 9, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Great new attitiude Jennifer! I am glad to hear you lightened up on yourself :0) now can you enjoy the workouts more.

~jenniferlynn January 9, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Thanks, Mary! I sure am trying!

Tasha Malcolm January 10, 2013 at 10:28 am

I do not balance lifting with crossfit because I use crossfit for my lifting. 🙂 I am not trying to bulk up, I just want to be more balanced and a better runner. I am currently only going twice a week right now because my I am running 3-4 days a week now and getting extra cardio in with spin.

Twitter: fantabulouslisa
January 10, 2013 at 2:21 pm

My box generally has a 20 minute lifting session followed by a metcon at least once per cycle. During those sessions, we will either find a max, or just get a few low rep heavy weight sets in. Those have been enough to me to see a pretty constant strength increase. I will also occasionally go to the box on my own to do some “EMOM” skill work drills. 🙂

Nicole January 11, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Is it me or does this coach seem to give you misinformation on a regular basis on what classes are offered when? Reading this post is like deja vu…

Regardless, you are getting great workouts it seems! Remember to smile once in a while when you are there, something I have to remind myself when I’m in a tough yoga pose 🙂

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