So, I won’t lie to you guys, I am not a Crossfit addict. In fact, I have technically never officially tried “crossfit.” However, I’ve been enjoying all things fitness that aren’t running lately so Crossfit seemed to just be a natural progression. And last week I finally got to try a class thanks to City Sports and CrossFit Back Bay. Every Thursday night from now until August 21st, you can participate in a free CrossFit workout on the Greenway (North End entrance, near the intersection of Cross and Hanover). The event says 6-7 but we ended around 6:45 so you have plenty of time to stretch and cool down afterwards. To participate in one of these workouts, you just need to register online and show up. Some parts of the workouts are done with partners so having a buddy or 10 around you would make it more fun. Or you can do as I do and make a new friend! Nothing like doing burpees with Tina from Carrots ‘N’ Cake. P.S. for someone who just had a baby, she is in ridiculous shape!
It’s about 2 miles from my office and since Boston’s public transit is slower than the average runner, I decided to just jog my way there. Plus, I really wanted to test out my new Nano 4.0 that Reebok sent me. They’re all the rage in the crossfit world for their shock absorption and traction. I can’t wait to try them in my Tabata class where I’m sliding all over the place in my running shoes.
So I got to the Greenway about 5 minutes to 6, because I forgot there’s a giant hill, called Beacon Hill, on the route I picked. And lucky for me, they had some water bottles for those of us who don’t always come prepared. I was quite thirsty by the time I got there.
The workout of the day was simple and easy for a Crossfit newbie like me to follow. We started with Tabata style warm up, learned some new moves and ended with a partner workout that I’ll explain more.
The tabata warm up was 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated 16 times of squats, lunges, high knees, jumping jacks, push-ups, and sit-ups. After learning the hard sore way, I focused more on my form vs. how many reps I could do in 20 seconds.
After our warm up, we went over the moves we would be doing with a partner. Between the two of us, we would do 100 squats or squat jumps, 100 sit ups and 100 alternating jump lunges. And to keep things from getting too stale, we had to do 3 burpees every minute on the minute. Since all the moves besides the burpees are broken up between you and a partner, you end up doing only 50 of each in increments of 10 with a rest between each while your partner does their set. Similar to tabata in a way but less pressure it fitting it all into 20 seconds.
And our reward for the workout was more exercise! We finished the evening off with some core work of planks and V-ups.
It may look easy, but try holding this for 3 minutes straight and you will feel everything shake.
Overall had a great workout and if the weather continues to be this gorgeous, I’ll be showing up weekly! Loved this cross-training alternative to all the cardio I’ve been doing for my 70.3!
Have you ever tried Crossfit?
Does your city have any free outdoor workouts that you participate in?