Last night I finished my 3rd “12 Days of Crossfit” with a workout called Frantasy Land. To anyone who knows Crossfit, that is pretty much three Frans back to back with the thruster weights going up every time (see how Rich Froning does it). Did you look? — I never said Crossfitters weren’t a little bit insane.
The last 12 days have been exhausting but so, SO much fun that when I sleep for a week I want to do it all over again.
The atmosphere at the gym (oops – the BOX) has been great, going in during weekends and my days off work has actually been great as well – I usually just run in and out because I’m always rushing to or from work, but when I have a day off I can get in a bit earlier for a warm-up or to work on my pull ups or double unders and I can catch up with people afterwards instead of running away as soon as the buzzer goes off indicating the end of the workout.
The coaches told us that in those 12 days we have done
- 768+ squats
- 220+ push-ups
- 354+ pull-ups
- 5600m+ of running and
- lifted 24,952kg+ of barbell weight (not including bodyweight movement!)
My favourite workouts were Annabel, Moorse and Glen.
6 Snatch between each round (25kg for me)
I suck at double unders but alternating them with singles, I did them all. Couldn’t quite believe it afterwards. If you add the singles to the doubles I jumped over 300 times. The whole workout took me 17 minutes and 48 seconds, about 10 minutes slower than everyone else. I felt good, I felt awkward:
7 Over the bar burpees
3 Thrusters 30kg
1200m run with a 6kg med ball
The 10 rounds of burpees and thrusters took FOREVER and running with a med ball is tricky to say the least. Our pregnant coach inspired a few of us though – we stuck the med ball under our shirts and ran preggo style – so.much.easier than trying to balance it on our shoulders or hips. Next time I’ll know 🙂
I finished the whole thing in 23 minutes and 5 seconds.
30 Clean and jerks 35kg
Run 1 mile
10 Rope climbs
Run 1 mile
I loved this one because running in Crossfit equals resting for me and I LOVE rope climbs ever since I first learned to do them. The workout was made a little bit tricky by the fact that I actually had a hangover – I’d had my first work related Christmas dinner the night before. Crossfit with a hangover is not really something I’d recommend but the positive is that Crossfit does seem to cure a hangover quite quickly.
So lots of fun was had and many workouts were done that initially seemed very daunting. I am most happy that I bagged so many double unders (even did 23 unbroken at one point) and know that I can kip out a pull up. I don’t have enough strength to do many of those so they’re not something I will be doing lots of but it’s fun doing one now and again. Here’s a BEFORE video of my kipping pull ups. You know the one that I’m going to show again in a year or so when I can do 20 of those unbroken and properly.
And to finish off this post about my mad 2 weeks, have a read of this funny BuzzFeed article about Crossfit: This Is Exactly What Happens When You Start Doing CrossFit Most of it is true, especially this one:
I find that when I’m sober I can most of the time keep my mouth shut about Crossfit but when I’ve had a drink or two – I do.not.shut.up.about.it
(now you know whether you ever want to invite me out for a drink or not! 😉