** CuseFIT2013 is a series of posts created to highlight fitness classes and offerings in and around Syracuse, NY. It is designed to give you my impressions and tips as a first timer at various classes. My hope is that by removing the unknowns about new classes you will feel more comfortable and confident moving classes from your “want to try list” to your “completed list”. Get BOLD and try something new! Did you miss Part 1-6? You can catch up here: Hot Yoga, Barre Class, Group Power, TRX, Bootcamp, Spin**
Well I would just like to say that this part of CuseFit has been the scariest one for me. I’ve seen CrossFit. I follow many crossfit bloggers and fitfluential has an entire subsection of those who swear by it. Fear is a really bad reason not to try something so I gathered myself, found a gym that worked for my schedule and applied myself.
This installment of CuseFit found me at Salt City CrossFit just a stone throw from Destiny NY on Division Street in Syracuse. Luckily I brought along my BFF Amanda to be my professional photographer for the event. (thanks lady for being your awesome self ) My nerves started to get to me as we got closer to the building, there is something truly intimidating to me about cross fit.
We walked in and signed it at the desk and were greeted by five other first timers. I should mention this was a beginner class to show you the equipment and proper usage. Which they encourage all potential members to take.
Now let’s talk fashion 😉 I wore my favorite, I’m going to try a new class outfit. What can I say if I’m going to be unsure of a class, I want to be sure about my outfit. This is an older picture, but I rocked my old navy capris, no name Marshall’s find top and a C9 for Target sports bra.
Next we met Nick our trainer for the day. And got right into the equipment.
Nick showed us the bikes, how to read the dials and proper placement of the bike seat. Heck that’s more than some spin instructors do for people so that impressed me. Then we tried out the ski machine and the rowers.
Then we practiced proper form squats. At this point it became obvious maybe I should have skipped those wall balls on Tuesday my legs were on fire! After squats in proper form we moved onto box jumps. Eh at this point my knee started to scream and 20 inch box jumps were not helping it. I’m hoping that making the muscles around it stronger will help cure what ails me but judging from my family history that might be wishful thinking.
Aside from my knee it was a great introduction to the equipment. Of course we couldn’t just end the fun there. We needed to get a taste of a WOD (Workout of the Day). Nick decided were doing Tabata.
:20 work followed by :10 rest but just four rounds rather than a standard 8. There was a 45 second rest in between stations. I started on the bike which wasn’t too bad for me I regularly take spin and found gear 12 comfortable. It couldn’t all be easy though then I moved on to the Ski Machine you can see my determined face below. 2 sets into this machine I could feel this workout was about to get real.
After the ski table I moved to squats. Then from squats we did box jumps. I’ll be the first to admit I kinda got weak here. My knee was not a fan, and I ended up stepping up for most of them which was a debbie downer. I tried but I think only half of one set was true box jumps. Damn it knee get with the program!
The last round for me was rowing.
Nick had mentioned in our training before the Tabata session that some people can row a distance (I forget what it was) in 1:17, some people in 3:30 and most people average 2:00. My only goal for those 4 sets was to keep that number as close as I could to 2:00….OK really I wanted to see if I could get it under 2. That attempt was unsuccessful. I finished at 2:06 I’m not even sure what that means but I was shooting for 2:00.
The one thing that killed me about this workout style was I didn’t spend anytime looking around. I could care less what others were doing. For me that is always an indication I’m pushing myself. If I have time to scope, I’m not tired yet.I can see how people get addicted to this sport. It really is a race with yourself. And a great way to get strong everywhere. Including headstrong where I need many improvements. My brain gives up too easily.
*Sidenote* My first and only other Crossfit program was with Reebok last year at the healthy living summit. They said it’s a 5 minute workout, and I said sweet I got this! I lift weights olympic style… without weights how hard could this be? Yes and it was 5 minutes of as many Round of – 7 squats and 15 knee jumps- as you could accomplish. I think by round 5 I was holding back tears. We were less than 3 minutes in. The thing I find most interesting about Crossfit workouts is on paper how small they look but once you get moving you learn the strength of weakness of your body.
Honestly it wasn’t nearly as scary and I thought it was going to be. There were even modifications for the box jumps! Step Ups! I can see this being a sport where your people become family, it’s tough but not impossible.
If there is a way to fit this into my budget I’m seriously considering becoming a yearly member. I lifted with my husband and his coach in a semi-heated garage where records were written on a wall. It was some of the toughest workouts I’ve ever done but some of the best body results I’ve ever seen. (has it really been 5 years since then?)
Crossfit has a similar feeling to me. You could see the squat racks, there was a girl practicing clean and jerks, and no one was there to look pretty. I liked the underlying grit. I also liked the wall motivation.
Salt City Cross Fit, Syracuse NY
- Memberships: Various visit their website for information.
- They offer a variety of class times.
What to Bring
- Bottle of water
- And determination
What to Wear
- I would suggest bike shorts or capris and a comfortable shirt or tank.
What to expect
- A challenging WOD taught by instructors who know their stuff.
- Expect to Sweat! A LOT