Crossfit is no joke.
I took Dynamics this weekend. Dynamics is the 5 hour “training” course you are required to take before
they throw you to the wolves you can join a regular class. I left that class feeling alright. We did a couple of workouts. I finished second both times – just behind a guy who rock climbs and looked like he was born in a gym.
Walking into class last night I realized I was nervous. These people are hardcore about their workouts. Would I be good enough to not embarrass myself?
I’m pretty confident when it comes to gyms. I have worked out for the better part of the last 5-6 years. I lift free weights in the “boys” section. This was a whole new ballgame.
Self-doubt set in full-force. I caught myself looking at the pic below and thinking “there’s no way I could do that.”
The first move was deadlifts. 3 lifts, 2 min rest, add 50 pounds, 3 more lifts, 2 min rest, add 50 pounds, and so on. Women start at 85 lbs. I got through that 85, but decided to play it safe and add just 20 lbs. Did that and added 20 more. Did that. Got irrationally scared. Started to do 3 more when the time gods smiled upon me and we were DONE.
One girl lifted 300 lbs!!! I’m pretty sure I looked like a version of this:
Then we did the WOD.
(WOD = workout of the day. I’m so fancy with the lingo. )
- 4 mins pull ups
- 3 mins handstand push-ups
- 2 mins push-ups
- 1 min double under jump rope (I have yet to master the double under.
Thank you, hopeless white girl coordination.)
First day thoughts:
- It’s very humbling to feel intimidated in the gym
- You shouldn’t be intimidated, just give it all you have
- Crossfit-ers are very friendly people
- I learned that I kind of like handstand push-ups
- I’ve been working hard, but it’s time to get out of my comfort zone
- A “can-do” attitude can take you far… growth comes from pushing past the point of can’t
- This style of workout makes me ravenous
I’m scheduled to go back to Crossfit tonight. In the wise words of my best friend’s mother: “Don’t let that dog know you’re scared of it!”
Naturally, I came home and made a smoothie to end all smoothies. This dream shake was served in a Guinness pint glass. The excess was slurped from the Vitamix spatula.
It’s only a few days into March, but my Crossfit-bruised ego is ready to declare smoothie victory. This is the best smoothie of the month. Not just because it was consumed out of a beer mug
(though that didn’t hurt).
Avocado. Banana. Peanut flour. Spinach. Avocado and banana make for an incredibly creamy smoothie. Add peanut flour to that and you have a liquid PB + Banana shake-wich.
I’ve recently been adding a lil’ lemon to smoothies too. I find it helps draw out flavors, not to mention that lemons are good for digestion!
Praise Jesus I can’t fit my face into the actual blender to lick up the remnants… I would lose a tongue on those blades.
PB + Banana Shake-wich
- 1 C spinach
- 1/2 banana
- 1/4 avocado
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/2 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 T peanut flour
- 1 wedge lemon
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp bourbon vanilla extract
- 5-6 drops stevia
- 1/8 tsp guar gum (optional)
- Ice + water, to taste
Put it all in the blender and mix until smooth!
Top with nuts/seeds if so desired. My topping is a crumbled Endurance Crackers (recipe here from Oh She Glows).
Makes 1 pint.
Have you ever been to a Crossfit gym?
What is your favorite post-workout meal?