15 October 2014
What was your first CrossFit WOD?
Now that we are closing in on our one year anniversary at the box I am starting to feel a bit nostalgic. I am going to begin and end this post with that question, please take the time to answer it if you can. You can either leave a reply here, on Facabook, or you can just shoot me an email. If we get a few people that started with the same WOD, you might see it in some upcoming programming!
I vividly remember my first ever CrossFit WOD and how I felt that day (and the week after) and I want to hear from all of you to see what it was and how it went. Let me bring you back to 2010 wayyyyyyy back when I was a strikingly handsome 20 year old hooligan. I had decided that college, thus far, wasn't working out and the prospect of a desk job after graduation was terrifying. I knew from an early age that I wasn't cut out to fly a desk. I decided to join an Air National Guard based out of Syracuse. I had found a job where, if I passed training, I would someday be allowed to wear the coveted Black Beret and become a member of the Tactical Air Control Party (or TACP, look it up). I thought that I was in AMAZING shape going into this so I figured that my PT test would be a breeze. After all, I had been doing Bi's and Tri's, Chest and Thighs on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for like 2 years. I managed to pass my PT test easy enough but then immediately after it I was introduced to my first "smoke" session. It was a deliciously horrible slice of humble pie.
Come to find out, that wasn't even CrossFit! It was just your standard issue TACP smoke session. To add insult to injury, after it was done I realized that it had only lasted 20 minutes. I thought to myself, "holy hell! I thought I was in awesome shape!" I was sorely mistaken. As the day came to an end, I was pulled aside by the kind gentleman who had conducted the PT session and he gave me a packet that would change my life. He asked me if I had ever heard of "CrossFit" before and wasn't shocked to hear that I never had. The packet contained a list of hero WODs along with some standard issue military style (boring) workouts. I went home that day feeling defeated but I woke up the next day with a hunger that I haven't felt since I had stopped playing sports in high school. I hadn't even completed my first WOD yet and I was already hooked. The hero workouts looked CRAZY! I thought that if I could ever complete one of them that I would become the definition of fitness and the object of every womans desire.
Obviously both of those things happened immediately after my first WOD. Duh. What was the first workout that I ever did? Listen to how smart I was. After flipping through the pages of the training packet I decided that MURPH looked like a good option. I loved running and bodyweight movements are the easiest ever right? WRONG! I used a set of Soccer goalposts by my high school track for a pull up bar and I nearly killed myself because it got so sweaty that I fell off a few times. My second mile took me twice as long as my first one and by the end I had to break my sets up into: 1 pull up, 2 push ups, 3 air squats. I collapsed onto the track as soon as I finished and just laid there for about 15 minutes contemplating the meaning of life. It was the hardest thing that I have ever done and I will never forget it.
Now my Murph time is less than half of what it was that day. I am still addicted to the feeling of finishing a WOD and I often feel that tired after one as well. As many of you now know, CrossFit never gets easier, you just get better (or faster) at it. Now, I ask you all again...
What was your first CrossFit WOD?
Skill: Pull up work
WOD: 10 rounds for time
Check this out if you have the time-I love the bit by Jon Gilson around 5mins in.
First CrossFit Workout
Posted on Tue, October 14, 2014