A year or so ago, while visiting with my son and daughter-in-law, I was talked into starting a CrossFit class with her.
My son had been doing CrossFit training for some time for his job. He is a sergeant in the US Army, and with his MOS it is imperative that he keeps his body in peak physical condition. His entire unit was participating in CrossFit training as part of their PT. When their instructor decided to start a class in the gym on base for dependent spouses and a guest, my daughter-in-law signed up — and took me as her guest.
Up to this point, I had been working out for years. I combined free-weights and machines for my strength training and did fairly intense cardio regularly. Once in a while, I would take a Step class or Zumba. It worked well for me, and I liked it. The mistake I made was, thinking that taking a CrossFit class would be much like taking Step or Zumba. Wrong!
I could not believe the workout regimen. We did jumping jacks, push-ups and believe it or not, even climbing a rope; and I had never climbed a rope in my life. The hardest thing for me was, and I can’t remember what it’s called, but we hung from a bar and brought our knees up to our elbows. My word, I thought I was going to die. After several tries, and straining so hard that I thought I was going to turn myself inside out, I finally did one.
I spent a few weeks with my son and daughter-in-law, and while I was there I continued to go to CrossFit with daughter – in – law. She liked it, and I wanted to support her in her fitness efforts. At the same time, I knew when I got home I was not going to continue in CrossFit. It’s not so much that I didn’t like it; it just wasn’t for me.
I didn’t care at all for the high-intensity working out. I found that instead of that euphoric feeling I got after a good workout, I felt nervous and tense. I don’t like being around high-intensity anything.
I have to say ‘kudos’ to our police officers, firefighters, and military personnel who do this type of training to keep themselves in shape just to do their job. Because this type of training keeps them in peak fitness, they can save lives and give maximum effort to the job. I have a whole new respect for these people who can train like that.
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