I have been traveling a lot over the past four weeks (1 week in Galveston, 3 days in DC, 2 in ATL, 3 more in DC). I haven’t been able to get too many Crossfit workouts at the gym. I have been supplementing with different body weight workouts while I have been on travel (timed: 100 pushups, 100 situps, 100 air squats or timed: 100 burpess and 100 24” jumps). Before my current trip to DC, I searched for Crossfit gyms in the DC area. I decided to give Crossfit DC a try. I emailed the instructor, and he seemed pumped that a guest was interested in their Crossfit program. The instructor is an amateur rower. This is cool because I need help with my rowing technique. He led me through a warm-up routine on the rowing machine telling where my stroke is breaking down (I’m not driving the first part of the stroke with my legs). The WOD was “Fight Gone Bad”. Here is a description of the exercise:
3 rounds of the following:
· 1 minute of Wall ball with 20 lb medicine ball
· 1 minute of Summo deadlift high pull with 75lb barbell
· 1 minute of 24” Box Jump
· 1 minute Push press with 75lb barbell
· 1 minute Row on level 5
· 1 minute rest
The idea is to count all of the reps you get during all three rounds (for the row you count calories burned and just add them to the score). I scored a 247 which is 9 better than the last time I did Fight Gone Bad.
We cooled down with an ab complex. Very row-centric.
It was very interesting to compare this Crossfit gym with the Huntsville Crossfit gym, and even better to compare the instructors.
Crossfit Huntsville has the “Little Ball of Hate” vs. “Big Ball of Encouragement” in DC
Russell doesn’t give you a Crossfit HSV shirt until you earn it (usually your second attempt at Black Lung after 6 months) vs. the three shirts that I receive for just visiting this gym.
CrossFit HSV incorporates a good bit of strength training vs. more body weight exercises and heavy use of rowers and Pilates Boards at the DC gym.
Overall, I enjoyed the Crossfit workout at this affiliate gym. I didn’t feel like an outsider because I knew the lingo and had suffered through the same workouts these guys have (Fran, Fight Gone Bad, Grace, …). I guess we are a “tribe” as Seth Godin describes us in his new book “Tribes” (He actually described the Crossfit tribe at the Catalyst conference with solid pictures of people lifting heavy things and hands with ripped calluses).
But wait, the fun at the new gym doesn’t stop there. After the class, the instructor and the two girls asked if I was staying around for Yoga. I told them no. They then proceeded to challenge my “Fabulousness” (i.e. opposite of manhood) by saying things like “what, is it not manly enough for you”, and “what else are you going to do? Go back to your hotel and sit” and “Yoga can hurt just as bad as Crossfit”. Well, I can be as Fabulous as the next guy, so I decided to stay. I have no idea what really went on during the next hour. It was a bunch of funny named stretches. Here is a sample of the thoughts going through my mind during my first Yoga class:
· This guy’s voice is really strange – relaxing, monotone – like a male version of HAL in 2001 Space Odyssey (“Good morning, Dave”).
· I am having a difficult time breathing through my nose with this head cold. I guess hawking a luggy wouldn’t be the right thing to do right now.
· Man, my feet really stink.
· I just stuck them way out in front of me, right next to that poor lady’s head.
· She just moved her mat over five feet, I should really start wearing socks with my running shoes.
· This “dog” position looks nothing like the way I have seen dogs move. (Funny mental picture popped in my head)
· Rabbit, Dog, Child, Mountain, Noose – which one doesn’t fit? Who is the guy that slipped that name in there.
· I really need to pass gas right now, don’t make me do another partial squat thingy with my hands in the prayer position.
· My torso does not bend like th…. OH My goodness, it really won’t bend like that.
· I feel uncomfortable resting on my shoulders with my knees beside my head. This just isn’t right.
· Why does the instructor keep asking me to relax my face?
· Is this move really called a Chimichanga? I am STARVING!
· Where did this music come from? Craig’s ipod?
· I think Russell should light a candle and put it in the middle of the mat for Crossfit.
· And now we meditate for 10 minutes to close. The only thought going through my mind was “Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handy – If it’s true that God lives inside of everyone of us, I hope he likes burritos, because that’s what he got for dinner tonight”
· The lady that moved her mat is now staring at me. What, I can’t laugh at a funny joke in my head? What are you meditating on? (Probably my feet).
I will admit, I was sweating pretty hard after yoga. I also realize that I am not as flexible as I think I am (or ever should be). I was worn out, but had a great (Fabulous) time tonight. I can now check Yoga off the list of things to do once before I die.