I don't do crossfit. Mainly because I can't afford to do it. But also while I have dabbled in other training philosophies, I have found my way back to the one that got me to where I am. Mike Knox training. It's high interval, strength endurance, crazy ass, train until you can't move or want to puke training. And I love it. And for me it works. And each time I have tried a different style, thinking it's always good to switch things up (and it is) I haven't seen the results I saw. My body needs to strength train. FOR SURE. But it needs to sweat. It needs to sprint. It needs the endurance training, and I see results. My body fat goes down, I feel leaner, and I am cardiovascularly stronger.
Truth be told I wish he was still training me. I miss working with him. I miss his work outs, though I am trying to mimic them. And I miss the support and encouragement. I'm on my own.
The other day I ran across this article. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/01/fitness-test-strength_n_5627523.html?utm_hp_ref=health-fitness&ir=Health+and+Fitness. And I haven't done a fitness test in awhile. I decided to give the crossfit one a try to see where I was at.
500 meter row, 40 air squats, 30 sit ups, 20 push ups, and 10 pull ups. Intermediate score for women is 8:30. After a bit longer of a warm up then I had accounted for (waiting for the one rower to open up) I started in. My only caveat is that I could not put a band up for the pull-ups because there is only one place to do that and it was already in use. So I used the assisted pull up machine. I put it at a low weight for assistance (70) but I know that the band is a bit tougher. (I'm working up to a pull up but haven't gotten there. Times like this is when I wish I had my trainer to help push me to that level)
But I finished it in 6:09. Felt pretty good about it. Even with the band instead of the machine I know I would have come in under that 8:30. It only took me 2:30 to row the 500 meters!
Don't get me wrong. I KNOW I still have a long way to go. But today I proved to myself I have come farther then I usually give myself credit for.