Even though it seems that I only run these days, I actually still go to Crossfit. Besides getting a better condition, I’m also getting (a bit) stronger – which in return is a great plus in avoiding running injuries. I found this great youtube about Crossfit in Scandinavia and a lot is actually shot in the box where I train!
So it’s about a month ago since I posted about my journey through the city.. And I can hereby declare I survived a month of Crossfit! Over the last 4 weeks I have been to Crossfit 18 times (and to compensate the 2 missing times I ran 2 times 5K) and you know what?! Working out is fun!
I am still at the slowest side of the spectrum, there’s an occacional good day where I actually pass somebody else when we have to run – but with a big emphasize on “occasional”.. And I am also still one of the lightweights when there is weight lifting involved. BUT I like it: I finish every work-out of the day and even though I do compare myself sometimes with other people’s achievements (which obviously has no point in dingo at all..) I can feel the difference compared to the me from 4 weeks ago!
I renewed my subscription, since I started with a one month test subscription, and I’m planning to go a more reasonable 4 times a week. Tell me about your work-out regime, did you tried to change it over the Summer?
So okay, it is July now and I have been going on and off to Crossfit for the last four months.. But after Distortion, the football championship and going back to the Netherlands for Awakenings (I will update some pictures of that tomorrow) it kinda got on the low priority list. After I told this to my Swedish friend E. she kinda made a now or never proposition that I had to accept: for the next month we will go to crossfit 5 days a week (4 days after or before work and 1 day in the weekend).
So if you are having too much spare time on your hand because you have your summer break, want to be more fit because you’ve noticed that those love handle became a bit too lovely or just have nothing better to do you are welcome to join us! It doesn’t has to be Crossfit, it could be running, situps in your bedroom or walking up the stairs everyday at work. Just do something that you tend to avoid, for a month 5 days a week! Results guaranteed 😀
Okay, so after a rather succesful (in the sense that I liked it, definitely not in the sense that I was good at it..) first try at Buthcer’s Lab I decided to go there again. But now for a “normal” workout, where last time was an intro workout. So remember how I was literally dead last time?! This workout was at least 100 times harder, compared to this the intro lesson was like baby yoga.. Only the little amount of social shame I know, prevented me to not lay down in a fetus position in one of Butcher’s Lab corners and cry a little..
This time you had to be paired up with somebody else and it was high school gym all over again.. Yes, I was the last to be picked and I’m pretty sure that the guy wasn’t really excited about being my partner either..
We started with 40 swings (20 each) with a 12 kg kegle and besides from not understanding any directions this part was still doable. We continued with a 400 meter run outside (so imagine 30 people running in Kødbyen..) and the first run was also still a-okay. We went inside again to do 40 jump-clap in the air-go to the floor-push up kind of move and from here slowly everything went downhill.. We had to go outside AGAIN and do another 400 meter run and my partner was waaaaay faster than I am (I would say I have a gift of running slow.. It is more really fast walking..) and I have to admit my partner turned out to be a rather good coach screaming that I had to run faster. So while I was trying to catch my breath again we had to do 40 jumps on a box and back to the floor again. At this time I had no idea where I was anymore, couldn’t feel my legs and at the same time felt a little bit ashamed to my partner for holding him back. After the third round of running 400 meter, I regretted going there with every muscle and wished I just stayed at home being a couch potato and was watching a new episode of Games of Thrones. But I was sooo close to the end, only 40 more pull-ups and I could collapse. And collapsing is really an understatement of how I ended my work out of the day…
After this hour of self-torture I looked around me and besides a lot of guys in thights (there is no excuse for a guy wearing tights, you are ONLY allowed to do this when you can run a full marathon in 2 hours..) I also saw some girls and most of them were extremely fit. While you might expect a lot of body builder type of woman, most of the girls were flexible and slim.. My momma didn’t raised me to wine and cry instead of working towards a certain goal.
So, yes I’m gonna continue with it and get superfit (or at least fit enough to compensate for the alcoholic consumption this country forces me to encounter)! Perhaps I will stay a little bit in the intro WOD to begin with, but it definitely is a nice workout! Next thing to try is Weng Chun Kung Fu also at Butcher’s Lab..
ps. I’m always down for having a personal translator with me 😉 so if you would like to try out crossfit with me and you speak Danish hit the comment box! Okay, if you don’t speak Danish and would like to try crossfit too, you are also allowed to hit it..
So I’m still on my journey to find my new favorite sport and the last thing I tried was Crossfit. On an innocent Tuesday I went to Butcher’s Lab, which is located in Kødbyen not too far from the central station, and I really couldn’t have prepared for what I was going to encounter.
CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.
So I thought to myself yeah, why not – I can do that too.. But honestly, it might have been the craziest workout I’ve ever done! Even though most of the class is in Danish and I kinda gave up trying to understand what the hell they were saying – it is still pretty universal. A push up is a push up in every language right.. We started with a warmup which was an intense work out on it own to continue with the WOD (Work Out of the Day) where you do as many rounds as possible from a certain set for 16 minutes. This set changes everyday and the one I had to do was as following:
4 push ups
8 jumping squads
16 sit ups
I only managed to do the above set 6.5 times in 16 minutes, but I literally was DEAD at the end! You know how you start a workshop “pretty”? Well forget about that with crossfit: at the end my mascara was on my chin, I made a face that was closer to constipation than to a workout and I literally was kneeling on the floor thanking god the workout was over. But boy it felt good!! You can count down the minutes, so you know it will only be these 16 minutes of intense horror and give it your best. I expected that I would have a sour body the day after, but I actually felt pretty good. But then 2 days after, I woke up like a grandma all my muscles were aching! But at least you realize your body is still capable and that you actually have more muscles than you remember.. Crossfit is a definite recommendation!
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