Hi friends! I hope you had a great weekend or enjoying a fabulous long weekend. Awhile back, you might remember that I started doing Crossfit. My knee injury caused me to take a bit of a hiatus but I’ve since been back at it these past couple of weeks. Verdict? Love. Hate.
Let me back up and explain a little…
I used to weight lift in college for basketball: four times a week out of season and three times in season. At first I really enjoyed it and I thought I was pretty strong for a little thing. I could bench my body weight and throw down a pretty nice squat. Cool.
But then my weight started to creep up and I thought I was “big.” I felt bulky and gross. So what did I do? I stopped lifting. I totally fell into the trap that most women fall into as well: we are scared of lifting (and lifting heavy) because we think we will get “big.” I now know that my physique was largely a result of my less than stellar diet, not the dumb-bells.
Today, women are weight lifting more and more — which is really motivating for me. I still have an annoying little voice in the back of my mind but I don’t want to fall into the trap again. I do want to get stronger yet still wear strapless dresses. My athletic trainer in college writes an awesome blog and she recently wrote this wonderful post on weight lifting, getting bulky and body changes — I found it to be extremely helpful.
So I’ve been trying to get back into weight lifting but going to the gym and banging out a solo weight workout is so not appealing to me. Crossfit seemed like the right environment for me: a supportive team yet competitive atmosphere. Perfect.
Okay but I was a bit intimidated at first. Like I had noooo idea what any of the exercises were. But I’m not shy, so I just asked. Jerk is not chicken. Clean is not scrubbing the floor. I also jump out of my pants anytime anyone drops weights. It’s loud!! And scary!! I always gently place my barbell to the ground… hah! Who said weight lifting couldn’t be dainty and ladylike?
Crossfit workouts combine skill work and a workout of the day (WOD) in order to increase cardio and build strength. I’m great at the cardio stuff. The strength stuff… not so much. Working on it.
I love the people – everyone is so supportive! On Friday, we did a WOD called “Ollie”. It was super tough and I was the last one to finish but everyone was cheering me on, which was a great feeling.
There are definitely things about the Crossfit philosophy that I am not a fan of right now. For instance: strength train, strength train, strength train and strength train some more. Um no thanks. I like to run. And do yoga. And spin. Apparently, spinning is doing more harm than good for me. Well that might be the case for my squat weight, but it is helping my knee fully heal and keeping me in running shape so I don’t plan on stopping.
I am also in a constant battle with the Crossfit nutrition philosophy… namely the Paleo diet. The Paleo diet in nutshell is to eat fish, meat, eggs, vegetables, fruit, nuts… don’t eat: grains, legumes, dairy products, refined salt, refined sugar. It’s good in theory but I am not sold and I could not imagine eating a chicken breast and cashews at 5am before a 6am WOD.
My Crossfit coach has also been trying to get me to stop eating peanut butter (peanuts are a legume and not paleo approved). Oh my gosh. I am still researching about the claims of the phytic acid and lectins found in PB and other legumes….
Since getting back into Crossfit, I have been very hungry. I know that weight lifting requires the proper fuel (aka… FOOD) so I have been adjusting accordingly. There are some aspects of strength training nutrition that I do think are beneficial and I have been trying to employ. I am focussing on eating some form of protein and fat at every meal. I have also been trying to eat before my strength workouts, eat larger meals earlier in the day and decrease the spikes in my insulin levels. I will talk more about this tomorrow and Wednesday.
All in all I have been loving the addition of strength training to my life. But, calluses suck.
Questions of the day…
Do you lift weights and strength train?
What’s the deal with Crossfitters hating peanuts and legumes?!
Is this eat.all.the.food feeling normal?!