Striking Gold

Yesterday was my first day training at crossfit. But before I tell you all about that, let me back up a minute.

Im new to the city, so I have no idea where anything is, but what I do know is that these two locations are not near each other. At all. By car alone, it is a good 40 minutes or so. Since Im car-less, my only hope to making it to the gym. It consists of the Max (which is a mix between a trolly, and a subway. It reminds me a lot of Bostons transit system), and the bus. There is no third component, so I find it slightly misleading its called the TRI met. I expected there to be segways or something. How cool would that be?

I was due to be at the gym at 11:00am. I left my house at 7:30, and my sweet roommate, gave me a ride to one of the Max stations by his job. I boarded the Max at 8:03, and after taking two trains, skyping with Mom and Dad, riding a bus, and walking here and there, I made it to crossfit at 10:06! Its a trek, but I honestly dont mind it! The transit system is great: its reliable, punctual, clean, and looks like a space ship. Much nicer than this one.

Regardless, nothing can get in my way of going to crossfit. Nothing. So, now that I have my route planned out and am getting the feel of transportation out here, I have no doubts about getting to my training sessions. Phew! I was slightly worried for 1/2 a second.

Now to talk about my training session. The way crossfit works: there are group classes lead by a trainer, and individual training sessions. Before you can begin any of that, you must complete the Ramp. The Ramp consists of sessions that focus on the education and implementation of typical lifts, stretches, and movements that will be utilized in future sessions/classes. This way, you learn proper form (*this is the most important thing, ever, when working out!*), and gain a great introduction to your strength and conditioning routine. From there on out, you can proceed to personal training sessions and/or group classes.

After a bunch of lifts and movements were demonstrated by my Ramp trainer, it was my turn. It is really great at giving positive reinforcement and constructive criticism. It is very easy to learn from him- he makes it all look easy! Hes quick to correct form, which is again, most important. When it came time for the workout, I completed the lifts and movements I was taught. I worked hard and tried to remember all of his feedback for the different movements. I finished in about 17 minutes- not that I was doing this to set a record by any means, but I wanted to be conscious to see how my time improves throughout the summer. Ya know.

Then I ate a steak. For those of you that dont know me, Im pretty obsessed with steak. Seriously. Ill tell my future husband to buy me 1/2 a grass fed cow in bulk instead of an engagement ring. Seriously. And then finally, I made my trek back home and had the biggest smile on my face for the rest of the day. Holy endorphins, Batman!

Overall, it was a wonderful first day and I cannot express how lucky and blessed I am to be able to train with these experts. I feel like Ive struck gold! My main goal is to get healthy and kick my auto immune issues to the curb-for good! I have learned that I may not be able to control what happens to me, but I can control the way I react to things and control how I respond to situations. Getting healthy is the reason Im here. I cant wait to see what is in store for me down the road!