On Monday I went to my very first CrossFit class but first I had my body scan done.
According to the scan, I am 89.4 kg (197 lb) with a body fat of 36.7%!!!! That is what one of my 2 scales at home says but still WTF. Even if it isn’t accurate at least it’s a number to improve on. Maybe my original weight of 203 lb was also wrong. I know I have lost weight so who really knows.
The results have me at a 6kg loss by 6th November. MY BMR was calculated as 1600 with my TDEE as 2241 and calorie in goal as 1700. My Fitbit has my average TDEE as 2249 and MFP had my calorie goal as 1730. So all inline with each other.
I have another scan in 3 months, then I aim to have 1 every year for the next few years until I get to goal.
My last 1-2-1 I worked on the Hang/Power Clean move. First using a dowl to work to break down the movement then onto a 7.5kg training barbell then to a 15kg bar with 10kgs.
I need lots of work on this move, like most people starting out. The hang positioning at the top, the hip thurst, all will come with time. I have a 6kg york barbell at home with 8kg of plates to work on it. I do feel at times it might be too light to fully engage with the movement but it is great to be able to practice whenever I want.
I had my second 1-2-1 on Wednesday, I wanted to die! Warm up then got working on presses to find out my 3RM. I’ve never been good with this exercise, I have no arm strength.
vs strict press
I started with 15kg bar for the strict press, moving to 20kg then 25kg then 30kg. Couldn’t get 3 reps with 30kg so moved back down to 25kg with is now my 3RM. For the push press, I started with 25kg which I found easy-ish. 30kg is my 3RM.
The class ended with The Ladder – 250-meter row; 15 kettlebell swings (12kg), 25 burpees, 15 kettlebell swings (12kg), 250-meter row. The burpees OMG the burpees, I needed so many breaks to complete them, oh how I hate them! Needed to rest halfway through the 2nd lot of KB swings and at the start of the last row but with encouragement from the coach I managed to complete it in 12 min flat.
Once the class was over I had a little while to wait for the bus, 20 mins to be exact. Here is where I throw up any water I had drunk in the session, the short bus journey was so lovely just trying not to throw up again lol.
I managed to get home and have 2 hours rest before going out for the rest of the day & evening.
I’ve taken the plunge and joined my local Crossfit box. Looking forward to seeing my progress not just in weight loss but in strength too. I have currently gone for a 2 class a week plan as I just can’t commit to more at the moment.
The box starts new ‘athletes’ in the Academy. This includes a body scan + 3 1-2-1 classes to get used to the movements. I haven’t had the scan yet as wifi was down that day.
I will do a post of my scan results once I’ve done it. So far I’ve gone through front & back squats. Front squats I don’t like due to hand placement, my wrists hate me,
Hopefully, I will continue to log my journey to a better me
A new gym opened up near me recently so I decided to join. It’s not my nearest gym but it is a near strength gym with little cardio equipment and loads of strength equipment, some I’ve not seen in any other gym.
So far it hasn’t been too busy so I’m managed to do the workout I’d planned each time. I’ve been 6 times this month already!
I have restarted Strong Life 5×5 and add other exercises afterwards – bar hands, hack squat, box jumps, battle ropes, Jacobs ladder, lying rows, various leg press machines and cable + barbell exercises. I’m still working on a set routine, at the moment I just go with how I feel.
I’m really excited about this and the gym has become my happy place.
Do you stop & start as much as me? Do you have a happy place?