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About CrossFit Experiment

About CrossFit experiment

For the next 28 days I am going to immerse myself as much as I can in the culture, training and philosophy of the now trending exercise program CrossFit.

From the limited amount of research I have done so far, I’m learning that you either love it or you hate it. Right now I’m sitting quite happily on the fence, which I guess is a good place to be when starting an experiment.

I actually didn’t realise how much of a bad rep CrossFit has until I started talking about doing it for my next experiment – ‘be careful, you will get injured’ ‘I’ve heard horror stories about how they push you too hard’ ‘why would you want to look like a man?’ Ha, looks like it is going to be a fun month then. ;-) I definitely have my reservations. I am a bit of a ‘form nerd’ from all my ballet (I was a professional ballet dancer) and Pilates (I am a qualified Pilates instructor) but I am open to it and excited about learning new skills and seeing what the world of CrossFit has to offer.

I perhaps should call this experiment 28 Days of CrossFit (Program) The recommended dose for experienced Crossfitters is 3 days on, 1 day off. I will be aiming for at least 4 days a week. I am not going to do it everyday because that wouldn’t give me an accurate impression of the training. (and to be quite honest, I’m not sure my body would survive)

About me

I am a 35 year old Aussie currently living in Amsterdam. I am an ex-professional ballet dancer, I am a qualified Pilates instructor but these days I spend on average between 9-10 hours a day in front of a computer.

My normal exercise routine varies a lot (I get bored easily and need to change it regularly) but I like doing yoga, will often do some pilates / stretching at home and sometimes run walk. (It is more about walking with a bit of a jog thrown in for good luck but for some reason I struggle to admit it is a walk) I have a gym membership but haven’t been in about 3 months. When I do go I get on a cardio machine for 15 minutes, think about how much I hate it for at least 14 of those 15 minutes, use the inside thigh machine, do a downward dog and leave. And pat myself on the back for at least doing something.

I normally eat fairly healthy and for this experiment I will try to follow a Paleo-ish diet.

My expectations for 28 Days of CrossFit

  • I am going to be sore, most of the time
  • I expect to be sleeping better than I have been recently
  • I expect my appetite to increase. A lot.
  • I’m predicting I will get a little bit of a natural high from the sessions  (gotta love endorphins)
  • I think I will get more benefits out of the morning sessions (than training later in the day).  I’m a morning person and if I train late at night I can sometimes have trouble sleeping
  • I am hoping I wont get injured, but I quite possibly will. I am naturally a competitive person so it is hard for me not to push myself when I’m in an environment like CrossFit
  • I’m expecting to get slightly annoyed by seeing people do exercises with bad form. One of the main principles of pilates is not to advance anyone until they master basic core stability so it is hard for me to even watch people doing a series of abs without this control as I know how much damage they can potentially be doing
  • I’m expecting CrossFit to lower my stress levels
  • I think my weight might go up slightly
  • I’m expecting my body shape to change a bit but I don’t think I will see dramatic results in 28 days, but who knows, perhaps I will!
  • I have a feeling I might get at least a bit addicted
  • I’m expecting some trainers to be more knowledgable experienced than others

I will be doing my 28 days of CrossFit at CrossFit AKA  in Amsterdam.