28 days of me

Day 13

Tougher for new guys? (than for girls)

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Anything interesting happen?

I’m not very good at CrossFit, but thats ok as I have only been doing it for less than 2 weeks. But there are still times when I look around and feel a bit embarrassed about doing my very scaled down versions of the exercises.

From talking to non CrossFit male mates recently I’m realising that this feeling will be even harder for guys. “They are called girl push ups for a reason Mon”. When I’m being advised to just use the 3kg weight and when everyone else is using at least 8kgs, this feels ‘OK’, but I can imagine if you are a guy who is new to CrossFit and being given ‘girl push ups’ or really simplified versions of the exercises, it could be hard to stomach.

Of course you need to accept that you are starting from the bottom and be open to learning but I can see how it might be easier being a girl who is new to CrossFit than a dude.

Because the same WODs are done in each class during the day, if you arrive early you can get an idea of what’s to come in your session. I was regretting arriving 10 minutes early today because then I already knew how challenging today’s WODs were ;-)

WOD results

EMOM 10 (Every minute on the minute)

6 Front Squats (20kgs)
8 Handstand push ups (In my version I was kneeling on a tall box so I could replicate the handstand position but without full weight)

The front squats were ok but as I was doing the modified handstand push up I needed to complete 16 in the 1 minute. I only completed 16 once.

2 RFT (Rounds For Time)

15 Strict pull ups (not kipping)
20 Overhead lunges (20kgs men, 10 kgs women)
25 T2B (Toe to Bar)
30 Dumbbell snatch
35 Burpees
400m run

My result – 200 reps completed (Modifications: assisted chin ups, V sit ups and 3 kgs for the dumbbell snatch)

28 Days of crossFit Day 13

How are you feeling?

I didn’t feel great in training today and it made me realise how beneficial taking a rest day is after feeling so good yesterday. Today my muscles felt fatigued before I even started. I am going to do one day on and one day off for a few days and see how that feels.