Newbie Blogger Yvonne: Week #2

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Jen Wirth | June 29, 2017 | 2 comments |

Let the Adventure Begin …

By, Yvonne Moreno

 

So I’m sitting in my car contemplating driving away from the gym and never looking back because today is my first real CrossFit class. I mean, I took the Foundations Classes, but those were mostly learning. Today it’s no longer learning time, it’s doing time!

I muster up the little bit of courage I have and get out the car and prepare myself. As I’m walking to the door, Lauryn runs by, smiles and waves, and as I walk in the door, Jen looks up and smiles. This is why I came in! Guys, these coaches are the best. I’ve never walked into a gym and had as much support as I do walking into Wildcat CrossFit!

Jen takes me through the schedule and it’s pretty basic. I can come in and join any of the classes on the schedule, or I can come in to Open Gym time and work on my technique. I’ve already committed to do at least three classes a week, but I also want to try everything else the gym offers. With that said, welcome to my journey. I am committed to trying everything and I want to bring you along for the ride.

Friday June 23, 2017

As nervous as I am, I have to believe in myself. I just have to jump in and take it step by step. I mean, what’s the worst that can happen? I might not finish a round or I might not be able to do an activity correctly, but I’ll learn and get stronger, right?

Our coach today was Ryan. I know Ryan from Foundations. He’s the one that made me run, and I don’t run. But you know what? When I couldn’t run and had to speed walk, he was right there to tell me what a great job I was doing! Ryan is alright by me! On the board was today’s workout. When I walked closer to get a better look, I died a little inside.

I present to you the WOD (Work Out of the Day.) They want me to do this rotation, ME! Now let me explain for those of you that are new to this CrossFit world as I am. All these rounds are continuous. These are quite simple moves yet when you tie them all together they work out parts of your body that you didn’t even know you could work out.

The warm up was a little challenging for me because I can’t really jump rope, not because I don’t know how, but because I carry a lot of weight and it hurts. I modified it by eliminating the rope and did alternating jumps using the balls of my feet. This made it easier because the rope kept getting in the way of my slow jumping feet. That’s what so great about this experience, I didn’t feel obligated to be as good as everyone else. As long as I try, I’ll get there! The air squats came easy to me because I rock at squats, but those mountain climbers made me breathe harder and sweat, which is the idea. I was hitting the water hard and that was just the warm up!

The strength portion of the day was pretty basic overhead squats, adding weight after every round, which I felt right away. My legs remembered the squats from Foundations class right away. These legs of mine are going to be looking gorgeous in no time at all!

I made a new friend during this round. Kara has been doing CrossFit for about 6 months and she couldn’t believe that it was my first day. I knew I liked for her a reason! 😉 Check her out, she’s doing her first overhead squat without weights, the weight gets added on as the rounds progress. We ended up squatting with 40lbs on the bar, she’s a rockstar!!

So the next part was the part that almost killed me! I mean three rounds of each exercise? Are you nuts? This is when I tested my body to it’s limit and it turns out that my limit was higher then I thought!

Again I omitted the jump rope but I still jumped 200 singles at each round so there’s that! The wall balls were kind of challenging … because I was doing them wrong for the first few throws. Ryan quickly came over and helped me correct that. By this round, my squats weren’t as low as they were the first round, but nonetheless I was squatting and standing while tossing the ball. After the last round, I took my cool down walk with my new friend Kara, and she commented on how impressed she was that I knew all the basic moves for it being my first class. I thanked her and told her that it was due to my awesome coaches from Foundations Class that helped me learn the correct form. As I walked into the door and put my stuff up, I was walking on cloud nine because I’d completed my very first CrossFit class!

You guys, I was feeling so good about myself and I really can’t put into words how proud of myself I was at that moment. I want to thank you for coming on this journey with me. I wish everyone could feel as good as I feel right now.

I know it’s just the beginning, and as I keep going it will get a little harder and I will have to push myself a little more. Considering how good I’m feeling about myself right now, I just know that I can do it. I had to take a picture after my first WOD, sorry I look a mess as I’m usually a lot cuter then this but I like this look because it’s my victory look!

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