BodWod…surprisingly tough, makes you feel great, and so totally useful.

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Jen Wirth | June 29, 2017 | no comments |

 For some reason I still thought BodWod would be easy… I was mistaken…

by, Coach Jen

Welcome to BodWod.

Last week I had the opportunity to attend my first BodWod Class, and I must confess, it was surprisingly tough. I mean, all of the athletes who stumble down the ramp each Monday and Wednesday evening definitely attest to the challenge of the workout … with the dazed looks on their faces alone. They also tell me things like, “This is a great class,” and “Wow, that was a hard workout.”

It’s true, I am a late-comer to the BodWod, but I’ve got a pretty good excuse. Long story short, when the BodWod class was being discussed, and planned, and for the first month the class was going on, I was recovering from a serious burn, which impeded all activity for two months. Read about my journey back to exercise here.

Since I’ve been exercising again, I’ve mostly been hitting the WOD and Yoga once in a while. Let’s just say, that I personally gravitated to CrossFit for a reason. Basically, if I’m not so out of breath I feel like I’m gonna puke, I’m not sure I’m working hard enough. I’ve loved being back…loved the hard moments in the middle of the workouts, loved the endorphin rushes at the end.

So, despite the looks on other athletes’ faces, I remained a little skeptical about how the BodWod would affect me. Would I really get a great workout? It’s so quiet in there during the BodWod class, how can they be getting any endorphins out of that? It’s so quiet in there. I remained skeptical, that is, until about 30 minutes into my first BodWod class.

Talk about endorphins. After the BodWod workout was over, I’m not sure how long I spaced out before I realized that I was sitting there with my mouth hanging open … but I’m pretty sure it was more than a minute. BodWod might seem slow and quiet from the outside, but on the inside your muscles are working bigtime, and it leaves your body feeling really great!

One of the exercises we worked on during my first BodWod class was Pistols, one-legged squats. These are generally very hard for me and I’ve always struggled to remain standing, much less breaking parallel.

While I was doing my pistol practice, Jose noticed that my knees were buckling inward and cued me to push my knees out over my toes. This cause me to subtly change the way I was balancing weight on the sole of my foot and as a result, my balance was better. Finally, I could concentrate on pushing my butt back and reaching for parallel and worry less about toppling over.

As for lasting benefits, I actually think because of this BodWod workout I was able to up my game during the WOD on Tuesday…the one with all the overhead walking lunges. I pushed my front knee out over my toe as I stood up from each lunge and, as a result, I felt much less like I was going to fall over sideways periodically. It’s always easier to move forward if you aren’t constantly trying not to fall over.

And since I’m prone to philosophize occasionally, I’ll say this, the BodWod’s slow and focused movements caused me to concentrate more on maintaining my balance … much more than I usually do… and it’s never a bad thing to be focusing on maintaining your footing.

So from personal experience, let me tell you a little something about the BodWod: You do sweat, and you do get out of breath…and you are also concentrating really hard the entire time you’re moving. This makes the class a period of concentration (dare I say meditation?), and also an exercise of will.

Some of the movements were unpleasant for me. I had to make myself do all the reps. At the end of the workout I felt floppy, the way I usually do after a tough WOD, but I also had a pleasant heat and sense of heat and muscular engagement in my hips, knees, shoulders, and back, and core.

From one workout it was clear that repeated attendance at BodWod will noticably improve and increase joint integrity, mobility, strength, and balance.

Is one of your goals getting better at advanced CrossFit exercises like pistols, handstands, pull-ups, and muscle-ups? If your answer is yes, Right on! Now make a plan to check out the BodWod. I’ll see you there!

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