CrossFit Foundations Week: Learning the Basics

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Cara Silverstein | April 21, 2016 | no comments |

Forgive my newbie-ness, I’m just starting to learn terms.  So this week I learned that I’m not going to a ‘gym’ to do my CrossFit workouts, I’m going to a ‘box’.  Lingo. I’m on it.  I don’t know of all CrossFit boxes do this but Wildcat Crossfit Foundations class is a requirement for all of their new members. These classes introduced me to the basic forms and exercises I’ll be doing once I join the WOD classes.  Silly me, I thought I’d just go in, learn proper form and technique and not have to do a hard workout quite yet.  I was wrong.  These classes kicked my butt.


Drew teaching CrossFit Foundations class, deadlift day

CrossFit Foundations Classes

Each CrossFit foundations class started with a warmup – a little running, some inchworms, some stretching.  Then we learn some techniques – how to properly do a deadlift, how to do different types of squats, how to do different shoulder presses.  Deadlifts were on a Thursday.  I spent the weekend practically crying every time I had to sit on a toilet, it hurt so bad.  The next class, squats, was the following Tuesday.  My legs were still sore but I made it through.  The next class was presses – finally, a rest day for my legs.

In each class, we practiced those moves long enough that I was really feeling fatigued.  I thought that would be it for the class, but no, after practicing each type of movement long enough that I felt like I’d gotten a good workout in, then we did a workout.

presses crossfit foundations class

‘Presses’ Foundation Class + AMRAP

Here’s where more lingo came in: AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible).    A time limit is set, exercises/reps are listed on the board, and you do as many as you can in that time limit.  For one of our classes, we did an 8 minute AMRAP of three different movements – 20 shoulder presses, 15 situps, 10 pushups.  I pushed myself harder than I thought I could and was completely wiped out when it was over.  And then the endorphin rush kicked in.  The moment its over and I’m in the afterglow, I forget how painful it was.   Oh yeah, give me that sweet, sweet afterglow.

OK – my week of CrossFit Foundations is over.  Next week I’ll be doing my WOD’s with a regular trainer in a regular class.  Still nervous. Still excited. Stay tuned.


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