What’s a WOD you ask?

I didn’t know either until this morning.

I’ve seen “WOD” all over the place and it always seemed to be paired with CrossFit. Unfortunately, my gym doesn’t offer CrossFit and I didn’t have a CrossFit center near me (until now.) Reebok did offer a CrossFit session at FitBloggin’ this year but as the host I rarely get to actually participate in any of the activities.

Anyway, I happened to catch a billboard for Athletic Asylum, a new CrossFit center just a few miles from my house. I immediately reached out to them and asked if I could give it a try.

I decided to sneak in early this morning and that’s when I learned about the WOD.

See, every day there’s a new CrossFit Workout called the Workout Of the Day or WOD. I’m not sure if all centers do this but they had a warm up (WU,) a strength training move (ST,) and WOD. You’ll see each on the board above.

The class was small. There were only 3 of us and everyone pretty much worked on their own with some guidance from the instructor. I asked him how big the classes get and he said they cap them at 10.

The WU was was actually pretty intense. Jump ropes, pushups, squats, etc. There were 5 things in the circuit and you did each once twice.

After the WU there was a strength move which I skipped. The instructor used that time to orient me to today’s WOD and the technicalities of the moves.

We all started the WOD at the same time and I didn’t realize he was timing us. There were 5 exercises and we repeated the circuit 3 times. Then we cleaned up and stretched. This format really made the hour fly by.

All in all it was a great workout. I love that you can move at your own pace and use weights that are right for you. This is really a workout for anyone even though I feel like the image of CrossFit is for the super fit and advanced.

I also liked the structure of the class. I’ve always enjoyed group classes more than solo workouts and this is a good mix. It’s the best of both worlds.

However, I did feel a bit overwhelmed. There are so many abbreviations and acronyms and the gym is very nontraditional. It was intimidating.

Overall, I really enjoyed it and I’m considering buying a package of classes. I can’t afford a monthly membership and I don’t think I’ll be able to go enough to justify it anyway. That is, unless I ditch my gym membership but then I’d really miss BodyPump. :( However, I only ever take BodyPump so maybe paying a full gym membership probably isn’t worth the expense of 2 classes a week.

Hmmm I think I have a some things to ponder. :)

OK, so where’s all the CrossFit nuts? Hit us up with what you like about it. Not a fan? Why not?

 
  • http://www.facebook.com/reinaldoibanez Reinaldo Ibáñez

    I had been Paleo-ish for more than 2 years now, and this CrossFit thing always comes up in those circles. Since I live near the end of the world, Crossfit is unheard of.,. until a few weeks back, when I learned the was a Crossfit gruop near me D: I paid good bucks for the “classic” weight training program that I’m following right now, and with good results, so I’m taking a step back and NOT joining thew Crossfit group right now, But every single blogger I follow that goes into Crossfit in the last year… all of them seems to get that body, that freaking hot body we aim to get. Apparently, this thing work.

    Then you search on youtube “shit crossfit people say” and even as its supposed to be a satire, I can’t help to wonder “Is there exercise induced puke at every workout if you are into crossfit?” I don’t know, I never tried it,and you tried once, so you can tell better.

    Anyway, it seems like something I’ll dive into eventually because I have seen how great it worked on other people,

  • Sandra

    I truly thought I was going to learn that WOD stands for Workout of Death by the end of that blog. CrossFit sounded (before reading this) like it was for bodybuilding muscle men. Good to know it’s not in case I ever get the urge to join a gym that offers it.

  • Vickie

    Ask if there are any options other than monthly. I have always taken classes at multiple places. Right now, I have a monthly unlimited at my main place. And I buy punch cards for the places I only take 1-2 classes per week. Also watch Groupon and any other package deals in your area. One of my places I have been buying Groupons for a full year now (they seem to run one in the spring and one in the fall and I only take one class a week there).

  • Kathy Hamilton

    I am Body Pump fan as well but I see Crossfit being a little bit “better” because you never know what to expect, while as will Body Pump you know you are going to do the same moves in the the same format, just to different songs. I would give Crossfit a try!

  • Sarah Jane

    I started in August after a few friends encouraged me and I LOVE it. I love the whole body workouts and the variety and the community. It’s been the best thing I’ve done for myself since I started running in jr. high! (And my body is changing and looking much better, too, but the beauty of CF is that it’s about being strong, not skinny which is what’s happening!)

  • Dana

    Roni – from what I know about CrossFit and what I know about you…I think you two would be a perfect match!

  • http://www.jesser.org/ Jess Nichols

    I regularly attend a Bootcamp style gym which is based on Crossfit principles. I LOVE it and can’t say enough good about it. It’s all women and a great community. My coach is wary of Crossfit because she has seen people get badly injured when their coaches have too many clients and aren’t keeping good tabs on form, etc. but it sounds like the place you found is in it for the right reasons.

    • Melissa

      I am like Jess in that I also attend a bootcamp 4-5 times a week, all women clients. I love it–the encouragement from the coaches and each other, the coaches are very conscious of our form and injury prevention. We have monthly challenges and we get daily nutrition tips and encouraging emails as well. I’m feeling stronger both mentally and physically at 45 than I did at 35.

  • Troy Adashun

    Sounds like a great routine… The circuit training is a huge catalyst to explosive fat loss through the concept of muscle confusion. This is the sole reason I love plyometric training and other forms of interval circuit training.

  • Suzanne

    I am doing CrossFit workouts at home. I don’t have a CF “box” near me but my parents (who live in Kansas and I in NC) are both CF Level 1 Certified Personal Trainers so they help me with my workouts. The thing I LOVE about CF is how all of the workouts are scaled to what you can do. You will notice huge improvements in everything you do exercise wise if you decide to continue with a CF membership. The best workout of your life!! When I read the WU, the first thing I thought of is a funny CF saying “Your workout is my warm-up!” Sooo true! Glad you enjoyed it!

  • Jessica

    I wish there was one near me so I could try it, as it looks fun and like it could make me ripped. However, one of my previously favorite blogs (Carrots N Cake) has started Crossfit and I must say it is like nails on a chalkboard to read a post talking about it. It is like reading a different language on a blog post and I know you are free to post whatever you want on your blog but I love your current topics/feeling/whatever you call it about your blog, please dont turn into only posting about Crossfit :)

  • Lori

    Long time reader, first time poster. :) Had to comment because I loooove Crossfit. I started just over a year ago. I’ve lost 30 lbs, changed my body completely and can now do an unassisted pullup (a few actually)! What I love about Crossfit is that everyone can excel at it. Everybody has their strengths and weaknesses at it (body weight stuff are the hardest for me, I am strong at the weight-lifting stuff) but it’s not like marathon running or gymnastics where a certain body type is really pretty necessary to become great. Everyone has awesome potential at lots of aspects of Crossfit and it’s a process of finding/excelling at your strengths and continually working on the rest. I used to do BodyPump. It’s what got me into group classes to begin with and while I did like it, 1) I got bored and 2) the weight wasn’t heavy enough to make the kinds of transformation Crossfit has.

    • Katie Rossman

      I love crossfit and started way back in 2007 before everyone knew about it. I’ve had a few injuries and a kid in the past year so I haven’t been in lately. I was in the best shape of my life doing crossfit 5-6 days a week. Got all the way down to 15% body fat. Amazing program and it’s the most family friendly type of gym out there.

  • Pia

    Love love love CF. Yes my box is way different than any traditional gym but thats what I love about it to begin with. You wont even miss body pump and crossfit will give you way better results. As a woman it has given me so much confidence to know what my body can do and I am excited for developing my strength even more! Sometimes you will feel like pucking or like you cant go anymore but then you do it anyways. You will learn the acronyms as they come. Good luck!!!

  • Paula

    Sounds like a class worth trying. The title of this post I thought it was telling us about Beans’ first word! (WO) I know I am a dope. I keep forgetting how much he has grown!

  • Runner224lyfe

    I’ve been doing crossfit for almost 6m and I ABSOULTELY LOVE IT! I’ve seen a noticable difference in my body, stregnth and enfurance. I was pretty intimidated at first as well, but I quickly learned that while there is competition, those same people will cheer as loud as they can for you when you are tired and/or want to give up.

    I’ve done a lot of things for the first time at crossfit too. A complete rope climb, double unders, pull up without help(!!!) and complete wall walks!

    I love the commradery of “The Box” and how we all work together but also give each other shit when we sandbag on a workout.

    I’ve been told it takes a couple of WOD’s to get a real feel for it and to love it. I fell in love my first class because it was a partner WOD and THOSE are THE BEST!

    Good for you for giving it a shot! Body Pump sounds a lot like crossfit, just without the swuats and weight. We run and do everything I’ve ever seen offered in a body pump class.

    (I’ve been up for 36+hrs between Thanksgiving & working black friday, so if there are major grammatical/spelling errors, My apologies!)

  • jamainaz

    I LOVE Crossfit and I am so happy you’ve tried it! But . . . . CF can
    get a little “cultish” at times. I’ve stepped away a little, but still
    do modified Crossfit workouts on my own at my other gym (using dumb
    bells instead of barbells) and my husband and I are starting to put
    together our own CF “gym” in our garage. But, yeah, there is something
    to the 10-15 minute crazy WOD and there is just something about lifting
    heavy weight above my head that makes everything right with the world :)

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