But then came the opportunity to try CrossFit last weekend. What's the allure? Anyone who does it raves about it. It has a cult-like following and besides, all the cool kids are doing it.
If you don't know what CrossFit is, don't feel uncool. CrossFit, I've come to the conclusion, is very hard to define. Even the "What is CrossFit?" link on their website doesn't provide a very good answer. The CrossFit entry in Wikipidia might have the best explanation. Any CrossFit devotees reading this post (ahem, Darcy), please help me out here in the comments.
My definition? It's the closest thing to exercise in a pill you'll find. It's a blend of strength and speed (and sweat) in a relatively short amount of time--anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes. For busy people trying to squeeze in an all-encompassing workout, CrossFit is hyper efficient.
It's also accessible. Anyone can go to www.crossfit.com for the workout of the day. There are CrossFit gyms, though, and I recommend starting there with an instructor who can help (you not kill yourself). The WOD for me Saturday was called "Fight Gone Bad" (ominous, no?) Here's a great You Tube video I found that shows you the workout, but also provides explanation for its purpose. So, I should mention here, that all CrossFit workouts have a purpose. The workouts aren't a concocted combination of exercises that seem fun (which is how I come up with my own workouts).
If you're wondering why in the world anything so punishing could become addicting, here's what I discovered on Saturday: the workouts are mini competitions, not only with yourself but with everyone in the world who does that same workout. The whole wide web world. Because my workout consisted of three rounds I found myself motivated to do more each time. Then at the end, our score was posted on a big white board. Can you slack? Noooooooo. And if you're really competitive you can post your results on the CrossFit website to see how you stack up to the rest of the CrossFit cult. Therein lies the fun.
Because of CrossFit's efficiency I give it high marks for being a mama-friendly workout, however it might compromise one's ability to run after small children the next day.