So I am at the end of week 3 of the 6-week Crossfit Challenge and I have learnt a lot:
- Here is the worst way to prepare for a CrossFit session:
- Get home from work
- Think “I’ll have a little read whilst lying on the bed”
- Get woken up 5 minutes before you have to leave
- Scramble around getting ready (and luckily having an organised wife)
- It doesn’t get easier, you just get better at it which makes you push harder.
- Whilst it may look to everyone else that I’m huffing and puffing more than the wolf in the 3 Little Pigs, I know I am recovering quicker.
- Even overhead lifting is a tad easier (that’s probably also to do with me performing the correct technique).
The 3 weeks have not been without me injuring myself. I have lovely scabbed up knees and callouses on my hand callouses, but they are badges of honour to me now. Side note – always wear knee sleeves (yeah, I didn’t know they were a thing either).
Once again the camaraderie us 6-week challengers have developed was on full display. Encouraging words, jokes and recipes flew around the place. We have a closed Facebook group where we post pictures of our food, share ideas, and receive encouragement from the ever-supportive trainers. This helps a lot.
Also, I’ve not had a biscuit or cake, or indeed sugar, for 3 weeks. This is an achievement as before the challenge I could easily demolish a pack of Oreos or a Bakewell tart. Weirdly, I haven’t missed them (well, maybe a little).
Last night was weigh-in time. In the 3 weeks at The Box, I have:
- Lost 11lbs
- Increased muscle mass
- Decreased visceral fat by 3 (I had to look up what visceral fat was!)
3 weeks to go.