So I am at the end of week 3 of the 6-week Crossfit Challenge and I have learnt a lot:

  1. 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)
  2. It doesn’t get easier, you just get better at it which makes you push harder.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


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