Posted on 15. Feb, 2010 in Health & Self
Before I get into writing this review, let me explain myself for the lack of activity on my blog. Yes, I haven’t posted here since September. All I have to say is that life has been a struggle for me the past couple of months. When life is nothing but a train wreck, one must keep their head up and do everything possible to make oneself better. Needless to say, I’m still slowly getting back in the hang of this all. I truly miss writing and exploring Hoboken for you all and I’ll be adding posts more regularly from now on. I’m also thinking about a blog redesign pretty soon too, so be on the look out for that this year. But I digress.
TRAINING LIKE A BEAST
So what has Hoboken Guy been up to these past few months, you ask? To simply put it, I’ve been training like a modern caveman. Training to forget about life and stress. Training not to suck at life. Training to be prepared for the unknown that gets thrown my way. Yes, when things go down over here, I know I’ll be ready. And I owe it all to Crossfit. This isn’t like the 5 other gyms in Hoboken that I’ve already tried. In fact, I don’t call it a gym at all because it goes beyond the lame old treadmills and bench presses. Crossfit is a core strength and conditioning program that focuses on constant varied movements performed at high levels of intensity.
I had previously found out about Crossfit through one of my college buddies who’s in the law enforcement (Shout out goes to Pon right here!). He needs to stay in shape to fight those bad guys, and this is how he does it. From cage fighters, terrorist hunters, military special operations units, champion martial artists, house wives to the average Joe, Crossfit is for any committed individual regardless of their experience.
MY FIRST EXPERIENCE
My first time at Crossfit was something not to be forgotten. It was one of their free Saturday classes and I had no clue what to expect. Written in black ink on the white board were three words: FIGHT GONE BAD. A brutal 3 rounds of 5 minutes each, after which a one-minute break is allowed before repeating. Each minute of those 5 minutes is split between 5 stations, doing as many reps as possible for each excercise:
1) Throwing a 10lb weighted ball up to a 10ft target
2) Sumo deadlift high-pulls
3) Box Jumps
4) Push Presses
5) Row Machine
One point is given for each rep, except for the Row machines, where each calorie is one point. By the end of this, I remember I literally almost passed out that they had to feed me grapes! The next day, I was sore in every single muscle of my body. It was so intense, but addicting and I wanted more, so I joined and have never looked back since.
IN A NUTSHELL
In a nutshell, here’s how Crossfit works. In the beginning, you sign-up for required Fundamental classes that teach you the basics of technique and form when it comes to performing the core exercises. This is especially important when it comes to the workouts that have olympic weightlifting involved. So there’s no need to worry, the trainers here are always keeping an eye on your safety first. After you graduate from Fundamentals classes, you can sign-up for either one of the 2 morning sessions or one of the 4 night time sessions. These classes go for about an 1 hour and 15 minutes each and are focused on a different Workout of the Day (WOD). Most workouts vary between weightlifting, sprinting, and body weight exercises that include some basic gymnastic movements.
5 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT CROSSFIT
1) You train with a bunch of other people which makes it easier to meet other members and be more social
2) They never tell you what the workout will be, so you always arrive surprised and wake up the next day with a different sore muscle. There’s always something new, which makes your workouts more fun and less boring.
3) There’s a competitive feel to the workouts because you’re pretty much competing for either the best time or most points. If you walk in and check out the whiteboard full of stats, you’ll know what I’m talking about.
4) After each workout, you feel like such a badass. Not to mention, the facility itself, which is an abandoned renovated warehouse feels badass too!
5) They promote healthy diets which have changed my life completely for the better. (Paleo diet)
6) The instructors and owners of Hoboken Crossfit are super-friendly, attentive to the details of form and technique and always provide motivational support as you workout. You always feel like you’re getting one-on-one training. Craig Parcells, owner/instructor (seen above) is a badass.
CURRENT PROGRESS AFTER 6 MONTHS
After 6 months, where do I stand with Crossfit so far? Well, when I started Crossfit in September I was a chunky 190+lbs. Today, I’ve shredded to a whopping 155lbs – a loss of around 35+lbs total! (See above – Yes that’s me!) I’ve also trimmed my waist size 4 inches — from size 34 to a slimming size 30. That’s not only from Crossfit alone, but from disciplining myself to follow the Paleo diet as well. Strength-wise I’ve improved as well — everything you do in Crossfit ties into the things you do everyday, from squatting to deadlifting is to picking up heavy objects. Carrying 10 bags of heavy groceries up 5 flights of my apartment stairs is easier than it used to be. I feel so much more stronger than I have ever been in my life and healthier in general. But I haven’t reached my peak yet, and I’m still striving to push myself beyond of what I can normally do. Not to mention, get a head start with that summer beach body. With that being said, I’ll be posting my progress twice a month and giving you sneak peaks of the intensity that goes down at Crossfit.
WANNA JOIN CROSSFIT?
Learn more about Crossfit Hoboken here >>
Try a FREE Saturday class to see if it’s for you. Sign-up here >>
If you want to get dive right into it, get started by signing up for the Fundamentals Class here.
When you register for the Fundamentals Class, you can get a FREE Crossfit Tshirt by mentioning that you found out about Crossfit through The Hoboken Guy.