I decided to add Crossfit to my fitness routine this past June. I did what is called foundations in June then started officially doing the workouts in July. I’ve kept a journal of my workouts so I can track my progress over time.
So far, so good. I’m enjoying the challenge, and truly is a challenge at times. When I first started I’d go look at the calendar each day I was scheduled to attend to preview the workout. In many instances, I had no clue of what the exercise actually was so I would google it. 👀 Bad decision! I’d look at that video and immediately think there’s no way I can do that! Perfect example, the pistols and inverted burpee. I can barely do a regular burpee! Thankfully, the coach always has scaling options! Otherwise, I wouldn’t get half the workout done, it seems.
There’s one thing I’ve found that doesn’t agree with me – single unders (commonly known as jumping rope). I never was good at jumping rope, but I was finally getting the hang of it at crossfit once I used a heavier rope. I was feeling pretty good about myself with the single unders. With the use of a heavier rope, I could get a good rhythm going. I began to not fear when I saw them on the schedule. Over time, however, I noticed that my knee would ache after certain workouts. It wasn’t after every workout though.
Thanks to keeping the journal, I finally noticed the trend. It was always the night of or the day after we did single unders. Hmmmmm…. So the next time they were on the schedule I didn’t do them, I did wall ball shots instead. The next day, no pain. It had to be the single unders. I’ve not done them at all since mid-August and I’ve experienced no more pain in my knee.
It seems kinds of counter-intuitive though, I can run without pain, but not jump rope. I realized two things, 1) the shoes I wear at crossfit have no cushion whereas my running shoes do and 2) it is constant up/down motion mostly on your toes, which is not the case with running. So I don’t have the give with running shoes nor the motion of going heel to toe. So that constant, quick pounding was too much on my knee. Well, that ends that. No single unders. I’m going to be the best at wall ball shots though! During one workout I did 190 wall ball shots. My quadriceps were extremely sore the next day!
Overall, I’m enjoying the journey. There are some days that I don’t want to go (I have an aversion to exercising after work) but I’ve been going. There’s still a lot to learn and the terminology is still foreign to me, but I’m learning.
I’ve seen an improvement in my endurance and effort when it comes to running, which is what I want to happen. My work in progress continues…