Exercise is crucial to good mental and physical health, variety is also important, the body thrives on variety. My body was getting too used to going through the weekly motions. I am familiar with the CrossFit concept and was keen to shake up my exercise routine. So I decided to give it a go.
As a chartered physiotherapist I have treated many injured CrossFitters, I knew the potential risks. I was therefore keen to take it easy and hopefully not pick up an injury myself. Form and technique first, increase load later. When I turned 40, I asked for life advice, a sports doctor friend of mine simply said ‘look after your joints’.
Crossfit Green www.CrossFitgreen.com was my choice of gym. This is David Kelly’s operation whom I know and trust with my body. He’s passionate about CrossFit and building a community which welcomes those who love to exercise, love to move and in a supportive and inclusive environment.
For my first session I was looked after by Alan and Cian. As a group we jumped, bounded, sprinted to get the blood moving. The snatch lift was broken down and put back together, looks simple but to do it right my motor system was seriously challenged, aided by Alan and Cian’s verbal and visual cues. I felt like I was being taught how to walk, something so seemingly simple but actually full of complexity. By the end of the session I was snatching, skipping and doing overhead squats. By the end of the hour session I was sweating, feeling previously dormant muscles with a clear head that comes after intense focus on a particular task.
The next day my body knew it had done something different. My back was stiff but by the end of my morning yoga routine all was well. Motion is lotion as they say. Over the next few days the sort of muscle soreness that comes with unaccustomed activity was a pleasure to feel, quite satisfying in fact. I know this will ease.
So all in all a very positive experience, I’ll be back, again and again I think. I can understand how CrossFit can become a lifestyle choice, it’s exercise and more. I’ll let you know how I get on.