Lena is a recent convert to CrossFit after being a regular Crown St. Barre enthusiast for many months at MPWR.For one of our recent workouts, we had to do 100 burpees. As of three months ago, I had perhaps done 20 total. In my lifetime. After the first 10 burpees, I was out of breath. Then another 20, and my muscles were burning. Arms, legs, core, everywhere. By the time I reached 30, I was ready to stop. I was not even halfway, and getting to 100 seemed far out of reach. Thinking I would not finish, I slowed down and did smaller sets of 3-5 reps to pass time and wait for class to end. Slowly, I got to 40, 60, 80, and then there were *only* 20 left. The finish line became more and more attainable. That day, I accomplished 100 burpees and I felt ecstatic. The workout program changes from day to day, and at other times, I have to scale down. Like when we did the front squats. My legs were shaking as I tried to lower down with a 55 lbs barbell on my shoulders. I completed two squats. The prescribed weight was 95 lbs… fifteen times (!). Nonetheless, as I finished my set, I felt the same sense of thrill and achievement as I did when I completed the burpees because it was the heaviest I had squatted and I had met my own personal record. And that is what CrossFit is for me, pushing my limits and meeting my own goals. It has only been four months since my first CrossFit class, but I already feel stronger and I look forward to keep improving.
Congrats to Lena for setting her new PR!