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Crossfit: There’s a first time for everything, unfortunately.

Have you ever done Crossfit? Sprue Jr. has been wanting to for a while, so I bought her a Groupon to a “box” nearby for Christmas. I knew I’d never try it without a buddy, so I got myself one, too.

Last night, we went for the first time. Today, I have no idea what to say in response to such basic questions as “How’d it go?” or “Did you like it?” To sort it out, I’ve turned to facts.

Body parts that don’t hurt: 0.

That’s an exaggeration; my forehead feels okay.

Percentage of kneecaps covered in bruise: 100.

That’s not an exaggeration. Repeatedly throwing yourself onto a wood floor to do “the one exercise to rule them all” will do that (if you’re doing it wrong).

bruised knees from doing burpees at Crossfit

This will look even prettier tomorrow.

Degrees to which I can raise my arms: 20.

Wait. You want me to do four minutes of pushups?

New exercises I learned: 0.

But I did get forced to do ones that I would never, ever, ever do on my own. And do a lot of them. Really badly.

Number of times the instructor singled me out: a lot.

I was the group’s “problem child.” Whenever I thought I was doing something right, I wasn’t.

Likelihood I’m going back: ?!

It’s important for even those of us with chronic illnesses to do what we can to get or stay fit. And you may recall that last year I was suffering from daily-cardio-induced workout fatigue, so it makes sense to try something new. Besides smacking painfully of gym class, this was certainly new.

The decision shouldn’t be made while too sore to think, so I’ll reserve judgment. For now, I’m working on a response to, “How are you?”

Are you trying any new health or fitness strategies this year? And…how’s that going?

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26 bulletproof reasons why NOT to go to the gym: from A to Z

Do you like Scattergories? I love it. If you aren’t familiar with the game, the point is to come up with words or phrases that begin with a certain letter (as determined by a die roll) and that fit into various categories on a list. One of my favorite categories is “reasons to be late for school or work,” because there are a million reasons—from “attacked by rabid squirrels” to “zephyr carried me away”—to be running late.

Another category I think I’d excel at, if it existed, is “reasons to skip the gym in the morning.” Once upon a time, I was almost machinelike in my adherence to the six-a-week workout schedule. But these days, despite knowing that exercise is an important part of staying healthy, even (or perhaps especially) for us chronic types, I truly manage to find an excuse for every letter of the alphabet.

Like so:

  • After all, tomorrow is another day
  • Bed’s too warm
  • Can’t find sneakers
  • Dreamed about going (close enough)
  • Eating breakfast sounds better
  • Fitness is overrated
  • Gotta write a blog post
  • Have a chronic disease
  • It’s [snowing/raining/sleeting/windy/dark/cold/hot] outside
  • Just don’t wanna
  • Kept hitting snooze; now it’s too late
  • Lots to do
  • My stomach hurts
  • No energy
  • Over it
  • Playlist is stale
  • Quit caffeine
  • Rest days are important, too
  • Sick (see: H)
  • Toe cramp (see: J)
  • Up too late on Twitter
  • Vile thing, that elliptical
  • Whatever, I look fine
  • Xercise, schmXercise
  • Yeah, yeah, I’ll go in a minute
  • Zzzzzzzzzzz…

gymEvery morning, one must win.

Photos © Allie HolzmanJoint Base Lewis McChord (Flickr)


Do you make excuses? What’s your favorite? Let me know in the comments.

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