Almost 2 months ago, we dropped in for a class at CrossFit Hierarchy located in the Adams Morgan neighborhood inside Washington, DC. While the commute was not the simple 3 blocks walk it had been for the past 3.5 years at our previous gym, it honestly has been much more tolerable then we had envisioned. We introduced ourselves to the coach for that class and signed the waivers as we had been doing for virtually all the gyms we had dropped into while traveling. It had the same familiar sense of the gym we had been going to, just a different layout and structure.
The class started at 6pm and we were off for a 400m run down the street. When we got back we did a few movements with an empty barbell and spent a few minutes of our own working on mobility. We started working on the strength portion with a partner and completed a common movement called, ‘split jerk.’ It was 5 sets of 2 reps, increasing weight as needed with a 3 second hold in the receiving position after both reps. The conditioning element was 4 RFT (rounds for time): 10 S2O (shoulder to overhead RX 165/115), 200m run, and 30 double unders. While I wasn’t even close to 165#, I did manage to throw up 135 and complete the workout. The coach threatened us that the S2O should be heavy and if we could knock off all 10 in a row without dropping, the weight is too light and she’d put more weight on our bar. She did just that to one of the girls in our class while she was running. That made my decision of going from 115# to 135# that much easier. There was no yelling time, it was basically you pushing yourself against a clock…that’s it, just you and 14 others doing the same thing.
After that first day, and another drop in, we decided to make a three month commitment and give it a go. During those next few weeks, the programming was a bit more intense then we had become accustomed to with less focus on cardio and more focus on strength, pushing our limits differently each time we showed up. The conditioning element had a lot more use of a barbell in the workouts versus body weight mechanics.
But it was not until the gym had hosted an event called Barbells for Boobs, that we realize just how much and how far we could push ourselves. We had only been members for a few weeks and decide to show our support. After we showed up to the event, we wanted to turn around; we were so intimated. The competition stage had been set for four athletes to compete at a time, in a given heat and the sign-up for each heat was on the white board. The workout was ‘Grace,’ 30 reps of Clean & Jerk, @135/95. The last time I had completed that worked RX was on 9/19/2014, finishing at 10 minutes. Well, the workout was going to be capped at 10 minutes so what did I have to lose. After the standard 3-2-1, go, we were off, and I finished at 4:46. The sense of accomplishment, from myself and all the athletes competing not only with each other but with themselves was nothing short of amazing.
So what’s the point of me sharing this whole experience? I’m not quite sure other then it’s pretty life changing for us. In a few days we’ll be starting the 3rd month of our 3 month commitment and as we had been part of the Second Wind community for three and a half years, working out with some of the same athletes/coaches since that first day it opened. This was a hard choice. We had been through some blood, sweat and tears during some of the challenges and obstacles we faced together through life and with those workouts. It has been a great experience and we are beyond thankful/grateful to Steve and Michelle for bringing the CrossFit community into our lives.
While the specifics of why we made the choice to switch boxes is not important. We are excited to continue our the adventure with Tyler, Christine, the team and community at CrossFit Hierarchy; looking forward to the PRs that lie ahead. 3-2-1-go!