Prior to CrossFit I was an avid distance runner and Sasha was a Zumba maniac! I took up running about 10 years ago to try and lose the extra 50 or so pounds I had been carrying since…well let’s just say a long time, and Sasha took up Zumba to lose…well probably just to get away from her husband on week nights, since she didn’t really have anything to lose weight wise. So we were both somewhat dedicated to working out prior to the Bayonet Experience for whatever reasons we had! Since joining Bayonet our focus and fitness goals have certainly changed.
First off I have probably run the same number of miles all year while doing CrossFit as I would have done in a single month prior to CrossFit, and Sasha rarely even makes it to a Zumba class now. Rather than worry just about being skinny, now we worry more about our 1RM or finishing time, for whatever workout we did that day (Not that skinny is ever forgotten though)! Even on days that work prevents me from making it to a class, CrossFit has still changed my focus from being “running only” to improving my physical health overall and focusing more on strength training. Sasha of course is now a complete addict! Bleeding hands, bruised chins, strained muscles…and the list goes on and on, will not cause her to miss a class! I don’t think in the 6 years we have been married that I have ever seen her so dedicated to one thing.
That is the best thing I think I can say about CrossFit…there is always a goal that we are pushed for, which keeps it interesting and addicting. Whether it is a physical appearance improvement, an increase in max reps or weight of one of the many lifting movements, or even a decrease in the time for a WOD, there is always motivation. And of course on days where motivation has seemed to be lacking there is always a Bayonet coach there to push you.
At this point let’s give a little shout out to the Bayonet trainers…they may not be sensitive, certainly do not have a lot of tact and are probably not cut out for any other type of job other than CrossFit training, but they certainly are worth the trip every day to the box and have each members goals and weaknesses in mind when helping them correct their form and push through the WOD’s. So thank you Derrick, Adam, and Jenn, for as Derrick would say “just being awesome”!
Enough of the praise…time for some of the improvements Sasha and I have seen in the first year. We joke now about the first few months we were at Bayonet and the amount of weight we could only lift. Remembering back, I recall that neither of us were able to do 1 pull up without an assist band when we first started. Not the case now...we actually prefer to do the WOD’s without a band since it is faster and obviously easier after doing a few thousand of them over the last year and finally learning that “kipping” thing! When I first tried an overhead squat I couldn’t even do the bar, and while that is still one of my most challenging movements, I’ve been able to increase the weight more than 100%. If anyone was there the first time we did a WOD that involved jump roping, you might recall lying on the floor laughing at me for not being able to do more than 2 singles in a row! Now, I’m still practicing double unders, but singles are certainly not a problem to rock out.
For Sasha, well she still throws the bar down a lot when she is frustrated, but now it makes a much louder noise when it hits the ground since it weighs twice as much as when she started. I have a feeling pretty soon I may not be required at home to lift or move things as her CrossFit time increases! She also now has an army of veins sticking out of her forearms, I can’t even recall the name of all of them, but remember joking about her first one she named “Fran”. I’m pretty sure she can beat me in number of push-ups now too, but that goes to show how her dedication has paid off compared to my stellar lack of attendance (Sasha 5 days a week, Brian maybe 2 on average).
Of course Bayonet and CrossFit are about more than just a workout. Our diet has also been changed quite drastically thanks to advice from the coaches and the drive to perform that comes from the CrossFit experience. I don’t think we have made pasta for dinner in the last year, which is probably something I miss the most as a former distance runner! Now we are focused on eating to add muscle and live healthier. We certainly had no idea what “Paleo” was before coming to Bayonet! Although we are always complaining about eating the same things, seeing the results we have seen in the last year make it worth it in the end, and of course there has always been a cheat meal (or Day!) thrown in to break up the monotony!
All in all we are certainly locked in for another year of sore muscles, ripped skin and Derrick in our face! Who doesn’t want things like that??? We are both looking forward to seeing the improvements we will see this year, and probably laughing at our current stats in our workout books again a year from now. Year one brought plenty of blood, sweat and tears. It brought times of defeat, only to rise to moments of success after being pushed just a little harder. Goals were met only to be replaced by new ones, a new obsession found and shared by a husband and wife that only those who CrossFit together can understand and most important new friends were found to help push us along a journey to better health and performance. Thanks Bayonet members and coaches for a year that will not be forgotten!