FITNESS: Talking CrossFit

The weather has not been forgiving recently. With sporadic downpours every other hour, it has been hard to plan any social activity involving going outdoors. Even going out to grab lunch sans umbrella seems like a risk. So I have opted to stay in outdoors in the comfort of the gym.

Just last month, I tried out CrossFit for the first time (again) in a long while at CrossFit Urban Edge, a new box in the heart of central Singapore. The bunch of avid CrossFit boys, Jeff and Paul, finally opened their box after months of preparation and there was no better time to give the much talked about strength and conditioning program another shot.

The one time in 2013 I tried it, it made me cross instead of feeling fit. Doing repetitions of 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 felt a little too much, and as my other friends say, why on earth do I need to be flipping tires?!

But this time, the workout of the day was definitely more manageable. In fact, it reminded me a lot of circuit training or high intensity interval training. We did weighted walking lunges, burpees, kettle bell swings and push ups at 10 reps each. Finishing all 4 exercises was 1 set, and we had to clock 5 sets in total.

By the 3rd or 4th set, I was struggling. Especially with the burpees and the push ups. I have never really had good upper body strength. But it made me feel good to know that my muscles were working (and finally being woken up). The true testament of how effective the exercises were was the fact that I woke up the next day with my shoulders and biceps feeling like they got beat up. But hey, as they say, no pain, no gain. And if it is one fitness goal that I want to have this year, it is to do a pull up.

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