Call this a week of new beginnings. It’s been approximately 612 days since my last CrossFit session. My CrossFit days came to a screeching halt in the Spring of 2014 as we learned that we were moving from IL to IN. Hubby had received a very sudden job offer for a position that I believe he had been interviewing on for over 7 months. We had about 2 days to decide if he should take it. Then we had another 2 weeks of mania before he left to start the new job, 200 miles away from where we lived in IL. It was a crazy time and to be honest, I still am not sure I’m settled in Indiana. Although I love the new area and being close to my family and old HS friends, it’s been nothing but a long period of adjustment, struggle and pure chaos, which is far from over. It hasn’t been fun but I’ve made a real effort to get back to basics and focus on my food, weight and regain my lost strength (both physically & emotionally). That’s what I focus on each day. I make the choice to eat well and be strong.
I’ve been looking for a CrossFit Endurance type program since I moved in August 2014. But it wasn’t that easy. The area I’ve moved to is much smaller. I’m now in a suburb of Ft Wayne, Indiana NOT Chicago. Slightly different market. There are very few CF boxes here and only one CF Endurance program within a 40 mile radius. That Endurance program was a cruise from where I live AND it’s an evening class. As a wife and mother with a full time J.O.B, evening classes don’t really happen for me. Ever.
So I visited a couple CF “boxes” (AKA “gyms”) looking for a CF class somewhat close to my new home. It didn’t go well. One box owner told me I was out of shape, overweight, and due to my history of injuries, I would need to be personally trained before I could possibly even go to one of their CF classes. Great. I knew all that but couldn’t afford a personal trainer or a bigger wound to my already damaged self esteem. So I tried to do home based CF workouts. I talked to some of the trainers at my local YMCA to see if we could get some CF equipment at the Y. I was making an effort but ultimately failing because I wasn’t even sure if I was doing the CF moves correctly. I knew I needed to regain my strength. I wanted to do Strict Presses, Push Presses and Dead Lifts, etc but I didn’t have anyone watching to make sure I wasn’t screwing things up. So I basically gave up til recently when I once again started searching for options. And bingo, one of the CF gyms had just moved to the north side of Ft Wayne.
513 Incentive Drive, Ft Wayne, IN * (260) 310-5360 * firstname.lastname@example.org
I went for a visit. Can’t say I had a ton of hope. We still haven’t managed to sell our IL house and things are not good for us financially. I pretty much assumed that I couldn’t afford anything they were offering. But looking and talking are free, right?
Long story short, we set up a CrossFit Endurance Class on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 5:30am. Offering a one month trial period for December 2015. Very low cost (almost free). Trial period for any runner, triathlete, endurance athlete who may be interested in seeing if this is something they want to pursue. Trial period for CF Tactical Strength to see if an Endurance class will work for them and if there is a real interest/need for this type of class.
December 1st was our first class. Stay tuned for more info on my first week back to CrossFit tomorrow!
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** Happy Running & Enduring WHATEVER Your Heart Desires ** Amanda – TooTallFritz
Well I am elated you are finding something will serve you with your XT pursuits. Personally, you covered marathon distance in Fort Wayne, quite nicely in my opinion, that does not justify you are out-of-shape. You always mentioning weight…so maybe you have extra pounds…that does not justify being out-of-shape. Maybe trainer making reference more specific to Cross-Fit training schema…which can be intense, shorter, high-aerobic effort with short recovery intervals. It is all designed to “kick-start” or “boost” metabolism that you burn more calories…both during workout and post workout…the accelerated caloric burn continues. But no one has to have a personal trainer to start a CF training program…and if trainer thinks you too out-of-shape or borderline to jump in program of particular intensity and volume, then just tells you they need to have a “beginner” or “entry/intro” course to bridge the gap. Lastly….you done some of these CF programs in past, so you know the workouts. Why pay someone…just do it yourself…or find a few other runner/fitness friends in your turf to do it with…save some bucks too! Off course some of those routines involve equipment, ropes, medicine balls and such that may not have access to, but there are always ways to mimic a specific workout routine in some other way. But I see the value in signing up for some course…you got others to do it along with and the equipment is there at hand. Good luck…wish you well…first step…always to start…see where it takes ya!