Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Price of Fitness

I have a dilemma. I have never really been into fitness. A few years back, my husband suggested that I join a women's running group that was for women who had never really run. I was skeptical, but decided to join it anyway. Now, nearly 5 years later, I have run a marathon and am a triathlete. I was training in the regular triathlon sports-swimming, biking, and running, but not doing any sort of strength workouts. So, my wonderful hubby had another great suggestion - join CrossFit.

He had been doing CrossFit for a while at that point. He really liked the feel of the gym and the killer workouts. I had been to the gym during an open house, and I frankly thought those folks at CrossFit were crazy. Hubby knew there was a way to try CrossFit without being a full member - going to one of the bootcamps. I hated the bootcamp at first (I mean, it was hard!), but then I really started liking it. I completed 2 1/2 camps (I was injured about a third of the way through the first one), and met a great group of friends. When the latest camp ended in December, my friends and workout group decided to be real Crossfitters. I debated for a long time, but decided to join them.

We had our first Foundations class on January 4. There are several classes that you must take to learn the various power lifting techniques used in CrossFit. After the first class, you are allowed to take any of the regular CrossFit workouts. My group and I took our first regular class on January 10 when the new 7:15am time became available.

Here's the dilemma part. The 7:15 bootcamp was always finished by 8:00am, but the regular class will be one hour. That means I hit more traffic on the way home and have 15 less minutes to get ready for work which starts at 9:00am. It is very difficult to get to work. My boss is OK with me being just a little late, but I worry that it is being noticed by my colleagues. So, do I continue with CrossFit or not?

Pros
1. It is a strength workout that I don't get
2. I have a strong bond with my group - they encourage me during the workouts and to go to the workouts
3. It is hard and continues to push me to do better
4. It is a different workout every day
5. The coaches are wonderful

Cons
1. It is difficult to get to work on time
2. It is expensive
3. I already pay to belong to another gym. They have morning classes that I could take that would have a strength element, but would not be the same as CrossFit.
4. I would miss my friends
5. It is not really triathlon training.

What's a girl to do?

9 comments:

unwashedflyer said...

if i were you i would put my job over a fitness class. could you try it for a few times then quit if you know for sure it will clash with your work?

i would just accept that my work is more important and leave it at that.

Melanie said...

Sounds like you do enjoy it, but I think you should forgo it, at least for now.

prancer said...

Keep at it. Have a conversation with your supervisor and spread the word around work that you're attending a morning class regularly. They'll understand and support you.

Lesley said...

Are there some things you could do to stremline your get-ready-for-work routine (or do the night before Crossfit mornings)? Forgoing a shower wouldn't be an option, and applying lipstick on I-40 wouldn't be very safe, but maybe there are other little things that would add up to some AM time savings if it's worth it to you. Good luck!

Susan Mo said...

Thanks for all of the input! I think I am going to give it up for a month and see how it goes. I really do enjoy it and may go back. My supervisor is very supportive and I am usually only a few (5 or less) late. I do put out all of my clothes and prepare snacks the night before. I even stopped putting on makeup to go to work - scary!! I will keep y'all posted.

Myselfmetal said...

you should stay but go at a different time

Susan Mo said...

There are other times available, but I would lose my workout group and be alone. Also, I still don;t think I could go enough to justify the price. I am, however, trying to work with the owner to see if I can come once a week and get a reduction from the day pass price.

Theia said...

My suggestion was going to be to try it less often if the gym will let you. Sounds like you're already working on that! Good luck!

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