After seeing so many Facebook posts on this new craze called Cross Fit what better way to give it a go than in our local town Peckham. CrossFit defines itself as “Constantly varied, high intensity, functional movements" and we concur it is bloody high intensity. We went down to @theyardpeckham Sat at 10am for a free taster session and the guys couldn't have been more welcoming and encouraging.
We started the session by being shown a few of the basics (squats, sits ups, push ups and the dreaded pull ups). What we found so great about cross fit was the diversity of the activities and how easy it was to scale down each activity if you were struggling. For instance after watching Gareth do a multitude of pulls up like he could swing there all day doing them we couldn't even do one, however...there were these magical resistance bands which you can wrap under a knee or foot and by god did they help and straight away up we went chin over the bar. The session ended with what can only be described as the hardest 8 minutes we have ever done - 400m row, 40 squats, 30 sit ups, 20 push ups, 10 pull ups and 400m row. This was done in race style against each other and the clock for a place on the leader board. With the help of the guys we pushed ourselves beyond belief and got through it - we even placed midway on the table!!
Crossfit is something that we could definitely get into and even get addicted to! It is something we would recommend to anyone no matter what your current age, fitness level or work life balance is. Massive thanks to Gareth and Zade for really putting us through our paces, taking us out of our comfort zone and shutting Soph up for an hour!
We completed the circuit in 8.12 and 8.17 mins - give it a go and see how well you do!
For more info on how to get involved and memberships etc check out the website www.theyardpeckham.com