I'm currently in the February On-Ramp Program at Crossfit Peoria in the West Lake Shopping Center. Tuesday's class was definitely a lot different than the open house I attended last time but fun none the less. We learned how to do a dynamic pre-workout stretch that really got your muscles warmed up and lengthened before diving into air squats, kettle bells swings, and kipping swings. Needless to say the air squats were probably the most brutal since form was the biggest stress. My legs felt like noodles by the time I left but we did manage to "fit in" about 70 squats.
I was pleasantly surprised by the kettle bells and found that most of the muscles used for the swing were in my legs and core. My arms just pretty much held the kettle bell and held on for the ride up! If you haven't seen kettle bell swings before you HAVE to check this out! By the way this video is a little intense from what we did Tuesday but man this guy is just kettle bell crazy!!!
After Tuesday's class I will admit that I was quite sore especially in the thighs and hip stabilizers from all those squats and I was having a hard time moving and sitting. I was really worried about the Thursday class because I could barely walk and I had no idea how I was going to do more squats. But turns out I didn't have to worry much because those dynamic exercises were perfect way to stretch out those sore muscles without having to hold a static stretch and suffer through the pain of prolonged contraction and stretching in opposing muscles. All in all a great class since we did have to review the drills from Tuesday (increased reps but not as repetitive as we only had to do a few cycles) and then learned some great forms that will come in handy when we are the buff gals and guys of Crossfit Peoria. In other words, I survived my second class on Thursday and thought I did quite well. We learned some barbell lifting techniques and proper form and then did some drills with V-sits and box jumps.
I'm still a bit sore today but no where near as sore as I was on Wednesdays and I know that those dynamic stretches will be the key in between classes. I am looking forward to next week!!