I was wide awake at 5:30 this morning and seriously considered attending another session at CrossFit Asheville. Abby, the owner of Beer City CrossFit, encouraged me to attend a Saturday session and that’s just what I did. As the session was at 10, I took Luke for a long walk, read some of “Sunday Sketching” by Christoph Niemann (a genius!), and played with the very bad kitties.
Luke has been clingy and the weather has been temperate, so I took him with me. He did, however, remain in the car until the post-WOD kicker.
I arrived at 9:45 whilst the Barbell Club was finishing. Many members had already arrived for the 10 of the clock session. Uhm, yet not a single person introduced themselves. The coach, Bethany, let me know that the warmup would be brief and that I was welcome to stretch on my own. That’s what I did. I did make eye contact with folks, smiled, and nodded my head, yet not a single person approached me. ‘Twas a long 15 minutes.
Should I have approached folks? I’m not comfortable doing so, and my thoughts are that guests should be warmly greeted. I demanded it of members when I owned a box.
There were probably 2o or more in attendance, and there were many groups engaged in conversation.
I see shitty rowing everywhere I go.
Bethany had to check in folks, so the BBC coach, Bryan, led the warmup.
15-seconds of work each activity
– Jumping jacks
– Air squats
– Mountain climbers
– Jumping air squats
Uhm, I’ll keep my comments to myself. I will, however, say that my glutes were quite sore from yesterday’s pistols. Ouch.
Bethany said, “Make sure you get a partner.” I loudly proclaimed on more than one occasion that I needed a partner. No one even looked in my general direction. I was getting ready to propose that I complete the workout solo and do half of the work. Just before the workout was to begin Bethany asked, “Does anyone still not have a partner?” “Me,” I replied. “Me, too,” a young man named Jordan replied. I’m not quite sure what he thought upon looking at me, but I assured him that I could complete all of the movements as prescribed.
50 OH lunges (45)
200m run (partner must run together)
50 air squats
Jordan suggested that we complete reps in sets of 10, 10, 10, 10, 5, & 5. I let him know that that’d be fine, but that we might need to be flexible in our approach.
Jordan began by completing 10 butterfly and I then completed 10 kipping pull-ups. We finished as planned: 10, 10, 5, & 5 reps. We began OH lunges by each completing 15 and then 10, and we were off to run 100m up and back twice. Luke was seated in the driver’s seat of the Jeep and kept a watchful eye on us!
We breezed through air squats and completed pushups in reps of 15, 15, 10, & 10.
For the remaining 3 rounds we were pretty evenly matched, although I usually did 5 more pull-ups (Jordan had reverted to kipping) and more air squats. By the final round of pushups we were each just doing as many unbroken reps as we could.
Jordan is a very nice guy, and we often talked whilst we ran. We were both encouraging and complimentary, but not too encouraging or complimentary. What I’m trying to say is that we didn’t cheer for each other.
Time = 28:58
As the time cap was 30 minutes, I was pleased.
I asked Bethany if Luke could enter the box and meet everyone, and she graciously allowed him to do so. He got lots of love and attention! I didn’t realize that there was also an ab finisher of plank holds and flutter kicks. Luke was by my side most of the time, although he did want to give folks kisses.
I’m going to visit CrossFit Summit at least once and CrossFit Asheville and CrossFit Pisgah at least one more time before I decide what I’d like to do. As you can sense, I’m looking for a box that focuses on proper form and execution and is welcoming. Whilst I enjoyed the workout with Jordan, I didn’t feel very welcome at the box. It could be that most of the members are in their 20s and 30s. Or it could just be that newbies are not openly welcomed at the box.
By the way, why do so many boxes program partner WODs on Saturdays? It’s gotten to the point where I’ll likely just run on Saturdays.
Not everyone likes partner WODs. Just saying. And CrossFit is by definition constantly varied. Just saying.