Friday, May 18, 2012

cross-fit body-weight workouts are good

My last two fitness goals were centered around endurance events. (endurance is a relative term - they were both the longest I had ever tackled; neither would be considered a long event in the grand scheme of their kind.)

I ran a 10-mile road race on Thanksgiving Day last fall. My longest run ever prior to training for that race had been 4 miles. Needless to say I spent most of last fall training with long runs, and it paid off - I killed that race. I finished well below my goal time, and my time at the 6-mile mark still blows me away.

Then came my Olympic-length triathlon a couple weeks ago. This race required me to spend A LOT of time swimming, biking, and running. 60-minute workouts became child's play, as I had many 2.5 hour training sessions in the mornings before work. The race itself was grueling, taking over 3 hours to complete.

Why am I telling you all this?

Because I haven't done a body-weight cross-fit workout since last summer. I've trained long, and I've trained hard. I've done speed work, hill work, fast work and slow work. But I don't remember ever being too sore to walk.

This week I worked out 4 days. I swam on Monday, and I ran on Friday. Tuesday & Thursday I did body-weight cross-fit workouts, 20-25 minutes each. And I cannot believe how SORE I am today!

Right now - lunchtime on Friday - as I write this, I can feel my workouts in every part of my body: biceps, triceps, shoulders, chest, back, abs (lots - please don't make me laugh or sneeze!), butt, quads, hamstrings, calves..

I don't know how to compare calories burned doing cross-fit with running or swimming, but I can tell this - my heart rate was very high for 20-25 minutes, and my muscles were getting worked hard. I don't think I could have done these workouts for 60 minutes, or even for 45 minutes - I was spent by the end of them. And today my body is still spending energy to heal my muscles.

I've said many times before - you're only in shape for whatever it is you're in shape for. And since I don't have anything particular to train for in the near future, I'm looking forward to more of these workouts - general fitness with a mix of cardio, strength, and body shaping...

Cross-fit body-weight workouts are good.

-Chris Butterworth