In the past three days I’ve morphed from infant to crotchety old woman all at the hands of the latest fitness trend, CrossFit. After hearing rave reviews and seeing other people get great results, I thought I’d try it out. In true broke millennial fashion I found a free class at a new CrossFit gym near my apartment and booked a spot. The confirmation email indicated the class would be a light intro into the world of CrossFit with a 5-20 minute workout. LIARS!
The 45 minute workout left me barely able to move and frankly trying to prevent a very unladylike bodily function from rocketing out of my mouth. I crawled home and collapsed into my bed in the fetal position while suckling at my water bottle. Yesterday, I woke up and yelped in pain. Every joint and muscle in my body started screaming in agony. I hobbled around my apartment all hunched over and mumbling obscenities under my breath. My act was just missing a cane and neighborhood hooligans to chase off my property.
Massive amounts of pain aside, I rather enjoyed the experience. I’m a highly competitive person which translates into me preferring team sports or exercise classes for a workout. If you ever have the misfortune of standing next to me during a workout, just know in my mind we’re locked in mortal combat and I will come out victorious.
(Yes, we were flaunting our varsity soccer uniforms. Yes, Shanghai as in Shanghai, China.)
What I didn’t enjoy is the price tag associated with CrossFit in my neighborhood. The cheapest plan is $150* for two classes a week. This isn’t a standard gym full of equipment. It’s only designed for CrossFit so that $150 translates to $18.75 per class with no other benefits, other than getting healthy of course. Which begs the question, what’s the price tag on your health?
Apparently mine is $150.
Joining a gym is a hard expense for me to justify. Running outside is free. There are a plethora of online videos offering great workouts at home. I live in one of the most walkable cities in the world. With enough research, I could routinely find free or cheap fitness classes to take. I could even take five yoga classes a week at my favorite yoga studio and spend $50 less per month than joining CrossFit.
So, I’m curious readers – what is your price tag? If you avoid the gym, how do you stay healthy? If you join a gym, how do you justify the expense? And CrossFitters, do you pee during workouts?
*It’s $150 per month with a 3 month minimum. Most gyms near me require you sign up for a certain length of time and include all sorts of crazy initiation fees.