A friend of mine recently purchased a groupon for half off a one month membership at CrossFit Captivate. Members are allowed to bring one guest for free so he asked me to go with him on Saturday morning. He picked me up at 9:30 and we pulled into the parking lot of what looked like a warehouse on Greg and McCarran in Sparks. As we walked in they had me sign all the necessary waivers as we waited for the class to begin. By 10:00 we had five people in our group and we were ready to begin.
Stretches and Warm-Up
We all started by grabbing a PVC pipe and doing stretches. After stretches we played Hoover Ball. Hoover Ball consists of everyone getting in a circle and playing catch with a 14lb medicine ball. If you don’t catch the medicine ball you have three burpees. A burpee is when a person does a push-up and then jumps up and claps over their head. We started playing inside the gym until one of the girls was knocked back by the medicine ball into the equipment. The instructor decided that it would be a better idea if we finished the game outside.
After our game of Hoover Ball we went back inside to do front squats. For people like me that didn’t know what a front squat is, the instructor showed us how to do them with a PVC pipe. We then grabbed the real bars and did four sets of five while adding weight each time. By this time I was feeling pretty confident. I wouldn’t feel that way for long though.
The main workout consisted of four rounds of a 100m sprint, 10 back squats, 15 hand release push-ups, 20 box jumps, and 25 sit-ups. The men did 135lb and women did 95lb. On the box jump the men did 24 inches and the women did 18 inches.
This cross fit class was a rude awakening for me. I didn’t realize how out of shape I was until I did this class. By the third round I was struggling to keep my breath. The box jumps are what killed me. By the third round I was walking up and down the box. The sit-ups didn’t feel good either, but that was largely because I have been trying to do more core exercises in the gym and my abs were already sore.
The bottom line.
CrossFit Captivate is pretty well hidden in sparks. From the outside it just looks like a warehouse, but inside they have a nice facility. The instructor was both friendly and motivational. If you haven’t tried it you should at least give it a shot. They allow a week free for locals. CrossFit Captivate also maintains a blog if you are interested what other kinds of workouts they do. CrossFit is considerably more expensive than a membership at a gym like Fitness Connection though, but the bottom line is if it can get you motivated to work then go for it. Please let me know about you experiences with CrossFit in the comments below.