Every Monday in July, ABC 4 Utah has been looking into the biggest diet and fitness trends of the summer. As part of our investigation, anchor Kim Fischer tried out CrossFit to find out how it works. Now, she describes her experience.
Talk about really getting into my work! I’ve been attending classes at CrossFit Park City for the past 5 weeks. I’ve also been following the progression of two other girls in my class, to see how the program works for them.
"It’s awesome, it's changed my entire life," said Lori Dearing.
Lori is a hiker, mountain biker, and rock climber, but she wanted more endurance, so 3 years ago she started CrossFit.
We also followed Nikki Dodson.
"This is a really great box (gym), everyone is super friendly,” she said.
Nikki is an Australian who just moved to Utah. She began working out at CrossFit Park City in April.
"It’s a challenge every day and my whole body feels completely different," Nikki said.
Her goal, like mine, is to become more fit and strong. That’s what brought all three of us to a CrossFit gym.
These gyms are not franchises, so each one is a little different. The owner of CrossFit Park City, Chris Spealler, explains how his gym works.
"So the way that we run things is they're generally an hour block. The first 10 minutes is your own warm up," Spealler said.
During that time some people sit and chat, others use the time to stretch out.
"After that, the trainer will start to bring everybody in and they'll give them a group led warm up that's specific for the work out that day," Spealler said.
Then the lesson begins. This CrossFit gym takes time during each class to teach the movements in detail, making sure people do them correctly. Chris said this portion of the work-out is important so no one gets hurt.
"Teaching can last anywhere from 5 minutes to 15 or 20 minute depending on the day," Spealler said.
Of course, the prescribed work out is very difficult. So we’re given the option of scaling it down.
We wanted a second opinion on CrossFit so we went to clinical dietitian, Julie Bolick.
"One of the things about CrossFit that is so very beneficial is that it's both aerobic and strength and for a very well rounded exercise program it really does a great job,” Bolick said.
She also told me a person continues burning calories 24 to 48 hours after a CrossFit work out. But, she said anyone who is thinking of trying this high intensity work out, needs to know their limitations.
"There are some concerns in cross fit, particularly with individuals with health problems," Bolick said.
If you have back problems, heart issues, or diabetes, make sure you consult your physician before starting CrossFit. Lori, Nikki and I are all healthy enough for this type of exercise, though sometimes it doesn't feel like it. In the end, we all agree, the pain is worth the gain.
"I’ve lost some weight, I’ve equaled out my eating and then I’ve gained some weight, it just goes back and forth for me but I’m very happy with my results just from going to a CrossFit gym," Lori said.
Meanwhile, Nikki said just 3 months in, she has already seen results.
"I’m starting to. I think over a period of time it will be different but at the moment I’m just getting into the whole functionality and I really enjoy it and I think the results will come over time," she said.
I would have to agree. In just 5 weeks, I can see a physical difference; one I haven't seen working out in the gym by myself. For that reason, I’m sticking with it.
While I have not lost weight, I’ve lost inches. So much so, that I’m fitting into clothes I haven't been able to wear in years. I also have more energy and I’m sleeping through the night.