|Tired. Sweaty. Accomplished.|
I’ve become somewhat of a box nerd, although I’ve discovered CrossFit is a sport for nerds (WODbooks to keep track of workouts, apps to calculate 1RM, all that good stuff). So now, when I travel, I want to hit a box in the area if it fits into my training schedule. On my last trip to New York, it fit perfectly, so I hit up a Monday morning WOD at CrossFit Union Square in Manhattan.
CrossFit Union Square is in the basement of the Reebok FitHub store on the southwest side of Union Square, and it’s easily accessible by subway. It’s a truly gorgeous, well-equipped 7,500 square foot box with locker rooms, showers, and all the equipment you can imagine. I felt a little lost – and a little intimidated as I cozied up to a foam roller and other CrossFitters came in, casually flipped up to handstands, and chatted.
I was even more intimidated when I saw the WOD. The strength portion wasn’t going to be too bad: a clean complex consisting of a power clean, low hang clean, and hang clean. I can do that, and I did, working my way up from 35 pounds to a 55 pound set. That’s more than half my body weight (I’m a hobbit), so yeah, I swore a bit when I couldn’t get the 60 pound barbell up to my shoulders, but: rookie.
No, the WOD was a double Fran:
- 400m run
- Fran 15-12-9 (thrusters & pull-ups)
- 400m run
- Fran 15-12-9