Tuesday, October 5, 2010
CrossFit Las Vegas
3, 3, 3, 3 Jerk
I gave a quick call to CrossFit Las Vegas to see f I could join for a workout. And, Just like most CrossFit affiliates, they were more then happy to have me join. I freaking love that about CrossFit man, love it! Anyway, I went to grab my rental car from the Vegas airport, then drove about a mile down the road to this huge (and I mean huge) sports complex. From what I could see, the place had everything: basketball, baseball, go carts and of course, CrossFit. Basically, you enter through a sort of side door (tires and such make it pretty obvious which door to go to) and you are greeted by a cavernous space. Ceilings well over 30 feet up, I-beams strung around, metal and concrete everywhere. The whole space is lined with shirts from hundreds of affiliates visited, a really cool sight. The equipment is set up in an almost V formation; racks are off to the left, and beyond them is a massive pull up rig with a couple different width bars. To the right is another area for barbell training as well, with ropes, tires, paralettes, sandbags, KB's, DB's and more. In the middle there is a slew of rings hanging off a collection of I-beams, and bumpers and barbells line the platform areas in both directions. Man what cool place! I apologies for not having any pictures from the experience, I unfortunately had to rush out early to go pick Lindsey up from work. I love getting pics of the spaces I visit, and of the coaches and members I got to work out with, so, sorry about not having any for this one.
I met a few of the members and coaches, foam rolled and chatted as people started filing in. In all, I would say about 18 or so people were in there, and besides me (and another guy who hadn't been there in a while) everyone was a regular. Man, everyone seemed so friendly, and genuinely happy to be there. So we got started. Partnered up, we ht 400 meters on the rower while our partner did 10 jumping jacks at each 100. Then we ran through a set of walking lunges and inch worms before grabbing PVC piping to warm up the shoulders. A very quick jerk run-through, and we were on to the barbells.
The metcon, well, a different story for me for sure. I had to use an abmat AND a 25# bumper to get the HSPU's, and even then, my best was 9 unbroken, and after the first set, I went to singles from then on. The dips and push ups were no problem and I finished somewhere around 9 minutes. This time is way off because I started about 30 or so seconds late (partnered with another guy), then had to switch off and on with him for the HSPU's. Not too concerned about the time though, because in my mind, I just needed to focus on that damn exercise!
On the whole, CrossFit Las Vegas was an absolute blast. Just to see how great a space can actually be, I suggest that anyone who visits goes and pokes their head it, it is very motivating to just stand amongst that much awesome equipment. And to add to it, they seem to optimize what CrossFit is all about. They have all the equipment and then some, big classes, down to earth, fun coaches, efficient and clearly effective programming, and a seemingly well-run CrossFit affiliate all around.
CrossFit Las Vegas
Never Stop, GET FIT.
Posted by Josh Courage at 11:30 AM