I’ve been meaning to try CrossFit for a long time. Somehow I’ve not managed, but have been watching the videos from the games on Youtube thinking ‘I want to be able to do that.’ When Geoff, an old friend opened a Crossfit Gym in Hackney just last week with two of his mates, I couldn’t wait to go visit.
CrossFit Hackney is a great space under one of the railway arches right next to Haggerston station, so it’s super easy to get to. (Handy for someone whose sense of direction is as appalling as mine!)
I was greeted by Geoff’s wife Jane and their gorgeous little daughter Ruby and one of the other owners, Josh. After some cuddles with the lovely little miss, it was time for Geoff to train me. Because he knows I’m training for triathlons and am doing a lot of cycling, we did a lot of stuff to activate my glutes: penquin walks with a band, walking lunges, box steps and squats.
Then it was time to practice pull ups… I’ve never really tried to do them properly before – I just assumed I couldn’t do them . Surprisingly, I managed them fine when I was doing them with a narrow grip so that I was working more on the biceps. But they were definitely trickier the other way around with wide arms so that the shoulders are doing most of the work.
We finished with five minutes of 5 pull ups, 10 press ups and 15 squats. Geoff kindly gave me the option of doing the press ups with my knees down, but that was clearly not an option. (Although after a few rounds I wish I wasn’t so stubborn and could have made it easier by putting my knees down as my arms were on fire!) I managed six rounds and after a quick break it was time to go again. I did another six rounds plus an extra 5 pull ups and 10 press ups.
I hardly ever ache after exercise, and woke up the next morning feeling surprisingly fine. As the day went on though, I started aching more and more. The next day my chest and shoulders were really killing, and then the day after it even hurt to put deodorant on! Being a bit sick and twisted, I love that feeling though.
I can’t wait to go back for another fantastic work out. I’m just gutted that we no longer live in Shoreditch, as I’d be a permanent fixture at CrossFit Hackney – especially if they are going to get an Ozone coffee cart there! Anyone who lives in East London should definitely go and visit Geoff, Stretch and Josh, as I can guarantee you will be worked hard, plus they are really lovely guys!