I didn’t sign up for my first open until only a few minutes before the first workout was announced. I didn’t feel like I would be anywhere near in shape enough to compete with others. Heck, ten months into CrossFit, it was still something special for me to do a workout as prescribed at all! But the option to do all Open workouts in their scaled versions, to represent my gym, and also to compete with CrossFitters I know outside my box, made it appealing enough for me to do it.
My friend John Hawkins created WODables a little while ago, a service that sends you an email every day, with a new workout based on the equipment you have available. I’ve been using it since day one, mostly as an inspiration for workouts I can do without any equipment at all, a situation I’m frequently in when traveling.
When I’m on the road I try to stick to my workout routine as good as possible. A lot of times I’m able to drop-in at a local CrossFit boxes, but more frequently I find myself skipping workouts. Especially when I only have a hotel gym with very little equipment available. Enter WODables.
I asked John if he could extend the service to provide an interface to generate new WODs on the fly, letting you select the equipment you have right at that moment. This makes for a very tailored experience, getting you the perfect workout with optimal use of available resources. Today he let me know he finished the feature, and it’s now ready to use!
So the next time you find yourself standing in a hotel gym, your friend’s garage, a regular fitness studio, and you’re in need for an inspiration, give WODables a spin! It’s free, super easy to use, and I guarantee you it will come up with a challenging and fun WOD, just for you.
I purposefully started out slow with CrossFit. At the beginning I wasn’t sure whether I’d like it at all, so I avoided any upfront investments in gear. For the first two months I just worked out in running shoes and my old soccer things.
One of the things I like the most about CrossFit is its concept of Drop-Ins, the ability to join any CrossFit box on a class-by-class basis. There is hardly a month where I’m not out of town for a conference or meetup and so far I’ve always been able to find a box that was reasonably close. It is along the lines of what a “regular” fitness chains would offer where you can use any location of theirs if you’re a member. And I consider it a huge benefit.
I’ve never been overweight or obese by any means. Throughout my life I’ve stayed rather active, played youth sports, went to the gym, or played organized Soccer. But after I moved to the US, physical exercise was just not a part of my daily routine anymore. And while I never ate super unhealthy or were on a McDonald’s diet, I also never really held back or consciously chose a healthy option when it came to my eating habits. I just ate what I liked. Spending time with Michael Cain and Meredith Purdue certainly didn’t help either, letting me become more of a food snob and making great food a major part of my travel experience.