I started Cross­Fit just over 4 months ago with one of the hard­est work­outs in a laun­dry list of hard work­outs. I was attracted to Cross­Fit because of its focus on func­tional, wide-ranging exer­cises as well as the empha­sis on self-reliance and respon­si­bil­ity. I also like that it aver­ages about 20 min­utes per day, much less than many reg­i­mens but with bet­ter results. It’s a pretty bru­tal approach to fit­ness but it’s extremely effec­tive. When I started Cross­Fit, I thought I was in rea­son­able shape, noth­ing spec­tac­u­lar but at least decent. I had no idea what I was get­ting into.

The work­out I did on that first day is called Murph. Cross­Fit uses a lot of body­weight exer­cises and this is an exam­ple of that. The work­out as pre­scribed is a 1 mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 squats (bro­ken up any­way you have to) and then another 1 mile run, all for time. It’s just as hard as it sounds. When I did it back in August, I had no trou­ble with the miles but I could only muster 6 sets of 3 pullups, 10 pushups and 15 squats. Plus it took me 35 min­utes to do just that. I real­ized quickly that I wasn’t in very good shape after all.

Today, I did Murph again after 4 months of work­ing out reg­u­larly with only the work­out of the day. I couldn’t quite man­age to com­plete it but my per­for­mance was greatly improved. I did both miles plus 8 sets of 10 pullups, 20 pushups and 30 squats in 45:26. I’m still way off from the per­for­mance of even aver­age Cross­fit ath­letes who can do Murph in under 35 min­utes, some with a weighted vest, but I’m get­ting stronger faster which I love.

Cross­fit is intense but it pro­duces results. I’m look­ing for­ward to another 4 months of progress to see what I can accomplish.