Last summer I was asked to take some photos for Crossfit Copenhagen in exchange for three free months of training. I’d never seen what goes on inside a crossfit centre and when I arrived for the first photo shoot I was quite literally sweating just watching them (this was probably the weather, though). I liked the idea of team training for motivation and it certainly looked like hard work, so I signed up to start on August 1st.
The centre just off Vesterbrogade was the closest and most convenient for me, and I arrived for my first session at 7am that morning. Training that early did mean that I had to get up and eat breakfast immediately at 6am, but with the early sunrise and the 15 minute bike ride in to town the whole experience was pretty awesome actually.
We warmed up for a few minutes and then received a briefing about which exercises we would be doing over the next 50 minutes. And with our personal trainer present throughout, we were all helped to correct our form when lifting weights and attempting our 100th sit-up.
The biggest difference with crossfit is that there are no machines – you simply use your body to become one. It means that the last 20 minutes are pure hell, as you do a circuit of burpees, pull-ups, squats and all sorts of crazy cr*p. Occasionally a rowing machine was used or a kettle-bell, but all in all it was pure body sculpting with just what your God gave you.
After a quick shower and some fruit, I arrived at Copenhagen Language Center shortly before 8:30am feeling totally awake and energetic. It was well noted, too.
After three months of attending Crossfit Copenhagen classes just three times a week, my body had changed an unbelievable amount. In the past I had trained to run marathons and religiously attended a gym for meat-heads four to five times a week (using legal supplements at the same time), but this was the first time I had trained for such a short amount of time and seen such a huge difference. I was impressed.
Now it’s winter and so much harder to get up when the alarm goes off, even at 7:30! Keeping fit after Christmas and New Year is top of many people’s agenda, but doing so is an entirely different matter. It’s cold, dark and depressing out there – which is why regular exercise is even more important. To keep your mind healthy, your body often needs to lead the way.
Which is why I’ve decided to inspire some of you with my ‘Before & After’ shots. I was a little apprehensive about publishing these as I find them über embarrassing, but in the true spirit of journalism I’m going to back up my article with visual proof.