Julie Lawson Timmer grew up in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. She lives in Ann Arbor, MI, with her husband, their four teenage children, and two rescued dogs. By turns, she is a writer, lawyer, mom/stepmom, and dreadful cook. Her first novel, Five Days Left, is out in paperback. Her second book, Untethered, was released earlier this month. She shared this personal story exclusively with FirstforWomen.com.
What it is: CrossFit classes are led by a coach and involve constantly varied movements (weight lifting, running, rowing, some gymnastics) at high intensity. There is an emphasis on functional movement as well as high-intensity interval training (20 seconds on/10 off, repeated for 8 minutes).
Required energy level: High
Pros: Oh, the endorphin rush! The strength gains are amazing, and you’ll never have more fun with your fellow exercisers. CrossFit gyms, or “boxes” as they’re known, are famous for their camaraderie.
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Cons: CrossFitters are called “rabid” for a reason—the classes are tough. Everyone does the workouts at the same time, in a line, where the coach can see you. That means you can’t hide out in the back and go easy on days you’re not feeling it. You lift a lot of weight, so you’re sore for the rest of the day. I found my arms and shoulders were often too tired to write, which is a problem in my job. Even more distressing, after a few years, my hips paid a price. That won’t be true for everyone, but for me, it spelled the end.
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Keep or dump: Dump. It broke my heart to quit, but my joints are happier.
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