Crossfit Solid // Sveavägen 17 // Stockholm // Sweden

Hi lovelies! Happy New years Eve! I can’t believe we’re here, the end of 2017. It’s been a whirlwind of a year in so many ways. I’ll be writing more about this year in a separate post once I’m back in Glasgow. I’ve unfortunately still got a sore throat and cough so still no exercise for me but I thought I’d share my last workout of 2017, which was at Crossfit Solid. Not too bad finishing off 2017 with a Crossfit workout.

Yes, I did it!! I went to my first Crossfit box outside of Glasgow and my first Crossfit box in Stockholm. I was so nervous when I booked in. I sat and stared for ages at the booking site trying to think of reasons I shouldn’t book in because I was scared. In the end I just told myself, “Maddie you just need to get a grip and go”. I seriously needed to get my act together and stop being a scaredy cat. I always try to think that doing things I find scary will help me grow. What is the worst thing that could happen?

I started going back to the Crossfit-fear I know a lot of people had where you think you’ll go into the box and everyone will be Crossfit Games tanks. The fear of not being as good as everyone else, being left behind, messing up. There are so many things that could go wrong. However, are those good enough reasons to not even try? To not even show up? No. Even writing my thoughts and fears down like this I realise they are silly. They are but they still happen. My job was to go to different gyms and try out different gyms and workouts and I still get the fear. This time the fear occurred because it was in a new country. Even though I knew the language the of the country… Hehe

I was thinking about the class all day. Luckily we were at my farmor’s (dad’s mum, grandmother) for a tea and coffee during the afternoon so I got a bit distracted. When I got dropped off near the box back in Stockholm I could feel my heart beating. Why was I so nervous?

Crossfit Solid is in a parking house here in Stockholm near Hötorget. Extremely central location and easy to get to. You found them in a parking garage on level -2. The most interesting location of a gym I’ve been to so far! Apparently their location used to be a coal mine and this was taken into consideration when they designed the box. I went inside and spoke to the nice girl in the reception. She told me where the changing rooms were and that I could sit down once I was ready and wait for the class to begin. The box has two floors and to get in between there are wooden steps where you can also sit before the class.

I sat there watching the class before training and they all looked strong. As it got closer to the class more and more people showed up and they were are ages, all kind of sizes and all kinds of levels of fitness. Just like all the other gyms and boxes I’ve been to. My Crossfit-fear of their being Crossfit Game machines only in the gym was of course slightly irrational.

Simon who led the class then said it was time to get started. We did a warm up and then a 15 minute upper body EMOM (6-12 strict pull ups, 10-20 push ups and 40 sec kettlebelll front rack hold). Front rack hold I’d never done before and they were tough. The arms were feeling it. The next workout was 3 rounds. Each round had a 5 minute time cap and you had two minutes rest in between. It was a 16 cal row, 20 kettlebell sumo deadlift high pulls (24kg), 40 jumping lunges (they kill me every time) and then 16 cal row again then rest.

I could feel that I wasn’t quite in the shape I usually am but wow it felt so good to get a proper sweat on. I struggled but I got through. There was a girl their who was so nice. Unfortunately I didn’t catch her name but at one point I was struggling I heard her say “Come on now” and I realised she was looking at me. It’s crazy what a difference encouraging words like that can make. This is what I love a bout Crossfit. Everyone is so supportive and cheers each other on. You always find someone to get through the workout with.

I was on a high after the class not only because I LOVE to sweat but also because I overcame a fear that day and it felt so good. I was so proud for going there all by myself and not really knowing what to expect. It is so difficult to just show up like that but when you do you won’t regret it I promise. Just do it, just press that book button and go. Once you’ve done it you have to just show up and the rest will work out.

Thanks Crossfit Solid for the workout! The timings didn’t quite work out this time with it being Christmas, New Year plus me having a cold and needing to catch up with people but I’m hoping to go back and try out more boxes around Stockholm when I’m back.

M xxx

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