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Hey guys! Happy Tuesday! It feels like a Monday because I was off work yesterday and because, man, it just felt like a Monday. One of those days at work. I’m grateful every day that I love my job, but there are still days I just feel completely stressed out. It worked out well that I had planned on an evening workout because I always feel better after a workout.

I came home from work, ate a pre-workout snack (two scrambled eggs and a piece of gluten-free toast) and then headed out to take my first CrossFit class since moving to Charlotte. I did CrossFit for a couple months in Winston-Salem (I blogged about being a Crossfit newbie here) and just hadn’t gotten around to trying out a CrossFit gym in Charlotte. I finally tried out Metro CrossFit tonight and LOVED it. IMG_3386

It’s a super nice gym (it reminds me a LOT of Top Tier in Winston) and the people were super nice and welcoming. IMG_3384

I even fit in on my first day – it was Tank Top Tuesday, which I had no idea about, but I was totally rocking a Oula tank top. (This pic came from Metro’s Facebook page.)11205553_632627136870869_2941023084834777737_n (1)

The first part of the was 10 minutes of skill work, EMOM (every minute on the minute) alternating pull-ups and double-unders for 30 seconds. So you had a 60 seconds to complete 6 pull-ups (I used a band for assist) and then 30 seconds for double-unders with 30 seconds rest before heading back to pull-ups. I was able to string together 6 double-unders at one point…which I was happy about considering it’s been months since I’ve done them, and I can usually only do 2 back to back. Most of my double under time was spent doing 2 consecutive DUs, whacking myself with the jump rope and then restarting. 🙂

The WOD was 5 rounds for time:

  • 250 m row
  • 10 front squats (RX was 75 and I did 45#, which ended up being wayyyyyy too light)
  • 10 slam balls (I used a 15# ball and should have done the RX 20#)
  • 2 minutes rest after each round

I finished in 18:15 and was a sweaty mess. It definitely was a cardio-heavy workout which was great for me, but I wish I had gone heavier on my squats. I just didn’t really know what to expect after being away from CrossFit so long…although I have still been lifting on my own. Anywayyyyy, I had a blast and am really looking forward to going back. (Um, clearly. Look at that giddy look on my face. And it looks like I have a gap in my teeth…I’m a mess. :D)


But… I’m not sure what to do about my gym memberships. CrossFit is expensive. I definitely can’t afford CrossFit AND my Y membership. I love having the Y for days that I just want to do my own workout, lift on my own, run on a treadmill, etc. And it’s within running distance of my house which I LOVE, and there’s a Y in my work building for the occasional mid-day workout. So…I’m not really sure what to do.

Any tips for choosing a gym? I’m sure many of us wish we could afford allll the workouts (yoga, gym, CrossFit, Pure Barre, spin) but that’s just not reality for most people. I wish Metro did punch card classes – I find those easier to manage from a budget perspective.

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    12 responses to “Back to CrossFit & Balancing Gym Memberships”

    1. Hi! so i live in chapel hill, i do crossfit and I run. my box is located inside of of a full-scale gym. so crossfit membership comes along with access to the gym. maybe there is a similar program in Charlotte?

      good luck!

    2. Glad to hear you enjoyed the CrossFit class! I have “gym ADD” myself, and the best solution I have found is to keep my Y membership and do ClassPass! Not sure what your budget is, but ClassPass is a great way to incorporate a wide variety of classes including CrossFit, Pilates, yoga, barre and more! Let me know if you have any questions! 🙂

    3. didnyou say they do not offer packages? Like my Barre studio offers 10 class packs. They also offer barre on demand classes if you are interested 🙂 you can take barre at home for a fraction of the cost. I know that isn’t cross fit but that is an option for barre. Maybe there is a place for cross fit that would have a certain amount of classes at a discounted rate….

    4. Maybe talk with the owners at Metro letting them know your thoughts (that you love it, but just can’t afford the full-fledged membership). All of the crossfit owners I know are more than willing to work with you if you really love it!

    5. When I signed up for CF, I immediately canceled my Y membership. I figured I was paying so much for CF that I should be trying to get the most of out my money by going there as much as possible. I know I personally get a much better workout there than I would if I was wandering around the Y anyway. I used to go 2 times a week but now that I’ve committed to 4 times, I’m REALLY seeing gains and mastering skills I didn’t have before.

      I do have some dumbbells at home if I ever feel like doing a little home workout.

    6. Girl! You must take advantage of ClassPass if you like gym-surfing! They’re in Charlotte and include a ton of gyms/studios! I did it for one month and loved the variety. I ended up landing on a bar studio that I fell in love with, though, so I’m going to do a few months there and then maybe switch back to CP for more variety. $79/month for unlimited classes! You can only go to the same studio 3x in 1 month, though. http://blog.classpass.com/2014/12/29/welcome-charlotte/

    7. The Harris Y in South Park offers CrossFit….although I do not know if it costs more in addition to a regular membership.

    8. I have a gym membership to our work gym (which is actually pretty good- they even have a few barrre, zumba, and yoga classes!) and it’s cheap enough that I can take a fancy cycle class or barre class if I’m feeling like I want to switch it up!

    9. I have a Y membership and a yoga membership and it’s definitely super pricey. I used to do crossfit too! ei yai yai. Too much stuff! I found crossfit hard to balance with things like running and yoga. I mostly just use the Y for group fitness classes on my lunch hour which I LOVE so the Y makes more sense for me.

      I’ve been debating ditching the yoga membership for a couple of months now because I barely go anymore but I’ve had it for FIVE YEARS so it’s been hard to get used to the idea of letting go of it… But it would save me $55 a month (which I know is so cheap – lucky me getting grandfathered into a sweet price! it’s more than double that now!!!) which is also why I’m not sure if I should ditch it or not since even if I do only go once a week that’s a good price. Plus it’s a hot yoga studio!

    10. This right here is why I haven’t tried PureBarre or any of the local yoga studios. What if I fell in love and wanted to go all the time? Disaster. Why is getting your sweat on gotta be so dang expensive?!

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