So why did I finally decide to drink the kool aid and join? Well it was a good combination of factors. After my last fight, I decided that I want to get in ideal shape before I even think of stepping in the ring again. That combined with my injuries that I'm still recovering from, mainly swollen shins and my left foot I can't kick or run for another week or two anyways. But mainly, I've just been bored with my routine and wanted a change. Luckily, in Thailand, it's easy to just pick up and move. Back home it would be unheard of to move apartments just because you are trying out a new gym, but here in Thailand, there's almost no reason not to. Chiang Mai Cross Fit is on the north west corner of the old city where Nimmanhemin Rd turns into the Super highway.
It's actually the perfect location. Most people never discover Nimmanhemin road, which is a shame, as it's the coolest and trendiest part of Chiang Mai. Nimmanheim is Chiang Mai's version of the East Village, Manhattan in New York. It is filled with really cool coffee shops, salad bars, dessert spots, restaurants and tons of bars and nightclubs. It's also the most expensive place to live in the city. Luckily, CrossFit Chiang Mai is off the superhighway, which is less than a 5 minute drive by scooter but half the price to live in. It's a bit daunting at first living right off the freeway, but you get used to it really quick and it's really not a big deal if you have a scooter.
The closest Muay Thai gym is Lanna Muay Thai. I few students do CrossFit in the mornings and Muay Thai in the afternoon as its both in the same neighborhood. Lanna isn't the best Muay Thai gym in Chiang Mai, but because of the location, I might start training there once in a while when I start missing hitting pads and sparring. I still have a few pre-paid classes left at KC Muay Thai, so even though it's a 40 minute drive away from my new apartment I'm still planning on training there once in a while. Also I haven't forgotten about grappling classes at Team Quest. I still plan on dropping in those once in a while as well.
Cost of training at CrossFit Chiang Mai:The unlimited class membership is 2,600 baht ($87US) which is a steal compared to membership back in California. It's also significantly cheaper than an unlimited monthly membership at a Muay Thai gym. I think the only reason why they can do it because rent, and cost of living is so much lower in Thailand than it is back home. Also a lot of the members are English teachers, travelers, and other people that wouldn't be able to afford much more. When it comes down to it, $87US a month is still a lot of money, and I feel like it's a very fair price to charge. If it was any more, I don't think I would have joined and would have stuck to Muay Thai only.
First Class Review: The Foundations Class.
I've technically been lifting weights for the past 12 years, so I should know what I'm doing by now. But after today's class, I realized how little I really knew. Matt Groves, a certified CrossFit trainer taught me and just one other guy the basics today and analyzed my dead lift and squat. What I really liked was that he would spot a problem, then have a solution to fix it. like, here's some weight plates under your heels. Here's a box, positioned a few inches behind you to sit on, but still forcing me to push my ass back a few inches to reach it.
I've never been a big fan of Olympic weight lifting, and it was the one aspect of CrossFit, along with the kipping pullups that I wasn't looking forward to. But after today, I realized how good for you these exercises are and I'm glad that I had a properly trained professional show me how to do it correctly. The only problem is since the fountains class is only once a week on Mondays, I might have to wait an entire week before training again, which I don't want to do. Instead, I'm thinking about dropping in to the normal class on Thursday and maybe again on Saturday then doing the Fountains class again on Monday if they let me. I haven't actually paid anything yet, so hopefully the 2,600 baht monthly covers both the normal and foundation classes for the month and it won't be anything extra.
We ended the class with a medicine ball slam, burpee Tabata, which is basically HIIT/Circuit Training. We did 8 rounds of 20 seconds, with 10 seconds rest in between. So ball slam, ball slam, ball slam, burpees, ball slam, ball slam, ball slam, burpees. It's a total of 4 minutes of exercise, but it is intense. I almost gave up half way but pushed through. I do burpees on my own all the time, but having other people there doing it along with you, pacing you and pushing you. That's what makes joining the cult worth it.
Keep in touch on the blog and i'll let you know how it all goes.
Update: After my second class, I still hadn't paid anything yet, so I brought it up myself and asked how much it would be. Turns out they are very relaxed about taking payments there and not money focused which is good. I paid the flat 2,600 baht ($87US) and that covered both the foundations class as well as the unlimited classes for the rest of the month. I feel like it was a very good deal.
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