My Ass-Kicking

I finally got to try out my old trainer’s gym. Christian is an amazing personal trainer. I bought sessions with him probably a dozen times over the years and every single time he kicked my butt–in a great way. I remember the awesome workouts followed by about four days of being crippled. It was worth it! He’s a very positive, encouraging person and I feel like he has my best interests in mind when works me. It was a million times better than that awful personal training session I had at 24Hr Fitness.

I set my alarm early on Saturday morning, ate a Bagel Thin and some Kashi Puffs cereal and drove out near the airport where his gym was.

It was a big space with lots of equipment. He’s doing a great job collecting props for any kind of workout you can imagine. There were big white boards on one wall with all the different workout routines. There were bars all over the place for things like pull-ups or stretching. Christian told me about a Crossfit competition he was preparing for and lifted (I think) 75 pounds?

I’m pretty sure I would struggle just doing that with the BAR! Another couple arrived for the 9am class and Christian’s cousin was also there helping him out. First up was some stretching. Then we did a warm up to start:

3 rounds of the above was the warm up. 10 Squats (holding the squat position for 10 seconds, then standing up for 5 seconds, repeat). 10 Jump Squats. Then the Samson Stretch and Shoulders. Followed by 10 medicine ball squats and then 10 burpees. Repeat 3 times. THIS is the warm-up?! Holy moly! My legs felt like jello by the time I was done with the warm up.

The above photo was the shoulder stretches with a PVC pipe. It was great! It really stretched things out and I felt a bit looser after that. Everyone went at their own pace. The other two people did some modified exercises according to their skill level and injuries they had. Christian then described and demonstrated what the actual workout would be.

Of course once I got home I realized I forgot to take a photo of the workout. I’ll try to recount it the best I can from memory. First was a 400m run (twice around the building).


I felt good running. It was a good warm up. Once I finished that and was back in the gym I did the pull-ups with a stretchy cord as an assist. WOW. I did pull-ups! For REAL!

It was HARD. I could do about 7 or 8, then I had to rest a moment before I could do the rest. I did 15 total and then moved on to the next part: Jumping up onto the big tire and then back down.

Haha that picture is really funny of me jumping onto the tire. 15! Towards the end of the workout I would do 5 jumping and then the other 10 stepping up and then down. I modified it because I was worried about the jumping and my knee.

Next was throwing a 10 pound medicine ball up on the wall, catching it and squatting. Ouch. The yellow “X” is where the girls aimed for, and red “X” above it was for the men. I could do about 3 or 4 before I had to rest a moment. It was hard to do 15. Then I did the Kettle Bells (15 pounds). Swinging them 15 times.

I LOVED the Kettle Bell workout. It was a lot of fun, I really felt like I could do it without much coordination or skill, and it was easy to do 15 of them. I suppose I should have tried the 20 pound Kettle Bell instead of the 15 to see if it was harder but I didn’t want to overdo it too much.

Repeat! Back out to run 400m and do the WHOLE THING AGAIN. 3 more times in fact. A total of four times through the workout.

My time for 4 sets of the workout: 31:56. Not too shabby. The run totaled 1 mile after 4 times around.

My legs were very jello-like by the time I was done with the four sets. I had most definitely worked up a good sweat. It’s funny because I originally thought I’d go for a run after my Crossfit workout. There was no way I needed to. I got in a fantastic workout with Christian.


Time: about 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Calories Burned: 680

The workout ended with more stretching and then I used the Foam Roller and a Lacrosse Ball on pressure points. It worked wonders. I had such a fantastic time at Christian’s gym. It was a killer workout and I definitely got my time’s worth. It makes me a little sad to go back to my crappy (but paid for) gym. SIGH. I do plan on dropping in to Christian’s gym maybe once a month to get in a good sweat.

I got home and made myself some Navy Bean and Ham soup for lunch (lots of protein) and I’ve been sucking down gallons of water to prevent soreness tomorrow. But I must say it’s been a few hours now and I’m already hobbling a bit. It hurt so good at that gym! Any Portlanders that want to join me sometime, let me know! Let’s sweat!

QUESTION: What’s the best workout you’ve ever had? And if you’re in the Portland area do you want to try the StrengthFit Gym?


Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

22 thoughts on “My Ass-Kicking”

  1. looks like fun!! I’m just getting back into lifting (I used to coach special olympics) and I am LOVING it! an all over workout like that looks like FUN to me! maybe I should check him out! 🙂

    also? the bar itself is 45 lbs! each large plate is also 45 lbs, so he’s over 200 lbs there – I can’t tell if he has 2 plates on each or more…

    you could totally do the bar! I used to to one plate each side… 🙂

    1. You might be right on Christian’s weights. 2 plates on both sides but not sure how heavy they were. Would you want to go with me sometime? I’m thinking of getting a few friends together to do a session with Christian.

  2. WAY TO GO! My ramp up to Crossfit class was a lot like this and really showed me how out of shape I’ve let myself get. I seriously thought I was gonna puke and faint (plus I do not run at all). I’m glad it was challenging for you but that you did so well!

  3. I’ve been going back and forth about trying Crossfit – it looks like it would be really hard, but fun at the same time! 🙂 Where is your friend’s gym?

    1. You must be Christian’s partner! I had a wonderful experience at the gym and plan on returning every once in awhile. I’m hoping I can recruit some other Portlanders and friends to check it out with me.

  4. I’ve been going to strength fit for some time now. I absolutely love Christian and Dan. They are great. I go there even though I live on the Westside and there are other cross fit gyms closer to my house. I hope to see you some day!

    1. Christian is a good friend though and I’d be willing to pay the drop-in fee once a month or so. It’s okay to spend the money for essentially a personal training session!

  5. Wow, that looks so fun! And the gym looks cool too – very industrial. I took a class once that featured a circuit of different boxing moves, cardio, weight-lifting and plyometrics – it really kicked my ass!

  6. I LOVE crossfit!! It looks like you had fun too!

    It is more expensive than just a gym membership, but much cheaper than a personal trainer. I cancelled both my gym memberships for crossfit and outside running. Lifting the big weights was intimidating at first, but it makes me feel strong. My daughter has started coming with me and I am so proud to see her finish these work outs. She asked if she could give up tennis for the summer so we could afford crossfit for her monthly. Sometimes its scarey because you never know what they have planned for the WOD. I love doing actual pull-ups with the bands.

    1. That’s so cool that you do it full time now. Yes–it’s way better than a traditional gym membership but I can’t give up my pool–that’s the only thing.

      My session this weekend was much like the personal training sessions I used to have with Christian and it was fun to do them in a small class-environment. Everyone went at their own pace and ability but we all rocked it. And I just realized this morning that I did 60 pullups with that band on Saturday! 60!! Holy cow!

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