I’m taking a step away from Tuesday Tips this week in favor of my new-found love for CrossFit.
If you remember, about a month ago a put up a post asking you all to help me decided whether to try it or not. Well, I tried it. Guess what? I loved it.
My first WOD (workout of the day for those of you that aren’t familiar with it) was a 3 rounds of 12 thrusters, 12 wall balls for time. I don’t remember my time, I want to say it was somewhere around 5-6 minutes. Regardless, I was dead at the end. I wanted to vomit. I could barely lift my arms on the drive home.
… and then I came back the next day and signed up for a membership.
I’ve been going for a little over a month now, and I look forward to it more than any workout I’ve ever done. Why do I love it so much? Let me break it down.
Why I Love CrossFit
1. It pushed me harder than I’ve ever pushed myself
Sure I’ve had hard workouts, but this takes it to a whole different level. The WODs (and my coaches) truly challenge me. My coaches push me to lift heavier than I have ever lifted, and as a result I feel like dying during the workout. But after? I feel on top of the world. I feel like a sense of accomplishment of pushing myself to the limits, and growing stronger because of it. I’ve seen more results in my strength, body composition and self-confidence this month than ever before.
2. The close-knit community
I always heard of boxes being like “family,” and I now see why. After my first trial workout, I came back in the next day and everyone remembered my name. The coaches and other athletes all make such a huge effort to welcome newcomers into their little community. I felt like I had known these people forever, yet I had only just met them.
Not to mention, it reallllllly helps to hear people cheering for you when you are wanting to keel over in the fetal position during the workout.
3. You learn mental strength
Not only has CrossFit worked wonders for my physical health, it has been a blessing for my mental health as well. I believe that mental blocks are one of the biggest roadblocks when it comes to fitness. Your mind is more likely to give up long before your body does.
In CrossFit, I’ve learned what it means to be mentally strong. To push through just one more rep. I’ve learned to believe in myself, and trust my strength–both mentally and physically.
I’m a very competitive person, and liked to think I was in good shape. The moment I walked into that gym and completed my first workout, I saw people younger than me, older than me, and of all different sizes seriously whooping my butt. This pushed my to work harder–but not to compete with them. No, to compete with my self.
I knew from my first workout that I could be better than I am now. That is what CrossFit is all about–being your personal best.
Strength comes in all shapes and sizes, and so do athletes. Everyone can be an athlete, it’s about being the best version of yourself. Although I may lift as much as half of the athletes at my box, I know that I can be my personal best. It will take time, dedication and patience.
I look forward to every workout, and truly enjoy testing my limits. Yes, it is pricey, but I am fortunate enough to be able to afford it. It is an investment that I am making in myself, and has helped in ALL aspects of my life. I feel like I can rust faster and further. I sleep better, and I have a more positive outlook on life and my body.
If you get the opportunity, I highly suggest trying it. As always, if you have any questions, or just want to talk CrossFit, feel free to email me at barefootcoloblogATgmailDOTcom
What exercise routine are you currently in love with?
Which one are you dying to try?
How do you work on your mental strength?