Why I love Crossfit?
I fell in love with Crossfit several years back when I tried it for the first time. So, when I was looking for something more, I knew I needed to return to Crossfit.
If you Google ‘Crossfit’, there are plenty of articles that describe what goes on and how classes are run.
What is Crossfit?
According to Crossfit.com, Crossfit is a fitness regimen that includes functional movements, including weightlifting, gymnastics, running and more, at a high intensity.
The programming can theoretically be scaled to accommodate all people and all fitness levels. Each day there’s a new workout, one torturous new workout each day and these workouts can be scaled in various ways to accommodate beginners through advanced athletes.
A great article, one of the most in depth I’ve read is here . Everything is summed up very well on what Crossfit is, what to expect and pros/cons of joining.
Why I Quit
I mentioned that I had rejoined Crossfit recently. The first go around I failed. It was one of my more frustrating failures and I’ve had several to choose from in the past few years.
Although Crossfit can scale to accommodate all people, not all people can handle Crossfit. The first time around, I went in to it with forty pounds lost and prepared to kick butt. Mind you, I was still well over 200 pounds at the time and hadn’t exercised in who knows how long.
A common phrase thrown around is to “check your ego.” Well, there’s some truth to that. I thought I was in better shape but reality said otherwise. I thought the 40 pounds lost put me in better physical shape. It didn’t. So, there I was, mentally in one place, physically in another.
When I started working out, I didn’t check my ego. I was butt hurt at finishing last every single workout. I was angry with myself at the weight I could lift. Being sore didn’t bother me, I loved that feeling, but being so winded that I couldn’t finish all rounds sometimes bothered me. Yes, they scaled me back, but it didn’t help my ego one bit.
The hardest part of it all was that my appetite became insatiable! I was hungry all the time, and Medifast, which was what I was on at the time, wasn’t cutting it. I was starving, cranky and sore. It was a terrible combination. And then, the scale started to climb. If that wasn’t enough, I hurt my hip pushing too hard. I wasn’t listening to my body, I wasn’t respecting where I was in my journey.
So, I quit. The experience sucked. I was so disheartened and angry at myself.
Why I Went Back
My first experience in Crossfit has stuck with me since the day I quit. I failed. I hate failing. There was no excuse except my own attitude that caused my demise. I don’t put the blame on the coaches, the workouts, or anything else. They were upfront of what to expect, how to scale, and to take time to learn proper form before moving forward.
The responsibility was all mine.
After being at Results gym for 13 months, I had my two surgeries back to back. The healing from those lasted a solid seven months. I returned to Results but almost all the people I had worked out with were gone, there were different coaches, and the vibe just wasn’t the same.
In my heart, I knew I wanted more than a HIIT workout, I wanted to lift heavy weights and really push my physical capabilities. In the back of my mind, I knew I needed to return to where I’d failed previously. I had to not only return to Crossfit, but succeed this time.
I tried out a couple of gyms in my town. But, they weren’t the one I quit. And when I spoke to the other gyms about my short stint in Crossfit, they all had nothing but accolades about the gym I’d been at which spoke volumes to me.
So, swallowing my pride, I emailed the owners and asked if I could give it another chance. They said yes.
This time I went back with an entirely different attitude:
- I accepted that I was going to be last.
- Form was paramount. I don’t want injuries to slow me down, so taking the time to learn the correct techniques are necessary.
- I needed to put on blinders and not concern myself with what other people were doing. At the end of the day, this is my journey.
I’d be lying if I said it’s been all rainbows and roses. It hasn’t. I still get frustrated being dead last whenever there is running involved.
I still get in my own head and overthink things and slow down my progress some days.
My appetite increased dramatically, just like before. My eating isn’t on point, but I’m not quitting because of it this time.
I still fight injuries and I still struggle with things I’m unable to do yet.
Why I Love Crossfit
I love the variety of workouts, it’s different every day. I love the heavy lifting and am constantly working at getting stronger.
The people I’ve met are an incredible bunch, and the longer I’m there, the more I get to know them. Crossfit is a wonderful community and one of the frustrations I had at Results was the high turnover. Most of the people have been at this gym for years. There is a strong sense of community within Crossfit. I meet people from other gyms and there’s instant conversation.
Most of all, I put in an hour, five days a week, and I’m so much stronger, physically and mentally than where I was a year ago. I do things that scare the heck out of me, and I complete workouts that I’m pretty sure might give me a heart attack all of which fill me with a sense of pride. I’m accomplishing things that my 25 year old self could never have done…heck, even my 35 year old self couldn’t do. And every day, I go back for more.