Why I CrossFit

Friday, September 21, 2012

I was the girl who tried it all. Running, rowing, yoga, spinning, bar method, boxing, and every other class under the sun. It was always something I had to do along with dieting – all because I wanted to be skinny. And then came CrossFit.

After hearing Gina's story, I knew I had to give it a try and I will never forget how overwhelmed I was the first time I walked in to River North Crossfit. I was so weak and couldn't even do a push-up but it's all about starting out with what you can do and working your way up from there. The improvements will come, and they'll come fast. My back squat went from 78 lbs to 103 lbs in two weeks and nothing feels as good as hitting a new PR.

I've finished a round behind some of my friends and everyone cheers me on until I'm done. The only person you're competing with is yourself. Certain movements were modified at the beginning, and I still have to modify a few things. And since the workouts are varied, you just don't get bored like you would doing the same thing week after week. In fact – I've never been bored during a WOD. Ever.


I know CrossFit isn't for everyone, but months ago I would have said it wasn't for me. I never would have thought I'd be lifting 80 lbs over my head, doing push-ups, kettlebell swings, back squats, and box jumps, but it's been almost 4.5 months and I'm loving it. Walking into a workout that you know will challenge you and completing it gives you a sense of strength and confidence. It's the most incredible adrenaline rush. CrossFit isn't for everyone, but if you're even a little interested, I have to urge you to give it a try. It is hands down the hardest workout I've ever done – so hard that I'd say everything I did up until this point was a complete waste of time. Find something that works for you and when you do, make it work.

My friend Maxine posted this on Facebook last week. I really love it.


The most important message I can share with you is that is not about being skinny. I am working toward becoming the strongest and healthiest version of myself that I can and feel so good knowing that I'm doing what I need to do to get there. Every year I vow to figure out a fitness routine and now I've finally done it. I was able to start my 30s feeling better than ever and I look forward to getting stronger and healthier in the months and years to come. I've seen what's possible and am working my ass off to get there. It feels so good.

And THAT is why I CrossFit.

I looked for a pre-CrossFit photo of myself for the first time last night and definitely see how my body has changed. Aside from feeling better and my clothes fitting better than they ever have before, I am seeing noticeable changes in my body. These "before" photos were taken the week before I started CrossFit and the "after" photo was taken 4 months later in NYC. I can't wait to see where I am in another 4 months!

Awkward photo but you can see how much smaller my arms have gotten.

Thank you to my amazing friend Gina for inspiring me to start CrossFit, my coaches at RNCF who continue to push me to work harder, and to all the friends I've made along the way.

Have you found something that you love? If so, I'd love to hear more about your workout routine! And if you have any questions about CrossFit please leave a comment or email me! Have a great weekend!

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22 comments

  1. That is so amazing D! Like I said, so glad you found something that has motivated you. You looked great before, and you look even healthier now. You go girl! :)

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  2. I'm just having a hard time figuring out why I would ever want to lift 80+ pounds over my head. Does that make sense?

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  3. Thank you promoting Crossfit. I found it about 4.5 years ago and fell in love! I agree with everything you said. It is an amazing community

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  4. I so want to try it out, seems right up my alley. Barre and running have been doing me wonders, so much tone(when I don't take 2 week breaks! LOL), but I'd love to change it up!

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  5. You definitely look great. My cousin owns a CrossFit gym in Texas and I have seen some of the hard core stuff they do there. I have terrible joints (both of my knees are killing me as I speak) so I would never last through a workout!

    Amy

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  6. LOVE this post and love YOU, Danielle! I am so glad you gave CF a shot and ended up falling in love! I remember the first time we had lunch together and you looked at me like I had seven heads when I was telling you about Crossfit and Paleo. Now look at you! You are truely a beautiful person inside and out, and it's been so fun to see your CF journey firsthand! See you tonight. xo

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  7. Such a great story and glad you shared it! Like you said, it's not for everyone, but if it is, it works and we are all proof of that! You're a beautiful friend and person and can't wait to see you continue tackling your goals! XOXO!

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  8. You look fantastic!

    I agree with everything single thing you said!

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  9. I lurrve this post. I actually joined a cross fit gym three weeks ago and am in love. I did it for slightly different reasons - I just wanted strictly 'me time'. And obviously it's turning into much more. If you don't mind, I want to share this post on my blog!

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  10. Congratulations! You really do see a big difference. I know this is silly, but I always think if the world ends and Zombies take over - the first round of people to survive will be all the Crossfitters! lol I cannot wait to graduate so I can try it. Sadly right now with school and a full time job I just can't afford it (money or time wise).

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  11. wow. This is really inspirational. You look phenomenal, but I can tell the attitude adjustment is even more important! keep up the great work!

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  12. Go Danielle! I'm still sad I didn't choose RNCF but we have to do a Paleo Potluck soon!

    PS @Allyson: when I'm struggling through the last 2 rounds of a WOD I definitely imagine outrunning zombies and dominating the Hunger Games. Whatever it takes.

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  13. I started at Crossfit MBS and have been 4 times so far. Convinced to go by my boyfriend and for the same reasons as you - all those other kinds of exercise just weren't doing it for me. I do a Women's Only class which I love even MORE due to ladies only and female coach. I'm horribly weak and pathetically out of shape right now, but excited for what's to come!

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  14. Love Crossfit! I joined a local Crossfit in May and can't get enough. I know what you mean about getting to a new PR it feels amazing! Good job on your back squat!

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  15. You look great! I'm not sure CrossFit is for me but have heard so many people obsessed with it! You've motivated me to try & get back into a consistent workout routine, especially seeing how awesome your arms are looking! Love that feeling of actually being strong.

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  16. Congratulations, that is sooo inspiring. I recently switched my goal from skinny to strong, and havent looked back. I am the fittest I have ever been, and funnily enough, the skinniest and toned too! I dont go to crossfit, but do the good old deadlifts, kettlebells and pull ups etc as staples, and always go for a PB! No more aerobis classes, its all about strength and the paleo diet helps too :)

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  17. You are so inspiring! It's great that you are focusing on being healthy and strong rather than the skinny aspect! I have been wanting to try Cross Fit but it is so expensive! Do you know of any week trials or anything? I recently started working out with a trainer once a week on top of my workout routine and I LOVE the training session each week. You are awesome! Congrats!

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  18. You are so inspiring! It's great that you are focusing on being healthy and strong rather than the skinny aspect! I have been wanting to try Cross Fit but it is so expensive! Do you know of any week trials or anything? I recently started working out with a trainer once a week on top of my workout routine and I LOVE the training session each week. You are awesome! Congrats!

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  19. You look amazing and strong! I really don't think it's for me because my joints are bad. I'm more of a runner/yoga girl, but I'm SO happy for you that you feel this great at 30. Congratulations - it seems all of your hard work is paying off!

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  20. You are beautiful either way! That is totally awesome though! Go you!

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  21. You look amazing! Congratulations on finding something you love and sticking with it! I love your posts like this and the magazine covers - they inspire me to hit the gym!

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  22. You look fantastic and while I haven't tried an actual CrossFit gym, my gym offers crazy intense KORE and Intensity CrossFit-style classes that are always varied, incredibly challenging and based on what YOU can do...tons of cheering each other on, etc. I have never felt healthier or, on most days, been more comfortable in my own skin. Congrats to you and thanks for sharing!!! Strong is certainly the new (and better) skinny.

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