Why I CrossFitFriday, 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.
And THAT is why I CrossFit.