For years I had resisted trying Crossfit. There were a few reasons for this:
1. It was (and still is) only offered at 2 gyms (Boxes!) in my city. I already had a membership at the local YMCA and didn’t think I could reasonably afford the box membership on top of this.
2. Yes, the local YMCA did (and still does to the best of my understanding) offer Crossfit. However, participants are required to attend 5 on-ramp sessions before joining in an actual Crossfit class. The on-ramps were always either at 6 a.m. or late in the evening. I have already turned into a pumpkin by 4 p.m. so the evenings were out for me, and my dark-thirty time in the mornings is when I work – before the world wakes up and starts knocking/texting/calling/running out of gas and needing rides, etc…
Oh, right. so the on-ramps were an obstacle. That’s my point. Because the times were inconvenient.
3. There were (and are) only 2 other gyms (Boxes!) in my city that offer Crossfit. Since I already had a YMCA membership, I didn’t think I could reasonably afford to join a box as well.
It’s not that I wasn’t interested in Crossfit, it just wasn’t something that I felt I could fit into my life at the time. Aside from that, I actually was able to coerce a YMCA instructor into letting me attend his class despite the fact that I had never lifted a barbell in my life and had not taken any on-ramps. This particular class was a little bit of a bummer – the instructor was not excited, the environment was dungeon-esque and dingy, and I didn’t get the impression that a workout had been planned. I left the class assuming that all Crossfit sessions are exactly like that and convinced that I had some genetic disorder that left me unable to “get” what so many people thought was super awesome about Crossfit. Yep, mark that one off my list of stuff to try.
So, tell me if this sounds like you – because here is me in a nutshell:
Find new exciting activity or interest. Add it to your current repertoire. Neglect all other interests/hobbies/responsibilites while becoming as good as you can possibly be at new fun thing. Get really good at new fun thing. Get bored with new fun thing just as you get really good at new fun thing. Find new fun thing. Repeat.
Kind of my point with this is that earlier in the summer I was SUPER interested in GoRuck and did this nearly to the exclusion of other physical activities. I mean, I rucked *a lot*. Was there an event within 5 hours of me? Okay, i’ll be there! And while I have not by any means lost interest in GoRuck, I won’t be able to participate in any GoRuck events once the weather gets a little cooler (it’s a long story. and a boring one) so I needed a New Fun Thing.
Enter Crossfit. I creeped the local Crossfit place (Box!) on google and learned that tit was as expensive as I’d feared. However, I figured if I was motivated enough to join the box I could give up other gym memberships and cut some non-necessities out of my budget. After exactly 15 seconds into my first phone call to the box, I had decided that I’d basically *have* to join the box or die of longing. I needed a new cool thing. I am intrigued by barbells and flipping tractor tires and swinging on rings. This stuff sounds fun in a horrible fun way. Also? my previous deal breaker – the inconvenient on-ramp times – was a non issue here. The on-ramps were personal training sessions, scheduled for when they fit into my schedule. As far as the class times? There was a class offered nearly every hour of the day from early in the morning until nighttime – and – open gym time. SOLD!
I attended all of my on-ramp sessions and while it wasn’t an exciting great workout, I did learn proper technique and safety. It also gave me a chance to ease into being in the box environment (not exactly like the run of the mill gyms) and seeing how the classes worked.
Now I am totally hooked. Will I give up running, cycling, dancing, mudruns, spartan races, GoRuck or ballet? No, of course not. But I am making time in my life for Crossfit because it’s just plain fun. Every workout is different. It’s not like when I hit the gym and I know basically what I’m going to do – the same thing I do every day… With Crossfit, I don’t know what’s coming, but I know it’s sure not going to be something I did the day before. And probably, it’s not going to be something I’m super good at – so it’s also exciting in that I keep learning new weird things (wall walks? cool! double-unders? neat!).
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I’m getting excited about my ACE certification all over again! Plus, my inner nerd loves studying and having flashcards and taking notes. I think that might be 80% of the fun in this whole thing.
Yesterday morning, I woke up super excited to get to the gym and do cardio before crossfit because I had a new playlist and for some reason I always get incredibly overexcited about a new playlist. You can really only listen to ‘wrecking ball’ so many times before you don’t really want to sprint to it anymore. I put in a pretty good hustle – for a Wednesday anyway (:
I was somewhat less enthusiastic today and had to totally talk to myself to get going. I repeated over and over: I am a winner. This feels good. Also, I tend to dance while I am running. I am not sure what exactly this looks like to the other people working out, but periodically I’ll look around and someone is generally always smiling at me – so my best guess is that I at least look like I’m having fun.
To help with my lower stamina today, I was extra super nice to myself. I coaxed myself along with little mantras of “you’re a winner. you look great. jeez you are fast” – these things help. Also, I choked down extra green powder. I say choked down because it is strictly greens and grasses – no fruits or sweeteners whatsoever. Additionally, I mix it with just plain water so it tastes pretty undesirable. The benefits far outweigh the yuck factor, with it’s almost instant energy – and just simply knowing I am doing something awesome for my body. Still, it tastes pretty bad. If you get a late morning/afternoon lag, I totally recommend trying ‘garden of life’ perfect food raw organic green superfood. It’s comparable in composition and price to Magma Plus. Either way, go for the unsweetened versions and choke it down for the sake of shiny hair, pretty skin and awesome beast mode potential. Do it girl. Thank me later.
I was running totally late for crossfit – and showing up even a minute late is an automatic 1000 metre row before the workout even starts. I like to avoid 1000 metre rows whenever possible (: so I ran out of the house barefoot and grabbed my sneaks to put on in the car.
This ended badly.
Yes I have two pairs of the exact same shoe. New Balance has good sales. You know this.
Later I ran up to (okay, *drove in my car*) Sunshine and had lunch in the cafe. Eating lunch out always makes me feel spiffy. I bought a new perfume while I was there and felt extra happy about it.
Word I’m meditating on tonight: Beauty. Yeah, still ‘beauty’. Don’t judge, I’m shallow. Plus I’m hoping this whole meditating on the word beauty will pay off and I can bypass starting botox this year.
I know. very bad for me. I *know*. That’s why I’m trying the meditating first.
Oh AND. Nature’s Way Chlorofresh – liquid chlorophyll- the taste totally grows on you. It’s minty or zesty or something. If you are lazy about eating greens like I am, this is is pretty awesome. So, what are your thoughts on crossfit? Have you tried it? Are you a super awesome Crossfit veteran? Do you drink any strange green concoctions?