Earlier this year, I was talking to a good friend of mine and mentioned that I wanted to check out Crossfit as a means of exercise. It turns out this friend of mine did Crossfit and it was how she got in the amazing shape she is in. She told me about her Crossfit “box” (that’s what they call it instead of a gym) and invited me to check it out.
So I did. That was a few months ago.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to go regularly for a few months because of some other conflicts in my schedule, but recently I was able to clear some things from my calendar so that I can focus on my health & fitness.
This journey starts NOW!
I just turned 39 a week ago, and I really, REALLY, want to get back in shape and be Fit by 40! To accomplish that, I absolutely have to dedicate myself to getting my Crossfit in at least 3x a week. This past week, I went 4 times. I can’t wait to go back tomorrow. I have finally found a type of exercise that I absolutely love.
“What is Crossfit?”, you might be asking.
I’ve seen Crossfit described many times as “different” from other gyms, but I think you have to try it out to fully understand. Crossfit by definition is “a strength and conditioning program that combines weightlifting, gymnastics, body weight exercises, & aerobic exercise” but it is so much more than that.
Every WOD (workout of the day) is different, so I am constantly getting to try new things. Some days we’ll be jumping rope, doing dead lifts and box jumps. Other days, we’ll use the rowing machine and carry kettlebells until our arms feel like they’ll fall off. Sometimes we’ll run and do burpees. Other times we’ll throw heavy medicine balls at the wall over our head and do pushups. All different, all the time.
The classes and the trainers push my limits and encourage me to go further than I would on my own, and as a result I’ve realized I can do things I never thought I could do before.
You compete against yourself, not against everyone else in your class.
It is a community – a family. Everyone there is at a different level physically. Some are recovering from injuries or accidents. Some are top champion competitors. Some are stay at home moms trying to get back in shape. Some are military men and women looking to change up their physical training. Some are there because they want to compete, others just want to get in shape.
Everyone is encouraging and helps one another.
I hear a lot of people say Crossfit isn’t cheap. Maybe not, but I don’t think you would find the level of encouragement and one-on-one training for the money anywhere else! Each time I go to class, the trainer is right there working with each of us individually on our technique and form, pushing us to do a little more than we think we can, and modifying the workout to meet each individual’s needs. In addition, the other class members are cheering each other on – whether they know each other or not – and making sure the person that finishes last feels like they did the best.
If you are looking for a new way to exercise, I highly recommend you look for a local Crossfit box in your area. Don’t be intimidated, just go in and try it out. I think you’ll be amazed.
Yesterday, my Crossfit box had a block fitness fair so we did our workout outside as a way to “demo” to the guests what a WOD might look like. Man, was it HOT out there and it’s not even summer! The workout was hard and fast and I felt miserable in the middle of it, but when it was over I felt amazing and couldn’t wait to go back. That’s how it is every time. The workouts are crazy hard and the time goes super fast. In the middle of it you wonder if you can possibly go on or finish, but then all of a sudden it’s over and YOU DID IT! Then those endorphins kick in and you feel proud of yourself and excited about doing it all again.
Our workout yesterday has us in teams again. As a team we had to complete several rounds of burpees and ball slams. We could split it up between us depending on our strengths or how tired we got but we had to complete a certain total for each round. Thankfully, my partner ROCKED the burpees and took up the slack where I couldn’t, but I was able to pull the weight on the ball slams. Once again, she had nothing but encouraging things to say the entire time. She didn’t give me a hard time for not being great at burpees or complain when I needed a break that we were going to be last. She just kept working and encouraging me.
My darling hubby was there and got a few pictures of me in my glory. That’s a 15 pound medicine ball that I was lifting over my head, slamming down to the ground and squatting to catch it while it “bounced” off the ground. 15 pound balls don’t bounce very much so you have to squat down there fast and low to get it.
I look forward to seeing my body get in better and better shape and I go through this next year. I’m already feeling a difference in my strength and tone, so it will be fun to see the changes. I’m not shooting for a particular weight number on the scale, although I do have a range I’d like to be in. Most of all, I want to be healthy and strong. I want to stay active and try new things. I want to be confident in myself and be brave enough to try things I wouldn’t before. I want to avoid the plague of health problems that run in my family. So far, I’ve been incredibly blessed, but with 40 around the corner I know that getting in shape will play a major role in how the next 40 years go for me.
A journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step, so here I go!
I thought this verse I came across in my quiet time a couple days ago was particularly fitting.
“No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.” (Hebrews 12:11-13)