Cross Fit. *shudder* When I first heard about this up and coming workout program, I was interested yet intimidated and afraid. I had seen pictures of men and women in phenomenal shape…shredded with abs for days. I wanted that. Buttttt, I wasn’t into the idea of hurting myself or making myself sick to get a killer workout. No thanks.
The guy I was seeing at the time was an avid Cross-fitter. It was his religion. (Oh hello Cross Fit cult rumors). He really wanted me to come workout at his box but I kept turning him down. Um hello, it’s called a gym. *cue my eye roll* Anyway, I was great at getting myself to my gym and getting in my own workouts. But I wasn’t where I wanted to be. Physically, mentally, emotionally. I wanted to be like those girls with shredded abs and ripped muscles. (Not like the man muscles we sometimes see….no offense).
Fast forward 6 years and I still wasn’t happy. So, I made a decision and signed up for a Cross Fit trial session at a box near my house. I know, I know. I’m still shocked. But, I was instantly hooked! I signed up for my Foundations classes immediately after leaving which I was so grateful that my box offered! (Shoutout to Cross Fit 845). One of my fears of getting into Cross Fit was getting injured but these classes enabled me to get the movements and lifts down before joining an actual class.
I was paired up with a trainer and she rocked! She knew when to push me and when to pull back. She really showed me how to lift the barbell properly and get movements down without killing myself in the process. Months later, and she’s still kicking my ass at the box and is someone I can call a friend.
I can honestly say I was terrified that first night walking into my first ever Cross Fit class. My first class was on 9/11 and the WOD was to honor all those lost in the terrorist attacks. It was a team workout and we had to complete close to a 2000m row each, climb the rope and lift heavy. I was sore, beat up, and thanks to the booty shorts I wore, got my first rope burn, in multiple areas. *shudder*
But I was happy. I felt great afterwards and I couldn’t wait for the next class! I was a complete rookie and people were still sooo nice to me. They had no idea who I was and yet, there was zero judgement. I have never felt so welcome in my life. I have made so many new friends and these people have become my family. And for those of you rolling your eyes at me, I hear you. I do. But I’m serious. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it. Cross Fit isn’t a cult like you hear all the time…it truly is a family. And who doesn’t love a family thats loud, strong, and sweaty?!
As I sit here, with my feet up on the couch after my morning WOD, I still feel great. I hit a PR on my snatch. I’ve nailed kipping. My toes to bar is sloppy and inconsistent but I don’t care. I’m stronger and healthier. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally.
Cross Fit changed my life and I will be forever grateful.
I hope you all enjoyed today’s post, and I’d love to hear your Cross Fit experiences and favorite workouts!!