There was an article roaming around the internet a couple weeks ago from a girl on why she wouldn’t do CrossFit. I saw it pop up on my News Feed a few times from people being like “YES! Exactly!”
To be expected, it was followed by numerous articles about why other people choose to do CrossFit and all the benefits of doing so. When I saw this article pop up on my News Feed, I had to read it and ultimately, I had to share it. Because at the end of the day, it’s about finding a fitness activity that YOU enjoy and doing THAT! Find something that gets you to MOVE your body. If that’s CrossFit – great; if that’s yoga – great; if that’s running – great; if that’s something else – great!
For me, I’ve been one of those CrossFit skeptics. I wasn’t sure I would like it and quite honestly, I didn’t want to join in on some “fad” workout. But I’ve met a lot of people who love it, swear by it, see the results and encouraged/supported me to stepping outside my comfort zone and giving it a shot. So I did and I surprised myself when I too loved it.
The thing is there are bad trainers and bad gyms everywhere – that includes CrossFit (!) so when I set out to try something new and change up my workouts, I wanted to go somewhere that I trusted, with trainers who I knew would have my back (literally), and with a community that I knew was strong and encouraging. That was why I joined CrossFit AMRAP and not a box a little closer to my house.
Now, I know I’ve been working out consistently for the last few years but I never considered myself an athlete, especially not growing up. I’ve learned to run, lift weights and of course got my CPT almost 2 years ago, but I still had (and have) plenty to learn! The WODs are not easy for me and I have a lot to learn and improve upon, but I’m only starting and that’s to be expected. So with that, I thought it’d be fun to share how I modify CrossFit to fit ME!
1 – Keep the weight low: I’m still beginning! Yes, I’ve been lifting weights consistently for the last few years but some of these lifts are new to me and since I’m still learning proper form, it’s best for me to keep the weight low, get the form right and progress as I’m able to!
2 – Use bands: It’s okay that I can’t do a million full-range push-ups on my toes. But guess what? Bands help me do that! I love that there are even a variety of bands that help you progress. I tried a green band first and felt like it was going to rocket me into the air so I switched to a purple band which was just right. I also use bands for pull-ups and ring dips.
3 – Go at my pace: Guess what? That’s what we’re all doing! Of course we’re trying to give it all we’ve got for the allotted time or for number of rounds, but each person in that box is finding their pace. For some they can go faster, for others they go slower, but ultimately we’re finding what works best for each of us and we’re not giving up (on ourselves or each other)!
4 – Talk to my trainers: They do a great job of giving me advice or modifications when necessary. Whether it’s during the strength session and we’re talking about how much weight (whether it be going up or down), mid-WOD when they’re catching my form slacking and helping me tune back into it, or addressing any other concerns. They’re there to help so why not let them?
How do you modify your workouts for you?
What’s your favorite form of exercise?
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