The irony of this post is how just a few months ago I found myself too scared to try CrossFit. I had heard so many good things from other bloggers as well as friends of mine who went regularly. I heard all their reasons for loving it but still wasn’t sure it would be my thing. Obviously, I decided to step outside my comfort zone and give it a shot and as we’ve seen, I do indeed love it. I thought it would be fun to share some of the reasons why I’m loving CrossFit.
1. The Community – We hear this one over and over again. Everyone always talks about the community at CrossFit and I never actually expected that it would live up to what everyone said. I didn’t want people yelling at me to hurry up and finish my workout, only to later be like “can you believe how long it took her?” And I didn’t want people judging that I couldn’t lift as much weight as they could. Well, those fears were ridiculous.
At least at my box, I haven’t had judgements over what I can (or can’t) lift, rather I’ve had encouragement when I can add more but am allowing fear to get my way but I’ve also had encouragement that it’s okay to stop adding weight to the bar and that I’m doing really well.
We cheer each other on, but not in the drill sergeant-esque way I imagined, it’s out of pure encouragement. To hear “you got this Katie!” from across the box from someone who’s finished, is amazing! I’ve also joined in cheering on my fellow athletes. In fact last week, as we were cheering on two girls who were rocking their kipping pull-ups, I got goosebumps. I turned around and the entire box was standing around cheering them on, helping them count and cheer them on until the final pull-up. It was incredible!
2. Sweaty Workouts – I understand this might sound crazy but it takes a lot for me to sweat during a workout which often makes me feel like I’m not doing enough. I finish nearly every CrossFit workout dripping. While that may sound gross to some, it makes me feel amazing! Yes, also that I need a shower (ha!) but that I’m doing something amazing for my body and releasing toxins. I enjoy the sweat. (Yes, I realize I shouldn’t ever expect to meet a man while working out…lol)
3. The Feeling on my hands from the bars – Okay, this is going to sound weird, but there’s a feeling I get on my hands after holding the bars or doing pull-ups. But I like it. My hands may not be super smooth but they’re tough and I like that better.
4. Variety of Workouts – I was in a serious lull with my workouts before. It was the same thing every week or with little variety. I was going through the motions, even on workouts that I hadn’t done in awhile or really enjoyed. I was in need of a serious shakeup and CrossFit has brought that into my life. Yes there’s the benchmark workouts but otherwise things are constantly changing, which I think helps my sweat factor. 😉
5. Workout Structure – This is HUGE coming from the girl who would rarely plan Tabata or Circuit workouts into her workout regime. I always felt like I would end up pushing myself too hard too fast or wasn’t getting enough of a workout. When I first heard about CrossFit and the short workouts, I didn’t think I would get enough of a workout or would upset my asthma by going out too fast. Guess what? We warm up and stretch, we have a strength focus for the day and then we get into the WOD where we find our pace. This hasn’t been an issue despite it being one of my biggest fears going into it.
I still believe that we all need to find the workout that suits us best and that we enjoy doing. For some that will be CrossFit, for others it won’t be. And that’s okay in both instances. I’m enjoying CrossFit, I’m going to share why and how I’m able to make it work for me, and if you’re so inclined to give it a go, I’ll be here to support you. If you don’t like it, I’ll continue you to support you in finding what you enjoy.
If you do CrossFit, what do you love most about it?
If you don’t, what do you love most about the form of exercise that you love?