Why I Choose Crossfit

 

There’s a reason I’ve stuck to Crossfit for nearly 6 years now.

I can understand why most people find Crossfit intimidating. You see people throwing weight over their heads, flipping tires, doing movements you’ve most likely never seen before and that can be scary.

I’ll be the first to tell you that I was so intimidated by Crossfit that I was THAT person who talked badly about the sport. I said people who did Crossfit were full of themselves and reckless. I had never set foot inside a Crossfit gym but yet I was the first to talk badly about it.

One of my co-workers, at the time, had finally convinced me to try a class with her, only because we were offered Crossfit for free by our company and it was literally right outside our office.

I walked into that gym not knowing what to expect, and walked out with a plan to go in again the next day.

Before Crossfit, I was at Gold’s Gym doing the same thing over and over again. I had no one to coach me and I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I looked at people having personal training sessions and I tried mimicking what they did because I couldn’t afford a personal trainer.

I had NEVER had what I had at Crossfit that first day I tried it out. I never had someone greet me as soon as I walked in, asking me what my goals were and if I had any injuries they should know about. Someone who stuck with me the entire way and explained everything for me. I never had complete strangers cheer me on even though I’m failing miserably during a workout. That was got me to go back again and again.

 
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You may not realize it, but you most likely need what I needed in a workout setting too. You need accountability. You need people who will cheer you on even if you’re the last one to finish a workout. You need community. No other sport offers a community like Crossfit does. The community is what keeps people going back for more even when the workouts are hard. I’ve made lifelong friendships because of Crossfit and I will forever be thankful for that.

I was doing Crossfit a few months before my car accident, which resulted in my arm amputation, and I will always give credit to Crossfit for the way my mind and body reacted that morning of the accident.

Crossfit is just as much of a mental workout as it is a physical one. Do you know how much metal work it takes to tell yourself, “pick that weight up and finish the workout”, when your body is so tired that you feel like you can’t push anymore? Do you know how hard it is mentally to get over the fear of jumping onto a box for the first time? That takes WORK.

Your mind will quit way before your body ever will.

The mental preparation that Crossfit set me up for, helped me in ten folds that morning. As soon as that truck stopped rolling, I told myself to get out. Get out, assess your situation and make a plan. Do you think most people think like that? Do you think most people would have fought to stay conscious? Maybe, maybe not. My body and mind fought hard that morning. They were trained to do so.

Community and metal strength aside, Crossfit is a sport for ALL.

I know most of you don’t believe that. People think they need to be fit before they join Crossfit. They couldn’t be more wrong.

Crossfit is for all shapes and sizes. This is one of the most, if not THE most, scalable sport you will ever encounter. Every movement is scalable and there’s a way for everyone to participate. Don’t believe me? I do it with one arm. I know people who do it with no limbs. This sport is for you, it’s for me, your parents, your grandparents, your children, EVERYONE!

Research Crossfit gyms near you. Go in and meet the coaches. Share your goals with the coach and see if this is someone who you think you can trust during this process. Talk to the members, see if the pricing fits into your budget, try out a class.

If you go into a Crossfit gym and they say they can’t help you, then they’re idiots and don’t even deserve their certifications. Okay that’s harsh, but I can’t stand a coach who turns someone away because they’re afraid of a new challenge or can’t bother reaching out to others to see what they can do for you. A coach should be someone who is willing to take everyone in and say “I don’t know how to help you, but we will learn together and I will research everything I can to get you one step closer to your goal.” Point being, do your research. There ARE bad coaches out there, but for every bad coach there are 10 INCREDIBLE ones. You just have to look for them.

Don’t be afraid to try Crossfit. The hardest part will be stepping into that gym on the first day, but I promise you that after your first class…..you’ll be there again the next day and by the time you know it, you’re down 10 pounds and in the best shape of your your life with new friends too.

I’ll be doing this sport till my body can no longer do it. I’m proud to say Crossfit is my sport. You can ridicule the sport and me all you want, but I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without Crossfit.