Conversation usually goes something like this:
Friend: What do you do for exercise? Do you compete?
Me: Nope, no competitions, just CrossFit.
Friend: HAHA, CrossFit ( secretly rolling their eyes, another one of those girls, this conversation is done.)
Me: Have you tried it?
Friend: I don’t do CrossFit. Ins’t it like a cult? I also bulk really easily, it wouldn’t be right for me.
Me: You should at least try it, you would be surprrrrrri….. nope, topic already changed.
First off, if the above person is you, by no means am I judging. I understand, I was terrified of CrossFit when I first started. Cardio was life. Thoughts I had running through my head … What is a barbell? And you want me to do what with it? Where are the 5 lb dumbbells? Nope, not happening. Pull-up? kipping? what is a kip, Are you lifting me to the bar? I’m leaving, I don’t think I’m cut out for this sport.
And then it happen, I started to like CrossFit. Didn’t know what I was doing 90% of the time, still feel like that on some days, so does half of the class so it isn’t as intimidating as it seems.
I started VERY slow in the beginning. I was training for triathlons at the time so I had a valid excuse when the day came we were supposed to snatch or clean and jerk, too technical, too stressful. Eventually, I faced my fears, awkward, clumsy, and completely uncoordinated, I committed to learning barbell movements. This does happen over night ya’ll, those movements take time and it makes you appreciate how hard CrossFit and weightlifting athletes work.
The CrossFit community is amazing, a great group of like minded people all trying to better themselves, if that is what you classify as a cult, I’m all about it. Everyone about to partake on a potential butt kicker workout is feeling the same way, everyone cheers each other on, and I can guarantee you at least 5 other people in your class are just learning the movements as well. I did and still do. Every day I step foot into my gym I walk away learning something new about myself and the sport. I love every minute of it and the energy the community provides.
Best part, your body composition will change, for the better! You will start realizing you have muscle in places you never knew existed. You will feel stronger mentally and physically, sore too, you won’t forget that, especially when you try to get out of bed in the morning. You will start amazing yourself at the weight and movements you are doing, something you never thought possible.
Summer of 2014 I completed Rev 3 Williamsburg 70.3. For you ladies out there that aren’t familiar with triathlons , 70.3 is a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and a 13.1 mile run. It was an unbelievable feeling to cross that finish line knowing all my hard work paid off. The first thing I was asked, will you do it again. Answer: Yes, of course! A triathlon season later, I made the decision to sell my bike and everything that went with it.
After my half Iron, I started lifted for general off season, strength and re-focus work. I was a tiny little thing at the time and lifting was discouraging. Weights are hard. Pull ups are hard. I wanted to put on weight and muscle, grow stronger, be faster. I wanted it right away. I vowed to cut back on cardio and focus on GAINs, at first I would still go out on a 5 mile run after a long lifting day, cutting back right? After months of little results and ignoring advice, I listened. I started gaining muscle little by little. The scale was going up, my body was transforming muscle, I liked this new feeling and I didn’t feel pressured, I fully committed.
Since, I’ve dedicated two whole years to CrossFit and transformed by body from a tiny triathlete to a tiny powerhouse in the gym. By no means am talking serious competition in the CrossFit world, I’m talking about strong for my size and background. I am extremely passionate about the sport, I love the community, and I love the confidence it has given me.
I’ve come a long way since my first day at CrossFit , my first weightlifting cycle, and I still have a long ways to go. One key aspect I forget way too often is to reflect on how far I’ve come. I tend to focus more on what I haven’t accomplished, looking back know, I’ve grown so much in the past few years and CrossFit has played a HUGE role, physically and mentally. If you want it, go for it. YOU are the only obstacle keeping you from what could be. Find the Strength, be the light.
Still concerned about the cult? Interested to learn more? Please feel free to reach out and ask me! I would love to talk to you about it.