Because you probably haven’t heard them from your other CrossFit-obsessed friends yet.
Towards the end of 2012, my husband and I finally headed to the free introductory CrossFit class at a local gym in Kennewick. My good friend Dani has been busy over the past year
insisting gently persuading us that we NEEDED to join. She was gracious enough to let me take my sweet time getting there, although I know she wanted to drag me by my hair. There always seemed to be an excuse or a reason it just wouldn’t work, but truth? I was terrified. The kicker was when we got home from a 5K Mud Run we ran late last fall and found a FREE month membership to the very gym Dani had been trying to talk us into joining. Coincidence? Cosmic forces? The gravitational pull of Dani?
Over the past few years, we have worked really hard to stick with our fitness goals while working out at home. We have tried several different at-home videos and programs and have been very successful, but both of us had definitely hit a plateau. While working out at home is an amazing convenience, it definitely has its limits. We don’t have the room for a lot of equipment, not to mention the fact that we really can’t afford to go buy a ton of stuff that may or may not get used all that much. We had hit a wall.
You don’t need to know much more than the fact that I was hooked. How is it possible to do 892 squats in an insanely short amount of time and fall in love with a gym, all in one night? Every single day for the past two months, I have been challenged and pushed and beaten down a little and humbled and inspired and in awe and motivated and nauseous and furious and exhausted and sore. Every single day for the past two months, I want to turn right back around and try it again.
Without trying to sound all cultish and hokey, the community of CrossFit is the reason I stay. Working out along side someone who can lift ten times as much as you, but still stands beside you like you are equals, is amazing. The first time I ever practiced a really heavy lift, I heard people from all over the gym (who probably only knew me as “The Girl That Comes With Dani”) cheering me on. Nobody did that for me at home. Unless you count my 4-year old telling me to jump higher.
CrossFit teaches functional fitness. In the two months I have been there, I have done weight lifting, running, jump rope, handstands, played catch with a football, cartwheels. I carried another woman on my back for 200 meters, for heaven’s sake. I have never done the same workout twice. Ever. While all that may sound a little strange, I have noticed that I have far more energy for my kids, I’m sleeping better, I can push all 892 pounds of children in the stroller without wearing myself out. It’s actually functional. Imagine.
I love my blisters, my callouses, my bruises, my sore muscles, my chalk-covered pants. I love that my kids can watch their Mama lift some serious business and run some serious distance. I love that they are learning about fitness and health as a positive, encouraging and necessary part of each day. I love my new CrossFit family, who are both encouraging and insanely competitive at the same time.
I love that Dani and I have epic text wars every night, debating on who loves CrossFit more, what we’re eating for dinner, when we get to go back to the gym. I love that my husband and I are on this amazing journey together. I love that we now have animated conversations about lifting techniques over dinner. I love that he adores my “Angry Kettle Bell Face”. I love that I can feel so broken, yet so restored, all at the same time.
Do I have any readers who are CrossFit peeps? Please share your experience with us. This post started out as my general fitness goals, but somehow merged into “My Personal Love Affair with CrossFit”.
If you are local and want to check out our gym, they offer a free introductory class every Friday. Head over to the Natural Selection CrossFit website and sign up or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Be sure to check out what I’m currently wearing to the gym.
You can check out my personal fitness goals and results page as well, to see my journey over the last few years.