If you have been following this blog for a while now, I’m sure you noticed I’ve used to post articles about home work-outs. I’m also sure that you noticed I haven’t been posting home workout articles in quite awhile. This is because I have recently started Crossfit. I was having a hard time pushing myself with my home workouts and wanted to take myself to the next level. I actually started at a kickboxing gym about a year and a half ago, but after a year, I felt like I still needed more of a challenge.
When I started Crossfit about 6 months ago, I was intimidated, to say the least. I was not an athlete, I had horrible weightlifting form, and everyone at the gym looked like a legit superhero. I was also a little nervous because I have heard some people talk about how Crossfit could really mess your body up. I already had some minor lower back problems and like I said before, I had horrible weightlifting form. However, I’m young and energetic so I thought I would try it.
When my husband and I went to our first class, we found out that we had to participate in ‘Fundamental Classes’ for 6 weeks before we could actually be in the regular classes. I was kind of bummed at first because the regular classes seemed like a party, but I was truly thankful to not look like a complete idiot and to also get the handle on proper form.
Once we graduated from our Fundamental Classes and were thrown in with the giant supermodels, I realized just how much I truly sucked. I always thought I was in shape and was decently strong for my height and weight, but boy was I wrong. I was a little discouraged at first, but I don’t really care much about being embarrassed or looking weak, so it didn’t keep me from coming back. I have never been a weightlifter or a gymnast (which is what a majority of Crossfit is), but I was up for the challenge.
Now here I am almost 6 months after I first started. I’m here to tell you that I still truly suck, but I am a lot less sucky! The majority of the people at my gym have been doing Crossfit for years, so it definitely takes a lot of time to get good at it. Every day they write the workout on a whiteboard with the RX (as prescribed) weight that you should do the exercises with. I still do less than the RX, but no one judges me and everyone wants to make sure that I am not lifting too much. There might be Crossfit gyms out there that want you to lift as much as possible and move as fast as you can, but at my gym, they truly care that you’re doing things properly and that you’re being safe.
I used to have to work out five days a week to be in shape. Now, I only have to work out three days a week and I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life, all while eating what I normally eat. The only big downside to Crossfit is the cost. We have the money to do it, but for the price that I pay monthly, I could by a new car. Because of the price, we have gone back and forth with how long we should continue doing Crossfit, but I’m not sure I’m ready to be in worse shape just to save money.
If you’re thinking about doing Crossfit, I would recommend it. Just know that you will 100% DIE after every workout and will always be sore. If you have any more questions from someone who actually has no idea what their doing, then feel free to ask.