Before we even start, let me say that before I even went to a Crossfit workout, I had a serious dislike of everything CrossFit. I saw the videos, I saw the “games”, I heard about serious injury and horrible form, and I just didn’t get it. I was alright with staying in the gym or doing the boot camps I was doing, and I said I would NEVER do CrossFit. I didn’t think you could do a “WOD” as fast as humanly possible with proper form, proper intensity, and still actually get a good workout in that could make a difference.
Now that you know where I was, let me do something else.
I am sorry, I was wrong.
Last year, while hanging with some of our friends, we started hearing rumblings of them joining a Crossfit Box in Waxahachie. They were so pumped to be doing these workouts, sweating like crazy, and RX’in (no clue what that meant) daily workouts. I listened and was genuinely excited for them, but it still wasn’t something I wanted to even check into. Something changed, my wife got the itch. She had been doing so well with her dieting and had just wrapped up another one of our 24 day challenges, she decided it was time to step it up in the workout department in order to really reach her goals. I researched some CrossFit Gyms for her and even went to a free workout with her.
The workout was ROUGH, and the box was nice, but we weren’t sure it was for us. We stopped at another Box here in Mansfield that I had looked up and took a tour, set up a workout, and asked about pricing. The “Box” was cool, loud music, bright colors, and a wall to sign when you puke… It reminded me of back in the day when I used to workout at Metroflex in North Arlington. It was a room for working and lifting. No machines, No mirrors. Just weights, racks, and other things that would eventually be used as torture devices on me I was sure. The selling point for my wife was the owners, they had a story. They had been on a journey. They were real people that seriously just love helping others get healthy. So we did the free workout. The warmup was jumping rope, instant flashbacks to jumprope for heart at Charlotte Anderson in Mansfield (I suck at jumping rope). The WOD (main workout of the day) was a combination of Burpees, Wall Balls, and Pushups for a certain number of reps and rounds. I finished in 3:41 seconds. I laid on the floor for longer than the workout when I finished. Dead. Nauseous. Fat. Then we wrapped up the day with a foam rolling session. I have had a foam roller in my house for a year and never touched it. That thing has been worn out now that I know how to use it.
Eight months into my first year with Crossfit, and I can say that it is a life-changing decision for me. I have made new friends that pick us up when we are down, who give us popsicles for my sick wife when I can’t get away from the house, and who support us when we are doing something we never thought we could do half a year ago. I have seen my body and more importantly my mind change. I see myself as an athlete now, I can do some cool stuff. I competed in a competition this past weekend and while I may not have performed as well I thought I could, I “RX’d” ( I know what that means now) the whole competition. I couldn’t do a pull up 9 months ago, and easily knocked out the prescribed number for the competition.
Don’t knock a fitness method until you try it. I learned this first hand.