OK, I admit. I was bored with working out. I would go to the gym several times a week. I would hop on a treadmill for a while, lift weights, stretch a little, and feel somewhat smug knowing that I had “been working out.” The truth, and I knew it, was that I wasn’t pushing myself enough. I would leave the gym barely having broken a sweat, knowing that I had left a lot on the table. Enter Crossfit!
I had heard stories about Crossfit. I had no intention of getting involved. But at some point, I decided I was going to really exert myself during my workouts, but I knew that I needed some extra motivation to do it.
I decided to try it out. My first class all I did was “Wall Balls” and “Burpees” for my actual work-out. Complete 7 wall balls and 7 burpees and that is one round. The goal was to complete as many rounds as possible in 7 minutes. How hard could it be? As it turns out, plenty hard! I was sore for a week. I knew I had to have more.
Every day was different. Each workout would uniquely challenge some aspect of fitness. Each day I felt a sense of accomplishment when I completed the prescribed workout. I would miss it if I couldn’t make it for several days. I started talking about it at work. I was hooked.
I will be writing a lot about Crossfit in the future. In fact, much of our exercise information on this website will be based on Crossfit theory. I won’t attempt to cover all aspects of Crossfit on a single post, but I do want to throw down one challenge. If you are bored with your workouts, if you are in reasonably good health, if you enjoy a challenge, if you like to do things that many people can’t do or wont’t do, if you like a sense of community, if you enjoy pushing yourself in a group setting, Crossft may be for you. I would encourage you to find a local Crossfit gym and give it a shot. You have nothing to lose but the weight.