Does the thought of the word CrossFit intimidate you? Does the thought of walking into a CrossFit box make you shudder? You’re not alone. Actually, more people tell me they’re intimidated by thinking about CrossFit; and they haven’t even tried it. To be honest, I was intimidated by it first. The thought of not being good at something. The thought that I wouldn’t be good enough, that I wasn’t strong enough, that I didn’t know anyone … all of it scared me.
When you look up CrossFit online, you get bombarded by all these very strong and beautiful people – that at one time were probably human – but have somehow chiseled their bodies into that of gods and they can lift more weight and move more weight across ground than the size of a house! It seems they’ve done the impossible, that they are the impossible. And, this is the internet face of CrossFit. This is what I feel intimidates everyone, it’s certainly what intimidated me.
When you look online and you see the beautiful strong bodies of, oh, say, Brooke Ence, Annie Thorisdottir, Julie Foucher, Stacie Tovar, or so many others, it’s no reason why women would be intimidated.
Although, I can’t say it’s much different for the guys when you have these guys hanging out together… Rich Froning, Jason Khalipa, and Garret Fisher.
But is this what CrossFit really is? Is this the majority? No, it’s not, not at all. The majority of those who CrossFit are not these amazing fire-breathing-athlete-gods. The majority of those who CrossFit are, in fact, amazing and wonderful people. They work full time jobs, they are parents (some just parents to fur-babies), they are cheerleaders for each other, they go to school, they travel long distances and hours for work, they have hobbies, they enjoy lounging around with friends, they try to eat healthy but have their vices with food, and, so, so much more!
Walk yourself into a CrossFit box (this is what we CrossFitters refer to as our ‘gym’ because it’s usually in a warehouse off the beaten path and we don’t typically have air conditioning so it’s a sweat-box – or at least the majority of them are). When you walk into the door, whether it be a side door or a garage door, you will most likely see a group of average-looking people. There will be a mix of those with muscles to make you envious and those without. There will be strong ones, weak ones, and very beginners – just like you – and just like me on my first day. There will be cheers, high-fives, fist-bumps, and laughter. This is the environment of a CrossFit box, and this is why I keep going back!
We cheer, we challenge, we support. We cheer for the first place winner, of course, but we cheer louder for those at the end of the pack. The back pack are full of people who are dedicated, who keep on pressing on even when their mind has long since told them to stop. That dedication is inspiring. And, even more inspiring to me, is that I’ve seen an entire box surround those at the end of a WOD (workout of the day) and cheer them on until the last rep is completed or until the last second ticks off the clock. That is simply amazing! You won’t get that at any other run-of-the-mill gym. Our coaches are trained and we help to motivate you. The community motivates you. This is what keeps you coming back for more. This is how you will set and achieve your fitness and health goals. This is how you get better. This is how you improve YOU! You do it by surrounding yourself with people who push you to become better than you were yesterday.
Remember that everything is scalable. What does that mean? It means that, under the supervision of a CrossFit coach/trainer, you will have your workout modified to your ability. As you improve your ability, then what is modified is then changed. This is what I call “Universal Scalability.” We work you within your current limits and progress you accordingly.
Check out a CrossFit box and see the community at work, then ask yourself when you’ll be back next… and join the community movement.
Here’s a little peek at my own CrossFit community… We don’t only work our asses off lifting, pushing, and pulling but we also join in our own local community and give back. That’s something to feel good about!
Want to learn more about CrossFit from me? Want to work on setting goals and mapping out a plan to make you successful at achieving your goals? I can help you with all of that! Send me a message below and let me know your thoughts. Until then, have a beautiful, inspiring, and challenging day!