19 Dec What is All this “CrossFit” Stuff About?
We are so excited to launch our new CrossFit box. We want you to come in and try a WOD (workout of the day) and get a taste of what CrossFit is all about. We understand some of you might feel intimidated. You might be asking- isn’t that the super intense style of working out I’ve heard about in the news? Well, yes, it is. But, here is the awesome thing- it’s for you, too.
At its heart, the purpose of CrossFit is to help people become stronger, faster, and more athletic in ways that translate to real life and play. CrossFit is designed to create a broad athleticism; to help every person discover his/her inner athlete and do things they never thought they could. And it’s good for just about everything that defines “fitness”- lean muscle mass, improved bone density, improved blood lipids, and a lower resting heart rate.
CrossFit workouts are intense by design. That intensity is what causes the body to adapt. You have to challenge your body in new ways if you truly want to become stronger, faster, and more athletic. Your workout should challenge you. It should feel a little intimidating. You should feel glad and accomplished when it’s over. That’s where transformation happens- the challenge, the commitment, the point where you decide that you can do that thing you never thought you could and you’re willing to try.
It is important to remember that intensity is relative. You know that girl you watched do 100 pull-ups in a row at lightening speed or overhead squat her own bodyweight? She is ready for that. She has been training hard for a long time to get there. And that is where she is as an athlete now. But, maybe you’ve never done a pull-up. That’s ok. You start where you are. For now, that might mean ring rows to work the same muscles, or jumping pull-ups, or pull-ups with a band, or fewer repetitions until you develop the stamina for more. The point is, whatever your skill level as an athlete, your willingness to work hard, set goals, and then set new goals once you’ve conquered the old ones, will determine whether or not you get fitter over time.
When I started CrossFitting, I thought an empty barbell was impossibly heavy. But, I kept showing up. I kept doing the work. And now I am much stronger. An empty barbell feels impossibly light. And you know what? There are still a million CrossFit women who can lift much more weight than I can. Who are faster. Who compete at levels that I don’t even approach. But, that’s ok. I get 100% of the benefit of what CrossFit has to offer because I show up and push my own limits. I can do more now than I could last year. And I’ll be able to do more next year. CrossFit is about pushing your own boundaries to discover your own personal strength, endurance, and stamina.
CrossFit IS intense. It is challenging. When you come in to work out with us, expect that it is going to be hard. That’s why it works. It’s also fun. It’s transformative. And you’ll learn a lot about shedding your own limitations and that you are much more powerful than you knew.
I’ll leave you with a story that happened just the other day in our very own box. An athlete came in for an introductory workout. Burpee-box-jumps were on the menu. This athlete was very certain she would not be able to do the box jump part. She asked if she could do step-ups or jump to a lower box, which are both perfectly acceptable substitutions and she still would have gotten a good workout. Just for fun (and because sometimes I have good ideas as a coach), I asked her to just try one, but while holding my hand. She jumped up, with some trepidation, but easily cleared the box. So, we kept the smaller box close-by and I asked her to try the workout as prescribed (using a full-height box). I held her hand for each jump on the first round. On the second round, she kind of just hovered her hand above mine. By the third round, I was not needed. So, in the span of one workout, this athlete went from “I can’t even do one of those” to doing 50 at a pretty fast pace. And I know next time she sees “box-jumps” in a workout, she won’t think twice about whether or not she can do them.
Here is the original CrossFit Journal article that inspired a fitness revolution and me on my CrossFit journey. And I hope to see you at the box!