“For anyone out there wondering what CrossFit is and wondering if they can do it, should do it, or wondering what it is like, just try it. I did not know anyone there. You don’t have to. Just come in and try it. Trust me when I say that you will walk out of there exhausted, sore but patting yourself on the back because you did something great. Sign up for the 28-day jumpstart. Give yourself 1 month to put your full effort into it. It is not like you are making a huge commitment. Just give it a try to see if you will like it.”
Here’s the full story
When I first signed up people asked me if I was joining a cult or going to push tires up and down the street. I had no idea what to expect when I joined.
I drive on I-35 every day and would see your sign and think maybe one day, I would be in shape enough to join. What I learned, is you don’t have to be in shape to join. You don’t have to know everything or anything for that matter because no matter what you do on your own or in other classes, the only way to prepare for CrossFit, is just to come and do it. Before the first class, I tried to look up the “language” of CrossFit. I wanted to go into the first day and not look like I was clueless. I tried to learn what a WOD, RX, AMRAP, clean, jerk, double under, etc. I thought I had it…not a chance. I walked in and looked on the board at my first WOD and was clueless. All of the studying I did was useless. Luckily, CrossFit I35 has not only amazing coaches but amazing people who go there. Everyone introduced themselves to me and helped me out when I looked wide-eyed.
Talking with Scott on the phone when I first called and inquired about joining showed me how passionate he was about CrossFit. He gloated over his wife, who is also an amazing trainer there. He made me feel comfortable enough to come to my first workout. I find it interesting how people who have never done CrossFit have so much to say about it. They all talked about how I was going to get injured and how I was going to get yelled at and how they were going to blast loud obnoxious music at me (that one is only true with Scott). They were all wrong. My first day walking in, Scott did a quick evaluation on me and then introduced me to everyone in the class. He and the other trainers are constantly looking at our form. He made sure that with every move I made, I was doing it correctly and not going to hurt myself. To this day, he watches everyone’s form and will stop you mid-workout and let you know how to fix it so you won’t get hurt. No one yells in there. There is not one bit of negativity (unless it is burpee day, then we all piss and moan a bit.)
I had been trying to work out on my own for about 6 months and I saw minimal results. I remember when I first called Scott, I said I wanted to have “great arms.” Looking back, that was just a cover. I have learned so much through this process and thinking that “great arms” would make me feel better about myself. What I really wanted was to feel accomplished, feel healthy, feel strong and confident.
Besides losing 19 pounds and 4.3% bodyfat, I have an entire new wardrobe of Medium size clothes vs x-large clothes. I have added quite a bit of weight to my squats, bench, and deadlifts. I can wear a tank top and not be embarrassed by my floppy arms as I have a bit of definition now. I am proud of myself for coming in 3-4 times a week and keeping this up. I have heard of other gyms saying they love the people. I have joined other gyms (24-hour fitness, lifetime, and Planet Fitness). You might see a friendly face here and there, but the person next to you on the boring treadmill is not cheering you on and really want you to succeed and get better.
You really get to know people and feel comfortable with them.
After about a month there and using my own bar for bench press, I decided one day that I would share a bar. I asked Dawn (my little powerhouse mentor there) if I could share a bar with her. This took a lot for me to ask. In my own mind, I felt like this was my point that I understood WOD’s, RX, 85% AMRAP, etc. I was there. I was a CrossFitter. I was going to share a bar with Dawn. So, we started our warmup and continued on. At her last set, she felt lopsided and felt like the weight was hard to do. I didn’t think anything of it. We all have those days, right? As we were taking the bar down, she noticed that my math was way off, which is no surprise. I had been adding 15 pd weights vs 10 lb weights. I was mortified. I felt horrible. She didn’t think anything of it and actually tried to make me feel better that maybe someone put the 15lb weights in the 10lb storage unit. Nope- I grabbed the 15lb on purpose because my math sucks. She was super cool that I completely messed up. I made a few jokes about it, but I will say that it took me a few more weeks to ask Dawn to share her bar again.
People say to me now, “Oh, you do CrossFit.” I use to respond with…” well…kind of.” I have been doing this for almost 5 months and have never RX’d a workout. I have to use a strap to do chin to bars. I do single jumps vs double unders because I am tired of the rope smacking my ass when I mess up. Sometimes on pushups, I have to do girl pushups. And sometimes, when we are supposed to add weight to the bar, I have to take it off. What I have found in the last month or so, is that doesn’t make me less of a CrossFitter or kind of a CrossFitter. Hell ya, I do CrossFit and I love it. It doesn’t matter if I RX a workout or have to get help on some things, I am in there, I am doing it and I am getting stronger. I walk out of every workout proud of myself for being there and doing the absolute best that I can do. The other members don’t care if I RX a workout, they don’t care if I am the absolute last one to finish, they don’t care if I bench 50 pounds or 250 pounds, they support each and every person from the beginning of each workout until the end whether you are new or have been there for years.
For anyone out there wondering what CrossFit is and wondering if they can do it, should do it, or wondering what it is like, just try it. I did not know anyone there. You don’t have to. Just come in and try it. Trust me when I say that you will walk out of there exhausted, sore but patting yourself on the back because you did something great. Sign up for the 28-day jumpstart. Give yourself 1 month to put your full effort into it. It is not like you are making a huge commitment. Just give it a try to see if you will like it.