My first CrossFit workout was on January 13, and since then, I’ve been to fourteen total classes, so now seems like a great time to do an update.
Long story short, I have drunk the metaphorical Kool-Aid. I love CrossFit. Here are just a few of the reasons why:
The Coaches Are Awesome
One of my greatest concerns going into CrossFit was that I would be pushed to do things that were beyond my current ability level and end up hurting myself. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Every single workout, one of the coaches checks in with me at the beginning to a) make sure I know what I’m doing, and b) make sure I have appropriately scaled weights or alternative movements. I still get an incredible amount of one-on-one coaching, so I never feel like I’m at risk of performing movements incorrectly and potentially getting injured, and I’m never taken to task for doing modifications or lighter weights as necessary.
The People Are Awesome
I was also concerned that the majority of the people at the box would be stereotypical power-lifting types who would judge me for not being strong, or not working out every single day, or not knowing what I was doing immediately. I have to say, though, the vast majority of the people I’ve met are “normal” people just like me who are looking to get stronger. Everyone is incredibly supportive and encouraging. There’s definitely a team mentality where everyone is on everyone else’s side, and we all want each other to do our best. Now that I’ve been there for a while, there’s at least one person I know at every class I go to, so I’m really starting to feel like I belong.
The Workouts Kick My Ass, but Give Me ALLTHENERGY
It’s weird, but true. The workouts are always different, and always kick my ass in different ways, but no matter how hard I work and how exhausted I think I am after it’s over, about 15 minutes post-class, the endorphins kick in and I feel AMAZEBALLS for the rest of the night. This is especially valuable because I go to CF before rehearsals, and the extra energy helps me get through rehearsals without feeling grumpy and sluggish.
I Can Already Tell I’m Getting Stronger
If I can say one thing for certain, it’s that CF works. I’m starting to see more definition in my arms and legs. I can do one real, good form, honest-to-goodness push up. Almost two! My squats are deeper and smoother than they were when I started. And I no longer have constant DOMS. I took some measurements last week, and weighed myself at the beginning of February so I can keep track of progress in those areas as well, but the goal truly is to get stronger, and as long as I continue to see improvements that way, I’ll be a happy camper.
I’m so happy I started going to CrossFit, and I can’t wait to see my continued progress. I just wish it weren’t so dang expensive!