Editor’s note: Hi folks — while I’m out of town for work, Megan has so graciously agreed to share her CrossFit experience with you all! Enjoy and thanks Megs 🙂
Hi everybody! Although I’m not a blogger, I’m an avid blog-reader and CrossFitter, so Courtney asked me to keep you company with this post while she’s out of town. To give you a little background on my pre-CrossFit life, I was a cheerleader in high school, but really started to enjoy working out in college and law school. My routine basically revolved around aerobics classes and the occasional short run. I dabbled with weight training but was always a little overwhelmed.
When I moved to Atlanta for my first big girl job, I realized that long hours in an office are far from conducive to maintaining the figure I want. Deciding that I had to get back in better shape, I tried small personal training classes (super expensive and not as effective as I hoped), a membership at LA Fitness (too easy to slack), and P90X (too boring alone in my living room). Don’t get me wrong — all of those are fantastic options, but they weren’t getting me the results I wanted. Running helped, and I loved running my first half marathon, but I didn’t feel like I was as fit as I could be. A friend of mine in the Army had mentioned he did CrossFit briefly and thought I’d like it, so when I saw a trial month membership come up on Groupon, I figured it was worth a try. I’ve never looked back.
CrossFit is a combination of Olympic weightlifting, conditioning, and gymnastics. The key phrase you’ll hear is “constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity.” It incorporates everything from bodyweight movements (pullups, pushups, situps, air squats) to things like handstand pushups and snatches (the most technical of the Olympic lifts). It’s also infinitely scalable, meaning anyone from grandmas with weak knees to the genetic wonders you see on the worldwide televised CrossFit Games can participate.
Within that first month, I was hooked on the adrenaline rush, the competition, the camaraderie, and especially on feeling like a bad-@$$ when I toss a barbell over my head. It is by far the most challenging workout/sport in which I have participated, and while there are days that I want to throw things across a room (it might have happened once with a jump rope… dang double-unders), I love it. I am in the best shape of my life, and have totally changed my body image and views of beauty – it’s much more important to me to feel strong than skinny. Note: it’s gotten to the point where I don’t want people describing me as “skinny” at all. In the past two and a half years, I’ve gone from barely getting through workouts to competing on back-to-back days as an individual and a team member. I work out with some crazy good athletes at CrossFit Atlanta who motivate me every single day. I’ve even earned my CrossFit Level 1 Trainer Certificate and am looking forward forward to training others in the future. CrossFit has been my stress relief, a huge source of accomplishment, and the place where I’ve met some of my closest friends. I can’t imagine my life without it.
Have you ever tried CrossFit? What did you think?