When people who haven’t tried Crossfit think about trying Crossfit they automatically think I can’t do that, Crossfit is for athletes, I won’t be able to do what they do, Crossfitters are crazy, or something alike (possibly even worse). The truth is, you won’t know until you try it. Before I tried Crossfit I had a similar mentality, but it wasn’t until I gave it a shot that I realized I could do it. I recently went back to Crossfit in the beginning of September after 14 months off while I was traveling full-time. It wasn’t that I wanted to stop Crossfit while I traveled, but I found it difficult to fit it into my hectic schedule while I transitioned from country to country. WOD’s (workout of the day) soon got replaced with yoga, walking, hiking, and swimming. My prior year of Crossfit training prepared my body for the extreme bucket list activities I tried while traveling, including (but not limited to) wind surfing, stand up paddle boarding, indoor rock climbing, body boarding, paragliding, and surfing. Crossfit made me strong, confident to try new things, and it taught me to trust my body. It was then that I finally realized that Crossfit prepared me for real life. There is no need to be intimidated to try Crossfit, especially if you find the right box (gym) for you!
I’ll have to admit, getting back into Crossfit after taking over a year off has not exactly been the easiest process; however, I couldn’t have picked a better gym to help me with that process. Muscle memory is a real thing, and I am constantly surprised by how much I can do after not doing it for so long! My first day back to Crossfit at Crossfit Response I was doing burpees (of course I would get burpees on my first day back–my least favorite exercise), sprints, push ups, rings rows, squats, wall balls, lunges, and deadlifts (and a bunch of other things I can’t recall). If I remember correctly, one of Crossfit’s mottos is our warm up is your workout. It’s not as extreme as it sounds, it’s actually quite fun! Especially when the music is pumping and everyone is working out together and cheering each other one (even me the newbie) like a team! Surprising, I finished the workout with everyone else and I didn’t die. Yes, my workout was modified and adjusted to meet my individual fitness needs, but I completed the workout and did more than I expected I would be able to do after not doing a proper Crossfit class for 14 months. I did it! If I can do it so can you!
Why Crossfit Response? No, I didn’t pick it because of the turquoise in its logo (although that’s a pretty good reason to). Crossfit Response in Moncton, New Brunswick is a box like no other. From the moment I walked into the gym I was welcomed by the community as if I belonged there and was a part of the gym already. I was made a part of the family instantly. During my first class at Crossfit Response, people were calling me by my name and cheering me on! We started the workout together and finished together. No one left the gym early during the workout, but instead when people finished early they stayed and cheered for those who were left (I was one of them). I was part of them, not just an outsider or visitor.
With the music booming in the background, I pushed out the last few reps to finish the workout; if it wasn’t for their cheering and acknowledgement I don’t know if I would have been able to finish the workout. There is something significant about people (mostly strangers) calling you out by your first name–I was seen! I’m important. Jean-Luc Godin, owner and operator of Crossfit Response was watching my form and making sure I was doing the movements properly during all components of the class (warm up, mobility, strength/fitness, and WOD). The one-on-one attention provided me the knowledge I needed to perform the movements to the best of my ability, without the potential of injury. Jean Luc was constantly checking on my form to ensure my back was straight (during push-ups), that my hands were in the right position, and that I had the proper muscles engaged. The small intimate classes at Crossfit Response allow for direct guidance and care during the workouts. I don’t think I attended one class in the last month and a half that had over 8 participants.
Although I wasn’t at the same fitness level as the others in the class, I worked at my own level. Jean-Luc modified some of the activities for me and guided me in selecting the appropriate weight for the weighted exercises. Some exercises were assisted (i.e. ring rows instead of pull ups), I had less repetitions than what the others were doing (i.e. burpees), or I had less weight for the Olympic lifts (i.e. dead lift). I felt as though I was a champion as I worked out alongside some of the best athletes in Moncton. I did the exact same exercises, but at my level. The accommodations make Crossfit the perfect activity for anyone at any fitness level.
What I like about Crossfit is that the workouts promote functional fitness. All of the exercises help you get better at doing things you naturally do (walk, take the stairs, lift things over your head, move heavy objects around, etc…). Crossfit makes life easier. Crossfit makes life more exciting. Crossfit helps make checking off items on your bucket list like scuba diving possible. When you’re healthy (and happy), you can accomplish anything. If anything, Crossfit has taken the fitness world by storm and does things a little different. Yes, I am forced to do nose to floor push ups, but I know that I am working out to my full potential–100%! I’m willing to give anything a shot as long as it makes me mentally and physically stronger. Crossfit tests all of my limits (in a good way). I may not be the strongest, I may not be the fastest, but I’ll try my hardest. Isn’t that what life is all about?
Ten reasons to (not be scared) and try Crossfit:
1. The welcoming community
2. People know your name
3. You get cheered for and you cheer for others
4. Form comes first
5. The one-on-one attention
6. The small classes
7. You work at your own level
8. It’s all about functional fitness
9. Makes life easier
So there you have it, 10 great reasons to (not be intimidated) and try Crossfit from my personal experience. Even if Crossfit isn’t for you, it’s worth giving it a try just so you know what it’s all about, especially before you make any judgements about it. Crossfit isn’t just for the elite, it’s for everyone. You make it what you want. You go as often as you want. You get from it what you put in. I’m definitely the type of person who likes to dabble and try different fitness regimes, but I like being able to incorporate Crossfit into my life when possible. Crossfit Response has made my experience and transition back a positive one. Until my next class, don’t worry and WOD on.
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