Life is about taking chances and putting yourself out there—I know I’m a little late to the game, but the question I’ll be asking myself over the next few weeks—to crossfit or not to crossfit?
We are all abundantly aware of some the cultural stereotypes around this latest fitness craze, everything from the “cultish” following to the strange names for workouts (i.e. Hero, Murph, and Fran)—but you may be surprised to hear:
1. Crossfit is actually more popular amongst women—approximately 60% of the crossfitters out there are women
2. Crossfit will not bulk you up like a body builder—well for the ladies out there, it’s near impossible unless you start supplementing with testosterone
3. Crossfit is not as pricey as you think—prices range based on your location and box (the term for the gym)—the reality is that it allows for near-one-on-one training (generally a 8-10 to 1 ratio, students to trainers) and it is much cheaper than person training, which can run upwards of $350 per month
I currently live in a divided household—divided in our respective calorie-burning methodologies. The difference—I’m a yoga, treadmill, former collegiate athlete kind of gal, as opposed to my significant other who is a weight lifting, adult-league soccer and gym rat kind of guy—until he started down the crossfit path a little over 3 months ago.
After seeing 3 months of significant progress in my boyfriend’s physical appearance and reading all sorts of articles – I decided to take the leap and see what the fuss was all about. Now we are not talking the full blown $150 per month experience, but I’ve started the 2-week crossfit introductory course—which not only introduces you to the crossfit routine, but ensures that each participant is safely performing each workout in order to prevent the stereotypical crossfit injuries.
Keep in mind that any credible crossfit establishment will take the time to instruct, observe and critique your form to ensure you do not cause serious harm to yourself. They won’t be able to help you with the soreness you feel the morning after—everything below my hair hurt after the first workout—but they will provide valuable advice on surviving and perfecting each workout of the day (known as a WOD).
What I have found in only a short period of time—the folks at crossfit are some of the most positive and supportive individuals I have ever worked out with. I felt welcomed in the first few minutes and supported throughout the entire 55 minute workout.
I can see how this outlet may be misconstrued as cultish, however, after being on the yoga bandwagon for the last 7 years, I can easily say that all the yogis out there could be accused of fostering a similar environment—but let’s face it—there’s nothing cultish about individuals who are there to better their bodies and build meaningful friendships with one another.
My goal over the next 2 weeks is immerse myself in the WODs every other day, learning everything from burpees to filthy fifties to snatches—all terms that still carry a scary connotation, but I’ve been assured that these military-like terms are all moves achievable by even the most novice of crossfit newbies.
So here goes nothing! I’m eager to see what the next few weeks bring in terms of progress, aches, meeting new people and trying to push myself harder than any workout before—well I’m not sure it’ll necessarily compare to some of the lacrosse workouts in college but we’ll see!