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One day, this pain will make sense to you.
So many opinions, so little time!
You’re in a safe space, relax, you did not just open a link to a cult. Or, maybe you did. And by cult, I mean a dedicated, hard working group of individuals who come together as a community to achieve goals.
Let’s go back in time a bit.
I’ve been an athlete starting at the ripe age of five. I played softball, soccer and rode horses throughout my youth and high school years. Athleticism came naturally for me as a youth and I thrived on teamwork and goal accomplishment – plus a little competition is good for the soul.
When I started college at FSU, my athletic outlet became mostly running and the beginnings of weightlifting. I soon realized that I enjoyed lifting weights, A LOT. So, I kept doing just that.
For the next five years, I trained split day training. Which, in bodybuilding terms, means that I would lift certain muscle groups on different days to maximize muscular growth and conditioning.
I tackled weightlifting as a solo venture – researching everything on my own from exercise how-tos, how to structure a workout and why, the mechanics of muscle movements, what to lift and how much for the results I was looking for, and of course, diet.
And I lifted, HEAVY.
And ate naturally and clean, continually experimenting what worked for my body.
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In the summer of 2016, I walked into my first box and never looked back.
Skipping forward to the times where crossfit became my lifestyle mantra.
Sure, I had heard many an opinion about this type of fitness and all of the injuries that were plausible, but I’m the kind of person who does their research before making any decision. The athletic and health/metabolic concepts of crossfit all checked out for me.
And I was ready for a change.
I was tired of years of walking into air conditioned, mirror-filled gyms, alone, to aesthetically shape myself. I wanted fitness to become more than just trying to look better, and, little did I know, that was about to happen in a major way.
Crossfit Steadfast in Savannah, GA, showed me community to commitment and commitment to community. It changed the game from being about sweating alone to dominating as a pack.. and it was ADDICTING.
The sense that the person next to you is struggling just as hard, working just as hard and still being there for you only motivated me more.
Everyone leaves their lives, their issues and their worries at the (typically large warehouse) door to push themselves for betterment.
And above else, it was about function over aesthetics. No mirrors, no constantly judging my physique – just plain hard work and ability. My ability to be strong and conquer.
Isn’t Crossfit really hard?
Yes. Every time.
What is it exactly?
“CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at high intensity. All CrossFit workouts are based on functional movements, and these movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. These are the core movements of life. They move the largest loads the longest distances, so they are ideal for maximizing the amount of work done in the shortest time. Intensity is essential for results and is measurable as work divided by time—or power. The more work you do in less time, or the higher the power output, the more intense the effort. By employing a constantly varied approach to training, functional movements and intensity lead to dramatic gains in fitness.” – Taken from Crossfit.com
Even being someone who enjoys challenges and had an athletic background, I’ll admit that coming into these crossfit workouts compared to what I had been doing, was very difficult.
There were plenty of moments where puking was a real option. And that I believed there was no way I could continue or finish the workout. But then I would look at the people next to me, my community, and be reminded why we were all here.
The aspect of community, my drive to surpass athletic goals and passionate coaches kept pushing me forward and onward. And it’s kept me doing so until this day. Like I said, addicting.
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Barbell is life.
As far as I’m concerned.
I quickly fell in love with the olympic lifting aspect of crossfit. Olympic lifts, compared to strict lifts, tests aspects of human ballistic limits (explosive strength); they are executed faster with more mobility and a greater range of motion during their execution.
Aka, they test every fiber of your being.
They consist of:
- Squat/Power Clean
- Push/Split Jerk
The strict lifts consist of:
- Back/Front Squat
- Bench Press
.. And yeah, my strength is my strong suit (*pun* I just can’t help myself), so of course I’m going to like what I am good at.
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The time and work I have put into my workouts at the box, and nutritional discipline I have executed at home over the years have had exponential benefits that have carried over into the other parts of my life.
I can’t imagine my life without this kind of fitness.
Listen, I’m not trying to convince you to join this crossfit “cult”, but if you want to train to become a superhero, go check out your nearest crossfit box. Wonder Woman told me herself.
It just might change your life.