10 Things I’ve Picked Up in My First Year of CrossFit

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by HILARY WIEBE

10 Things I've Picked Up in My First Year of CrossFit
This past September was my one year CrossFit anniversary. I’m really excited for what lies ahead, but I’m also celebrating a year’s worth of accomplishments.

Over the past year, my fitness has really improved. But I’ve also learned a lot, changed, and grown as a person. Here are some of my takeaways — some are cheesy, some are clichés, but they’re all true. So, here goes. In the past year, I’ve gotten…

1. Some mean hand calluses and sweet bruises.

Comes with the territory (and being slightly accident-prone and someone who bruises easily). Thankfully I’m not the type to get bent out of shape by a little black and blue on my legs. And a few calluses are a small price to pay for the otherwise awesome results.

2. Clothes that fit a bit differently.

I’ve worked hard for these muscles, and I’m proud of them, despite the wardrobe inconveniences.
Skinny jeans are um, well, difficult to get on. And once they are on, the waist is loose but the legs are, shall we say, pretty snug (#quadzilla). Some of my favourite blazers and blouses begin to cut off the circulation in my upper arms when I sit down, bend over, or reach for something. It might sound like I’m complaining, but I actually like the way I look. I’ve worked hard for these muscles, and I’m proud of them, despite the wardrobe inconveniences. Plus, my arms and legs might be bigger, but my stomach and waist are smaller, so I’ll take that any day.

3. A new crowd of people to hang out with.

A new crowd of people to hang out with.
It’s hard to do CrossFit without meeting some great people. There’s something about the shared suffering of pushing through a workout together that creates a bond. Over the past few months, time spent at the gym has spilled over into camping, dinners and nights out. And I’m finding it’s harder to get in and out of the gym quickly because I spend so much time catching up with everyone.

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