Why I CrossFit…and why you should, too.

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People approach me quite often and say, “How do you do it?” or “You’re crazy, that CrossFit stuff is way too hard for me!” or “I don’t have the money, it’s just so expensive.” If you have ever been to a CrossFit class, visited a CrossFit box, or even had a conversation with a CrossFitter, you can probably see why these allusive comments can easily be thrown around. So my answer is, yes, it is hard. And yes, we are a bit crazy. And yes, it is expensive. And you’re right, I do actually do it, three days a week, sometimes four. So my question to many, is how bad to you want it? How bad do you want to lose weight or get stronger or be a role model for your children? If you want something in life, the obvious answer is, you go get it. If you run out of food in your house, you go to the grocery store, right? So why is it so hard to convince people that this is any different? People have a hard time committing to something that is the unknown, the unexplored. You have to be willing to take that risk, break out of your comfort zone, and make that commitment to no one but yourself, that you can in fact do this, you may feel a little crazy, it will be hard, and it is a financial commitment.
The glory of CrossFit is that it is 100% scalable to all levels. There are athletes (yes, once you walk into a box, you are now considered an athlete, so get over it) who have never worked out a day in their life and may be holding onto a hundred extra pounds of body fat. There are athletes who just came back from being deployed overseas who will walk in and seemingly, effortlessly, kill a workout. There are athletes who are at many different stages in their lives…single, married, divorced, moms, dads, grandmas, and grandpas…you name it, you’ll find it at your local CrossFit box. And each of these athletes is capable of completing a workout because each movement or exercise in CrossFit can be scaled to their abilities, or even their disabilities. The funny thing is, even the most “seasoned” athlete, someone like me, finds themselves in almost the same place as the person who has never felt sweat drip off their brow from a workout at any time in their entire life. How could that be? After all, I was no stranger to fitness after losing over 175 lbs. by means of daily gym workouts, running outside, and eating healthy. I knew how to strength train. I knew how to incorporate HIIT (high intensity interval training) into my cardio workouts. I knew how to make it through a three mile run on the streets of my small Texas town. But that’s exactly where the problem lies. My body knew what to expect, when to expect it, and was in a total muscle memory nightmare. So when I walked into my home box, Milestone CrossFit, almost 3 years ago, I was very nervous, however I was also expecting it to be EASIER than the 2 or 3 hour workouts I was currently partaking in at the gym. Well, let’s just say, I. Was. Wrong. I found myself having to relearn all the movements of common lifts I had been accustomed to. I was not able to perform most of the gymnastics-like movements which were sprinkled into so many of the workouts. I was forced to scale back, to substitute movements, to use lower weights, and most importantly, to lift my chin up off the floor and accept the fact I am no different than the person next to me who has never worked out a day in their life. But as time went on, my amazing coaches, the owners of my box, Amber and Ben McCue, along with Ben’s little brother, Conrad McCue, worked with me on a very personal level, making sure my form was correct, encouraging me to get in “one more rep!” when I felt I couldn’t possibly do “ONE MORE STUPID REP!” and helping me to overcome the mental war I had going on in my head day in and day out between me, myself, and I.
Me, myself, and I are humbled to say, that even as a certified personal trainer, a long time gym-goer, and what we felt was a pretty balanced girl, found CrossFit to be the hardest, most challenging, and most exhausting endeavor ever taken on. But when I look back at my “before CrossFit” photos, my “before CrossFit” attitude, and my “without CrossFit” poor self-confidence, I know this is one of the BEST things that has happened to me in a very long time. (Of course aside from marrying the man of my dreams and giving birth to our amazing baby boy!) If it means I have to skip the Starbuck’s now and again to make sure we can pay for my monthly membership, then so be it. I may have to make a few small sacrifices in other parts of my spending arena, but when something can impact my life the way CrossFit has, I’ll take my Milestone workouts and family over a Skinny Mocha any day of the week! May you choose CrossFit over cappuccino, and see what it can do for you!

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