It’s a Process.
I still remember what the WOD was on my first day. It involved copious amounts of wall balls. I couldn’t breathe. I had a cramp in my side. I was afraid of getting high fived in the face with a 10 pound ball. I contemplated death many times that day. I heard “Caroline, breathe!” At least ten times a WOD for the first 2 months. For some reason, holding my breath while working out was my body’s natural defense. Maybe it was hoping I would pass out so I could lie down. Anyway, CrossFit and fitness is general is a process. Be patient! It’s a process. Sometimes it’s a very slow process but its working!
It’s fun unless it’s not.
I curse CrossFit and my coaches (whom I love) on a regular basis. Like most people I like to do the things I’m good at. I’m kind of strong so I like to lift. Push presses, dead lifts, bear complexes and even thrusters are fun for me. Okay, maybe not thrusters. I loathe any body weight exercise that is programmed. I just suck at gymnastics. I have cried during WOD’s with high gymnasty skills on more than one occasion. I’m told I need to break through the mental barrier. Really, I just suck at it and I hate it. Even if I could breeze through it like everyone else I will still hate it. The cool thing is that when I hate something in Crossfit, you develop this need of working on it again and again and again. Now as much as my body protests I can stuck my mind to it and try my best. It’s not easy and sometimes I need to stop and rest but I’m doing it.
It hurts so good.
Um, yes. True story. Why do people insist that pain is good you may ask? It’s not. It sucks. I’m sore most days. For the most part it’s tolerable but the good thing is that it makes your mind so much stronger.
CrossFit is known for its undying love of the underdog.
We hoot, holler and yell encouragement at everyone but we have an extra special affinity for encouraging the person who is still working when everyone else is recovering. I love that for everyone else. For me, I wish people would just leave me alone to finish in peace. It’s not that I don’t appreciate people cheering me on. I do. I like the post WOD high fives and fist bumps. Love those. I love the people who want me to succeed. However, when I’m on thruster number 5 of 20 I just want to focus on what I’ve got to do. So, please, don’t take offense when I ask you to not cheer me on. (That is unless you’re Dan Bailey or Charlie Hunnam. They can cheer me on in any way they see fit!) The people at my box already know this about me. It doesn’t always stop the encouragement but I appreciate that they respect me enough to keep it to a dull roar.
We all know who Rich Froning and Sam Briggs are. (If you don’t you need to study.)
They are the gold standard in CrossFit and are what a lot of people think of when they think of CrossFit. They are phenomenal athletes and as a result of their hard work they have physiques to be admired. But let me be clear when I say that most people who CrossFit do not look like this. The amazing people who test themselves daily are moms and dads, bus drivers and bankers and college students. They look like you and me and they are all athletes to be admired. Some have six packs and some do not. Regardless, these men and women work their butts off and should be revered.
There are a lot of interesting terms in CrossFit.
Some of them make people chuckle like the 12 year olds they really are, me included. Don’t be fooled by the ease at which your coaches can perform movements like the snatch and the jerk. They’ve had a ton of practice and it takes hundreds of times of doing some of these movements until we get good at them. Scooping, thrusting and shrugging are hard! One day I’ll be able to clean, jerk and have a nice snatch! One day, when I grow up that won’t make chuckle to say.
Flexing is fun.
We’ve all heard all of the fun sayings that eventually end up on tank tops. Suns out, Guns out! Welcome to the Gun show! Meet the Hammer Brothers… Jack and Sledge! These tank tops exist because flexing is fun. The best days are the days when you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and notice a curve to your arms or a ridge in your abs. You turn to the left and to the right and you FLEX! It’s really one of the greatest benefits of CrossFit. Flexing is fun. Go Forth and Flex! Especially when you did a workout that involves tons of GHD Sit Ups, you will go check immediately afterwards if your abs are creeping out!
Few will understand.
People won’t always understand our love for CrossFit. It’s okay. They don’t have to get it. Sometimes it’s frustrating that they don’t understand. I get it. I deal with it. It just may not be for them. That’s okay too. Don’t let that snuff out your light! Shine bright, baby! Let the love flow. Embrace it. Nothing is better than some good old fashioned CrossFit love. If you don’t have anyone to talk to about it send me an e-mail! I’ve got lots to say!
CrossFitters are the best people.
They really are. Am I the only person who is surprised when someone is genuinely nice to me? Maybe I am but let me just say people who do CrossFit are the best. They shine bright and they “Live with Fire!” Their spirit, passion and love for CrossFit and their boxmates runs deep. It’s a true love. It’s an undying love that is wrapped in truth, kindness, generosity and sometimes tough love. I love them. It has filled me with something that I didn’t know I was missing. I know that I will be supported and pushed and I know that when I succeed we all succeed. The heart of CrossFit is the people. Don’t let anyone tell you anything differently. We love and we WOD!
Last but not least, you can do it!
Dig deep. Press harder. Push your limits. Try. Fail. Try again. It takes time but you can do it. Come back for more. Don’t give up. A breakthrough is on the way. And if you think you can’t do it…look at me. Through the doubt and the fear and rough days…I’m doing it! You can. You can. You can.