I was thinking the other day that although I tweet about CrossFit a lot, I haven’t been blogging about it much.
Is it because of little comments I’ve heard from people? That CrossFit is a bit extreme? That it’s a sure way to get injured? That it’s just an American fad?
It might be because of that. It might be because it’s been exhausting explaining CrossFit to people who don’t get it and don’t want to get it. It doesn’t help that when people Google “CrossFit” they mainly get a lot of images of very beefy topless men and very buff women who only seem to work out in a bra and hot pants?
Maybe that’s why I haven’t written about it much. After all – what is my mother-in-law going to think? First I give up sugar AND gluten AND dairy, run a marathon and now I lift weights in hot pants?!?
It’s totally not like that though. In my box I’ve only seen one pair of hot pants (they were on a visiting American and thankfully we didn’t do deadlifts that day) and the guys keep their shirts on most of the time.
I don’t go to CrossFit to be part of some crazy topless cult. CrossFit is just a lot of fun. It’s simple as that. It’s challenging and hard but every time I do something I didn’t think I could do – learn a new skill or lift a bit more weight – and THAT is a great feeling that cannot be explained in words.
Up until now I have actually taken it relatively easy with the heavy weights. In the beginning I wanted to figure out the mechanics of each lift and exercise before I went all crazy with weight. A few months in when some things were starting to sink in (although don’t ask me what the difference between push press or push jerk is) I remained cautious because I had a marathon to train for and did not want to risk getting injured.
Since I started going back now after the marathon, I have not reserved any energy for ‘later’ – it’s been full force ahead at every session. Of course I have been so freaking sore that some days I can’t sit, stand OR walk properly. But it’s all good! “Today’s pain is tomorrow’s strength” is what I’ve read somewhere, so as long as it’s not injury pain but just plain old DOMS, I’m happy.
So maybe CrossFit IS a bit crazy :) But until you lift some weights, you’ll never know how that can feel like such an achievement.
It’s Badass Stuff. It’s the stuff that makes me feel like I can handle life. Because life can be hard… life where you juggle a zillion things with the responsibility of being a parent weighing on your shoulders can be hard.
But CrossFit makes me unafraid. It makes me try things that are not easy, it pushes me out of my comfort zone and I’m hoping that the stronger my body gets, the stronger my mind gets. I need it to be strong to not feel overwhelmed by life. When I look at life in bite size pieces and just one push-up at a time – it’s beautiful :)
So that’s why I love CrossFit. It gives me strength. Both literally and figuratively… and it’s the perfect partner to my running – strength and long-distance endurance go well together.
And did I mention CrossFit is FUN and everyone is friendly, encouraging, non-judgmental and easy to hang out with?? :) And I don’t need to mention that weight training is important as we get older, right? :)
Here’s a little video (warning: contains hot pants):