crossfit fitness mental health

Maybe my mid-life crisis, maybe my one true love

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

We met almost 18 months ago and I’m still totally crazy in love. Scandal?!?! No, not really. I’m talking about Crossfit :)

I don’t really get why it suits me as I’m not a hyper competitive type-A personality but whatever the reason, it does suit me. A lot. It makes me smile at strangers on the street and want to high five all my colleagues when I return to the office from my lunch break sessions.

At first I thought it was just my midlife crisis. You know – wanting to do something thrilling and new to feel ALIVE. But then I remembered that maybe I’ve actually always liked exercise that’s a bit different and full-on – I remembered the time in my youth when I was into TaeBo! (anyone else been there? Billy Blanks ring a bell?) I did it at my local gym and it’s been the only exercise class in front of a mirror that I have been able to stand. In general I don’t do well in front of mirrors, especially when I’m hopping along with a bunch of other women. I am not graceful, I am not slim… I am not chubby either but I am big boned and just…. solid.

Luckily for me solid goes very well in Crossfit. When I’m there I don’t fret over my genetically large upper arms and I get compliments from other girls along the lines of “Wow, girl, you got QUADZ!”

I love fitting in somewhere, I love how many new things I have learned in the last year and a half (handstands, climbing a rope, double unders, etc.), and how much stronger I have become. I am amazed at what it feels like when I can finally do something that I initially said was absolutely impossible. The self-confidence that comes from that cannot be described in words.

So whatever it is, midlife crisis or just wanting to fit in with the cool kids like a teenager (growing up is over rated), Crossfit and me get along very well. I have a feeling we’re going to grow old together. Very happily.

I wonder if anyone still does Tae Bo these days?!? :)

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Here’s a video shot at my box a few weeks ago as part of the Great British Box Tour. My solid body makes an entrance towards the end as well ;)

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  • Bex Sunday, 30 March 2014 at 18:41

    I’ve been wanting to try this for a while but always thought it looked a bit scary and competitive- might give it a go now! Love the blog!

  • kathleen @kat_walk01 Tuesday, 11 March 2014 at 21:08

    I’m glad you like it so much and you like the box you go to. I really enjoyed cross fit but I became a bit disillusioned and I think it was down to the place I was going to and what I felt was their underlying agenda to make everyone do competitions. I ended up feeling really intimidated every time I went so I stopped going. You sound so inspired by it though and maybe in the future I’ll go back to it. Different box though :)

    • MrsB Wednesday, 12 March 2014 at 13:49

      I have definitely lucked out with the box. There are people of all abilities there, young and old. I never want to compete and no one’s ever made me feel like I should. If you have another box or two to check out, I’d definitely give it another go.