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?!? :)
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 ;)