One year ago today I walked into CrossFit9 ready for my first WOD. It was a 5K, which was a nice, easy start since I was already a runner.
I remember comparing how I felt to those first day of school jitters. Will the other kids be nice? Will I make friends? What if I embarrass myself? I had completed a 2 week Foundations course, but it was like I had just graduated and was entering into the real world. Now, I walk in ready to tackle whatever is on the white board. I chat up CrossFit buddies as well as newbies, who have that same look I had one year ago.
For the first few days I felt like I didn’t know what I was doing. The workouts felt hard, but I loved it. I would also look around in awe at how much people could lift…and here I was having trouble lifting a 30# bar. Today, I like to use the word “challenging” rather than “hard”. And I joke to new comers that the workouts never get any easier. But that is why I love CrossFit so much. Every workout is different. And then you have the core workouts (the “girls”) that are used as benchmarks to show you your progress.
But CrossFit has done much more for me than just change up my fitness routine. I truly believe it has changed my life. CrossFit is a mindset and I couldn’t be happier with how my mindset has changed.
Before CrossFit I was already in a good place with how I felt about my body. I knew that the number on the scale wasn’t a complete indicator of my fitness. And I had learned to not see my flaws, but instead what I liked about my body. Doing CrossFit has heightened that feeling in more ways than I can imagine. I no longer think about how my body looks, but what it can do. Because my body has shown me that it can do much more than I ever thought possible. And I am proud of that. And I am getting stronger every day. Do I still have areas of my body that aren’t “perfect”? Sure. But it doesn’t matter to me anymore. I’m more concerned about the awesome PR I got thanks to my strong legs.
With CrossFit I have learned to never say “I can’t”, because eventually “I can”. It may not be today, or even tomorrow, but someday “I can”. This mindset in general has reminded me not to doubt myself and to always believe in me…inside and outside of the gym.
I don’t worry about what other people’s numbers are anymore. I’ve realized that everyone has their own strengths and their own weaknesses. And that everyone is at a different level. This is the first thing I always tell discouraged newbies. “Don’t worry and be patient. You will get there.” Give me deadlifts and back squats all day…but overhead squats? No thanks…anything above my head is still hard for me, but I know hard work will pay off eventually.
I never wanted to join a regular gym. Mostly because it felt cold and unpersonable. But at CrossFit? It’s true…
…you’re part of the family.
We sweat together. We grunt together. We accomplish together.
Our coaches always make sure to spend one on one time with you during class. But they do more than just instruct us. They encourage us. And they push us when they know we can be pushed. They’re not just our coaches, but our cheerleaders. As well as our friends.
(One of my first WODs, where I said I couldn’t do 100 burpees. Coach Zack said “Yes, you can!” and did the last few with me.)
Thank you to CrossFit9 for a great and inspiring year! Here’s to many, many more.