Why I’m Breaking Up With CrossFit (For Now)

Yes, it’s true…after 1 year and 10 months I am cancelling my CrossFit membership. But not forever. I still love CrossFit and this has been a hard decision for me to make. This truly feels like a break up! “CrossFit, it’s not you, it’s me…” Why the sudden change? Here a few of my reasons.

I’m not getting the results I want

When I first started CrossFit I saw results. My muscles were becoming more defined. I felt stronger. I felt faster. I felt amazing. But about a year in I started to plateau and I stopped noticing changes. Especially after I took a break from running after my half marathon in November. I know that there are other factors that are playing into this, like needing to clean up my eats more (where did you go metabolism, where??). But I’ve also realized that my body needs more cardio. I’m already starting to add more cardio to my routine on my own, but also would like a workout that incorporates cardio as well. CrossFit can be strength heavy in their workouts and I don’t feel like I’m getting enough cardio.

I’m afraid of hurting myself

Let me preface this statement by saying that the coaches at my CrossFit box are FANTASTIC. They are extremely knowledgeable and are always making sure our form is correct. However, weightlifting is weightlifting and I’ve been feeling lately like I need a break from putting this kind of strain on my body. And when you’re in the middle of a WOD that includes lifting a certain amount of weight as fast as you can you inevitably compromise your form. I try to be as careful as I can, but it’s always a thought in the back of my head that maybe one day I could lift wrong and hurt myself.

I just plain need a change

Before I started CrossFit I went to a regular boot camp for about a year. I loved it and saw great results. But eventually I felt like I needed a change. And that’s how I’m feeling right now. This very well could be my MO, where I need to switch fitness classes every year or two. And I’m ok with that. I think it’s important to switch it up every now and then and keep your body guessing. There are SO many forms of fitness out in the world, it’s not a bad thing to explore them.

Like I said, this was not an easy decision. I’m going to miss my CrossFit classes a lot, but am excited for the next chapter of my fitness journey. I credit CrossFit for my new found confidence in my fitness ability and the ability to test my limits. And I will most certainly be taking that with me into my new form of fitness. Most of all I will miss my coaches and the amazing atmosphere CrossFit provides. It definitely feels like home to me, but I know that I’ll return eventually.

Have you changed up your fitness routine recently? 

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  1. I had stopped barre class, but Alice got me to go back because she wanted to try it. It is not cardio intensive at all, but we both walk/run at other times. Some of it is for muscle, and some is to spend time with my daughter – but I tell ya, she wouldn’t try it last year and this summer she has said repeatedly that it is her new favorite thing!
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  2. I have a love/hate relationship with running. It was soooo hot that I stopped for a bit. Mentally, I needed it. I’m back in because I missed it. Hope you find something new you like and see results with, soon!
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