Since I started CrossFit a few months ago I’ve seen some pretty drastic changes in myself both physically and mentally. It is an amazing workout and I’m having fun doing it. CrossFit is gaining popularity but many folks still have tons of questions about it.
Isn’t it really expensive???
CrossFit is quite a bit more expensive than an average gym membership but I’m not getting an average gym membership. I feel like each class gives me the same knowledge, coaching, and workout that I would get with a personal training session. With that in mind, I am getting an incredible deal.
My suggestion is that if you are on the fence about the price, take a few classes before you make your decision.
If paying for classes is just not an option for you, CrossFit.com is a great resource.
What is a class like???
Aren’t you afraid you’ll get bulky???
Oh, you want more of an answer? Honestly, I want to be healthy and strong. If that means I get big arms, then whatevs. Besides, since I’m a female I don’t have the right hormones to get huge, so I’m not going to worry about something that isn’t going to happen anyway.
Aren’t you afraid you’ll hurt yourself???
Like all exercise, I believe that the second most important aspect is form. It is better to lift less and work on form that to wing it and risk hurting yourself.
However, the most important thing is to LISTEN TO YOU BODY. Someone I know has a habit of letting her ego get in the way when it comes to back pain and then hurts herself. Oh wait, that’s me.
The great thing about CrossFit is that it is scalable. Instead of box jumps, I’m doing step ups. While my back was out instead of a barbell I would use a PVC pipe to practice the movement without weight. There are tons of options if a certain movement doesn’t work for you.
Do you really get a good workout if the WOD is only 15 minutes???
What is the most important thing that you have learned so far?
(Ok, this is a plant – no one has asked me this.)
I’ve learned that there is a big difference between my body needing to stop and my mind thinking that it needs to stop.
(Warning, I’m going to talk about the damn burpees again)
I have never wanted to stop anything in my life as I did during 7 minutes of burpees. But I kept getting on the ground. Somehow, I kept getting back up.
My mind wanted to stop so bad because everything burned. I didn’t stop and I finished. I realized in that moment that all those times before in skating, dancing, running, lifting, and life, I have GIVEN UP not because I needed to, but because I was afraid of the struggle.
Laura Freeman is a CrossFitter, marathoner, and dog-mom living in Oregon. She is an obsessive goal setter who hopes to inspire others to find their passion and live a healthy life. This year Laura is taking the CrossFit Level 1 training certification and hopes to start coaching CrossFit.