First off, you may be wondering what CrossFit is. Well, I suppose, it’s a lot of things. It’s a community of people. It’s a fitness program. It’s a gym – sorta. But really a lot of other things fall under those definitions, right? Here’s the best description I found on CrossFit.com’s website.
CrossFit is constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity.
So for me, CrossFit is going to CrossFit Lawrence’s gym, with a coach and a group of people, where there is equipment and a program where I work my body by carrying heavy weight at a high intensity until I’m sweating and panting.
That word functional is probably my favorite part. The actual work done at the gym isn’t practical. We aren’t building a house of anything, but the movements we do, would serve me super well if I were to build a house.
To carry a heavy load of compost from the truck to the garden, I used my clean or deadlift skills. Was that gardening or CrossFit? I can’t tell!
CrossFit Specializes In Not Specializing
Now that I’m not in school, not a college athlete, or compete in races, I don’t need to specialize in anything.
I don’t want to be the highest pole vaulter, or the best gymnast. I just want to be strong and do life well.
Basically, CrossFit teaches me a generality of fitness that fits any work I choose in life.
For how fickle I am with my recreational activities, who knows, I may want to do a triathlon next summer. I’m nearly ready, with just my CrossFit training.
Or perhaps, we buy some land and I want to put up fence so we can have a dairy cow (real life goal, y’all). Well, you won’t see me limping with soreness the next day.
A Means To Relate
Some of my friends are yogis, mommas, lawyers, midwives, farmers, business owners, etc – things I’m not.
How do we relate? We sweat together.
CrossFit doesn’t change the program for those of varied athletic abilities, they change the load and intensity.
Therefore, we get to do the same workout, together! Just modified to each person’s abilities. I’ve worked out with 70 year olds, superman and superwoman, beginners, and children and we each were huff’n and puff’n.
All The Feels
All the science behind it, I don’t know, but I’m healthier and better looking than I’ve ever been.
Working hard has blessings, in all aspects of life. Whether I’m pressing a dining chair to stack in my garage (did this last week) or snatching 85 lbs in a CrossFit workout, I’m working hard and the results are good.
Big? no… does it matter?
Flabby? Not at all.
Can I open a door? Yes (I used to have trouble with this – no joke)
And, most importantly, can I serve others better because of this? of course. Try cooking a real meal for your family after a long day, when you are fatigued and weak – aint happenen.
Try helping your husband move a heavy wood dining table into a truck – gotta have a heavy load squat.
Have you tried CrossFit? What did you think? If not, why not?