I’m here today to talk about my most recent passion.
If you’ve read my blog before (and I mean before my Houdini performance – my big disappearing act from this platform), you know that running was almost all I’ve done to be healthy. But let’s rewind to last August!
It was the middle of a not so active Summer, I was not feeling good about myself, I had quit running out of laziness and for that, my body was seriously complaining.
My brother had been doing CrossFit for almost a year and our conversations about it made me curious. I went to his Box (it’s what you call the CrossFit gym) and I even did a video for a class. I was hooked.
After knowing how good it made him feel, I decided to finally give it a try.
Deciding to try was the bravest thing I did. I was terrified of failing, so afraid of being the last one and the weakest.
It was the best thing I did.
In the first day of September I joined CrossFit.
Seeing the weights, the barbells, the rig, the ropes… It was so scary… but at the same time I had this weird feeling of knowing I would be able to do all of it someday. If I just kept pushing…
My first classes weren’t as brutal as some people make it out to be. Usually, we start with no weights and we scale everything to make sure we learn the movements and don’t injure ourselves (the major advice is to NOT BE STUPID!
Every class has four separate times: first we warm up our bodies and after that we usually have the “Skill and Strength” where we train for technique and to be better at a certain movement or to get stronger at it. Then it comes the WOD (workout of the day). It’s different every day and it’s usually for time or rounds. The last thing is the mobility where we stretch and cool down all the muscles that were tortured that day.
|Julie Foucher at the CrossFit Games
After 4 months, I still scale a lot of exercises like pull-ups and handstands but the improvement has been remarkable. I think that is the most amazing thing about CrossFit: being able to see how strong you’re becoming and knowing that you’ll be better if you just keep pushing. After all, that weird feeling was right. It’s all about not giving up.
The coaches and the people that work out with you are the heart of CrossFit. I fell in love with the sport because of them. Everyone helps you, everyone wants to see you finish, even if you’re the last one. My fear of being the weakest and failing was conquered. I know that in some classes I’m definitely not the strongest and most of the times I won’t be able to finish under the time cap (limit of time for a certain WOD) but that’s ok because I’m getting there… One day after the other.
Some days are REALLY hard and some days… are still pretty hard. If there were easy ones, I probably wouldn’t like them.
For me, CrossFit is about getting stronger both physically and mentally. It’s also about being part of a community and going to a place where I feel happy for at least 1 hour a day. It’s a chance to think about my goals while also supporting and helping others achieve theirs.
One thing that I have to emphasize before signing out is that I don’t do CrossFit to be thinner, or skinny or to lose weight. I do CrossFit because I want to be stronger.
I don’t even know what I weigh anymore and honestly I don’t care! – and that is the real life lesson I learned in these last 4 months.
(and by the way, the first photo is not only here because my cat is incredibly cute but also because those are my Reebok Nano 3.0 – my babies – my CrossFit shoes!)
Go ahead and tell me what you think! What is your passion right now? How do you like to work out? What fears did you conquer lately?
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