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5 Days In

What follows are the unfiltered thoughts from one of our newest athletes, Selena.  She has agreed to document her journey through the first month of her CrossFit experience with us at CrossFit Regeneration.  Click HERE to schedule your Free No-Sweat Intro with one of our expert coaches.

5 Days In

Selena Alexander

Five. It’s the number of championship rings former NBA champion Kobe Bryant sports on his fingers; it’s also the number of days a week most of us wake up for jobs that we (hopefully) love; and now it also represents the number of CrossFit classes it took for me to become obsessed with the sport.

I know, it’s early in the game and I’m still in the honeymoon phase of what I hope becomes a long-lasting relationship between CrossFit and I, but seriously, I haven’t felt this empowered in a long time and I’m addicted.

Here are five reasons why you should consider signing up for CrossFit Regeneration’s next round of the New You Challenge:

1) You’re not only working out, you’re learning why you’re working out.
Let’s be real, a lot of us try new workouts because we’re trying to find the quickest way to start looking good naked. When I first met with CrossFit Regeneration owner Charlie Sims, he asked why I was there and I’m fairly certain my exact response was, “I want my ‘college athlete’ body back.” While that’s still true, I keep coming back in large part because every session we learn WHY we’re working out the way we do. Before each class begins, our coaches explain a new concept, like virtuosity, and how it pertains to our workout; giving you a purpose for lacing up your sneakers that’s far more relevant than the attempt to look good on the beach this summer—not that that isn’t important too.

2) No repetition
Sure, we do reps—a lot of them, actually, but no workout is ever duplicated. Obviously I’ve only been going to the gym for a short period of time, but I’ve been assured that with CrossFit, you almost never see the same workout twice, and I appreciate that. It gives you something to look forward to, and you can be certain a different set of muscles will hurt each day.

3) Accountability
At CrossFit Regeneration there is a serious sense of community. In just five hour-long classes, I’ve learned a lot about not only the coaches, but also my classmates, and that’s because we all talk before, during, and after class. Intimidation is often the reason why people shy from working out in group settings, but that feeling, at least for me, is non-existent at Regeneration, and that makes me feel accountable to every one at the Box to show up every single day.

4) The best of both worlds
CrossFit seems to be the perfect combination of group exercise and personal training. While you’re obviously in a class with other people, the coaches still take the time to modify and adjust each person’s movements and field questions from everyone. Because of limited mobility in my arm, I usually have a lot of questions and need exercise modifications, and both are always taken care of seamlessly.

5) It’s just badass
Excuse my language, but honestly, every time I leave CrossFit Regeneration I feel like superwoman. There’s something about the combination of the above reasons that come together to make you feel like you could move a mountain if you had the perfect form in your squat. Swinging kettlebells, hanging from rings, or executing a round of wall balls are simply more fun than jumping on an elliptical for 45 minutes. Trust me on this one.

 

Change your Story, Change your life.

Change your Story, Change your life.

Charlie Sims

All of us operate on a basic set of assumptions about the world we live in, and about ourselves within that world. We impose limits on ourselves as to what we think we can do. We even impose limits on what we’re willing to entertain as possible for ourselves. And we miss out on life because of it.

Some of these assumptions are based on legitimate facts. I haven’t tried teleporting lately… Have you?

But others are mere results of a story that we’re telling ourselves about ourselves that may or may not have any real bearing on the facts. “I’ll never be able to sing, so why try?” “I could never be able to date someone like ______.” “That job is out of reach.” And so on…

The story goes: “I haven’t _______” Therfore “I can’t ________”.

Is there a possibility (even a tiny sliver) that the story is false?

Is it possible that your assumption about yourself (story) is a prison that is restricting you from experiencing growth, power, happiness, or life?

Answer the question: What might be possible for me if my assumption about this thing is false?

Watch the prison disappear, and possibility open up.

Here We Go…

What follows are the unfiltered thoughts from one of our newest athletes, Selena.  She has agreed to document her journey through the first month of her CrossFit experience with us at CrossFit Regeneration.  Click HERE to schedule your Free No-Sweat Intro with one of our expert coaches.

Here We Go…

By: Selena Alexander

As I reflect on the decision I made to walk into a CrossFit Box tomorrow, I feel a lot of different emotions—but the one that is the clearest to me is nervousness. At one point in my life, apprehension was a foreign concept to me, certainly as it pertained to physical challenges. As a former college basketball player, being an athlete and competing always came natural, until 2009 when I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. The diagnosis came as a shock to my then nineteen-year-old self, and the aggressiveness of the disease was even harder to wrap my head around. By 2012 I had had four surgeries, including a total knee replacement, in attempts to correct damage the rheumatoid had done to my once superiorly healthy body.

Needless to say, the gym in any form took the backseat. Today, I’m back to exercising (semi) regularly, without many limitations—other than the fact that I have limited range of motion in my right knee and elbow, and absolutely no range of motion in my left elbow. That’s right, it’s stuck in a fixed position, I can’t bend or fully straighten it at all. And let’s face it, CrossFit doesn’t look like the kind of activity where having limited mobility will serve me well. Won’t I need both of my arms to do this?! Not necessarily, according to CrossFit Regeneration owner Charlie Sims. When I shared my situation with Sims, he looked slightly shocked, but with almost no hesitation said it wouldn’t be problem, that he was excited even, to face the challenge of modifying CrossFit workouts to make them conducive to my restricted abilities.

There are still a few hours left before the journey begins, so there’s no telling how this all will go—but while I appreciate Charlie’s enthusiasm, I’d be lying if I said with complete confidence I’m not a little skeptical of his “no problem” attitude. I can hardly do anything with my upper body and this is CrossFit—isn’t that a problem? I anticipate awkward moments and pauses while he tries to figure out what I can do in place of push-ups, rope-climbs, wall balls, and any other elbow-bending exercises he may have planned for this group of “New You Challenge” accepters in the next four weeks.

However, I did in fact accept this challenge, and I will follow Charlie’s lead. Even in the midst of my skepticism, his reassuring attitude is about the only reason why I plan to walk through the doors of CrossFit Regeneration with an open mind and willingness to learn more about this sport. Here goes nothing—let the journey begin!