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Guest writer, Hayli, wanted to share her unfiltered experience in her first month with us at CrossFit Regeneration.

My CrossFit Journey – Day 1

My CrossFit Journey Series

Have you been hesitant to come give CrossFit a try?  Back in 2015, our guest writer, Hayli, wanted to share her unfiltered experience and was kind enough to document her first month with us at CrossFit Regeneration. What follows are her words. You can read all of her posts here. Originally posted on her website.

I am sweaty mess. But I lived.

When everyone awkwardly arrived to the class and greeted each other for the first time, we sat in what the CrossFit Regeneration team calls “the 3rd Place.” Charlie introduced everyone and talked to each person as if he’d known them for a long time.

Before we began the workout, he explained we would not be doing the movements I saw every day at work. He explained the class is actually an “on-ramp” course, in which we will progress to CrossFit Games level in about 10 years, give or take. Essentially, that level is not expected of us.


What was expected was that we try and be open to learning and changing movements.

Next, he had us define CrossFit. Like a definition to the barbell lifting, barbell dropping, box jumping workout. The first two words that came to mind were heavyweights and intense.

Instead, Charlie used Greg Glassman’s, the founder of CrossFit, definition.

CrossFit (n) [Cross-Fit]: constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity.

My whole athletic career has been focused on endurance. Running to get in shape. Increasing mileage. Decreasing time. Sure, agilities had been a part of that, but lifting heavy things had never really been.

As I got ready to hear about our first workout, I was thinking of only terrible things that could be asked of me.




But I was wrong. The workout was going to be intense, but Charlie explained when we finish all workouts in the course, we should be tired but able to say, “Yeah, that was hard. But I could do it again.”

Our first workout was going to be for time. Then, on our last day, we would do the same workout for time, and see how we’ve improved. The goal of the entire class is to improve our average time by a full minute.

The WOD (CrossFit slang for Workout Of the Day) was:

Run 200 meters
Run 200 meters

Everyone has heard of these movements and probably performed them. But this is when I figured out I have been doing squats wrong my entire 22 years of existence.

Apparently, I look like Bambi. Which is hilarious. I bend my knees in and lean toward the left, presumably because of stupid grandma hip.

But Charlie and another Coach (capital C, because CrossFit lingo) took the time to come over and show me a proper squat and what I was doing wrong. It was a lot harder, but it felt right. They took the time to help others scale, modify and correct their movements as well, so that they were doing it safely and correctly. I realized, this workout wasn’t to see who could get it done the fastest and impress everyone. It was so we performed each movement correctly to get the best workout and not injure ourselves. And the Coaches were experts in the field. And far better than my two-a-day soccer coaches.



But also, they pushed us. The Coaches weren’t just going to let us do push ups, like bending your arms as much as you can. No, you had to put your body on the ground, lift your hands up, and then push yourself back up.

Then the workout began. Because of an immense downpour, we couldn’t run the 200-meters, which made me sad because it was the only part I could do OK-ish. But also thankful it wasn’t so cutthroat he was going to make us run in the downpour.

I sweated. A lot. Doing those movements, I didn’t think they were a big deal. Squats with no weights. Push-ups will always suck. And sit-ups were OK. But the added pressure of time and doing them in a relay-type row, I was dripping. I was gross.

I finished in 5:32. And it was hard. But I could do it again.

Not only was I proud to have finished the workout, but the other people next to me started cheering me on when they were finished. Then I, in turn, did the same for others. We were already forming this little community everyone had told me came with CrossFit. I guess that’s what happens when you sweat together.

In a Nutshell: I am a sweaty mess. But I could, and will, do it again.

My CrossFit Journey – The Day Before

My CrossFit Journey Series

Have you been hesitant to come give CrossFit a try?  Back in 2015, our guest writer, Hayli, wanted to share her unfiltered experience and was kind enough to document her first month with us at CrossFit Regeneration. What follows are her words. You can read all of her posts here. Originally posted on her website.

On July 7, 2015, I started a new job as a staff writer for Peake Media in Louisville, Kentucky.

After freelancing for 7+ months after graduating college in December, 2014 and working at my church, I was beyond ecstatic to finally have a full-time job where I would be able to write.

I also loved the concept of Peake Media. It is a small publication company in Kentucky that is focused on fitness. PM is the parent company to three magazines: Box Pro Magazine, Campus Rec Magazine (which will have its first print issue out next month!) and Club Solutions Magazine.

For those of you who, like me, had no idea why a magazine would be named “Box Pro,” it is because CrossFit gyms are referred to as Boxes. Yes, I am writing for a B2B CrossFit magazine.

Also, those of you who know me are very aware that I have the weakest arms, but have always been competitively active. I played on a co-ed soccer team in high school, which trained me to be tough and resilient. Then I picked up running in college.

After working at the magazine for less than a month, my editor convinced me to try out CrossFit at the Box she works out at three days a week. I was nervous, but it seemed important to her. And gaining arm muscle was important to me, so I’m trying something new.


I’ve done my research. I have been writing about CrossFit for three weeks at this point and have become familiar with the slang, the movements and a few random facts about nutrition. My editor even made me try a protein shake.

I’ve seen men and women lift heavy weights, run a mile with weights on their backs and rest barbells on their collarbones (more on that later). And I cannot do any of these things. In the weightlifting practices during my cheer days, I could not lift the bar.

  • I don’t want to embarrass myself in front of new people in a new area.
  • I cannot lift heavy things. Period.

Today, the day before I begin the Foundations for Fitness classes, I met Charlie Sims, the Affiliate (CrossFit-slang for owner) of the Box. Before the Foundations course, he encourages people to come in and meet him and see the gym. He sat me down at the gym and talked through what this “on-ramp” course was like. He stated that expectations were low – people from all different levels of fitness were going to be a part of this class, but were all going to get in shape.

Another reason for new CrossFitters to meet Charlie was to fill out a questionnaire about why you were starting the class, and what goals you had. He asked real, honest questions. And, it essentially wanted to get to the “why” I was doing CrossFit, what I hoped to gain from it and what my fitness goals were.


My answers were simple. I was doing it to learn more about the sport, since I was going to be spending the majority of my time now writing about CrossFit. I was honest about wanting to gain arm muscle and the fact that I work out to make up for poor eating habits (never will anyone make me give up my 9 p.m. treat). And my goal was simple: I want to do a pull up.

He also asked if I had any past injuries or conditions that he should be aware of, as we go about a high-intensity workout. My stubbornness and inability to show weakness made me not want to tell him, but I did let Charlie know about my “grandma-hip” that does pop out of place when I run. That is how nervous I am about starting CrossFit.

Not only did I appreciate Charlie wanting to show me the gym, but, whether intentional or not, he made me feel less nervous about the class tomorrow. I’m sure it is going to be a tough workout and I am going to sweat a lot, but now I have a connection there. And he wants me to meet my fitness goals, without injuries.

I sit here, on my coach having just finished a short run, very nervous about what tomorrow could bring. Sweat, I’m sure, will be included. But I’m hoping the community aspect of CrossFit that everyone talks about.