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.
Since we are re-testing ourselves on Saturday, this is our last WOD. And I can honestly say I am sad to see it go.
It has been so fun getting to know my Foundations classmates. Moving to a new area was definitely scary, and I had told many people that I wanted to make friends outside of work (although I am so thankful for those friends, as well) and this opportunity helped.
Before our WOD, we discussed which classes we were going to attend post-Foundations course, to see if we could continue to CrossFit together.
Not only was it great to make friends with my classmates, but I consider the Coaches friends as well. Though, some may jokingly prefer I say “acquaintances.”
It has been so fun to learn from them, both inside the gym and at the 3rd Place. It’s gotten to the point where many of us have stayed after 8 p.m. just to practice certain movements (super sorry for that now, Coaches. I’m sure you actually wanted to go home.) But that’s the community they created.
Needless to say, I’m not done with CrossFit. Although it’s an expense, I am making it work. Because it’s an investment in myself, which is something I don’t often do.
And it’s not just an investment in my physical health, but it’s challenged me. Pushed me. And now that I drank the “CrossFit Kool-Aid” I’m not going to stop.
I mean, I still have to get a pull-up.
And although I did not reach that goal within this course, that definitely does not mean the course failed or I failed. Far from it, actually. I found out more about myself that I thought. I realized I’m not some super endurance athlete and I have a lot to work on, in terms of simple physical movements. I’ve learned that I enjoy working on those things and getting better. And I’ve found that pushing myself inside the Box can be transferable to pushing myself outside the Box.
And I really enjoyed what I learned in the 3rd Place – from midline stability to nutrition to the definition of CrossFit: increased work capacity over time with scalability and modality….IM SORRY COACHES I’LL GET IT.
I probably have more than a year before I get a pull-up (or memorize that definition) but I’m going to enjoy the journey getting there. Because along the way, I’ll get better at front squats, snatches, squatting in general, etc.
So, for our last WOD:
It’s a thing in the CrossFit world to hate burpees. You can find countless memes about it.
But I kind of like them. I probably look ridiculous actually doing them, especially because doing burpees in CrossFit is far different than how I did burpees for soccer conditioning, but they’re a full body workout that you can feel all over. Especially the next day.
With the thrusters, I was encouraged once again that I will get over the collarbone phobia. And I truly hope I do. Until that glorious day, I use my shoulders as a human rack for the barbell.
Also, thrusters are similar to snatches. They don’t make sense to me. In my mind, I don’t see how thrusters or snatches are humanly possible.
But that’s another great thing about CrossFit. You, or at least me, really shouldn’t think too hard about the movements, but instead do the movements as your Coach instructs with a lighter weight until you’re comfortable with the movement. Then add weights, be a beast, and compete… and beat Rich Froning.
It was great finishing this WOD encouraging one another and planning when we’re going to see each other again. I am anxious to start real CrossFit classes with others, but also excited to meet more new people and continue seeing improvements in movements.