Now that I’m not training, I’ve explained to you all that I am all about trying new workouts and switching things up. One of the things I have been really enjoying have been traveling Work Out Of the Days, or WODs. This term comes from Crossfit, which is a very popular work out and strength training program right now. I’m sure you’ve heard of it 🙂
Well, when my friend Nicole at Not the Fat Kid In Gym Class Anymore offered to write a guest post about HER experiences with Crossfit, I JUMPED at the opportunity. You all know my first love is running, but it’s always good to learn and try new things!
Interested in trying Crossfit? Consider this…
In my experience, the word Crossfit has three reactions.
One, someone does it, knows all about it, and when you mention it they explode in your face about AMRAP’s, burpees, their Fran time and Paleo.
Two, someone has heard about it but doesn’t know much except that only really TRULY crazy people do it.
Or three, you’ve never heard of it and google search it, and end up terrified of rhabdo and Pukey the Clown, and just generally believe everyone in group 1 is a nut job.
Sound about right? Well, I have some super excellent news that I’m certain might just change your life. If you’re not in group 1 you should know, Crossfit is probably not what you think, not at all what you would expect, and everything you should give a chance.
Believe it or not, I’m firmly a group 1-er.
No need to back away slowly and not make eye contact, I get that not everyone is ready to start guzzling the kool-aid with me on day one. But whether you’re simply curious in learning more about Crossfit, or are actually considering giving it a shot, I want to help scoot you in the right direction.
You can do your own research on Crossfit, the sport of fitness, but here’s my two cents about this fitness craze that’s really catching on.
I started CF just over a year ago. I was nearly 200 lbs, a size 14/16 and hadn’t done a single physically active thing in well over a year. I didn’t have a particularly athletic background, and frankly was the “fat kid in gym class” for most of my life.
I walked into the box (that’s what Crossfit calls their fitness facilities) that day without any real expectations, except that I might cry or die, and left with a life changing experience.
I was met by a team of friendly coaches, even friendlier participants, and a workout that even in my obese and inactive state, was able to be scaled so that I could complete it with everyone else.
That is the beauty that is Crossfit.
If you pop by my blog now you will find a lot of the lingo, weights that might look intimidating, and workouts that might seem out of your reach. A year later I’ve come a long way, and every step of the way my coaches have worked with me to get there. If I can do it, learn this much, grow this much, and heck shrink this much, so can you!
Give it a try, and be sure to report back to us how you did, what you thought, and how we can help you!
Question of the Afternoon: Anyone ever tried Crossfit or been tempted to? What do you like about it?