Guest Post: Nicole and Crossfit

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?

34 thoughts on “Guest Post: Nicole and Crossfit

    • I wanted to start Crossfit for almost a year before I finally worked up the courage because I was getting all my Kool-Aid from a fanatic. Once I got there I realized that yes, there were fantastically fit people who could do push ups on their HEADS (yeah, it’s a thing), but there were also lots of people like me who started out run/walking the warm up and taking baby steps.

      I really encourage you to give it a try. Contact your local Crossfit Box, talk with the coach, and take a class to see what it’s all about. You will be surprised, and hopefully hooked!

  1. I haven’t tried it, but have tons of friends that do it. I have done a lot of the same exercises in college (I was on the cheerleading team and our strength coach put us through all the olympic style workouts). Honestly though, what intimidates me is the price 😦 I do see it gets results though with my friends!

    • I won’t lie, it’s definitely pricy. I pay $175/month for my membership and every time it comes out of my checking account I die a little inside knowing that is one nice pair of shoes. BUT, the price tag does two things for me. One, it keeps me motivated to go, a LOT. If I’m going 5x per week it hurts a lot less than if I only manage to make it in once or twice. And two, it makes me constantly evaluate if I’m getting what I’m paying for. Our coaches are top notch, and I basically get as many personal training sessions/nutrition advice/counseling sessions/ “that’s what she said” jokes as I can handle in a given week.

      I really really recommend trying a class and then deciding for yourself if you feel like it’s worth it.

  2. I’d love to try crossfit but with my husband away so often I couldn’t make the commitment to a class (plus my commitment to soccer – gotta go with my first love). Maybe some day 🙂

    • It’s totally intimidating. Heck, sometimes I still get a little intimidated when I see the workout for the day. But, I KNOW I can do it. There is a “scaled” movement for everything (ie, if you aren’t yet able to do pull ups you do ring rows), and it will challenge you in the best possible way. I also can’t say enough about the sense of community. The reason I go to class most days is because I know if I don’t I will hear about it from my friends… and that is so motivational.

  3. I definitely want to try crossfit. I know I would love it. Sadly, the reality is that crossfit places charge so much that it’s not realistic for most people… especially if you work in social services. HA

  4. I plan on entering a series of Spartan Races in 2014 (actually set a goal for a Texas Trifecta 🙂 ) but I know that I need to up the intensity of my workouts, so naturally I’m curious about CF. I just got assigned to a new jobsite, and there is a box across the street, so I see them working out, and I’m REALLY tempted to walk in next week, and talk to the coaches, maybe try a workout on for size…wish me well!

  5. I’ve heard some great things about Crossfit, but I’m scared to try it because I wasn’t sure I would be able to do it at my current fitness level. But this has encouraged me to check it out. Thank you!

    • Yay! You’re welcome! I felt very much the same way, but I promise you every movement in every workout can be scaled to your ability. Now, I’m not saying it will be easy, but it will be hard FOR YOU, which is what is important. I can’t wait to hear what you think! Be sure to pop by my blog and let me know. 🙂

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