Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve read articles bashing CrossFit and articles praising CrossFit. And everything in between.
I’m pretty sure a lot of the CrossFit haters have never even attended an event or walked into a box. And maybe the few that have ran with the wrong folks. But on the flipside a lot of the CrossFit die hards are badass mofo’s that are so elite, I can only wish to be like them. They are those beautiful bodied people. The kind of people that belong in magazines. They are never average joe’s such as myself – With lots of flaws and lots of weaknesses. A few months ago, I wrote a post on Why I (still) CrossFit. I wish I was more “popular” in the blog world because I think my experience and who I am caters more to the AVERAGE person who is just looking for an active and healthy lifestyle but may never grace the covers of magazines.
Truly, if you need/want a great EVERYTHING workout and you want a supportive community then CrossFit is something you should check out. There are lots of people out there with goals and a group is out there for every walk of life, but I really believe that the community I have found is one that is solid and that keeps growing. You can have so many different types of people connect on the same level even if you aren’t on the same physical level. Sure you’re gonna see silliness and sure you may see some instances of absolute ridiculousness, but as a competent human being you should be able to discern good coaching over poor coaching. Click here for what you should look for in a good box.
If the group thing isn’t your cup of tea, you can do CrossFit anywhere. But for me, I like sharing my success and failures with those who are learning and growing with me. Some folks have flown right by me, but are still there in support, cheering on to the last rep and some folks commiserate with me as we work towards our sometimes lofty goals.
Regardless of what our goals are, or where you are at on your health journey, I believe that you gotta do something that works for you. But if you’re gonna bash CrossFit, you better have participated. And if you’ve read someone’s love for CrossFit but are intimidated because they have beyond the 6 pack abs, just know it’s not all about outrageous workouts or insanely perfect people. There’s a lot of people similar to me. The girl next door. Or in my case the mom next door.
11/13 – 11/14 WODs
My body hates me, For real! Everything hurts. I told myself on Tuesday when I finally hit up the BOOM Box after a tiny hiatus that I would go Tu/Th and then baby step my way back into everything. I’m still a wounded birdy so I’m still limited. But by last night, I was so achy that I knew I had to WORK the soreness out. I was glad I did but I wasn’t sure if my bed would keep me hostage or if I would be able to walk this morning. I set my alarm anyways. Barely by the hair on my chiny chin chin did I make it in. Only to find out I’d be the lone ranger today.
It’s been cold in the mornings and it takes a while to get these old bones ready to go. My ankles, hips and shoulders are sooooo tight. And well everything else is sore.
Strength: Max distance sled pull in 30 seconds x3 3plates/2plates
Well it was still cold at 7pm but probably not near as cold as 5am! I have never like sled pushes, sled pulls, sled anything! And as refreshing as cool air can be, it can also burn your lungs. Whew it was bittersweet. In 30 seconds, my first and best run was for 220 yds. After that I got close but my butt was on fire! That pretty much felt like that was all the workout I needed. Time to go home.
MetCon: 3 min EMOM of 5 Box Jumps, 10 Push Ups, 15 Air Squats; 5 min EMOM 2 Power Cleans 225/135; 3 min EMOM 5 Box Jumps, 10 Push Ups, 15 Air Squats
But we had 11 whole minutes more of MetCon to complete. While 11 minutes doesn’t sound like a long time, why don’t you do the above work. I was barely finishing the reps in the minute. I’d get 5-10 seconds of rest and then bam, start again. No I can’t do Push Ups right now so I did Hollow Rocks. And to substitute for Power Cleans, I did Deadlifts. I completed all my rounds, but some of them were too close for comfort.
Lone ranger this morning! Boooooo! Who knows I may have had the best time. Ok really, I know I didn’t but one can hope.
Midline: 30 evil wheels
Not knowing what my wrist is capable of is scary. Just nerve-racking. I realized I could do 30 evil wheels, damn it! My abs will be dead in the morning.
Strength: Strict Press 5,5,5
This a no go so I did rows. I didn’t do too much weight. Started at 65lbs and ended at 80lbs. It did feel good to work my back vs. LEGS. Even though squatting is the best and deadlifting is nice… sometimes the lower body needs a break!
MetCon: 5 rounds of 10 Burpees, 20 Lunges and 25 Double Unders
Ya, not bad for 1 round. 5 rounds is a different story. Remember folks you want to kill this workout As Fast As Possible. To substitute for Burpees I did GHD situps. I thought the time it would take to get up and down from the GHD would hinder me, but who am I kidding, Burpees would hinder me just as much. The lunges were killer. Halfway through each round, my hips would just ignite and burn soooo bad. I just had to chip away and put that pain elsewhere. DUs weren’t too bad. I’d be so close to getting unbroken each time but would trip up close to 20. Doh! So frustrating. Time: 9:26
That’s a little bit of everything don’t ya think? It’s almost the weekend y’all. Smile and be happy! Get active, eat clean, sleep and as always be AWESOME!
9 thoughts on “Love/Hate CrossFit”
Nice job lady! I agree with you completely on why I Crossfit. I actually just wrote a guest post that got blogged today over at chocolatemedals.com about how I started, and why I love it. The bashing articles bother me too, mostly because I started this sport HUGELY overweight and out of shape, and have found myself again because of it.
So anyhoo. Preach woman! And stick with it. Your sore achy body will be back to that fine tuned machine in no time.
Thank you! You know I’ve always enjoyed working out but CrossFit is something I consider fun, not in the moment probably EVER, but I keep coming back :p I think my sore achy body might just fall apart before tomorrow!
Not only can you be out of shape and not fit or any of that stuff, but you can also be OLD and still do CrossFit and actually get better and better at it. I think that people doing nothing are simply frightened by people doing anything. Especially something intense. Too bad for them.
Exactly. Too bad for them. We have all ages at our box and I really don’t see AGE when I see so much progress.
I love what you wrote! I also get really annoyed by people bashing CF. Ok, there are instances of people pushing themselves to ridiculous and unhealthy levels but that exists in every sport in the world! and you are in charge of what you do and what you perceive as too much. People make stupid decisions all the time, blame the people not the sport! CF is the one workout I have found that I love and look forward to! Not like before when i would think ‘uff, I suppose I better go to the gym’. The people who bash it just don’t understand and like you said, they need to give it a chance before they make their minds up. Long live Crossfit! hahahaha
Hahaha, Long live CrossFit. We should get shirts. And I’m with you, I actually look forward to most WODs even if it has all my weaknesses. Where before, going to a class at a big ol gym would be dreaded.
So true, Steph!! I get so annoyed by some people!! 🙂
And just want to drag some people into the box when tehy say oh, it’s too intense for me, or I’ll never be able to do that, or I can’t afford that, or anything.. YES– you CAN. And it’s AWESOME.
Ha! I want to do the same thing. And be like SEEEEE it’s not scary or crazy. And when it comes to cost, I just say it’s an investment in my health. I’d rather pay what is minimal in my mind for “good” health care than pay it in dr. visits and medications later down the road.