Attending a CrossFit class was not an easy decision. I heard various friends talk about how awesome it was; that they were drenched in sweat after every workout. It was intimidating to hear this from my friends. Only my friends that were extremely fit would tell me how amazing CrossFit was; my non-athletic friends didn’t even know what it was. I was not sure if I wanted to join or not, since I wasn’t in the best shape.
I decided to try it out. It was an eye opening experience. I walked in expecting all these muscle heads waiting for the class to begin. I was surprised to see how friendly they were. I wasn’t in the best shape, but I was still welcomed with open arms. After all the formalities had been taken care off, the workout begun. This was it, time for me to begin sweating. I was self-conscious at first because I felt like the person in the worst physical shape in the room. I soon realized that although this is a class workout, people are not paying one bit of attention to anyone else. Everyone here is concentrated on the themselves; either doing an extreme set or catching their breath from just finishing a set. The reality of the situation is that I was self-conscious for no reason. I was my own worst enemy in the room.
Overall, CrossFit is as mental as it is physical. I wasn’t mentally ready for this sort of exercise routine. They physical component of CrossFit isn’t dangerous in any way. I wasn’t pushed to do something I wasn’t capable of doing. Everyone’s fitness level was relative. I was able to get a workout just as good as someone who had been doing it for a while. CrossFit is designed in such a way that anyone can get a great workout. The key to this is that everyone does a set that is at their level. The reality of the situation is that it does take hard work. Physically, it is very demanding; but I cannot stress how much the mental component of the workout matters.
I attended classes a few times afterwards. Unfortunately, I was not able to commit to it. My life got busier and I concentrated on other things. It takes commitment and hard work to be a part of CrossFit. I would suggest going to one of the classes and see for yourself exactly what it is like. There is only so much a person can understand from reading someone else’s experience. The best way is to go out there and actually do it.