I was introduced to CrossFit by a fellow Air Force wife. Soon after being introduced into the military community, I realized how important fitness was. Absolutely everyone I met was a regular gym junkie. I wanted in on the CrossFit revolution I had been hearing so much about.
My introduction. I had never worked out in a group setting and after watching a group do their work out of the day (WOD) I was amazed at the amount of support the participants gave each other and the sheer variety of exercises incorporated. I signed up for the beginner’s class (OnRamp), in which I was taught all the proper forms for the exercises . I was also asked to determine my goals and was informed of an optional diet program. I didn’t have any major goals, I wanted to lose 20 lbs., but mainly, I just wanted to tone up, so I didn’t go with the diet program, as I already ate healthy enough.
My first WOD. I’m going to be honest, I felt like I was dying. The sheer intensity of the workout, the non-stop cardio and the burning pain of every muscle in my body combined with the nausea only 10 minutes in was a wake-up call. CrossFit is not for quitters nor the weak minded.
My first month. After dedicating a solid month, I decided it was out of my price range. It cost me about $150 per month. However, I wasn’t ready to give it up. I found a few ladies in my community who followed the WOD posts made online and joined them. It was the same group supported workout, but a smaller group. I found I actually preferred the smaller group setting as there weren’t those unsavory people who thought they were better than everyone else in the group, as was my experience at the Box, plus these workout sessions were free.
Six months later. After several months, I had more than lost my goal weight. I was down 27 lbs. and was more toned than ever. My strength and stamina were through the roof. I had learned to embrace the intensity of the workouts and the pain with the knowledge that I was improving myself. I had every intention of continuing my workouts, but after discovering I was pregnant and labeled as high risk, due to an unrelated matter, my doctor suggested that I find a mellower means of exercise.
In conclusion, I would absolutely recommend CrossFit to anyone with a strong mentality. It was tough, but the results were amazing, as well as the bonds formed with those in my group. The only thing that did not fit with my lifestyle was the price of a professional group session, but there are ways around that. If you decide to give it a try, I would definitely recommend giving it at least two months before deciding whether or not it is for you. Give your body and mind time to adjust to the intensity.