Joining CrossFit was never in my plan book. But when I was a little younger, I signed up to be a cheerleader and our coach would have us doing a lot of strength building workouts. CrossFit being the main one. Here’s what I gained from joining CrossFit.
- Strength: Before joining CrossFit, I was strong. But nowhere near as strong as I got after doing the exercises. It felt good to be stronger and feel like I could handle certain weights other people couldn’t.
- Flexibility: Gosh, I became pretty flexible after joining. I could bend my body in ways I never thought would be possible, and feeling my tired and stiff muscles stretch, felt really good. This helped me during cheer camp.
- Balance: I had good balance, but at times I was a very clumsy girl and it always frustrated me because I would spill drinks, food, trip over my own two feet. I actually thought something was wrong with me. But my coach pushed us all the our limits and always told us balance was the most important thing we could learn from CrossFit.
- Endurance: Where do I begin? I’m a pretty petite woman, but from afar, you can’t tell. So seeing a small girl such as myself lift heavy weights, was pretty awesome! We all started out with 5lbs weights and moved up from there. It was empowering and helped give me the courage to continue.
What I’ve lost from joining CrossFit:
- Weight: Before I lost weight, I gained a lot and it made me slightly upset. But my coach told me it was just all muscles and it would go away in time. The scale kept going up and I became more self-conscious and wanted to give up. But after a few weeks, the scale started going down. That’s when I realized I needed to focus more on the workouts, rather than weight.
- Time: Between cheer camp and CrossFit, I hardly had any time for friends. And most of the girls in my squad, where nasty and blocked me out. But, we were about to be All Star cheerleaders of our state and I let it slide because I was too focused on becoming a stronger person and cheerleader.
- Clothes: Because I was s active, I grew out of a lot of my clothes and had to buy new ones almost every few months.
- Interest in being social: Because of how the girls were treating me on my squad, I withdrew from being social and really going out. I had no interest in it and decided it was best for me to concentrate on myself and myself only.
- Respect: Don’t get me wrong, I gained a lot of respect for people, but the ones who would judge me for doing CrossFit, I lost respect for. I was always being told how dangerous it was and how I found drop out. My coach knew what she was doing and I never really got hurt. The only time I did hurt was when one of my old coaches dropped me in the midst of doing a back flip. I ended up almost breaking not only my neck, but my wrist. CrossFit helped a lot with that, it made me finally perfect the moves I once could never do because I was too “weak” so to speck.
There were plenty of times where I came home crying because the workouts were so intense and left me so sore. But in the end, I’m glad I never gave up. I’ve gained a lot and lost a little by joining CrossFit, and I intend on rejoining again. It’s not just for building muscles, but more so for building ones confidence.