Why I CrossFit

I was the girl who tried it all. Running, rowing, yoga, spinning, bar method, boxing, and every other class under the sun. It was always something I had to do along with dieting – all because I wanted to be skinny. And then came CrossFit.

After hearing Gina’s story, I knew I had to give it a try and I will never forget how overwhelmed I was the first time I walked in to River North Crossfit. I was so weak and couldn’t even do a push-up but it’s all about starting out with what you can do and working your way up from there. The improvements will come, and they’ll come fast. My back squat went from 78 lbs to 103 lbs in two weeks and nothing feels as good as hitting a new PR.

I’ve finished a round behind some of my friends and everyone cheers me on until I’m done. The only person you’re competing with is yourself. Certain movements were modified at the beginning, and I still have to modify a few things. And
since the workouts are varied, you just don’t get bored like you would
doing the same thing week after week. In fact – I’ve never been bored during a WOD. Ever.

I know CrossFit isn’t for everyone, but months ago I would have said it wasn’t for me. I never would have thought I’d be lifting 80 lbs over my head,
doing push-ups, kettlebell swings, back squats, and box jumps, but it’s been almost 4.5 months and I’m loving it. Walking into a workout that you know will challenge you and completing it gives you a sense of strength and confidence. It’s the most incredible adrenaline rush. CrossFit isn’t for everyone, but if you’re even a little interested, I have to urge you to give it a try. It is hands down the hardest workout I’ve ever done – so hard that I’d say everything I did up until this point was a complete waste of time. Find something that works for you and when you do, make it work.

My friend Maxine posted this on Facebook last week. I really love it.

The most important message I can share with you is that is not about being skinny. I am working toward becoming the strongest and healthiest version of myself that I can and feel so good knowing that I’m doing
what I need to do to get there. Every year I vow to figure out a fitness routine and now
I’ve finally done it. I was able to start my 30s feeling better than ever
and I look forward to getting stronger and healthier in the months and
years to come. I’ve seen what’s possible and am working my ass off to get there.
It feels so good.

And THAT is why I CrossFit.

I looked for a pre-CrossFit photo of myself for the first time last night and definitely see how my body has changed. Aside from feeling better and my clothes fitting better than they ever have before, I am seeing noticeable changes in my body. These “before” photos were taken the week before I started CrossFit and the “after” photo was taken 4 months later in NYC. I can’t wait to see where I am in another 4 months!

Awkward photo but you can see how much smaller my arms have gotten.

Thank you to my amazing friend Gina for inspiring me to start CrossFit, my coaches
at RNCF who continue to push me to work harder, and to all the friends I’ve made along the way.

Have you found something that you love? If so, I’d love to hear more about your workout routine! And if you have any questions about CrossFit please leave a comment or email me! Have a great weekend!
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