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5 Reasons Why I Love CrossFit

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That's me swinging the kettle bell in CrossFit That’s me swinging the kettle bell in CrossFit

It’s true. I drank the Kool-Aid and asked for a second glass.

I’m in love with CrossFit.

I haven’t talked about it much because, frankly, I don’t want it to take over my blog.


I promise I won’t be posting daily about WODs (Workouts of the Day) or throwing around acronyms like WOD or AMRAP (As Many Rounds as Possible) or C&J (Clean and Jerk.)

That just doesn’t sound like fun to me.

However, CrossFit has taken over my workouts.

At the end of last year I was ecstatic to find a new CrossFit gym in my area. I dropped in for a class and immediately fell in love.

First there’s something you need to know about me and gyms. When I started working out (which I did of my own free will and not something I thought I HAD to do to lose weight) I tried to use all the fancy equipment and hated it.

I hate treadmills, stationary bikes, Nautilus equipment. I also hate working out alone. For me, gym membership = access to classes.

I started with step and Zumba (not a fan, I’ll dance in my living room, thank you very much!) and then got more adventurous with Spinning, kickboxing and bootcamps. When I switched gyms 2 years ago I discovered Les Mills BodyCombat and BodyPump. All great stuff, but after about a year, I was bored.

CrossFit was a welcome change and challenge. After a month of dropping in on classes I decided to quit my traditional gym membership and join the CrossFit gym. I’ve been going consistently 4-5 days a week for the past 2 months — here’s why…

1. The Focus on Overall Fitness Goals Not Body Parts

One of the things I always hated about working out with a trainer, or even listening to some of the instructors at the gym, is the constant talk about exercising to achieve a certain body. I’d cringe when the step instructor would mention how tight our asses would be by the summer if we just pushed a little harder. Every trainer I talked to always seemed more preoccupied with sculpting a body then overall fitness. I know some people are into that and get motivated by it, but it’s not for me. I’ve had more success in achieving a healthy body image by allowing my body to be a byproduct of my lifestyle. I think working out to achieve a body shape is a slippery slope, especially when using celebrities as our goals and inspiration.

Not once have I heard this talk at my CrossFit gym. We focus on strength and performance. Did we run a little faster than last week? Could we lift a little heaver? It’s all about your overall fitness, strength and flexibility — not your abs, ass and arms. I, for one, am way more motivated in this type of environment.

2. Competitively Supportive Environment

Speaking of the environment, I know a lot of people who are turned off by the timed workouts and seemingly competitive nature of CrossFit. It’s true that CrossFit can be and is competitive for those who want to compete, but for day-to-day workouts, the atmosphere could not be more supportive.

Sure, we time ourselves and see how much weight everyone is lifting, but the focus is on doing YOUR best. Maybe it’s just the personality type of crossFitters, but I find the atmosphere competitively supportive.

3. Variety of Workouts

Two months of workouts so far and never have I done the same thing twice. Sure, there’s core exercises we do over and over again (hello, box jumps!) but every day is a surprise. Sometimes it’s a circuit and you are timed, sometimes it’s a set time and you see how many rounds you can do. Sometimes you’re running, sometimes you’re rowing. Sometimes you lift heavy, sometimes you go for reps. Every day is an adventure. As someone who bores easy, this is invaluable.

4. Just Show Up

This isn’t necessarily a benefit of only CrossFIt but I have to mention it as it’s another thing I find necessary in my workouts. As a wife, mom and business owner, I plan a lot. I’m responsible for a lot. I organize A LOT. When it comes to my workouts I want someone else to do the work. I just want to show up. That may sound odd for a borderline Type-A personality, but it’s true. I show up for class, look at the board and just workout. There are no decisions to be made. I’m smiling just thinking about it.

5. Bye Bye Comfort Zone

I think my absolute favorite thing about CrossFit is its ability to literally shove me out of my comfort zone. I haven’t mastered everything, by far, but just attempting things I didn’t think were possible (I’m talking to you, wall climbs and multiple pull-ups) builds confidence. Even when I fail! Why? Because, well, I had the courage to try and one day I will succeed. I can just feel it.



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Discussion

There are 36 comments so far.

    Kat

    February 20, 2013

    I know I drive my friends and co-workers crazy with CrossFit and Paleo talk. Sometimes I feel like the kid in American Pie…this one time at band camp. I try to restrain myself because I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but it’s hard not to talk and be excited about something I love so much. More kool-aide please :)

    SioGonzo

    February 20, 2013

    I, too, have fallen in love with CrossFit! I could’ve written this blog-post myself. I’m proud to say that I have a “gym” now, and I truly feel like part of a community in my sweet, little CrossFit Gym! So glad to know YOU like it, too! ;) Thanks for always inspiring, Roni!

    Rachel

    February 20, 2013

    LOVE! I have tried CF a few times and really liked it for the same reasons you shared. I am still waiting for a groupon/living social deal to come available so I can try it out ;)

      Lori

      February 21, 2013

      Be careful about using a groupon for CF. Around here, the ones who put out groupons are the CF’s that can’t keep clients (for a variety of reasons, not the best coaching). I wouldn’t want that to color your impression of CF!

    Robyn O.

    February 20, 2013

    I have never tried Cross Fit but I’ve read a lot about it. There’s a place just down the street from where I live and this post has inspired me to finally walk in there and check it out. I generally am not a fan of new things, as I get very comfortable with what I have and my routine, but the gym just hasn’t been “doing it” for me lately. I used to be a gym rat.. I’d go 5, 6, sometimes 7 days a week! I enjoyed it and I felt that adrenaline rush that kept me going back every single day. I actually felt sluggish the days I skipped or “rested.” But now I’m so bored with the gym and the expectations of what I’m going to be doing there. I also like to get in and get out. I’m definitely not one of those people that spends 2 or 3 hours sweating on every piece of equipment.. so maybe Cross Fit could work for me. Really inspiring Roni! I’m going to give it a shot! Thanks :)

    Svanhvit

    February 20, 2013

    I loved this post. I did an exercise program that works with exercises like those in CrossFit but in a bit of a different way and I must say I loved the challenge of lifting and doing jumps and sprints and things. But it was also where I hurt my back very badly and I still haven’t quite worked up to doing something like that again.
    HIlariously enough, I have found out that zumba is right up my alley. Probably because I love to dance and I don’t care a hoot what anybody else thinks or is doing. But I have always been quick at catching steps and learning routines so I am fine. I am looking into adding something else to it, though. Currently I also swim and since I just started again after a long break (since november – or rather late october) I feel as slow as a turtle right now. I can still swim for a long time, just not as fast. So that’s my goal right now – to work on getting stronger and faster with swimming. I also want to run. I have wanted to take part in a 10k that takes place every august every year and I still haven’t managed it. Injury or sickness would also get in my way. Plus my over-controlling self of course won’t do it unless it’s perfect……. right now, I am working towards getting started. I am still a little scared of my back so will have to see if I can do it.

    Thanks for the motivation!!

    Patty

    February 20, 2013

    Haven’t commented in a looong time but ha tell you I just saw you on the MSN homepage! “Amazing weight loss stories” Cool!

      RoniNoone

      February 20, 2013

      Really?? Can you send me the link?

      BrightStarMama

      February 22, 2013

      http://innovationforendurance.msn.com/slideshows/detail/fitness/256114481

    Christina savage

    February 20, 2013

    I have wanted to try the one that openned in havre de grace but am not willing to give up the family gym membership and the thought of aying for both hurts my wallets feelings.

    BigTickles

    February 20, 2013

    Roni, you are on the front of MSN !!!

    http://innovationforendurance.msn.com/slideshows/detail/fitness/256114481

    Emily

    February 20, 2013

    I SO often find myself agreeing with your posts, but this one I agree with more than ever! I started CF in September and I could NOT be more obsessed for exactly the reasons you mentioned. I look forward to going everyday – like adult play time!

    I also wanted to mention that I recently got sucked into trying a 30 day strict paleo challenge. I also would have thought this was NOT for me, but in many ways it ended up like your reason number 4 – it removed all the thinking, which was a good thing. Craving chocolate chip cookies? Didn’t matter because I don’t eat those right now – not having a choice actually left me with a much more relaxed feeling of freedom (and zero urge to binge which was new for me.)

      RoniNoone

      February 21, 2013

      I think Paleo is my next post. I’m not a fan for my own personal reasons but I think it’s great for other folks!

    Jess Nichols

    February 20, 2013

    I love crossfit! It’s so much fun and something new all the time that I don’t have to devise. I still like to run a couple of times a week and that works well with CF too. Although unlike some other responders, I did not have a positive experience with Paleo, quite the opposite in fact. I know many who love it, but I felt terrible for the 14 days I could keep on it and gained weight. I came away with the conclusion it’s just not for me. I try to eat more protein than “average” but sensible portions and counting calories seems to work for me.

    Lori

    February 20, 2013

    I knew you would! I’ve been crossfitting for 1.5 yrs. I’ve been reading your blog for years and when I saw you started Crossfit I just knew you were going to love it. I love it too, for all the same reasons and more. Like I said, I’ve been at it for 1.5 yrs and am always mastering something new or improving (and I have a long way to go). I finally could do 1 single pullup at 13 months in, and last week I did pullups for the first time in a WOD, and this week I linked 2 together for the first time. Every day is an opportunity to achieve something new and it has kept me addicted for all this time, 5 days a week!

    Jen

    February 20, 2013

    I tried Crossfit once and it was a horrible experience. http://www.losingtheshadow.com/2012/04/mess-with-failure.html Maybe I just went to the wrong franchise. I am happy to see you like it.

      jamainaz

      February 20, 2013

      just like any gym . . . .there are good CF gyms and bad CF gyms, good CF Trainers and bad. You need to try one that puts you through about a 12-week On Ramp program (where you learn the basic moves and work up to harder stuff at a reasonable rate) and who reasonable with their WODs — not programmed with “the more sore you get the better”. Some CF gyms use being sore as a badge of honor — a good CF gym isn’t going to have this mindset — but its just like any gym and/or trainer — you have to seek out a good one.

      RoniNoone

      February 21, 2013

      Jen – That’s HORRIBLE!! You just got a lemon of an instructor. I’m so sorry you had a bad experience.

    F

    February 20, 2013

    Roni – would you recommend Cross Fit for someone at the beginning of their journey (think you when you first started)? I am not in good shape at all. I keep hearing about it, and it sounds exciting, but I’m worried that I need to already be in good shape (ie – be able to run a mile or something) before even stepping into the CF place. What do you think?

      Lori

      February 21, 2013

      I started Crossfit when I was not in very good shape at all. I modified everything for every workout to what I could do (my coaches helped me figure out how to modify) and little by little I got here. I wouldn’t worry about getting in shape before you go. But I would talk to the coach in the CF you are thinking about and make sure that they have the same attitude!

      RoniNoone

      February 21, 2013

      There are ALL different fitness levels at my gym and each one does what they can do and there’s really no pressure to do otherwise. Maybe I just got lucky with my gym but our instructor offers options. For example, if you can’t do a pull up you can use bands, if you can’t use bands then you do on the ground ring pull ups. They focus is on making progress from where you are. I’d give it a shot!

    Dana

    February 20, 2013

    I’m sorry..but I have to say it one more time….I knew CF was for you! Some of those workouts are things you were doing in your trainings anyway (moving tires, etc.). I’m glad you are happy with it.

      RoniNoone

      February 21, 2013

      You were right! :)

    Fit & Awesome

    February 20, 2013

    Awesome, crossfit is a great workout. What types of exercises were you doing before? How do you incorporate crossfit into your other workouts (if any)? I have done crossfit in the past and love it, but have found it hard to maintain while running and training for triathlons. It’s easy to knock crossfit because of how addicted people get to it, but after you’ve done it you can easily understand why!

      RoniNoone

      February 21, 2013

      I was doing the Les Mills classes (BodyPump and BodyCombat) before and running. Now I’m 80% CrossFit 20% Running and it seems to be a good balance!

    jamainaz

    February 20, 2013

    I am in love with post. Love me some Crossfit!

    Anne@eatcleaneatreal

    February 20, 2013

    Oh my gosh you took the words right out of my mouth. I just started, and let me tell you…I love me some cool aid! Keep up the good work!

    Nathan MacDonald

    February 21, 2013

    This post is so awesome! I want to do Crossfit so bad, but it is ridiculously expensive here. Hopefully another gym will open soon with a little more competitive prices.

    Pia

    February 21, 2013

    Give me more kool aid!!! lol Im so glad you love it!! I highly recommend it to everyone. People hear crossfit and instantly think they have to be in shape to crossfit but it is not that way at all. Keep on WODing and getting stronger :)

    Hassan

    February 21, 2013

    #4 is my favorite!

    Erin

    February 21, 2013

    I would love to know what an example day would be with Crossfit. I know you said it changes up all the time but I really haven’t an idea what its all about…totally intimidated but very interested! :-} Glad you have something that clicks for you!

      RoniNoone

      February 21, 2013

      This post gives a bit more insight into a class… http://ronisweigh.com/2012/11/weekend-quote-live-your-life-like.html Hope that helps!

      RoniNoone

      February 21, 2013

      Sorry, wrong link before. This post gives a bit more insight into a typical class… http://ronisweigh.com/2012/11/my-first-wod.html Hope that helps!

    Sara Rosso

    February 25, 2013

    Nice! I tried it a few months ago – just an intro class, and this upcoming weekend I’m doing the basics course where you learn all the core movements / lifts. It’s stil very inconvenient for me to get to for a regular class (about 90-100 minutes just in travel time) but I may be able to do more while traveling *cough* visiting friends ;)

    ZZtoppppp

    September 4, 2013

    Hi I just wanted to let you know that someone plagiurised this post. Hers the link http://if-fit.com/5-good-reasons-to-love-crossfit/comment-page-1/#comment-48753 if you would like to assume legal action. Remember, plagiurism isn’t just exactly copying and pasting everything word for word, it can also be done how this guy did it.

      RoniNoone

      September 4, 2013

      WOW! Thanks.. I’ll never understand why they don’t just link. That’s the beauty of the web!