My crossfit journey and a few things that have really surprised me
Saturday, March 15, 2014
One thing I'm loving about CrossFit, that was a total surprise to me, is that woman (and men) of all shapes, sizes and ages are in the classes.
In one of my classes there is a woman who is almost 70 and several woman who are very overweight. I didn't want to start Crossfit because I thought I had to be in great shape but it's totally the opposite and everyone cheers each other on and becomes like a workout family.
The other thing that has been a total surprise is my definition of strong has totally changed. One woman, who looked at least 40 pounds overweight, I sort of mentally wrote her off when I walked in the door as not being capable of much, and then later in the workout, she was literally lifting more than any guy in there! It was awesome! It is changing my stereotypes of beauty and making me so much less focused on judging my body as thin or fat. Lately I just feel like "Wow! What else are you capable of body?! How much more fun can we have playing and getting stronger?" And I think that's why it's addicting.
As women (and men) I think we are pummeled with this idea that all that matters is if we look good and it puts everything up in our head. Crossfit, for me, has been a mental reprieve from a lifetime battle with my body and has brought fitness down from my head, and back into my body.
I'm posting this picture of this woman because she represents so many of the women that are in my class and the fitness level they start out at and where they go. I LOVE that she took these pictures even with her "imperfect" belly. This is after 10 months of Crossfit and even though the image is impressive, now my mind is thinking, "Wow! I wonder how strong she is and what her body can do that would be totally shocking to a beginner like me?!"
Just sharing my fitness journey with all of you...