My transition into CrossFit has been interesting and exciting. The perfectionist in me has such high expectations, high standards, and a relentless drive to not only succeed but excel. The 20 years of bodybuilding I once loved and adored have made this transition very challenging… I have a lot of stiff muscles and joints with a limited range of motion. So I suppose some of you are wondering where did things change. When did I walk away from my romance with bodybuilding? And what is it about the controversial sport of CrossFit that I like so much?
Well, it all started with a promise I made to a friend over 3 years ago. She was a former cardio queen who, in her quest to find a new challenge, found CrossFit and got hooked! Ironically, I know the owner of the affiliate location. So, I joined her a handful of times, but it just didn’t grab me. I was still hung up on my weight and what I looked like. A lot of the movements were challenging for me and my health was not 100% after competing so many times. I also was not sure how to incorporate that style of training into my bodybuilding training split.
Fast forward to July 2015… Things started to fall into place for me with my health and I gave CrossFit another chance. The first workout was FILTHY FIFTY which is one of the brand’s well-known workouts. Although it was brutal, I had a lot of fun. When I was able to join my friend, we would have a blast. In fact, I liked it so much, by the time March 2016 rolled around, I rearranged my schedule so that I could attend WODs (Workout of the Day) regularly.
After today’s WOD, I was sitting with my friend talking about where I struggled during our workout and what I need to improve. The owner asked what we were chatting about and I clued him in as to how my cleans suck and the main issue is upper body tightness (which we all know I’m working on daily).
He said, “Well, you’ve only been coming here on a consistent basis for about 3 months… You gotta be patient.”
It’s the same thing I tell my clients… The body will only do but so much and sometimes you just have to give it time to adjust, to change.
Everyday there is a new challenge for me to tackle. My weaknesses are exposed and nag me, but my strengths are equally present and give me a fantastic sense of accomplishment when I conquer! I love turning a weakness into a strength, so facing these challenges during workouts does not discourage me. Some things are improving faster than others… I just have to keep working hard and get better. NEVER GIVE UP!