Fit440: Deciding to Crossfit
I joined a Crossfit box that hasn’t opened yet. (‘Box’ is the Crossfit word for gym). I started telling people this exciting news about 6 weeks ago. Reactions from innocent curiosity to concerned shock are pretty normal. I’m used to the head tilted interest in Crossfit as I stammer through a description of a workout I’ve never done. For those who have heard about Crossfit or watched the games on ESPN, I’m usually met with the raised eyebrow of doubt and worry. These people either know me and my flirtacious relationship with fitness, or they can take one look at my gut and triceps, and let’s just say I don’t blame them for the eyebrow thing.
But I’m doing it. I made my payment for a year-long membership and now I am officially a founding member of The Arsenal. http://www.munciecrossfit.com Watching too many Youtube videos of professional Crossfitters and these conversations are forcing the reality to set in. My gut, triceps, and the rest of me are going to be Crossfitting soon. And honestly, of all the raised eyebrows I’ve come across, mine are arched the highest. I have big doubts and my cynical side likes to taunt me. “I’m going to be the only one who can’t lift a truck above my head. The others in my group will be on their lunch break by the time I finish a workout. I’m probably going to simultaneously vomit and pee my pants while doing box jumps.” These are the the fears that live behind my enthusiastic announcement that I’ve just joined a box.
Occasionally though, I get the reaction that reminds me why I made this decision. When I talk to a Crossfitter, rather than crinkle their forehead, they stretch a wide smile and say “That’s awesome. You are going to love it.” Of course I always want to know more and hear about their experience, but the replies are all generally the same. With an I-know-someting-you-don’t grin, their replies note friendships, a deeper sense of self, and confidence that comes by way of conquering the day’s workout (WOD). They also nonchalantly warn me that I’ll probably hate it for the first month.
Our Crossfit box is under construction so it likely won’t open until July but the trainer has promised he will get us together for some workouts soon. I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty freaked out. But I’m also totally intrigued and giddy about the possibility of what can happen when a person is brave enough to try something that scares them. What if we played it safe all the time, only doing familiar routines? Isn’t if fun to see a person strive for something beyond their reach? I’m going to be that person. But I know I won’t be able to do it without the ones striving and sweating alongside me. I am so happy that one of those people will be my husband. It is going to be humbling and thrilling. (37 years, 4 months, 19 days)