I Survived CrossFit!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I finally did it! I took my first crossfit class. It was an intense workout with very little rest in between exercises. I wish that I could say that I enjoyed all of it, but I was conflicted the entire time. In one hour session, I went through anxiety, excitement, despair, hope, pain, pride and the overwhelming urge to throw up. Let me be clear, I loved it! In fact, I can't wait until my next class. But there are a few things that that class taught me.

1. I am only as strong as I allow myself to be. I made myself attend that class and I made myself stay despite the fear. I could have given up but I didn't. And I am proud that I stayed, despite that fact that I was surrounded by people who were obviously more fit than me.

2. My hips are a MAJOR problem. I knew that my hips were getting bad, but I didn't realize how bad until I was competing with others my own age. Heck, there were people twice my age with more flexibility than me. I couldn't do a proper squat, bearwalk, burpee or half of the stretches. I ended up balling after my class once the endorphins made way for pain. It was hard for me to walk or even sit. My bf finally made me promise that I would go to the doctor.

3. Everyone's journey is different. While I was having trouble with squats, another girl was having trouble with deadlifts. Yet another was having trouble with situps. Everyone is different and everyone is struggling with something. I happen to be struggling with back/hip issues and emotional eating, but that doesn't mean I'm a freak.

4. People are inherently nice. The coach was nice enough to come over and give me alternate exercises so I could complete the workout. I think she said that I was having an emotional time so she advised me not to worry about anyone else. She told me to go my own pace and do what I could. Not exactly what you want to hear when you're trying to be a BA, but it was encouraging to hear.

5. Just because you can't do something now, doesn't mean you won't be able to later. This is something I'm praying will be true. I hope to have my hip and back issues figured out soon. Hopefully I'll be able to walk and sit like a 20-something. It would be nice to just sit indian-style.

Have you experienced crossfit? What did you think?

Anyone else having hip issues? Any stretches/treatments seem to be helping?
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