Stepping out of your comfort zone— My CrossFit journey

To date, I’ve completed five CrossFit classes, so by no means am I an expert. Actually, I’m far from it. However, I wanted to share my amazing experience with you to encourage you to try something new and to step out of your comfort zone.

What is CrossFit?
Created by Greg Glassman in 2000, CrossFit consists of “consistently varied, functional movements performed at a high intensity[1]”. In laymen’s terms, it’s a butt-kicking workout.

Here are a few things I’ve learned so far:

  1. Building the right foundation is key to success. Whether it is in sports or business, building the right foundation of theory and technique is critical to success. My CrossFit trainer has asked me to go slow and steady for now to ensure my form is strong. For me, this is an extremely challenging ask. My natural disposition in life and sport is to go full throttle. Slowly but surely I’m learning to be a bit more patient with myself.
  2. Eating a slice of humble pie is good for your soul. No matter how fit or prepared you think you are, CrossFit will manage to beat you to your knees. It is one of the most intense workouts I’ve ever done. Prior to CrossFit, I was working out approximately five times a week: running, strength training and plyometrics. However, my first CrossFit class felt like my first time working out EVER. But challenge is good for you— literally. Studies show that trying something new stimulates the brain and encourages overall well-being.
  3. Bring it—every single time. Every single class is vastly different than the last. You have to be willing to learn on the spot and adapt quickly. There are no excuses. You have to be ready to give it all you’ve got every single time. For me that means, focusing on the task at hand and trying my very best not only at CrossFit but at everything I do.

Try CrossFit if it peaks your interest; however, my underlying message to you is try something new. It will empower you, lift your spirit and give you overall confidence.

Some last words: “Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.” – Unknown

Thank you to the Academy of Lions, my CrossFit training ground and special thanks to Aleen for introducing me to the sport!

[1]Glassman, Greg. Understanding CrossFit, The CrossFit Journal Articles, 2007:http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/56-07_Understanding_CF.pdf.

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