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A strong body is a beautiful body

Seven months ago I started CrossFit. If you have no clue what it is, read this. Last weekend I joined a CrossFit competition. No, of course I didn’t master any of the skills. No, of course I wasn’t ready, or strong enough, or any other excuse you could possibly think of. But I did it and it was stressful and amazing and I liked it and here are my top three reasons.

1. The team spirit
The team spirit is great. We joined the competition with six individuals that had worked out together every now and then. We supported each other as if we had known each other for years though. I was proud when I did something better than I thought, but I was even happier when one of my team members did something they thought impossible. You’re doing your best for you, but you’re especially doing your upmost best for the other five. After day one we ended in the bronze category with 24 other teams. We had totally expected this to happen. What we hadn’t expected at all was that we dominated the first WOD (workout of the day ) in our category of that second day. The flow was right and our double unders just rocked. (If anything, master those dubs! ;))

2. Yes you can
Your body can handle so much more than you think. Yes, of course I was (extremely) nervous before every single WOD, but I linked 10 pull ups instead of 5, I could lift more weight – okay, this is not true, I really am an average lifter on a good day – but I jumped higher and fought harder and we achieved so much more than we thought possible. Of course you push yourself during a normal workout, but a competition makes you go the extra mile, a competition is not only physically challenging, it definitely is a mental challenge as well. I’m truly amazed by what you can handle when you feel you have to.

3. You’re so strong mom!
My family came with me and supported us. It was a conditio sine qua non (I wouldn’t have done it without them because joining a competition was already way out of my comfort zone). They danced around on the field, they enjoyed watching everybody and they were the perfect cheerleaders. Especially Boris thought it was so impressive what we were doing and what we were capable of. He told me a few times: ‘Mom, you’re so strong!’ It was the BESTESTcompliment ever and it’s something that I hope my children will live by. Forget about pretty, thick, thin, small, tall, old, young, tiny or big; a strong body is a beautiful body.

So yes, I can recommend CrossFit. It has made me stronger, more resilient and happier. And yes I would definitely recommend joining a competition. It’s surprising to see what you’re capable of, the team spirit is amazing and above all, it’s so much fun!

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My new gym made me cry

IMG_9927‘I think I might be too tall for CrossFit,’ I said in despair to the CrossFit instructor. (It was that or crying, but I considered myself too old for that.)
‘Nah, I don’t think so, look at them,’ said the coach – while pointing at huge men lifting weights as if they were balloons.
‘But those are men! That’s totally different!’ I replied.
It was day two at my new CrossFit gym and instead of lifting weights, I only lifted the stick that normally holds the weights.

How did I end up doing CrossFit?
Well, after the unexpected closure of my old gym, I tried another. It was okay, it provided a much needed routine and after four weeks I wanted to renew my membership. It was impossible, however, as this gym was about to close down too! Gyms seem to pass out when I arrive.

That’s how I ended up in the biggest and longest existing CrossFit box in Bentonville. The other CrossFitters asked me what I thought about it and I replied (again) that it was great, but that I’m most likely too tall. I told EVERYONE that I might be too tall. When I’m convinced of something I sometimes overshare. I think I do that to clear my head (I would like to give a less selfish reason, but I can’t think of one).
Nobody confirmed my beliefs, but instead started sharing their own handicaps:
– Oh funny, I always think that I’m too short!
– Oh funny, I always think that I’m not fast enough!
– Oh funny, I always think I’m not fit enough!
In the end we were empowering each other and figured that we all looked great and that I might not be too tall after all! We concluded that I should give it some time as things might change.

Things did change. After two weeks the summer vacation kicked in and I decided to bring my girls along. It made me nervous as I was afraid they would be too shy to stay in the designated children’s room.
They had a ball. They loved it, played with the other children and ran around when the class was done. Lucie, my shy middle one, even wanted to try CrossFit for kids.

IMG_9854We went on a Saturday and she had been looking forward to it the whole morning. She
was wearing new shoes, she smiled but then she had to line up. She turned to me and whispered with a very, very pale face: ‘Mom, I think I changed my mind.’
At that point the coach stepped in, grabbed her hand only to let it go when she was smiling and running and was confident enough to do it on her own. It made me grateful and proud and it brought tears to my eyes. Again.

This gym is a keeper.