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!