I’m back! Well, I was actually back on Sunday night, but I’m finally starting dig myself out of my to-do lists following a trip to Florida for work, then by my 2-day CrossFit Level 1 Seminar. I was gone a whole 7 days, and although I had Internet, I was literally on the move from the moment I rolled out of bed till the moment I fell back into it. I came home Sunday night totally wiped out but so so in awe of where life has taken me in the past couple weeks — as evidenced by my lack of dutiful blogging.
I’m still awaiting the results of my test, but the seminar itself was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I know we CrossFitters all come across as a bit cultish at times, but when you are in a room with 50 amazing individuals who are so talented, motivated and inspiring for two whole days, how can you be anything but over the moon?
My recurring thought the entire time was “I wish I had known about this when I was younger” — both in the context of the workouts themselves and the idea of reliving my teens and twenties having the mindset I have now as a result of CrossFit. Life would have been so much different. Far too often I think girls are taught to believe that skinny is unquestionably optimal, and that lifting heavy will make you bulky or is only for jocks. In school, we had the choice to play sports or not play sports. No one ever talked about fitness in any kind of broader sense. I didn’t grow up in an athletic family, so I felt completely in the dark.
Nonetheless, I am so thankful for what CrossFit has given me. I’m not only stronger, but I look at my body in an entirely new and much more appreciative light. I always lamented my short legs and curves, but now I am excited by what they can do and how much power they house. Want me to back squat nearly 200 lbs? No problem. I also stand a lot taller, not only because I’m physically stronger, but because I no longer question my athleticism in the face of other athletes or new physical challenges.
I’m so excited to bring this enthusiasm and love I have for fitness to the floor as a trainer. I don’t want to jinx myself by saying that, but as someone who started from scratch (literally doing WODs with PVC), I know there are so many others out there, who just need that open door, or for someone to say “You! You can do this, and you’ll be great!” It makes such a difference to someone unsure of themselves or where to begin their fitness journey.
Anyway, I didn’t want this to turn into some rambling novel, just wanted to share.
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Congratulations on kicking off your trainer training! I have to admit, your blog is the one that makes me most interested in Crossfit – I love the way you write about it! I also agree about wishing I could relieve my younger years with my current mindset. Better late than never, eh?
Thanks! Definitely true, better late than ever. My thirties have already been so much better than my twenties!
Great post! I also wonder what I’d be like today if I had CF when I was younger. Like you, I’m sure life would have been very different. I spent most of my teenage and early 20s hating my body (and myself) but all of that has changed with CrossFit. You’ll be an amazing trainer! 🙂
Thanks! And I’m so glad you’ve had the same experience. It feels amazing just to feel comfortable in my own skin, and not constantly be thinking I’m just stuck with it.
I haven’t checked in to your blog in awhile. Fantastic to read about your training! I too have been curious about CrossFit because of your blog. Being in my 40’s, I have written off being athletic anything, but I love keeping up on your progress.
Don’t write it off! It is never too late, and there are so many options out there. CrossFit itself is infinitely scalable, and we have parents, grandparents, the formerly athletic and first-time athletic.