Post by Jamie Fairbairn, Holistic Nutrition Student and National Level Waterskier
You get it, the world either loves or loves to hate CrossFit. For an activity created less than ten years ago, CrossFit has taken fitness and exercise to a whole new level. Recently, I took a leap of faith and, on a trusted friend’s advice, I stepped into my first CrossFit gym (aka “box”) ever. I decided it was time to see what all the hype was about!!
My First Time
Below is a brief summary, along with some thoughts on my first ever CrossFit experience… and second, because I went back for more:
I. LOVED. It.The End…told you it was brief 😉
But in all seriousness, this is what my hour looked like:
- As a beginner, an instructor guided me through a basic warm-up which included foam rolling, sit-ups, push-ups and mobility work (kicking, squatting, stretching).
- Then, she taught me the technique and terminology (both of which seem quite important in CrossFit land) of some lifts.
- Finally, we finished the hour with the workout of the day (WOD). The WOD took 10 minutes to complete and I’m sorry to say this to my trainer back home, but I haven’t had such a grueling workout in, well, ever.
I loved CrossFit because it kicked my butt in 10 minutes, but with that being said I now understand the high risk potential for injury; perhaps why some love to hate CrossFit. To this concern, I can offer the following as food for thought if you’re thinking about trying CrossFit (and I’d love to know what you think about my opinion!).
- Talk to an experienced CrossFitter (this doesn’t seem like proper lingo, but I’m too new to pick up all of the cool words!) about which box to try. Ask what the safety standards are in terms of reinforcing the proper technique, as each location may be different.
- CrossFit for you, and you alone. Can you out-exercise the huge bearded guy beside you (oh ya- CrossFit guys tend to have massive beards. Can anyone explain this to me?!)? Maybe. Will you injure yourself if you try to? … Think about it.
- Know your limit. If I pushed myself beyond my own “safe limits” that day, I’d only have myself to blame. In my opinion, the same goes for everyone in the box. Nobody around me wanted to see anyone hurt. The atmosphere was super inclusive and encouraging.
Practice Safe CrossFit
If I were injured that day, it would only be because I ignored my body and pushed beyond a safe level of my own mental and physical capabilities. Not to say that practicing safe CrossFitting will guarantee anyone to be injury free. CrossFit is extremely demanding physically. One might even call it an “extreme” sport and, with any extreme activity, there are going to be risks involved.
All in all, after two introductory sessions in the box, when I ask myself “to CrossFit or not to CrossFit” I say without a doubt, CrossFit.
I’d love to know if you guys love, or love to hate CrossFit… and why?!