I’m not going to tell a tale where I was overweight and out of shape and looking for something like CrossFit to save me. Instead, I’m going to tell a little tale about your average athlete that has been working out for 22 years. Since I was 14 years old I began working out and at the age of 36, and encountering nearly every genre known to the common athlete, I have found CrossFit to be the coolest thing around. This tale is about me.
I’ve played most sports but my loves are soccer and wrestling. I still compete in both of these sports and I would admit that both of these are challenging in their fitness. But I would never necessarily say that everyone needs to try each of them for the purposes of growth. But I will definitely step forward and say exactly that about CrossFit. Everyone should do it. The mother of three should do it. The older gentleman who has recently retired should do it. A Navy Seal should do it. And a high school bookworm should do it. Why? Because it makes you better.
The pure functionality of CrossFit cannot be overstated. Whether you’re an older person who wants to sit in your office chair a bit longer without complaining about your spine hurting or you’re an elite athlete who wants to improve your prowess, CrossFit allows all of this through functional training. People say that certain sports are either an individual sport or a team sport. The truth is that all sports are individual endeavors and many times, there is a team element when all of those individuals get together in a group. CrossFit is similar in that it is an individual endeavor that takes place in a group environment. Each person is an individual competing against him or herself in a group setting where others are alongside that person also competing against themselves. It’s a beautiful thing if you’ve ever seen it in person. Watch for 5 minutes in a box (the CrossFit vernacular for “gym.”)
Newcomers to CrossFit ask, “When is leg day?” “When do I get to work my abs?” “When do I get to work my shoulders?” “How do I clean?” “What is a snatch?” “What the heck is going on?” These questions draw multiple resounding answers but I will answer it like this: You will work most of your muscles nearly everyday or at least in a week’s time through intentional programming. You will have personal training. You will have people who care about what you are doing. You will row, you will Olympic lift, you will jump on a box, you will push yourself using resistance, and you will lift heavy things repeatedly while coaches, trainers, and owners challenge you to think positively, eat well, and exhibit kindness toward your fellow human beings.
Finally, I want to touch on something important. I want to talk about how difficult CrossFit is. If you’ve played a sport that involved physical activity, there is nothing in CrossFit that is out of the ordinary from what you have experienced sometime in your life. However, if you’ve never played a sport, you will learn what sports are about while entering the world of CrossFit. Is it difficult? Well, life is difficult. But there is nothing in life that is so hard that it should cause a person to not give it their all and expand their consciousness. And that’s what CrossFit does. Without religion, drugs, or Kool-Aid, it shows you yourself. Many people come to CrossFit not knowing much about it. But once they leave, they know the sport of CrossFit and more importantly, they can acknowledge that they know a little more about themselves as well. And guess what? You want to know if you can do it? I’m telling you: “You can.” Not only that, “You should.”
-Frankie Murphy-Giesing (picture far right)