What I’ve Learned from doing CrossFit

If you follow me on social media, you know I attend CrossFit 4-5 times a week. In June, I celebrated my first year of doing CrossFit at the best box in my area CrossFit Fireborne.

Here are 10 things I’ve learned so far:

  • CrossFit is for everyone! – I would look at the WODs and I would get anxious about not being able to do pull ups. The goods news? Every workout can be scaled to your fitness level. I have not conquered my first pull up yet but I’m pretty close.
  • You are stronger than you think – I was always scared of doing the RX weight of a workout but after I got out of my head and tried it, I was surprised to see that I could do it.
  • There are no “easy workouts” – Every day I come to the box, I know we are going to do a super challenging workout but what keeps me coming for more is knowing that I’ll leave stronger.
  • Pain is temporary – During Workouts of the Day (WODs), you are gonna feel like your dying sometimes. But when you’re done you will feel accomplished.
  •  Failure is okay, as long as you get back to it – My biggest weakness was double-unders, I would always do singles. When I got my first double under I was so happy! I still can’t do 10 consecutively but I see progress every time I do them.
  • You will make all the friends! – When you commit to CrossFit, you’ll see the same people at the same time everyday. You are never alone and we all die in the workouts together. We even hang out outside of the gym. Community is everything!
  • You leave the gym stronger every day – I never imagined I’d be able to do Toes to Bar but after practicing, I’m able to do them every time I get to the box.
  • Your coaches and classmates are your biggest cheerleaders – When I’m doing a timed WOD and I have one set of push presses left, just hearing people say I can do it pushes me even harder.
  • If you want to be good at something you need to do it – When I first started CrossFit, I would check the WOD ahead of time. When I saw running was part of the workout, I would skip the class. After realizing that running was my weakness, I pushed myself to just show up. The more I ran, the less I dreaded it.
  • You’ll surprise yourself – When I look at the board, I think there is no way I can do 10 rounds of this workout. Then you realize you’re done and you got through it!
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