The first time I heard of CrossFit was from some cute boys my friends and I met in Vegas during the Summer of 2012. By "cute" I mean these guys were in ridiculous shape . My friends and I stayed in touch with them and would frequently hear all about their "WODs" and other crazy CrossFit related things. The more I kept hearing about this new fitness trend (Fitness Cult?), the more I wanted to check it out.
Along with the start of a new year always comes new fitness goals. Getting bored with my local gym, I finally decided to see what this CrossFit was all about. I did some research on "boxes" close to me and found one that really caught my attention. I called them right away and spoke with the owner who immediately gave me a good vibe. The next thing I knew, I was coming in for my first "On-Ramp" class at CrossFit201.
The first class went great. We learned some of the foundational CrossFit movements and even had our first "WOD". I couldn't wait for the next On-Ramp class to learn more technique and complete another WOD. After three of these classes, I was ready to take my first real CrossFit class with all these other members who look like they've been doing this for years. I went on a Saturday morning and the class was pretty packed. The WOD happened to be the "Filthy 50" which is a staple in CrossFit and one of the most brutal workouts ever. This workout includes 50 reps of each of the following 10 exercises: Box Jumps, Jumping Pull Ups, Kettlebell Swings, Walking Lunges, Knees to Elbows, Push Press, GHD Back Extensions, Wall Balls, Burpees and Double Unders. The instructor was nice enough to let my friend and I (who also was taking her first real CrossFit class) cut the WOD in half and only do 25 reps of each. I had modified pretty much this entire workout to weights that were comfortable for me, yet I still felt like I was going to pass out or die when I was done. That feeling makes you want to come back and improve each time.
It didn't take much for me to get hooked on CrossFit. I immediately felt a connection to this new "workout fad" (yes, some people call it that). Being a competitive dancer for most of my life, CrossFit brought back what I've missed doing. I loved the hard work I'd put in at dance rehearsals, the competitiveness at dance competitions and the great community of people surrounding you who love it just as much as you. CrossFit is the same exact thing, minus the ballet and tap shoes, they have since been replaced with Reebok Nanos.
Almost 16 months into CrossFit, I can proudly say I am happy with my progress. The feeling you get after you "RX" a WOD or hit a new "PR" is similar to the feeling when you get the top high score at a dance competition. Call it what you will - cult, fad or hobbie - CrossFit has filled a significant space in my life and I can't tell you how happy I am to be a part of this great community.