I started CrossFit in January 2014 but it was a long and twisty road that brought me to Southern Columbus CrossFit. I struggled with my weight a lot growing up. My mom wasn’t a fan of cooking, which meant eating out for dinner most nights and I did little to no physical activity. As I got older, I started cooking more and making healthier choices and I joined the YMCA so I could workout a few days a week. Eventually I ended up moving and since the Y was no longer convenient, I bought an elliptical and some workout DVDs and started working out at home. I was pretty good at getting a workout in 5-6 days a week but I knew I wasn’t really “working” if I was reading a book while I was on the elliptical and I felt like I needed a bit more of a push. I found a gym that offered group classes like Insanity, TurboKick and Zumba and I really enjoyed it. It was something new and challenging but fun at the same time. After about 8 months though I started to get bored…I went 5 days a week and the routines became very repetitive. CrossFit had been on my radar for a while after reading some articles about it and seeing some Facebook posts from a couple of guys I went to high school with but I needed a little push to try it myself. That push came in December 2013, when my relationship with someone I thought was a good friend, fell apart. I was hurt and angry and I needed some sort of outlet and distraction so I googled CrossFit gyms in the area to see what my options were. I decided to try Southern Columbus CrossFit since I already knew a couple of people who had been there, so I walked in and signed up for fundamentals and 10 classes on the spot. Tim and Kyle offered to let me try a class before I made a commitment but I already had my mind made up. After my 1st workout, I was hooked! It was exhausting and challenging and it kicked my butt but I loved every second of it.
Over the past year, I have done things I never thought I would be capable of…rope climbs, handstands, double unders and the list keeps growing. I was beyond thrilled to get my first unassisted pull-up (Thanks Tim for all of the tips, coaching and encouragement) but now my goal is to get 10 unbroken. Every time I hit a new PR, I celebrate and then set my next goal. There is no possibility of boredom because every single day is different and there is always room to get better. Every once in a while I find myself getting frustrated with my painstakingly slow progress and I have to look back at my notes from when I first started to remind myself how far I’ve come. I am still a work in progress but I know that as long as I do not give up, I will accomplish my goals (even if it takes me a little longer than I would like).
The most surprising thing to me about CrossFit are the people. You often hear people talk about a sense of community in CrossFit, often to the point where it sounds like a cliche, but as soon as you finish your first WOD, you’ll realize just how real and strong that community is. We celebrate each other’s PRs, no matter how small, because we are honestly happy for one another. We cheer for those struggling at the end of a workout because we’ve all been there and know that those words of encouragement can provide the push needed to finish. We look to each other for inspiration and sometimes for a little extra motivation to move a bit faster or add a little more weight. The people at SCCF make every burpee, thruster and wall ball suck a little bit less and I am extremely grateful for their support and words of encouragement. They have made this box my home away from home!
Our coaches, Tim and Kyle, are wonderful! They know what each athlete is capable of, usually before you even realize it yourself. They know just when to push you outside of your comfort zone so you continue to grow, while not being afraid to tell you to back off when you’ve bitten off more than you can chew (or in our case, loaded more than you can lift).
If you are looking for something to challenge you both physically and mentally, give CrossFit a try! Maybe you won’t like it and that’s ok. More than likely though, you will fall in love with it and it will change you in ways far more important than a number on the scale. You will be stronger, more confident and you’ll be able to open pickle jars on your own!