“I knew I had to do something after hearing news that a high school friend of mine had a heart attack. I used to be known for puting away as much food as I wanted without gaining a pound in high school. Fourteen years later, I was still doing the same thing and it didn’t take a Ph.D. to figure out that I couldn’t continue down the same path and expect to see my kids grow up.
So…what to do? What did I like for activity? Even though I’d grown up playing multiple sports and considered myself athletic, I was also lazy. I’ve had short bouts of extreme determination where I’d lift weights amd/or run religiously for two to three months, but that’s as far as my fitness endeavors lasted. I’d always end up back on the couch… because let’s face it, watching TV or playing video games while eating ice cream and brownies is wayyyyy more fun than going to your local Globogym or running non-stop for a calorie burn. I grew up swimming competitively so I looked into that next. Boy…those hours are crappy and pool access is expensive. Hockey? Waaaay to early and my cardio is in the toilet. Muay Thai looks fun and I really want to hit someone…damn, this is NH, no Muay Thai schools. I had briefly toyed with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in graduate school but I knew I’d never survive a single training session in the physical shape I was in. So how can I get into shape for JiuJitsu?
Let’s look into this CrossFit business I keep seeing popping up on my friends’ Facebook statuses that they can’t shut up about. With that level of excitement, it must be good right? After watching a few YouTube videos of people swinging kettle-bells, squatting heavy weights and doing hundreds of pullups, I thought, ‘It looks crazy…but why not? What do I have to lose besides pride?’. Off I sent my email to CFNH. After getting a reply from Dan ensuring that I would be OK to start CrossFit coming in from a vegetative state, I put down COD Modern Warfare 2, rolled off the couch and strolled into Samy’s gym expecting punishment. Boy did they deliver. I knew I was in for a treat when I shook Tiffanie’s hand for the first time and thought, ‘Damn…it feels like I’m shaking hands with the Terminator.’ Before the end of my first TABATA WOD, I thought I was either going to pass out or vomit. The former Marine that was working out next to me did vomit (ran out and puked all over the parking lot). For some strange reason, when Tiffanie asked if I was going to be coming back (she didn’t ask me to pay, nor did I know how much it was going to cost) all I did was hold out my credit card. I couldn’t speak or really think through the pain and exhaustion I was feeling , but I knew that this was exactly what I needed.
Nine months later, I’m still coming in and even more invested. Unlike my prior fad ventures into trying to get fit but dropping out after losing interest, I find myself trying to learn more, get better and push personal limits. I’ve even changed my diet to be Paleo, so I’m healthy and ready for WODs. This was a huge change for me after years of eating whatever the hell I wanted.
What is it that keeps bringing me back? I’m not entirely sure. Perhaps it’s because CrossFit’s fitness philosophy highlights all of my weaknesses and makes me better by encouraging me to develop them into strengths. I’m still astounded at how inadequate my previous concept of fitness was. Perhaps it’s because being ‘CrossFit’ has made me more grounded and shit that used to annoy me now seems just silly. If I have a rough day at work, all I need to do is head to my box and *poof*, frustrations are gone. Perhaps it’s enthusiasm and the amazing sense of community created by Samy, Dan and Tiffanie that makes me look forward to suffering heavily through WODs with my fellow CrossFitters.
All I know is that I’m having fun getting fitter that I have possibly ever been in my life and I can’t wait to see how far I can go.”