It was a few weeks after my 61st Birthday that I tried CrossFit for the first time. Over the years I had worked out, done aerobics, zumba, hot yoga. I have been active sporadically. Make no mistake about it, I am not an athlete. I grew up in a time where there were few athletic opportunities for girls. The only "sport" I played in high school was kickball in gym class.
So why CrossFit ? My daughter had been involved in CrossFit for a few years. She raved about it. I would attend her competitions and think how cool it would be to do this.
I guess I was ready for a change; I had become more sedentary (and yes I gained weight) the previous two years because of life stresses, crazy job, selling a house and building a new one. I was feeling overwhelmed. I debated joining a gym. The thought of putting in hours on the treadmill to get fit made me despair. I had to be honest with myself. I had never gotten long-term results with this approach. I was ready to look outside the usual choices and was trolling through the Internet and came across the site for Iron Cross Fit. I clicked on the member video. Gee, I could relate to their stories. CrossFit suddenly seemed like a viable possibility.
When I casually mentioned this to my friends I was told: You are crazy, CrossFit is too hard, you’re going to get hurt really badly if you do this and my favorite, you are too old to do CrossFit . Despite this I called and talked to Coach Joe and arranged to explore this possibility. I thought I had nothing to lose. I didn’t have to do it…I could always walk out. No one would blame me for quitting.
Coach Joe’s passion for CrossFit is infectious. He assured me that we would take everything at my pace and that all the movements could be scaled to my ability. So I signed up for foundations classes and then trained with Coach Joe until I felt ready to go into regular classes. With each class, he covered a new skill and gently pushed me to do more. It was really challenging and at first I was really sore, but I kept coming back. It was exhilarating. I was getting stronger.
The coaches at Iron Cross Fit are extraordinarily patient. Thank goodness. This did not come easily to me. The only way I learn is through repetition. They broke down the moves so I could understand them. I could see that I was making progress. Next, I was nervous about being in regular classes. I come to find out that being in class is an amazing experience. My classmates are a source of encouragement. I have never had a gym experience like this one. It may sound corny to say, but it is a community. There is support from the coaches and my fellow CrossFitters alike.
My goal is to take class 3 times a week. And with this schedule I can see changes in my body. I am stronger and leaner. I am wearing a size smaller in my clothes and I am able to get through the workouts taking fewer breaks. I feel wonderful.
I am so happy that I have found Iron CrossFit . It is always challenging. Afterwards, I am tired, but happy…really, really happy.
On the drive home, I am thinking about the next time I can get back.