27. May 2016 by swissfitchick
CrossFit polarises. I like people or things that polarise – it releases food for thought, arguments, emotions = energy.
I don’t and have never preached to anyone to do CrossFit. Even though I believe in it 100%, and I prove that it holds more benefits than just being incredibly fit. Everyone has to choose their own hobby and sport and so on, and I clearly have no intention of judging anyone.
I started CrossFit in January 2014, I was a bit lighter than today, a lot less flexible and a lot less confident. Plus, I was hopping from one nutrition-fitness-program to the next without a clue what I was actually doing. CrossFit took one afternoon and got me hooked. Typical arguments I hear:
‘ CrossFit is such a hype.’
‘This obsessed community thing freaks me out.’
I am not going to explain why CrossFit has advantages, I`ll let my experience do the talking. When I started, I didn’t give a flying shit if CrossFit was a hype or not and I still don’t. I just knew it is made for me and I wanted to do this. Now, almost two and a half years later, I still train with the same intensity and I look forward to almost every session. What you do with or without the community is up to you. I found some wonderful friends through CrossFit. I train with some hilarious and amazing members and I just love to step into the gym and see those faces. Still, I have a big circle of friends outside of the box – I take from this community what makes me feel good and that is all.
I have not been injured throughout all this time to an extent I wasn’t able to train. Some bruises, a sore shoulder, ripped hands. Not more.
We know by now that I am not a fan of people who try to tell me what to do, the only time I follow advice without a second thought is the coaches’ advice. Based on their knowledge and programming, I improved my techniques, strength and flexibility which lead me to avoiding injury.
Dangerous. Throwing stones at a furious bull is dangerous. Arguing with me when I am hungry is dangerous. Especially when I’m driving. CrossFit isn’t dangerous if you do it right and have the right coaches. I honestly think, training and competing as an Ironman athlete is more dangerous. And unhealthy. But that’s an event where people form a guard of honour in awe, clapping, cheering and fawning with an “omg admirable endurance!’ moment. I clearly don’t understand the relation here.
Yes, CrossFit is a mental game and it’s highly possible that you can get burnt. If you do it intensely, you need to find a way to cope with it in order to stay on track, dedicated, determined and making progress. If you freak out, you are either going to stagnate or lose it completely. And by freaking out, I mean becoming obsessed, being scared, beating yourself up, whining, and overestimating your skills .
I went from: ’I don’t want to get bulky, I`ll only train twice a week’ to ‘Screw that, I love it and want to do it every day’ to ‘I need to learn it ALL as fast as possible, so I can be as good as the athletes in the competition class’ to ‘I am obsessed and depressed and my progress sucks’ to ‘Maybe I should stop CrossFit and just do Yoga’ to ‘It’s ok not to keep up with the comp athletes – I just do MY best, I am older after all’ to ‘Hey, I found a balance’ to ‘I train, I love it and that’s all.’
Mental game. Stop thinking, just do it. It’s the key to dominating the fuckwittery of life and just chilling. There’s nothing to be worried about as long as you focus on your goal and work for it. For the moment, I simply want to make progress whilst having fun. I enjoy my training sessions, all of them. They make me happy, strong and fit. They keep me sane, connect me with good people, form my body and lead to a healthy appetite and sleep. Wherever this journey will lead me, I’ll take it, one step at a time. To achieve the progress and the results I wish for, I work my ass off at times and that’s ok. Accomplishing a long term goal is a great reward, no matter how long it takes. Just don’t forget to hang out and chill in between.
One of the biggest factors as to why this sport has helped me is meditation. Meditation is a state of pure present. It is being in the moment, thought loss, which brings calmness, serenity and contentment. My training resembles this state to a point. The mind is focused on bringing maximum effort and performance – there’s no space for distraction and I clearly can’t be bothered about what is happening around me, in my past or in my future. Practising meditation and seeing the parallels to the impact that CrossFit has, in my mind, changed my mindset significantly and tremendously.
I processed and reflected a lot of my shit from my dark past in the past couple of years and learned to stay down to earth, to always have my shit together and to relax while working hard. CrossFit did a big contribution to this process. Not only did I start to appreciate and admire the capabilities and shape of my body, I also pushed myself mentally and physically to my limits and across them and found a way to pick myself up from there.
Life is a learning journey and I intend to be a lifelong student. I am eager to extend my knowledge, gain wisdom and understand the lessons life teaches me. CrossFit will be part of it for a long while I hope. I embrace its benefits and the fun I have doing it. Flanked with a glass of wine and some cheese. Of course. There is always a wee bit of time for good wine.