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A CrossFit Experience

Crossfit has changed my life in many ways. And before you all do the collective eye roll and give a giant sigh, I know that sounds cheesy but it’s true. I’ve always been really into fitness, participating in many sports growing up and even after school finished. But after moving half way around the world, I found myself adrift without a team and found myself training solo in a gym. I would spend approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours a day in the gym but even after a couple of years of that I didn’t really get any fitter or stronger. A work colleague then mentioned that there was an intro to crossfit deal on GrabOne. I’m a sucker for a deal so I snatched that bad boy up (no pun intended).

My first memories of crossfit were being overly eager to start and getting sick of doing movements with a broomstick. I just wanted to get stuck in. Also, the terminology was all very confusing at first. What the heck was a snatch? Or a clean and jerk? These naughty kiwis but as for the physicality and the comraderie of it all, I was instantly hooked.

I have always tried not to be *that* person who spoke about Crossfit all the time to my friends and I still try not to but it’s gotta say something that all of my work colleagues (who are about 90% male) all joke (good naturedly) that I can outlift and outpower them all. And come to think of it, they do make me do most of the heavy lifting but they also think I’m completely nuts for doing push ups while in handstand position (they just don’t understand haha)

But in all seriousness, my job can be very demanding, both physically and mentally. I find Crossfit to keep me both fit enough and sane enough to do my job. I have hard days where I see things/experience things no one should ever have to see/experience, and sometimes the last thing I want to do is talk about it right away. I find a really good AMRAP or a heavy lifting session or 10km on the rower can do wonders in these cases. Sometimes I just really need a workout to kick my butt and leave me sobbing on the floor. It’s so incredibly cathartic.

In my job (shockingly) we only have to pass a fitness test every 2 years; however, if a baddie needs to be chased over a fence, through a couple of yards, around some cars and in some tight spaces, I genuinely don’t worry/think twice if I can do it. Crossfit really does help prepare you for the unexpected (which can mean something different to each of us).

Crossfit may not be for everyone but if someone is on the fence or just looking for a different way to get/stay fit, I would genuinely encourage them to try it out. It may not be for everyone but it sure as heck works for me!


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