Keeping fit and healthy has always been an on-and-off struggle for me. Working out on my own would usually involve jogging around the block or doing dumbbell curls while watching Family Feud in my basement. Really, I had no motivation or drive to actually workout, except for using it as a justification for my cheat meals when I would splurge on a slice or two of pizza… or an entire pizza. Once I started being honest with myself about my abilities, I knew that I needed to get a personal trainer if I really wanted to make fitness a priority. I completely bypassed the more expensive options and looked for someone more affordable, but decided against personal training completely after only coming across trainers who were in worse shape than me and less helpful than my iPhone apps. After doing more research on where I could actually afford to go, I decided to look into CrossFit. CrossFit interested me, simply put, because it seemed as if it was like having a personal trainer for less money.
My first impression of CrossFit as a whole was actually a pretty bad one. I had seen a lot of those YouTube fail videos of people doing CrossFit and I had always thought there was more of an emphasis on getting the workout done no matter what the cost, as opposed to staying safe and maintaining good form. My opinion dramatically changed after working with Adam in my first few visits at CFT. He basically took everything I thought I knew about weightlifting and showed me how wrong and unsafe I actually was, but he did so in a way that I was totally cool with and not at all offended by. I saw then that, at least at CrossFit Turbine, I was in extremely good hands.
My initial bright spot was probably the first time I had the highest score in a WOD. Not because I am so competitive and feel the need to “win”, but because of what it showed me about myself and my abilities. More than anything, it helped me realize that it was possible for me to actually excel at CrossFit, as opposed to just leisurely doing it as a workout. That realization gave me a lot more drive and determination to really take my workouts seriously and to not be passive about my daily effort.
Right now I am working on one thing: my diet. I’ve come to realize over the past six months that my ability to be successful at CrossFit is extremely dependent on my diet. When I say that, I am not at all implying that a slightly lower weight automatically equals greater success, but rather that eating poorly today will make me feel poor the next day, which directly impedes my ability to reach my fitness goals. That being said, lowering my weight can also be helpful with the gymnastics side of CrossFit, as I quickly discovered in a recent WOD in which I (regrettably) used a 20lb weight vest for the very first time.
My favorite Turbine memory definitely has to be competing in the “Best of the Rest” competition. Not only was it a lot of fun to spend the day with other CFT members, but it was really rewarding to have all of my hard work lead up to something beyond my own personal milestones. It made CrossFit feel more like a sport, in which my daily WODs were the training that led up to being successful on game day.