This post is written by Andrea Matthes, CPT, CF-L1, Food, Fitness and Life Blogger at I’mperfect Life.
CrossFit is one of those things people love or hate…or love to hate because they know nothing about it.
Crossfit.com defines itself as“That which optimizes fitness (constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity). CrossFit is also the community that spontaneously arises when people do these workouts together.”
I define it as, “A life-changing experience.”
CrossFit is like no other group fitness program. It’s not about “exercise” — it’s about improving. It’s about getting faster, stronger, better. It’s about progress, measurable progress.
When I first started CrossFit I was significantly overweight at 5-foot-1 and 235 pounds. I had just lost almost 100 pounds (starting weight 328 pounds) but fitness was not even close to being a part of my life. I couldn’t run (shuffle) more than 30 seconds. I couldn’t do a single lunge without holding onto something like a door frame. Push-ups? Pull-ups? Jump rope? Not even one. But my coaches worked with me by scaling the workouts and modifying the movements to allow me to participate and ultimately succeed. My classmates encouraged me, never let me quit and cheered me on when I was the last to finish. Now, almost two years since I first walked into that CrossFit box, the girl who could barely get through the warm-up is a certified personal trainer and CrossFit coach.
That, right there, is why I define it as “life changing.”
I am so excited to share my passion for CrossFit at FitBloggin’ this year. The team workout that I have planned will be tons of fun, challenging to those of ALL fitness levels, scalable and modifiable to all participant’s individual needs, and will bring out the competitive athlete in everyone!
I hope you’ll join us on Friday at 9:30 a.m. so you can start your day with sweat and victory!
Tracy @ www.mytinytank.net says
Andrea! ROCK ON! I wish I was going to see you ROCK this session. You are a force and Fitbloggin won’t be the same after you arrive. I’ll be watching! Following online!