It’s not CrossFit, it’s you.
That sounds mean I suppose, but stay with me for just a minute.
The two main obstacles for people starting CrossFit is “Its way too hard” and “I’m not in good enough shape yet.”
At CrossFit Erie, each member begins with 3 personal on ramp classes. These introductory classes lay a foundation for you lifting weights safely and effectively. We use light weight and focus on technique, prior to you starting your first class.
We also do short workouts at the end of each sessions. During these workouts; we can discuss how to modify a workout or movement, due to injury or a limitation. We meet you right where you are create a path that will guarantee success.
The thing we can’t do is convince you that you can do it. You, are the one, who has to take action.
I grew up a dancer. My mom owned the studio. We competed. There were eyes on me all of the time. I was expected to be good, the best, the example. I didn’t know anything different so I don’t even remember hating it. It’s just what it was. it did begin to develop in me this trait of; if I couldn’t do it well, I didn’t even want to try. I didn’t want anyone to see me fail.
We, my husband and I, started in our garage with what we could piece together with equipment. I had a few friends join me. Matt, my husband, told me to “try it for 30 days”. So, that is what I committed to.
The first week I liked it. It was hard but I didn’t’ have time to think about anything else. I had two kids and a husband who worked 60 hrs a week minimum. CrossFit was a great distraction. I couldn’t think about anything else but what I was doing. At week three, I was kind of frustrated. I didn’t feel like I was getting any better. The workouts were still really hard. I couldn’t do a pull up. I was still struggling. I decided the end of week three I was going to quit at the end of my 30 days. I didn’t “feel” any stronger or faster.
Then it happened. At the end of 30 days we redid the first workout. Day one my workout took me 24 minutes. I still remember it, there was running and pushups (yuck to both) among other things. It was hot, I was struggling, my push ups were on my knees and became one rep at a time.
On day 30, in the middle of that same workout, I remember feeling like I was struggling in the same manner. I was moving as fast as I could, but the push ups again became one at a time. This time I could do 2-4 on my toes before going on my knees. I thought, ok, that is something but nothing to get too excited about. The workout that took me 24 minutes on day one, took me 16 minutes on day 30!!!! When I finished and saw my time I said out loud “I wonder what tomorrows workout will be”. I was hooked. I may not have felt stronger but the science was there. I did the same amount of work in less time!
As we get older, it becomes scarier to take on something unknown. We don’t want to make ourselves vulnerable, or look bad. Do you know the alternative is to that though? Succeeding. We are so good at putting everyone before us so we opt for easy. Easy is boring.
My favorite part of coaching, is helping people push beyond their expectations. You will tell me what you can’t do and I just nicely help to push beyond that expectation. (safely of course) You don’t have any idea what you are capable of.
For me, It wasn’t CrossFit being too hard. It was me, limiting myself.
Imagine where you want to be. Imagine yourself succeeding.