When Crossfit became more than just a fitness program for me

I drank the crossfit kool-aid pretty quickly after starting crossfit. I was hooked on the comraderie, the quick improvement and how great I was feeling. But it was still something I was doing to lose weight and become a bit less unfit. But after about 5 months, something changed. Something happened which changed not only the way I looked at crossfit but also what I wanted to get from crossfit.

The miraculous occurence was (..drum roll please…..) the Crossfit Open.  Our box, like boxes all over the world, held times for people to do the Crossfit Open WODs each week after they were announced.  Those of us who weren’t participating would come into the box to cheer our colleagues on. The atmosphere was contagious. People lifted more, pushed harder and became more familiar with their strengths and weaknesses. The WODs, which were posted on Wednesday each week, were challenging and well designed. And I wished that I had felt ready to participate. I decided then and there that I would become good enough at crossfit to feel comfortable at the next Crossfit Open.

But then something else happened, something which made me want something more from Crossfit than just a better physical fitness level.

I saw this video!!!! Jenny Labaw does Crossfit Open WOD 13.1 with a broken leg. Say what now?!?

When I was younger, I never had a female athlete “role model” or someone that I wanted to be like when I grew up. I looked up to supermodels and other completely unrealistic targets.

Seeing an athlete be strong enough both mentality and physically to overcome the disappointment of being hurt right before the competition and to push forward and compete anyway, and to perform at the level that she did, made me realize that Crossfit could give me more than just the slightly smaller body I was looking for.

Crossfit could provide me with a chance to build up my mental toughness and discipline.

And it has. In the time since the Crossfit Open, I have seen the benefits of Crossfit carry over to other areas of my life. I have pushed through situations where I previously would have given up. My life has become more structured, better organized (mostly due to needing to work my scheduling so that I can make it to crossfit). Even at work, I am more focused and disciplined.

And I can lift like a bad*ss.

So now, when I feel myself slacking off or feel like quitting I ask myself  “What would Jenny Labaw do?” :-) Chances are, she wouldn’t quit and so neither should I.

One Response to “ When Crossfit became more than just a fitness program for me ”

  1. jennifer says:

    I think this is the hardest concept to explain to people outside the CF world.. that it’s SO much more than a workout. Sure you can do the movements anywhere, but it is the mental strength that you build up that just is not the same without the community!

    I am already looking forward to the Open!!

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