So the month of June marked a year since I joined CrossFit Pendle. ONE WHOLE YEAR. As cliché as it sounds, time definitely flies when you’re having fun!
I’d never even heard of CrossFit, until my managers joined a few months before me, so I started to delve and do a little research. I was met with the good, the bad, and the ugly reviews about CrossFit and what it meant for different people.
In a nutshell, for me, it’s really been one of the best decisions I‘ve made. I’m stronger and fitter than I’ve ever been, it’s a productive hobby out of work, it’s addictive and I want to get better, and best of all, I’ve met some great people!
I think people have preconceived ideas about most things, and unfortunately, CrossFit is one of those things that has a stigma attached to it… I really don’t know why!
I started on my own, but as soon as I walked through the door and started the class, I felt at home. The coaches and other members were SO helpful. I’d never lifted a bar, or done some of the other movements in my life, so not only did I feel embarrassed, but I felt useless. Everyone instantly made me feel welcome, as after all, they’d been in this position too.
As with everything, CrossFit comes with its own lingo! This is literally like a foreign language, and I remember wondering ‘WTF are these people talking about?!!’ for a good few months. However, you soon pick it up – WODs, barbells, cleans, AMRAPs, OMEMs and all that jazz are part of your everyday speech in no time.
I think the thing that inspires and keeps me motivated with CrossFit is the fact that it is varied every day. I was attending a regular gym before this, doing the same routine three times a week, and not really seeing any change. It was habit. CrossFit is intense, fast paced and different every day, which yes, makes it very easy to attend 5/6 times a week!
There’s a great community feel, which I love! If you’re having a bad day, or are really struggling with a WOD, everyone gathers round to cheer you on, and help you finish. I remember a Sunday endurance session (this and the partner WOD are my fave!) – I found it particular tough this day, and was literally on.my.arse. Everyone else had finished and I had 20 seconds left, the whole group stood around me and cheered me on with encouragement, and I actually managed to finish… I’d have 100% given up if they hadn’t done this!
My body has also completely changed since joining; I guess this was inevitable as it’s a different way of training. I hadn’t really noticed it, but the amount of comments I’ve received recently is crazy – people commenting on my arms, shoulders, stomach etc; it’s actually really nice, and means the hard work is paying off. I have a holiday to Cyprus in September, so I’m determined to get a ‘banging beach bod’ ha!
I’d definitely recommend CrossFit to anyone who’s looking to get fit, but also enjoy and look forward to exercising. There’s no pressure, you do what’s right for you, lift weights that are comfortable, and just generally have fun!