So, as a former teacher, I should have caught onto this before – Crossfit’s main training premise is inclusion! I believe it’s one of the main reasons why it does so well. Whether you’re an athlete, beginner, senior or teen, there is a starting place for you at Crossfit.
Last night during my THIRD workout (yep, I drank the kool-aid and am now hooked), I worked out next to a 280 lb overweight man, and a forty-something woman who can do unassisted pull-ups with the ease of a squirrel monkey.
It’s actually insane. I was in awe of this lady. In my own Crossfit “goal” list, I added complete one unassisted pullup before the end of the year.. yet this lady cranked out 15 in a row..whoa. Here I was just considering making a big move and going down to one elastic band for assisted pullups. The thing is, it really doesn’t matter. You push yourself as much as possible, the environment enables you to do just that. Seeing something like that is pretty inspiring to me and helps push just a bit further.
Another thing – I don’t get BORED! This is such an issue I had with gyms in the past. I’d go, have one good workout and then plateau for the next little while. I don’t think I’ll ever have this issue of falling into an exercise rut because you are pushed to you limits every time through variety. Last night we did a 24-15-9 workout. I had no idea what this meant, so Coach Jeff told me it’s a like a pyramid for circuit training. 24 reps of each of the following: Pull ups, v-snaps (what? See my last post here on the trouble I experience with Crossfit abbreviations) and front squats. Then the next set you do 15 reps of each, then 9, the time you complete all 3 circuits in, is your “score”. I did it in 8 mins, 29 sec – my new benchmark.
So not only is the workout itself inclusive due to all the modifications, but then you have all this positive energy after a workout. I’ll admit, I was a bit taken off guard after my first workout day was complete and I had a round of high fives come my way. Everyone is welcome, unless you’re a complete douchebag – then maybe not. Even then, I wouldn’t put it past this group of people to give you a high-five at the end of your workout.
My point is, if inclusion is the program, variety is the method of Crossfit. The program really does challenge all sorts of different muscle groups and still manages to keep it interesting. You feel included in the group at the end of a workout, whether you lifted 25 lbs on your front squat or you’re this guy…
Go on, do it – drink the Crossfit Koolaid. Just don’t update your facebook status every 5 mins about it.
Until next time, stay fit and have fun.