Monday, July 23, 2012
Overweight and searching for motivation...
My name is Anna, 31 years old, 223 pounds, 5'3 and desperate to find something that I want to do to get me back into shape. In my search, I came across a groupon for 20 crossfit sessions. I was hesitant as my impression of crossfit was for the best of the best athletes and a rolly polly like myself wouldn't fit in. Literally. After calling and confirming that someone in as bad of shape as I am can do crossfit, I signed up for the groupon. My journey began...
Day 1 - I arrived at crossfit for a 6am class...heaviest, most out of shape, scared, ashamed and intimidated. Seeing everyone else, I immediately thought "I need to get in shape just to come here to get in shape". But the instructors immediately caught my name, showed me the routine, encouraged me, helped me with my form and even the members who finished their workout, continued to inspire me; "great job", "you can do this", etc. I was instantly hooked!
I am currently on week 6 and should have started a blog much sooner as I have so much to say. Yes, I am still overweight as the years of damage I have done to my body won't be fixed overnight. But, the best part....I found my motivation...
My hunt for an inspiring workout - I have done P90X, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Aerobics, Spin Class, Swimming, Anaerobic workouts, Yoga, Zumba, and the list goes on. I must admit, I hate taking fitness "classes". I find myself staring at the clock, praying for the 60 minute mark to arrive. What feels like 45 minutes turns out to be only 10 minutes and I think "Dear lord, I have another 50 minutes of this torture?" Worst part, I am constantly trying to stay in sync with the rest of the class who seem to know the routine as if there was some handout I missed at the door. Frustration + Time Trickery = Fuhgettaboutit.
Why crossfit - So many reasons but for purpose of keeping this blog short, I am listing my 2 favorites: 1) The people! Instructors and fellow members work to inspire not only themselves but everyone working out with them. It's like having 10 personal trainers, pushing you, helping you, correcting your form, MOTIVATING you. Not judging you, which is what walking into any gym feels like for an overweight girl like myself. I would have never imagined going into crossfit that it would be the people that support me even more than I support myself. 2) I am on my own schedule. The workout of the day (WOD) is outlined to you on a board and it is up to you how quickly you finish it. Instructors go over the routine, making sure your form is good and you go forth and conquer. They usually take me 30-45 minutes to complete.
This is just a short and sweet intro into what crossfit means to me. I finally found something that doesn't feel like a chore to complete, but rather something that has me excited and addicted! I really look forward to sharing my journey with you and can only hope what inspires me also inspires you. Putting aside the stories, video's, or assumptions, crossfit is truly for anyone; overweight, underweight, athlete, mom, dad, etc. No matter who you are, what may seem impossible is actually Crossfit Possible!