It’s not just another gym. It’s a coming together of people from all walks of life; all levels of fitness; all ages and equal guys to girls. There’s 70 year olds doing it; there’s kids doing it. Seriously, the one rule of Crossfit is: “If You’re Doing Crossfit; You Talk About Crossfit”.
It’s not just about turning up to a class, it’s about turning up, taking part and dissecting that class rep by rep. It’s about thinking you can’t put any more weight on the bar but doing it anyway and hitting a “PB”. It’s about actually talking to people in the box.
You know when you go to a mainstream gym or leisure centre you walk in, you do your workout or your class, you might say hi to a couple of faces but you walk out (feeling great I might add!). I’m not here to knock anyone getting their workout on; this is about me about my journey and trust me I’ve spent many years trotting in & out of gyms! I’ve worked their classes & the gym floor gazing over to the ‘forbidden area’; where unless you are hench young & beautiful that area is not for you!
You know that invisible sign that says “Don’t even think about it! These free weights are ours because we are going to spend the next hour gazing at our biceps in the mirror whilst lifting a 10kg dumbbell”. I mean that might be a bit harsh but truly that is how it felt for me some days … and I stayed firmly on my side with teeny tiny hand weights, a selection of swiss balls and lots of mats for stretching and stuff.
When you walk into a Crossfit box for the first time you will notice there are no mirrors. There is weight rack. There are lots of bars for those hard to reach pull-ups. There are kettle bells, medicine balls and skipping ropes (get your own skipping rope you will thank me when it is the right size and not tripping you up).
The biggest difference for me is how each & every one in the class encourages each other. You are a team. For that hour these are your buddies, your mates. These are the guys who are going to count reps for you; the ones who will see you through the last of the WOD. When you think you’ve got nothing left to give, these are the one’s who will shout out and keep you going.
I have never experienced anything like it and I love it. In fact it’s a big part of what keeps me going because I need that support, that motivation, that kick up the arse just to quit being lazy and get the job done.
So what are you waiting for there are 1000’s of boxes all over the country & world that offer free taster sessions get down there get sweaty start loving your workouts.
I train at Crossfit Oxhouse Weston-super-Mare with Adam Stanton. Check us out at www.crossfitoxhouse.com and on facebook and instagram.