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Prior to coming to Crossfit KOP, I was struggling to find a workout program that fit. I tried follo... [more]
Prior to coming to Crossfit KOP, I was struggling to find a workout program that fit. I tried following a bodybuilding diet and body building training routines with ok results, but soon became burnt out and bored. I then switched to running and aerobics classes, and absolutely hated every second. But I pushed myself and thought that if I tried harder, and motivated myself enough by looking at pictures of fitness models, that I too would be able to have the body of the women I saw in Oxygen Magazine. It was a hard road and I kept it up for two years. I was happy with the way my body looked, but I still could not do a pull up even though I had worked on them a lot.
Someone mentioned this “crazy workout” their friend was doing and said that I would probably like it too. I had never heard of Crossfit at that time, but I was intrigued at the idea of doing something that only crazy people would attempt. I signed up right away and couldn’t wait to jump in. Although I was enthusiastic from the beginning, I had no idea how much Crossfit would change my life, not only physically, but also mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. The first thing that struck me was the friendliness of the people at the gym. Everyone was so nice that I quickly got over my shyness and felt like I was part of the community. Even though I wasn’t lifting nearly as much weight as everyone else, or going as fast, people came up to me after class and congratulated me for doing an awesome job. I soon realized that success was not measured by absolute numbers, but instead by effort. If someone saw me struggling, they would come over and encourage me to keep trying. When I finally succeeded, everyone cheered. I started to find a new confidence that bled over to the rest of my life. I stopped judging myself against other people and instead started measuring myself by whether I had tried my best or not.
Through this encouragement, I realized that I could accomplish things that I never thought possible. I would attempt a heavy lift and fail. Discouraged, I’d start to walk away. But someone would come over and say “try again, I bet you can get that.” And when it finally went up, I was shocked and amazed that I was able to do something that I couldn’t do the day before. Crossfit had taught me to celebrate the little victories in life. I might not be going to the Olympics, but I can do so many things today that I couldn’t do even a month ago. And I’m proud of myself, because I have worked hard for these things.
I must say that my body has transformed as well, but this is now a secondary goal. I used to care, but I don’t really worry about how much I weigh, or what size my parts are. I am leaner than I was before, but so what? What matters is that I am a whole lot stronger, faster, more agile, and flexible than I have ever been in my life; even compared to when I was a varsity athlete in high school. Thirty-seven year old Dorothy could kick 18 year old Dorothy’s butt any day of the week!!!! I am in the best shape of my life and I’m proud to say that. I never thought I’d be doing the things that I do on a daily basis. As you can probably tell, I totally love Crossfit. For me, it is a challenge every day that I love to attempt. Some days I fail, and that’s ok. Because I know that I can try again later and that if I don’t ever fail, then I didn’t try hard enough.
This is where the spiritual part comes in for me. It has taught me how to deal with life’s difficult times. I’ve learned that failure and adversity are my friend, not my enemy. Crossfit is hard, and so is life. But it’s never too hard that I can’t do it. I just need to show up and try my best. I celebrate my successes, and I learn from my failures. I do what I can, with what I have, wherever I am at that moment. I learned this from Crossfit and the people at Crossfit KOP and I am so happy that I did because now I can do a ton of pull-ups and it really impresses people at parties.
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