Why should you CrossFit?
I get asked this question from many people? I get responses that run the entire spectrum from women saying, “I don’t want to look like a man” or men saying, “When will you ever need to do a handstand pushup in real life.”
After I finish trying to hide my disdain for their responses, I simply respond it helps me with my job and life. To me, CrossFit directly corresponds to my life, generally and specifically. Generally, it helps with my overall fitness and keeps me at a healthy level. At 42, I need every edge I can get to keep the problems of aging away for a little bit longer. Specifically, it helps me with my day to day jobs, as a police officer, a soldier and a father. As an officer, I must remain physically fit to engage the public at large and be available to help them or a fellow officer at a moment’s notice. I have to be able to go full tilt and then have the stamina to complete a single or series of tasks. Not only that, but I may have to do it again and again for 12 hours or more. Working varying shifts wreaks havoc on all your systems, so I must be physically fit to be able to fight against those challenges.
As a soldier, much like an officer, the level of my fitness can be the difference of if someone lives or dies. So I take my workouts very seriously. I will give every ounce of myself to my workouts because in my mind, it could be a comrade that is depending on me to get to them.
As a father, I want to make my children work hard to best at things. I want to be in the best shape possible and I’ll openly admit, I don’t want a dad bod! I want to instill good, healthy habits for my children to follow and to pass on to their kids. I want to show them fitness isn’t a job, it’s a lifestyle and can be a lot of fun!
So back to why should you take up CrossFit? My question to you is, can you afford not to? What do you want to do with your life outside of work? Do you want to do triathlons? Do you want to surf the waves of Hawaii? Do you want to climb Kilimanjaro? Do you want to look good in that tux or cocktail dress that’s been hanging in your closet? Do you want to stay away from the doctor’s office and be the healthiest person you can be? If you want one or all of these things, CrossFit is for you!
You will find like-minded people who will sweat with you and pick you up. It’s a culture that will keep you accountable. Whether you are the best athlete at the box or the newbie who doesn’t know what AMRAP means, you are always welcome to come in and suffer together. CrossFit can turn a group of strangers into family by simply finishing one of the daunting Hero WODs. CrossFit is about community and friendship/family. It’s about being accountable and pushing yourself to be better than you ever thought. It’s about acceptance and being comfortable with your body but wanting more. It’s about constantly learning and passing on knowledge that you’ve accumulated. It’s about knowing your strengths and weaknesses and knowing your limitations.
If you think CrossFit is simply the Games and for the elite, you’ve missed the boat and you are ill-informed. Those athletes are amazing and they have worked countless hours to achieve that level of greatness. Yet, if you truly want to know what CrossFit is, just drop in to your local box and give it a try. Your great coaches will not throw you in the deep end and watch you fail. They’ll walk along your side with you. You will see your coaches and classmates strive, fail, succeed, get injured and recover alongside you. That’s why you should CrossFit because it takes a village to stay fit too!
November Committed Club
Lee Morris 23
Charlie Greer 22
Kenny Hall 21
Edgar Wilson 21
Kristen Emory 20
Suzy Florian 20
Mike Marioni 20
Ana Sandoval 20