I really never ever thought I'd say that. When ESPN first televised the Games back in 2011, I watched with curiosity and concern. Like many people today, I thought much of the workouts looked dangerous-- the weights too heavy to be moved so fast safely, and the kipping weird. But I was a little fascinated. I mean-- check the 2014 Games out. ESPN is airing them or find clips on Youtube. There are some incredibly fit people performing some amazing feats.
I tried it for myself.
|My 1st competition (I'm in the foreground)|
And this is why I love it:
1. Constantly varied-- no two workouts are the same. After years of going to a gym, sitting on machines and performing the same workouts for weeks and months on end, CrossFit adds welcome variety.
2. High Intensity-- there is no not sweating in a WOD (Workout Of the Day). Workouts involve constantly moving and challenging yourself each day to a new level. Of course you need to know your limits and not push too far past them.
3. Functional Movement-- the entire body is engaged in moving in ways that are used in everyday life. Dead lifts-- picking something you dropped off the floor. Squats-- sitting down and standing up. Cleans-- lifting something from the knees or the ground and getting it up to shoulder
|My most recent competition|
4. Community-- typically workouts are done in classes. Some boxes (gyms) offer open gym time to practice skills or do other work, but for the most part classes mean that everyone starts together and moves through the workout together (at his or her own pace).
5. Competition-- scores are recorded so that you can be a better you today than you were yesterday. Yes, of course, someone finishes the workout first and someone finishes last. But the biggest and best competition is you vs. you.