In light of my “Ego Buster” post and my lack of physical strength, I decided it was time to start strength training otherwise I was never going to be able to hike the Appalachian Trial. This last week, I came across this CrossFit gym (firebreathercrossfit.com) and after five days of workouts, I have never been more sore in my life and I’m not exaggerating either. After my initial workout, just when I thought I wasn’t sore anymore, a new set of muscles were worked to the core and I was sore all over again. During the lifting workouts, I snickered to myself as I added small weights onto my bar when I saw others in my class adding heavy weights to theirs. I asked myself if I would ever be able to lift that much and I reminded myself that I was only going to get out of this class what I put into it. So far, during every workout, I have found the strength deep inside to drive myself even when my muscles were shaking and I wondered if I had anything left.
A bit of advice for beginners (such as myself), yes, CrossFit is a mind game. If you let your head think that you can’t do something, you never will. During a hard WOD (workout of the day), let’s face it, your muscles will feel like silly putty and you will wonder how you’ll make it to your car, trust me. Another thing, don’t feel intimidated by others in the class because let’s face it, all of you are there to get stronger no matter how much weight you can lift. You will also get to know those in your class and you will be able to encourage each other during workouts.
Just remember, there are going to be workouts that kick your butt and you’re going to be crazy sore. You may also curse the day you stepped into the gym to begin with but chances are you are going to love it. I promise!