Addicted to…Working Out?!

For the past eleven months, Dusty and I have put ourselves through hell on a daily basis to perfect our already tone bodies.

HaHaHa.  Okay – take two….

For the past eleven months, Dusty and I have put ourselves through hell on a [somewhat] daily basis to improve our out-of-shape bodies.  That is much more honest than the previous statement.

Regardless, we picked a fitness program that we knew would provide the results we wanted.  What we didn’t expect, however, was everything else that comes with joining this group – which is more than we could have asked for.

[Back story] For Christmas in 2012, Dusty’s parents bought us our registrationS for a Tough Mudder race in August of 2013.  I have wanted to participate in one of these races for the past couple of years – ever since I first read about them.  They are badass – muddy – and the obstacles are something I’ve always wanted to try ever since I first saw American Gladiators on TV.  Though I was majorly excited that we were finally registered – I was also majorly nervous about the level of fitness needed to actually finish this race.

Enter – CrossFit WV.  Our new home away from home.  We made the call and started our path toward Buff-town (mental note: never say that again) in January of this year.  Now mind you – I played tennis for years – we have played volleyball in a competitive league for the past couple of years – and we’re (in general) just active people.  I could definitely handle the warm up exercises [called On Ramp] that prepare you for the normal CrossFit workouts.

I was wrong.

After the second workout, I thought my arms were forever locked in an L shape…simply because it hurt too much to fully extend them.  Walking was the hardest part of my day.  And standing up after sitting down?  No.  What the hell was this program?!  And why did I find myself going back day after day??

It has turned out to be one of the best things I have ever done for myself.  crossfit

I’m not going to underscore how hard and daunting some [most] of these workouts are.  There are definitely days that I look at the WOD (workout of the day) and wonder what personal vendetta the trainers have against us.  There are other days that I look and think it won’t be that bad – and those are the days that make me cuss the most.  None of it is easy.  None of it is really all that fun.  And yet I find myself addicted to this workout regimen and this group of individuals.

And that’s when I realize that there’s so much more that makes it worthwhile…

  1. I am in the best shape of my life.  I’m not the strongest (evidenced by the whopping amount of weight I put on my bar each time) – and I’m okay with that.  I am able to lift more now than ever before, and I’m slowly but surely increasing that weight each time.  I have the endurance to run 5k races (three for this year, to be exact).  I can do things now, in general, that I never thought I’d be able to do.  It’s one of the best feelings – that feeling of accomplishment – that I’ve ever had.
  2. You gain a [large] group of [fantastic] friends.  It’s one thing to go to the gym and do your workout with your ear buds in and your music blaring – all in your own little world.  Not bashing that at all.  It’s another thing to enjoy the competitive nature of a CrossFit WOD while encouraging each other and pushing each other to do your absolute best.  And still another thing to want to hang out outside of the box with these same individuals.  I never realized until I joined that experiencing a workout together can be a special thing.  It’s as if you survived a natural disaster together (because that’s sometimes how a WOD will make you feel).  What I have found is that – at least at our box – you meet a great group of people who are always in your corner, cheering you on through each and every workout.  It’s a family.  How could that be anything less than awesome?
  3. I genuinely feel better/happier with my life.  For this, I must resort to a quote from Elle Woods in ‘Legally Blonde’: “Exercise gives you endorphins.  Endorphins make you happy.  Happy people just don’t kill their husbands.”  This is definitely true.  I am happier and more satisfied with my life.  I actually enjoy the workouts – no matter how much I hurt or how awful I look after – because I know what they are doing for my mind, body, and spirit.  And no – I have not killed my husband, either.  🙂

So, there.  Those are three reasons to join CrossFit.  I have a lot more – but I really like listing three things.  It’s one of my things.  Here’s a link to my local box where you can learn more about CrossFit and what it offers – http://crossfitwv.typepad.com/

But really – I can’t say enough about the transformation it has made for my own life.  I went from someone who despised working out – who would run on the treadmill for 30 minutes and call it a day [year] – to someone who can’t wait to end the work day so he can spend some time at CrossFit for an hour or so (and that does entail socializing, working out, and socializing some more after the workout).  It’s my own success story.  And it’s something I have become passionate about.

So….what’s your story?

“If it doesn’t challenge you – it doesn’t change you.”  – Fred Devito

[SAJ]