I stumbled upon Crossfit looking for a personal trainer but not wanting to pay personal training prices. I was trained for 15 years in classical ballet and once I hung up my point shoes I struggled to find an activity that I really was passionate about. I dabbled in Bikhram yoga, personal trainers, Pilates and Barre classes. While I found them all to be great workouts I was lacking passion for any of it and felt like fitness would be a constant chore, something I had to do but never really enjoyed. I think it took about two weeks for me to be completely hooked.
Crossfit is high intensity functional movements. It combines almost any exercise movement that is functional that you could think of (lifting, running, sprinting, pull-ups etc...) and then most of this is done in a specific time domain. I was 26 thin and out of shape I couldnʼt do push upʼs in a workout, had trouble running 400 meters without stopping to walk and had no idea what a proper squat even was. I think I was doing plies for a month instead. All that being said I had never felt such a sense of physical accomplishment every burpee I did, every 400 I ran, every weighted ball I threw I was amazed at what I was able to achieve and It made me feel great not only physically but mentally.
Fast Forward to three years later, I had no idea that walking into the gym would be such a life changing event. Not only have I found a lifelong passion for fitness I have found a community of individuals that have the same goals, passion and desire to lead a healthy lifestyle. I decided a year ago to train to be competitive in Crossfit. This required me exiting the “really fun” group environment of Crossfit to follow a program tailored to my strengths and weakness. So now I went from needing someone screaming in my face to pull myself over the bar to motivating myself everyday and setting goals that help fuel my desire, lift heavier, push harder and most certainly never walk a 400 again.
If you had told me at 20 that I would be training myself to become the best athlete I can be I would have laughed, I would have laughed at the mere mention of myself and the word athlete in the same sentence. I can not begin to explain the satisfaction in setting goals and sticking to them. It is the training that I love and the satisfaction I get every time I achieve something that would have seemed impossible 6 months ago. This is the evolution of my journey it is why when I wake up in the morning I am excited to tackle what my program calls for. I have come a long way from dreading the elliptical machine. I am sharing my story simply to encourage people to try new things. You never know what you might fall in love with, what you will learn about yourself, what you can achieve and who you may meet along the way by pushing yourself to try new things.
AUTHOR: Sloane Sapan
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