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I have always been what I considered an ‘active’ person, whether that was going to the gym attending group fitness classes few times a week, swimming at the beach on the weekends in summer, or kicking a soccer ball at the park with friends after a BBQ. My attitude to fitness was always relaxed and non-committal so when I heard a personal trainer friend talking about CrossFit classes he had just started, I thought “Ok, I’ll give it a go”, but was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I do, nor did I expect the results I have seen.
When I started to look in to what CrossFit was, my first thought was: “I’m never going to be strong enough to do this!” closely followed by “I don’t want to do heavy weights that will make me ‘bulky’ or give me a physique like a man”. It is only after doing a bit more research (and most importantly from personal experience) that I have realised that my initial fears were unfounded, and even more surprising to me was that after a few months I was reaching personal goals I never thought possible!
My first class experience was as the only rookie in a class of members that had been attending for a few months. Watching them filled me with terror and embarrassment as I thought I would never be able to keep up, but was relieved to find out that all the workouts were scalable to each persons individual ability and strengths, though the instructors were very good at pushing me to reach my maximum potential.
And now after almost a year of attending classes there are still some days that I can’t lift my arms or wince when I have to walk up stairs. It’s hard to explain until you start, but it hurts so good and the results speak for themselves. I can honestly say that I have never been fitter or happier with my body.
If you are considering starting CrossFit, the best advice I can give you is to ignore your initial fears and just give it a go. I guarantee that once you start you will be bitten by the CrossFit bug and will become addicted just like the other thousands of members across Australia.
CrossFit Alive Veteran
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In my teens I was always a very active person and played most ball sports and rode everywhere. Moving on in to my early 20’s I became very lazy and inactive, this resulted in me blowing out to a massive 95kg. To put this in perspective I’m 172cm small and of medium build. I woke up one morning very unhappy with my appearance and decided to do something about it. I tried many different modes of fitness and started competing in triathlons and cycling events around Queensland.
As time went by and with the activities I was doing, I considered myself to be Fit …
November 2010, Dale and Adam opened Crossfit Alive at Oxenford on the Gold Coast. I had little exposure to Crossfit and was interested to see what it was all about. I went to the open day which consisted of a workout of the day (WOD) called the ‘Helen Challenge’ (Helen?? I’ll get to that soon) and was instantly hooked. I had been pushed to a new place both physically and mentally. Fast forward to today and I have NEVER been so fit, strong and happy in my entire life.
So you have Googled ‘Crossfit’ and you’re blown away, confused with acronyms like WOD, Rx’D, GHD, IWCABTAMD, CVFMHI or workout names like Fran, Cindy, Annie, Helen and what’s a Clean & jerk or a Snatch that sounds nasty right? Worry no more! The support and friendship you’ll get from not only the coaches and athletes at Crossfit Alive but the whole Crossfit community is amazing. I can tell you standing in the middle of the box (meaning Gym) mid WOD (Work of the Day) watching 16+ people give it their all, will give you a sensation that can not be matched by any other sport or fitness format. Electrifying!
Put simply Crossfit is the best addiction you will ever have.
I’ll leave you with my favourite Crossfit saying “Your life will not get any better if you do not lift heavy shit!”
… don’t get scared off as everything is scalable to fit everyone’s abilities so “heavy shit” means what may be heavy for you.
Crossfit Alive Veteran and addict lol!
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