- Matt Brock, Repost from Matt’s blog
“I have spent a few posts just summarizing some things and ways of living I feel are important to my sanity. Throughout this blog I am sure I will reference CrossFit many times so its only appropriate for me to do a quick post on why I love it. A lot of things have changed my life for the better. My wife and daughter accomplished are the two best changes. When it comes to time efficiency while staying fit, CrossFit is the clear winner. At the core of CrossFit is community and functional fitness in an efficient manner. I spent a lot of years going to a regular gym and lifting weights in front of mirrors, running on treadmills and doing what I thought was hard work. I never thought I needed coaching and I certainly did think I was the type of person who wold like a “group class”. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Two of the major knocks about CrossFit include the cost and the “cult-like” aura surrounding it. Most CrossFit gyms are more expensive than regular gyms. But, saying something is “too expensive” is relative. I challenge people to try it out before you say its too expensive. See some results and then see if you still believe its not worth it. Many CrossFit gyms allow you to visit a class for free to try them out. For some, like me, it may only take this one class to get addicted.
CrossFitters are no more a “cult” than are swimmers, cyclists and runners. If you have ever spent time around any of these athletes they tend to be very passionate. Do CrossFitters tend to be more vocal about it? Probably. Why? Because CrossFit makes you both humble and confident at the same time. Few things can accomplish this. I think it creates an attitude amongst CrossFitters they have found something special and they are eager to share it with their friends and family and sometimes random people on the street.
I don’t think CrossFit is for everyone but I do think everyone should give it a try. A good gym mixes olympic lifting, power lifting, gymnastics and endurance into their programming. This means you may stink at pull-ups but be great at dead-lifts or cleans. You may be a great runner but stink at strength stuff. You may stink at everything but want an encouraging community. There truly is something for everyone.
One of the things I loved most about playing football was the community of a locker room and going out and busting your ass with a group of guys trying to accomplish something. I think its one of the reasons I love CrossFit so much. You are out there sometimes bleeding and always sweating together.”
Matt, we are glad you are a part of our community, and to think that your first workout had lateral burpees, but you still came back! Love it.
***We are having a Costume WOD (late Halloween WOD). 11/3 at 7pm. Pot-luck, BYOBorWnoL. Must come dressed up. Prize for best costume. ***
Workout of the Day
1 RM Push Press