What to Expect

My time at CrossFit thus far has proven to be one of pure bliss. Well, it’s not always bliss during the workout, but the mental and physical push definitely allows that emotion to form later on.

But it wasn’t always like that.

I started CrossFit not too long ago, and have since become a regular in the classes. At first, I was reluctant to even step foot into that giant room, known in the CrossFit world as “The Box.”

Not only did I find the sport a bit intimidating, but I was not sure if the style of workout was one I would enjoy. You see, my scepticism about this was expressed on my face the moment my sister asked me to try out Kinetic Synergy for one month. I suspect I had the typical reaction of many people who first hear about it:

Isn’t CrossFit for weightlifters? Why would I want to attend a group class… I enjoy my ‘alone time’ during workouts. Furthermore, isn’t it competitive?

But if I’ve learned anything the past few years, it is to expect the unexpected.

Which is the mindset I decided to embody when I first entered The Box for the first time. I decided to throw out my previous impression on the sport, and give it a whirl on my own. After all, I really can’t judge an activity unless I try it out myself. Within the first 15 minutes, the simple movements of box jumping and burpees left me breathless and gasping for air. But there was something else…

 

I was also laughing.

This is what surprised me most about CrossFit – the immense support from those performing the exercises alongside me in the room. Because, as I found out, we are all in it together and no one person gets left behind.

It is an incredibly supportive experience.

Like in any sport, everyone has their strengths, and everyone has their struggles. I have found that CrossFit embraces all of this, and allows you to scale even the most simple of movements to your best ability. Plus, a trainer is always present, providing encouragement and advice along the way.

“For most people new to this gym, I find confidence is the main barrier keeping people from attending CrossFit classes,” a trainer said to me the other day.

I can personally attest to this statement, because it does take a mental push to first attend a CrossFit class. In this case, I have found that CrossFit Lite is the perfect option for beginners. It is a great introduction to what workouts entail, and allows you to focus and practice on technique and movement, without any added pressure.

My time with CrossFit at Kinetic Synergy has taught me some extremely valuable lessons about myself and my limitations: my idea of an intense workout has dramatically shifted, my determination to personally complete these workouts has grown substantially, and the mandatory sign-up for classes has proven to hold me accountable.

But most surprisingly, I’ve realized the importance of precision. With technique playing a huge role in training, I have significantly improved my form (I must thank the lovely trainers for their patience with this one).

Because with CrossFit, you are always learning. You are always embracing the unknown; the uncomfortable. I guess becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable is what pushes you to break the fear.

So CrossFit now has me hooked, forcing me to jump, row and lift myself to fitness.

And I wouldn’t have it any other way.