I know when I started CrossFit it was all I talked about. I told everyone who would listen about this awesome box I joined and about the workouts and how great I was feeling. It probably found its way into every conversation. I had drunk the coolaid, like they used to say, and I was proud of my box and my progress. And trust me I was against CrossFit in the beginning. It was all Dan and friends of ours who had already dove in headfirst would talk about, constantly! We would have dinner together and that’s all they talked about, I felt left out of this secret society they had found, Finally it got to be too much and I either had to buy stock in earplugs or try it. About the same time I was chairing a 5k fundraiser for my daughters school. These same CrossFit crazed friends connected me with the owner of their box and he agreed to be my Title sponsor. So at least out of all of this I was getting some money. Fast forward a bit. After the race he approached me to see if I would be interested in doing some marketing for the gym. I was teaching at the time and couldn’t sell anything especially if I wasn’t 100 percent behind it. I said no thanks…. he persisted and invited me to come to try the on ramp classes. I was nervous but again reluctantly agreed. I couldn’t flip tires, climb a rope…. or even hang from the bar… I could barely to jumpropes. I went to walk in the door and a huge burly man with the biggest smile was walking out… he asked me if today was my first day… I said I think so.. his grin widened. I’m still not sure if it was because he was like oh boy she has no clue, or if he knew what I didn’t. That for the next 11 years now.. it would be the most amazing and crazy journey. I was hooked. I could now join the conversation. For the next 11 years I had become THAT person who consistently bothered friends, family, coworkers, random people in Stop and Shop and Whole foods about joining our “cult”!
For me it was the results, the new confidence, the physical changes. I was stronger; physically, mentally and emotionally. But it was also team. I didn’t realize how much I missed being part of a team and community, and the competition. The last team I was on was years before playing Volleyball at Western, I hadn’t realized how much I missed that or needed that even, until I started CrossFit.
I came across this good article that sums up 3 reasons why people love what we do. So if anyone asks…. here are your three reasons why….as if you don’t already have your own!