How I felt on the first day of CrossFit
So CrossFit…..one of those things most people are scared of and have the wrong ideas about. I understand why people feel intimidated by it because I had to force myself to go to the introductory class because I hated working out with people. I’m sure some of you can relate to that. I remember getting out of my car saying, “it’s not going to be that bad, just get through this intro class. If I don’t like it, I don’t have to go again.” I was actually scared of it.
As soon as I walked in the door, the General Manager immediately greeted me and told me where to put my stuff and what to do with everything. I was in the intro class with 3 other guys which didn’t exactly give me a boost of confidence. Regardless, I sucked it up and I jumped right in with them. They went over the movements and how to do certain moves. At this point I was starting to feel comfortable and totally though I could do it.
Then we got to the workout part of the class. I thought I was going to die the entire workout. I was so out of shape that I hardly made it through the tiny 9 minute workout. Of course we did wall balls and box jumps in the first workout, I mean, why not? Everyone loves them! Not..
By the time we were done, everyone was cheering us on and it felt good. I had never had anyone cheer me on for a workout like that and I actually really enjoyed that part of it. I usually like to be alone while I work out so this was a huge culture shock for me. This was ultimately the main thing that drove me back the next day.
I immediately signed up for a membership even though I knew it was expensive and didn’t really think it through. However, I’m glad I didn’t think about it too much because I may have talked myself out of it because of the financial burden of it. I’m not complaining though as it’s the best thing that has happened to me for a while now.
The Next Day:
This is where my adventure starts. I went to class the next day. That was probably the hardest workout of my life. I thought I was going to throw up and I’m still surprised I didn’t. We did wall balls and power cleans. A lot of them! I was the last one done, of course, and it was a class full of guys so that made it worse. They did cheer me on but I struggled the entire time. I would have given up if it weren’t for the support that I got from everyone else that day.
So I went home that day wondering to myself if it was really worth it or not. I debated a lot on whether I wanted to continue with this membership. Ultimately it was the support that I received from the other CrossFitters that made me come back for more. Best decision of my life!
CrossFit is a huge part of my life and it makes me never want to give up on making myself better. I have gained many new friends from my CrossFit box and they are the nicest, most genuine people you would ever meet.