3 of the largest barriers to having someone start CrossFit are below:
- I am not fit enough
- I am going to get injured
- I am going to get bulky
Check out our member, Eileen Rogers, response to how she “Overcame the Bulk”.
“I initially hesitated to sign up for CrossFit due to reservations it would cause me to look bulky. In fact, my husband was the one who researched CrossFit and wanted to try it out. I have been athletic for most of my life and have been an avid runner, gone to spinning, yoga, barre, bootcamp, etc., so I’m willing to try just about anything. I knew very little about CrossFit other than the fact that it involved a fair amount of weight lifting. As I have always had a relatively athletic build, I was concerned the end result of CrossFit would be too much bulk. Add to that my only real exposure to barbells and heavy weightlifting were the big guys you see at a typical gym, and I wasn’t really sure what to make of CrossFit or the effects it would have on my body.
Well, my mind was made up in the first few moments I walked into the gym. My husband and I were there for our first foundations class, and we had arrived early enough to watch the previous class finishing up their metcon. I can’t say I recall all of the movements, but I saw women cycling pull-ups, jumping on boxes and moving barbells with more weight than I thought looked possible. And the only thought that entered my mind was “Wow, these women are so strong! I need to do what they are doing. I want to be just like them!” I’m sure there were men there too, but I was only focused the women. And I don’t recall thinking a single one of them looked “bulky” – I was simply mesmerized at their strength and endurance!
In the two years since I started my Crossfit journey, my body has absolutely changed. I have always been what is commonly described to as “thin” but I don’t think that is an accurate term. I am not skinny or thin, I am strong. I’ve put on 7lbs of muscle and can do things I never thought possible. I’m in the best shape of my life and I LOVE lifting. I hope to continue to get stronger each day. I was also surprised to learn that Crossfit is so much more than just weightlifting, there are plenty of classes where we don’t even pick up a barbell.
My fears and concerns about how CrossFit would make me look were put to rest the moment I saw that class – the opportunity to get as strong and as fit as the women I saw in that class completely overshadowed any negative thoughts on how this new sport might affect my body. I’m not sure everyone would feel as immediately attracted to CrossFit as I was, but I do think seeing a bunch of athletes in action really turned the tables for me. My only regret about CrossFit is that I didn’t discover this sport sooner in life!”
This is one story of many.
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