Cross Fit: My New Obsession

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Cross Fit

A few days ago I started on a new exercise program (new to me not new to the world).  It’s called Cross Fit.  If you think of fitness torture…this is it.  The motto of the gym I go to is “Your Workout is Our Warmup” and it couldn’t be more true.  

What is Cross Fit?

CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many male and female elite-level athletics, military, law enforcement, mixed martial artists and firefighter personnel worldwide. The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience.

The 10 General Physical Skills used by Crossfit:

1. Endurance

2. Stamina

3. Strength

4. Flexibility

5. Power

6. Speed

7. Coordination

8. Agility

9. Balance

10. Accuracy

Now I’m old compared to most of the people in my class…I’d venture a guess by at least 10 years.  There is an older guy than me in one of the advanced classes (I can’t even think about going there yet) and that (the age thing) tells me something.  That no matter your age, your fitness level, your mental toughness…you CAN indeed change your life and your body.  One the coaches where I now train has three medals from the Cross Fit games which are air on National Television every year., her name is Becca Voigt and she knows her stuff.  I’m trying to get her on the radio show to share her knowledge with you.

Cross Fit is not just a series of “workouts” it’s more of a lifestyle.  Nutrition, mindset, and growth.  Some of these routines that are done in class are very difficult for me but I do them at MY level and I make it through just fine.

I’ve been injured over the years from sports and various shows I’ve done and since the birth of my kids I really haven’t been focusing on my own health.  I’ve talked about this many times, I was faced with adversity there for a while and I focused all of my efforts in a different area and basically chose NOT to worry about my health. Well a couple of years ago I had the realization that if I didn’t take care of myself I might not be here to care for my family.

Nutritionally I was not making the best choices and I certainly had given up workouts of any kind for almost five years. So two years ago…I made a choice to change that, to go back to the way of life I had lived for so long.  Healthy eating, healthy body, healthy mind.  What I like about Cross Fit (at least so far) is that it covers all the bases I was looking for.

It’s not for the feint of heart.  It’s a tough workout and you do need to push yourself.  At the first class I attended Becca Voigt said, the word “can’t” doesn’t enter her vocabulary.  What we think are our limits are truly not.  We can always do more.  I’m a firm believer in this, not just in terms of our physical body but in every aspect of our lives.

The great thing is that you progress at your own pace.  There are certainly things that I am unable to do at this point purely from a strength point.  In fact most of the women in the class are beyond my point of strength.  Here I am 6′ 4″ 209 LBS and there are these petite women lifting more weight than I am.  It’s inspirational to me.  Everyone helps everyone to grow and get better. THIS is a key aspect to Cross Fit that I really like.

So take a look at yourself, what do you want to change?  What do you want your life to be like?  You CAN have it…you just have to take the first step and then keep walking.

And if you really want to see what Cross Fit is all about on the elite level…take a look at this video:

The Fittest Man In The World

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