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10 reasons you should be afraid of Crossfit


Many people have told me that my posts about bouldering have made them sign up for bouldering as well. *happy dance*

Only a couple of people, however, have told me that my posts about Crossfit have made them try out Crossfit. *no happy dance*

The reaction I mostly get, from friends offline and from people online, is that Crossfit is scary and insane. (That makes me wonder – does that mean that my friends consider ME scary and insane??)

I don’t really get it. I think I only blog about how much FUN Crossfit is. I don’t get why people are still scared of it – Crossfit IS hard but every movement and exercise can be scaled (made easier) depending on your fitness level – no one will expect you to or push you to deadlift a 100kg when you first rock up.

I did not know much about Crossfit at all when I started. I had a sports massage once and my masseuse said she’d seen some people run by her practice carrying sandbags. That caught my interest and I looked up who ‘those people’ were and I joined up.

Crossfit seemed like something really varied and something that didn’t require being coordinated to music. I had signed up for a marathon and knew that I needed to do some strength training to make sure that I could run that distance without injuring myself. I had also just entered the second half of my 30s and everyone knows that strength training for women is extremely important as we age – bone density, muscle loss, etc., etc., etc. so I just wanted to improve my running and to protect myself from old age.

My goal was not to grow massive muscles, my fitness goals are mostly athletic ones and not aesthetic ones although I do like when there are some aesthetic ‘side effects’ 🙂

In trying to figure out though why people find Crossfit so scary and intimidating, I have put together a list of 10 reasons you should actually be afraid of Crossfit:

  1. You will probably grow some muscles (ladies, can you handle this?) but if this is what you’re after – that is not going to happen with Crossfit, that takes a LOT more work and meticulous planning of macronutrients consumed.
  2. You will be faced with crazy things like complicated Olympic weightlifting moves, walking on your hands or climbing a rope. The process of learning all these new skills means you’ll look like a total a$$ at one point or another (and you’ll probably fall on your a$$ at one point or another as well) – if your pride cannot handle that, watch out.
  3. You will probably want to change a lot of other aspects of your life – sleep more, eat better, try new things without the fear of failure. Be aware of this and consider whether you’re ready for your entire life to be changed.
  4. You will make new friends so watch out for a busy social schedule – your TV viewing will most likely decrease dramatically.
  5. You will probably become the lifter of boxes and other heavy objects in your workplace because everyone else is afraid of injuring themselves and they will just ask you to help each time.
  6. You will stop caring caring what strangers think about your body type / size / dimensions and you will probably stop buying fashion magazines that tell you that you need to look long&lean to be truly feminine.
  7. You will stop letting your GP earn a salary by never having to visit him/her for colds or for aches and pains that a lot of your friends consider a normal part of getting older.
  8. You might, depending on how easily distracted you are, drop a kettlebell on your toes when the boys (or girls) take off their t-shirts mid-workout.
  9. You will constantly surprise yourself and become more confident in random unrelated aspects of your life, e.g. things like public speaking will probably scare you less because if you can lift a 100kgs off the ground then what’s a few words in front of other humans? Are you ready for public speaking? Think about it…
  10. You will feel like a kid again and not the serious adult that you are – you’ll grin from ear to ear randomly and at random strangers on the street, you swing from monkey bars at playgrounds without a second thought to what it might do to your image as an adult, you simply feel the joy of living (picture a 4-year old running around a playground totally delirious with happiness – that’s how you might feel so consider seriously what that might do do your image!).

Scary stuff! 😐 Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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  • Reply
    March 26, 2015 at 5:43 am

    I’m finally going to take the leap and try it. I have to book in for pre classes to learn how to do the moves and I will be bringing my daughter with me too. Very excited!

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      March 26, 2015 at 9:40 am

      So excited for you! I hope the box you have nearby is good with a good crowd and good coaches. Sadly not all boxes are the same but I think (hope) most are great.

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    March 11, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    How did you find your first session of Crossfit? 🙂

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      March 12, 2015 at 9:27 am

      I did 4 sessions of one-on-one at the start, the full-on foundations courses had not started yet at my box. During my first session I felt like a contestant on the Biggest Loser – quite a bit embarrassing as I had no idea what was going on or how to do any movements properly but I could sense the HUGE potential and the coach was super nice. When I got back to my office to have a shower, I could not lift my arms to shampoo my hair 🙂

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    March 11, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Brilliant post Liina! Really enjoyed reading it.

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    March 11, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    I tried CrossFit twice in 2 different boxes and I found it too competitive. My job (14+ h every day, sometimes weekends) is already insanely competitive and by the end of the day it’s more than enough. Too much usually. So I’m looking for something where I don’t have to count reps, high-five everyone, see names written on boards etc. That is why I prefer anonymous group exercises in a “regular” gym to switch off: body pump, attack, HIIT, dance, step, etc. It’s varied enough to give me good overall fitness. I go 5-6 times a week and I always work my a** off. At the same time, I consciously avoid keeping track on how much I lift, how fast I run, how much I weigh etc. I find measuring all this demotivating. This is precisely why CrossFit is not for me: it is based on measuring, counting and setting goals. The whole life is a competition. I don’t want it to be in the gym. I’m a bit weird, I know 😉

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      March 11, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      I totally get that and there is so much joy in exercising just because you love it and not because you’re competing with anyone (or with yourself from the previous week). I personally love tracking my running speed and my Crossfit weights, my job is fairly relaxed in comparison 🙂

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    Anna @AnnaTheApple
    March 11, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    I think crossfit sounds awesome and one day I’d love to try it. I just can’t afford it at the moment sadly as it is quite expensive. The initial one-to-one and then the actual membership is quite a lot. I’m working on my strength at the gym though so that’ll have to do for now!

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      March 11, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      I think in my 20s I would have not considered Crossfit either because of the price. Just wait til you get older and get paid more 😀 Keep working on your strength at the gym so you’ll be ready to hit the ground running when that day comes!

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