Crossfit has changed my life. I’m not going to lie. When I started in January it was because one of the most important people in my life convinced me that I needed to change, to try and be better. My intent was to go for a week or two, just long enough to be able to say “I tried”, then bail. I had been a member at a different Crossfit gym before, I went one to three times a week. Just enough so that my body was always sore. The last work out that I did there was Karen, I completed all 150 wallballs, then spent the next week and a half at work constantly climbing stairs and ladders. In a lactic acid induced delirium I actually contemplated how much less it would hurt to just jump the seven stories to ground level instead of taking the stairs. Common-sense prevailed and I decided to swallow my pride and scoot down the stairs on my butt. The contactors working on each level got quite a laugh at my expense to say the least.
So there I was at BTCF, sweating bad enough to leave puddles, sore as hell all the time and usually unable to finish a WOD without visiting the wall of shame in the alleyway. But something happened. Now my wonderful wife had been cheering me on from the start. She had too, she’s the one that drug me there! But I heard other people cheering, telling me “you can do it, just one more, come on! People that I knew, but hadn’t really gotten to know well, people I had just met. The breaking point so to speak came during a WOD that I was struggling with, bad struggling. I was ready to not only quit and say “I’m done” but quit even going to the gym. But the people that were there that morning wouldn’t let me quit, they had been done with the WOD for a while. But they started doing the Reps with me, pushing me to push myself That was the point I decided that if these people can believe in me, then who the heck am I to not believe in myself. That was the first time that happened, but it wasn’t the last.
The people at Beartooth Crossfit are such an awesome group, The guys’ Dayne, Mackey and Dru have truly built something special. I started out saying “it’s not just a gym, it’s a community”. But after being a part of this wonderful group of people I can say that it’s much more than a community. It’s a Family. Don’t be surprised if you are greeted the first time you walk through the door by most if not all the people that are getting ready to work out. Or if people take a vested interest in how you are doing. We support each other, do things outside of the gym together. Basically, we are a family. I hate to think of where I would be if I had stopped going back at the beginning. Definitely not enjoying life at the level that I am now.
As for those that may want to know numbers, here’s some for you. Fifty, that the amount of pounds I lost in the first two months at Beartooth. I’ve kinda stalled in the weight loss part of my goals. But I have still been losing body fat. Three, the amount of pant sizes I’ve dropped from 44 to 38. Zero, the amount of medication I am currently required to take. I had been taking four different medications just to try to have some form of a quality life. One hundred, the percent better that I feel about myself and my life.
So if you are interested in trying Crossfit, I say come on in. The Saturday WODs are a kick. If you are intimidated, realize that we have the best coaches in town. They are there to make your life better, to work with you and help you through the rough spots. They’ll scale the work out to your skill level. Don’t be surprised when you get people you may not know cheering you on.
Perseverance through Crossfit
In life there are two forces at work, external and internal. I have very little control over the external forces that affect my life. Pain will always be there when I hurt. Exhaustion will always be there when I am tired. Restlessness will always be there when I am dissatisfied. To me what really matters is the internal force and how I respond to those external aspects. If I listen to the voice that says stop and the pain will stop, then I am done. If I listen to the voice that says no more, you’re tired, then I am done. If I listen to the voice that says that’s good enough, then I am done. Over this I have complete control.