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Having Tea on the show this week reminded us of our love for CrossFit.  After all we met Tea at our CrossFit box, CrossFit Dynamix.

I specifically remember our first foundations class.  Foundations class is where they show you all the moves that you do in crossfit with the olympic bar, and the other workouts involved (box jumps, head stand pushups, wall climbs, etc.).  Everyone’s a newbie at foundations.  But after foundations is over, you’re thrown into the mix and its off you go! Surrounded mostly by those who have been doing CrossFit for years with only a handful of people new to the WOD.

And then I remember our first WOD. I knew I would never keep up with anybody there, but I would try to do my best.  Coming in last to finish, Michelle and I just kept going, finishing off our reps while the others were finished but what they did while we finished was really cool: they cheered us on with applause and a few woo hoo’s and whistles.

This is something you don’t get in your spin class, your yoga class, your zumba class. Certainly I’m sure your spin, yoga and zumba classmates are supportive people but I don’t know what it is about CrossFit.  Maybe that we’re all voluntarily putting ourselves through hell for 20 – 30 minutes…I don’t know but it makes you feel like you’re part of the team.

The article from this week’s magazine rack goes into this concept.  In the Greatist post CROSSFIT RUINED MY CONFIDENCE AND SENT ME TO THE HOSPITAL. HERE’S WHY I STILL DO IT by David Tao, he discusses how while living in New York City he was searching for a community to be apart of and so he turned to CrossFit.  He found hwat he was looking for and discovered the same situation we did, that after competing against each other during the WOD, as each person finished, they suddenly became coaches rooting each other on to finish at their best.

Sure, CrossFit is dangerous, but only if you do it incorrectly.  Poor form, lifting too much too soon, not making sure your body is ready to do certain moves.  But done correctly, I believe that you can get in shape and learn a lot about yourself.  You are competing not only against your classmates but more importantly, competing against yourself. Its recommended that you record each WOD (since they are never the same) how much you’re lifting that day and your time. This way you can keep track of your progress which gives you (hopefully) the confidence and motivation to beat your best each time.

Check out the article (linked above) for a great story and more personal insight to the CrossFit experience and community.

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