A year ago at my family Christmas party, I was sitting around with my cousins, Jenni & Dean Hunt and Nicole Killian, and we got to talking about CrossFit. They had all recently started doing it and talked about how much fun it was. I figured they were all full of BS as working out was never fun. I had heard of the CrossFit Games and the cult like atmosphere that many people associated with CrossFit in general, but didn’t know much more. They started describing some of workouts that they were doing called WODs. My first question was why is it pronounced “wad” when it looks like it should be “wood”. None of them seemed to have the answer to that question. But, they were very persistent that I give it a try and in the end I said sure just to shut them up.
I’ve never been a very athletic person. My idea of working out was taking the dog for a walk or getting on an elliptical machine for 20-30 minutes while I watched TV or YouTube videos. I had given gym memberships a try in the past, but they never seemed to pan out. I even went as far as prepaying for a one year gym membership thinking that knowing the fact that I’ve already paid for it would motivate me. Well a couple hundred dollars later, I can count on two hands how many times I went. I’d also tried a couple home workouts, including Insanity, which I could barely make it through the fitness test. I would do them for a couple weeks and then grow bored. So when it came time to actually go to the first introductory CrossFit class, I was skeptical I’d stick with it, but I’d give it a try.
After meeting Mike, he said I’d be doing a scaled version of “Cindy.” I found it odd the workout was named, but what the hell let’s give it a try. And…..I’ll never forget Cindy. My most vivid memory of the workout was actually afterward when I went to drive home. I made the turn onto Rock Creek and almost drove off the side of the road because my arms wouldn’t work. I woke up the next morning so sore I almost couldn’t walk up or down steps, but I found myself thinking “this is a good kind of sore.” And with that I went back that evening for the beginner classes with Mike. As Mike started showing me the various techniques, I found myself getting aggravated. I have always been a fast, kind of baptism-by-fire learner; however I found myself struggling with the moves. However, Mike told me not to worry about that and just keep working on the technique. After going to several classes, I quickly realized there are a lot of people in the same boat as me. That is what has made CrossFit what it is; anyone can do it no matter their athletic ability. As weeks turned to months and with lots of help from Mike, Kim and fellow Endless athletes, I found the moves coming easier and easier. And then came the milestones: the ability to do a strict pullup, proper pushups and squats, increases in weights, rope climbs, handstands, etc and the lists keeps growing!
One of my favorite WODs to date has to be “Murph” on Memorial Day. After debating whether I could actually do it or not, I decided to just show up and do what I could. As I powered through the WOD, I found myself saying, I can do this - just a little more, and sure enough 56 or so minutes later, I was done. I can honestly say, when I started CrossFit four months prior, I would have never imagined I could have done a workout like that and still be alive.
Now almost a year into CrossFit, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I find myself wanting to go as much as possible and get mad if I can’t fit it into my schedule. I can’t thank Mike, Kim and the rest of the Endless Family enough for being opening, patient and receptive. I can honestly say I’ve drank the “koolaid” at this point and want more!