I’m too old to do Crossfit. I’m too out of shape to do Crossfit. I’ll do Crossfit after I lose some weight. I’ll get injured doing Crossfit. Crossfit is too hard and too intense. Is this what you tell yourself and others? Are these your excuses?
My name is Laurie, and I am one of the oldest athletes in the Crossfit OTS3 “box"(AKA gym). I am also one of the athletes that Coach Jason refers to as “OG” or “Original Garage” because I was one of his clients that started when he had the box in his garage. I have participated in sports most of my life, but most of my exercise was not getting me FIT, it was just helping me to somewhat maintain my weight. As I got older, I was finding it more and more difficult to get the same results from walking, jogging, a few dumbbell curls, and some leg lifts. I was eating more than I was burning off, and I had reached a point where I had to decide to make some changes, or just give up like many women my age. I made the decision to begin to work out again and started the slow trek back to my old self. I was visiting a friend in Colorado and on one of our hikes she said, “You should try Crossfit. You will love it!” and she was right!
When I returned home, I Googled “Crossfit” and I am so thankful that the first result was Crossfit OTS3! Coach Jason is so enthusiastic and always supportive. I know he understands that many people come in not knowing what to expect, and he works hard to make everyone really feel like they are truly an athlete, even if they have never competed in anything more strenuous than horseshoes.
What do I love about Crossfit? My most common comment to everyone is it is always something different (constantly varied). I don’t have to go to the Globo Gym, looking at all the equipment and weights, and try to figure out what I’m supposed to do. Our box is truly a group of friends, having fun, pushing each other to get just a little bit better than yesterday, and supporting every gain and effort, no matter how small. It is at its core a strength and conditioning program that utilizes movements you would do in everyday life (functional movements like squatting, lifting, pushing, pulling, and jumping). I work harder than I ever have or ever would on my own (high intensity). But the best part about Crossfit is that it is FUN and ANYONE can do it. Yes, ANYONE! Everyone does the same workout and everyone starts wherever they are…..just maybe with a few modifications.
I love when people seem surprised and somewhat amazed when they ask “You do Crossfit?” And I happily reply, “Yes, I do, and I love it!” Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do Crossfit. Is it hard? Yes, it is. Is it worth it? Yes, it is!
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
USAW Sports Performance Coach 2015