Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Powerlifter Turned CrossFitter

Before my competition days, there was CrossFit - one of my first loves. I've heard CrossFit described as "not focused on technique", "makes people pass out", or "too hard to try"... at least by those who haven't tried it.

My former mentor and friend Brandon was a definite skeptic. Coming from a competitive power lifting background, Brandon was not sure that CrossFit was for him. As part of his training for Tough Mudder, Brandon decided that CF would help his endurance for the race but he would to lose some strength. But he was wrong. A few WOD's in he has a bruised ego and is addicted :)

{yeah, only a CF'er would demonstrate handstand push -ups anywhere anytime}

This past week was his first full week of CrossFit. Brandon's first ego bruising happened when a guy 80lbs lighter than him outlifted him by 50# in the front squat. After he got over his defeat, he realized he had to check his ego and focus on fixing his weaknesses. As with any successful fitness program, goals or milestones need to be set. Brandon's goal is to be able to do King Kong by Christmas... talk about hardcore.

{weighted push-ups make for good party tricks.}

I admit, if I was a first time gym goer, CrossFit would be slightly intimidating, especially from the press its been receiving. In my experience, the exercises are modified to an individual's strength and ability. Although you are encouraged to keep pushing and not to immediately give up at the first sign of potential failure, you are encouraged to listen to your body. The natural camaraderie of the community creates a fun and supportive environment that keep you doing your best.

The recent CrossFit banter with Brandon has been a friendly reminder for me to get myself back on track with training. I am itchin' to work on my kip now :)

Anyone CF or thinking of trying it?

Happy training,



Unknown said...

I started CF alongside Brandon very recently. I've been an athlete my whole life, so I'm no stranger to difficult workouts and being more sore than you know what to do with.
But CrossFit is something really special. Within a few weeks I've found my strength and endurance improve and I can honestly say I'm addicted. The people are great, the workouts are fantastic, and I can't wait for the next time I get to put my newly acquired strength to use.