The Community of Crossfit

Posted by    |    July 5th, 2012 at 9:39 am

I’m always happy to attend a yoga class, a zumba session, or just walk the Katy Trail with friends. After dancing for most of my life, these are the kinds of physical activities that come most natural to me.

After having a few Skittle sangrias at Common Table one Friday night, a friend convinced me to go to Crossfit with her at 9am the next morning. She had been going to Crossfit and loving it for months but had failed at ever getting anyone to go with her. When I awoke at 8am the next morning, I immediately regretted my decision. I was not Crossfit material. I couldn’t imagine myself running or lifting weights or doing even just one burpee, whatever that was. I wasn’t like the women they featured on their website  with their glistening abs. These were the type of women who actually utilized their lululemon.

As I scoured my brain for a reasonable excuse as to why I could not attend, my friend called me sounding more excited than I have EVER heard her that she would finally have a friend in the class. There was no backing out. Me and my puny body were going to Crossfit.

The 9am class on Saturday is called Fitness Elements. It’s free admission to anyone who can drag themselves out of bed that early on a Saturday (which surprisingly many people can). The charismatic (and very cute) trainers led a stretch and walked us through the workout written on the chalkboard. It was a relay, so not only would I actually be doing this, there would be someone DEPENDING on me to do it and do it quickly.

Just as I was deciding to whom I would bestow my belongings, the music had started, and I was on the ground doing push ups. Before I knew it, the class was over and I had survived. All those zumba classes paid off! It was WITHOUT A DOUBT one of the most rewarding workouts I have ever endured.

What I liked most about Crossfit, is that it’s not just a workout, it’s a community. Everyone knows each other and inspire each other to come back to the gym and get in shape. Crossfit made a believer out of me. If I can do it, anyone can.

Caitlin Clark is the Arts & Entertainment and Style Writer and Social Media Director for YouPlusDallas. Follow her on Twitter at @caitlinclark

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