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Sunday
Oct072012

Thoughts on CrossFit from A Woman's Perspective - Part One

From an outsider’s perspective, CrossFit can be intimidating – particularly among females.  I figured it was important to give a few of the ladies I train with at CrossFit Dilworth, a chance to express their thoughts on the sport, as well as the impact it has had on both their fitness, and lives overall. 

This is the first portion of what will hopefully be a series of testimonials to come…

 

 

 

Kylie 

As a female, what does CrossFit mean to you?

"To me, CrossFit is challenging, intense, intimidating, painful, exhausting, nauseating, exciting, empowering, and exhilarating. It's not just a workout...it's a lifestyle, it's a community, it's a support group, it's an extended family.

It's nerve racking and panic when learning the day's WOD, yelling and bitching while doing it, and then wondering what torture tomorrow's WOD will bring because you can't wait to get back and do it all over again."

 

 
How has CrossFit changed the way you approach your fitness?


"CrossFit is a commitment and it's a passion. It gives me the desire to push myself to the limit and to do more and do better. I feel guilty if I leave the gym knowing I somehow could've done more, whether if it was an extra few reps or a few seconds faster.

 I was a competitive athlete up until college and have remained physically active since. CrossFit has changed the way I work out for the better and has provided more changes in my body than years of previous exercise programs. I can deadlift 250lbs, press 150lbs over my head (which I never had a desire to do until I started CrossFit), and I am strong... but I am not bulky or manly looking (so ladies do not fear!)"


What would you say to other women who may be scared of, or intimidated by CrossFit?


"For any female on the fence, give it a shot. It's the most fun you'll have while working out and you'll meet some of the best people and make some of the greatest friends...especially if you come to CrossFit Dilworth!"

 

  

 

Gracie

As a female, what does CrossFit mean to you?

 

"CrossFit is not only one of the most effective fitness programs, but also a way of life (not to sound too corny or anything...). For me, CrossFit started out as an awesome workout, but has grown to be the hub of my community and friends.

 

The best part: CrossFit is the vehicle to reach my definition of personal success. CrossFit is like having a second job - but one that you are overly passionate about and give your all to on a daily basis. It’s wonderfully rewarding, but can also be painfully frustrating.

Some days you feel like you are on top of the world, and other days you feel like the world is coming down on you. Like all other walks of life, there are good days and there are bad. But each day is new and you get to continue to work on your personal goals towards achieving things you never would have thought you could have done 6 months ago.

 

I believe CrossFit touches everybody who tries it, in different ways. For some, it’s simply a workout. For others, it’s a way of life. Many find camaraderie in the tough workouts, and friendship in the after hour parties. A few find CrossFit to inspire a new career as a coach. For me, CrossFit meant something much different when I started to now. Before it was just a tough workout. Now It has become a road to community and friendship. Above all, it is empowering and inspiring especially as a female athlete."




How has CrossFit changed the way you approach your fitness?

 

"Crossfit has definitely changed the way I approach fitness. Before CrossFit, you could call me the generic old "cardio queen". I ran alot, would do some light dumbbell circuits here and there, but no structured programs and definitely no heavy weights - because, as many girls complain, I didnt want to get "bulky". I could lose weight easily this way, but I had no tone and no definition in my physique. But as I began Crossfit and learned more and more about it, I realized i had been doing it wrong all along.

 

The key to fitness is not to spend hours upon hours in the globo gym on the treadmill, stairstepper, or elliptical... The key is to lift HEAVY. I had never truly seen the type of transformation that I have seen in females' physiques until I joined Crossfit. Women that say they are scared of getting "bulky" do not understand that they will absolutely NOT get bulky with Crossfit unless they are eating a certain way and taking tons of supplements.

 

So to say that my approach to fitness has changed after discovering Crossfit would be a huge understatement. I am a strong believer in short, high intensity workouts now over long, slow endurance based workouts (that I did as a former cardio queen). Fitness can be defined in many ways and varies largely for most people, but I truly believe CrossFit is one of the most effective forms of fitness out today."

 


What would you say to other women who may be scared of, or intimidated by CrossFit?

 

"YOLO. No just kidding.

 For those ladies that may be intimidated by Crossfit, I would say to just jump in there and give it a try before you judge it. You can never truly understand something until you experience it for yourself, so why not try it out? What is the worst thing that could happen? I know at first it is very scary and intimidating- people throwing around barbells, all chalked up and dirty, yelling profanities, loud music and super ripped guys/girls sweating through their clothes. But when it comes down to it, you are only doing it for yourself.

 

 Crossfit is an amazing fitness program, and regardless of intentions when you first walk in that door, it will leave you breathless and sore for a few days. I will say that women specifically should ease into it, especially if you aren't currently working out at an advanced level. Crossfit is great for everybody and will not only give you a great workout, but will help you build muscle that will in turn burn fat (if that is your goal). You will NOT become bulky.

 

Another thing - Crossfit can be modified for everyone, according to your level of comfort and/or any past injuries or sensitive areas. There are always ways to scale a workout, so do not ever feel like you can't do something. So to women who may be scared or intimidated, just give it a try before you completely blow it off! You may just end up falling in love...."