My name is Kris. I’m 46 years old, and I’m a CrossFit addict. An unlikely confession for some? Probably not. But for me, totally! I’m not overly competitive. I’m a stay-at-home mom. I like to dress up, knit, sew, and decorate. I didn’t play sports growing up. Getting dirty isn’t really my thing, and I’m not particularly fond of pain. So how did this happen?
It all started innocently enough. My brother-in-law was into this CrossFit thing. He would try to get my sister and I to do a WOD in his garage gym. “Thanks, but no thanks”, we would say. “We’re runners”. We would run a few times a week and discuss how dumb it was that people liked to get together and torture themselves that way. “That would never happen to us!” we would say. “How do people actually think that’s fun?” And then came Kelly’s now-famous quote,”That’s stupid!” And so it went, month after month. But the dream wouldn’t die. “Either do it, or stop talking about it!” was all Ron needed to hear from Kelly. So the planning began.
We met in the Sams’ front yard, Kelly and I, and all our kids. Ron coached us through a warm-up. My first leg swings were performed in the driveway hanging onto Kelly’s truck. I remember burpees were involved, and a sprint to the stop sign. Ron yelled for me to run faster as I jogged up the street. I rolled my eyes. I don’t recall exactly what my mental response was, but I’m sure it wasn’t very nice. I kept right on jogging.
Even though I had done aerobics, my first CrossFit classes were awkward. My body didn’t want to move that way. It was uncomfortable. I was sore in places that I didn’t even know had muscles. I came home with bruises. I wasn’t just getting sweaty, I was getting dirty too! Once I did my hair and make-up before class. Just once. CrossFit isn’t pretty. It’s tough, and gritty, and raw, and humbling. It’s everything I’m not! So why do I like it? It’s real!
When I walk into the box it doesn’t matter what I look like, how old I am, or what I do for a living. I’m just a person trying to see what she’s made of, and so are you! We’re all in the same boat, on the same page, all unified as one community of CrossFit believers. CrossFit is the great equalizer. It’s how real life should be. In real life I’m not always pretty, or graceful, or the best at what I do, but we all love to be encouraged. In the box everyone’s effort is worthy of celebration. And it’s not just a “Yay, you participated so you get a high-five” kind of thing. If you complete a CrossFit class you truly deserve a congrats, because you are better off physically, mentally, and emotionally than when you walked in the door. And you made that happen!
There is nothing that gets better results than CrossFit. I’ve spent years, and hundreds of hours doing jazzercize, aerobics, step-aerobics, and running, and I can honestly say that I am stronger and in the best shape of my life. The thing that constantly amazes me is that all I have to do is show up, and I continue getting better and stronger. I can do double unders and hand stand push-ups. I can do pull-ups, and I RX’d Fran! These things were impossible two years ago. I knew they would never happen. And at 46 years old I am able to do them every day. I'm also a little surprised that I kind of love having muscles.
I love that CrossFit is a lifestyle. It’s like being a fan of a sports team, only I’m on the team! I AM an athlete, so I am more likely to live like an athlete. I’m more careful about what I eat. I speak the lingo. I use supplements and protein powder. I pick up tips from other CrossFit athletes on Youtube. I went to the Games and loved every minute. I text my PRs to my sister. Oh, and then there’s the “uniform”. Lulu addiction anyone? In almost two years of CrossFitting I can’t remember the last time a day went by without thinking about CrossFit in some respect. That’s how I became a CrossFit addict… and I wouldn’t change a thing!