Welcome to episode #184 of the Own Your Best Life Podcast. In the last 6 months, I’ve started going to CrossFit 2-3 times a week. The goal was to add some more strength training into my workout routine but I wanted to share what has transpired over the last 6 months and how it’s going 6 months in. Today’s podcast is for those of you who are thinking about changing up your workout routine and want to know what’s possible when you do.
Many of us feel like we’re due for a change. Not necessarily something harder or more difficult, always – but perhaps just some more variety in our day to day life. It’s our job to make our lives interesting. I’ve been really thinking about how to make lives more interesting in so many ways. Especially when you have the day to day demands of work or family life pulling at you – it is important to find the time and space to be re-inspired and re-invigorated with your life.
I recently started CrossFit and like many things, it seemed to have started from a small decision. So many of our lives are created by small decisions that we make in the moment to either try something new or not. I’ve talked about this in the past, but small things have such a big impact on our lives that we tend to miss out on them. We think that one trip doesn’t matter. We think one person doesn’t count. We think that one thing that we’re getting done today, isn’t enough – yet in reality our lives are made of one thing at a time that stacked up and added together.
My decisions that led to CrossFit were a few. First, I was re-evaluating my workout regimen and wanted to add in more strength training. I was already doing yoga, running and cycling – but wanted to do something that felt different. At the same time, a friend of mine asked me to do the Spartan race in September (this was back in the beginning of the year). Also, my husband – Jay – does CrossFit and had for years. I’ve also done it a little here and there but not enough to say that I did CrossFit. So there I was with a few arrows pointed towards a new workout routine. Why not try CrossFit as a way to build strength and have some more things to talk about with Jay – while prepping for the Spartan?
My concerns were that I didn’t want to get really big while strength training and while that’s not easy to do, there was a long time of me not lifting heavy weights so I really thought of heavier weights as more masculine and less feminine. I’ve been shifting that belief while in CrossFit as I started to consider what I wanted to get from the time I spent there and whether or not any of that was really true. It’s not masculine or feminine and it was so helpful to unwind some of those thoughts – even if they are fairly entrenched in our society.
So I stopped focusing on the weights and instead just focused more on what I wanted for my body – what felt heavy or too much. Either way, I was starting to see progress but I also knew I was starting from lighter weights and maybe I would always be with lighter weights.
The main point here is that workouts and regimens are to serve you towards your own health and fitness goals. Nothing has more sovereignty than you over your own body. It’s easy to overthink what works and doesn’t work, but so many times we only know if we get started and the benefits from getting started are often so much more – even if we learn that it’s not for us or it doesn’t work for us the way we were thinking.
I did my physical last week and I actually noticed that my in-body Scan from the last time I was there was from the month just before I started CrossFit so there was a nice comparison in the 6 months pre and post CrossFit that I thought I would share. I gained 4 lbs of muscle and lowered my body fat mass by 4 lbs as well. Even though I gained 2-3 lbs of weight – which I consider fairly negligible on a day to day comparison, the balance between my weight, skeletal muscle mass and body fat mass are nicely balanced according to my doctor. I do feel stronger and while I do have a bit of pain in my right shoulder, I feel like the benefits outweigh the pains in this case.
One of the biggest things I love about going is that it’s been such a different experience for me so I’m learning new things all the time. Especially with the weight lifting. The terms and language are new so I’m finding that I have to ask more questions. I am also in a class environment which is new given all the solo running/yoga that I tend to do – and it’s given me more time to hang out with Jay and some friends in the gym as well. All in all, I’m going to continue my 2-3x/week regimen – and keep you posted on how it goes. I wanted to share this because I know some of you are considering new and different routines and it’s not always easy to make the leap from something you’re used to, to something completely new – but if you’re looking for some variety and ways to bring back some of that new energy into your life, it’s worth giving that new thing a try. If you do try CrossFit, let me know! Would love to hear from you on what’s working for you.
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