Why CrossFit? That question is often asked of CrossFitters. It’s one I asked myself after my first Elements class when, after a 200 meter run, I spent five minutes in the Men’s room, coughing my lungs out.
I was not in good shape.
My cousin and I had gone to a movie soon after New Year’s Day in 2012. There was a scale there in the lobby (don’t ask me why. It seems counterintuitive given what they sell at the concession stand). I was waiting for her to get the popcorn, so I stepped on it. Now, I’d gotten into the habit of simply avoiding things like scales and mirrors, so when I saw the number 244, I was surprised. I shouldn’t have been. That’s when I decided I needed to do something.
Why York Street CrossFit? I grew up in Northeast Denver, and happened by York Street CrossFit not to soon after that. The name seemed familiar and then I remembered that I had read an article on CrossFit about four years earlier. I thought at my age I could never do anything like that, but I stopped by one Saturday and met Grayson, who gave me a quick tour, explained to me what CrossFit was all about, and encouraged me to give it a try. That led to the lung incident.
Funny thing is, I never thought about not coming back.
It’s three years later, and I’m still here. Some of the coaches tell me that there’s a big difference between how I look now and how I looked then. I take there word for it, but I still tend to avoid scales and mirrors because at this age the externals aren’t really that important. Unlike the late night infomericals that always show before and after, that wasn’t the point for me.
When I started, I couldn’t do an overhead squat with a PVC pipe. I finally did one with weight in November. I can do a proper squat. I have managed to do a 30 inch box jump more than once. And I can run more than 200 meters and not get winded. I barely limp anymore.
The fact is that I can do many things now I thought I would never be able to do when I read that first article about CrossFit seven years ago.
I still struggle with many of the skills, but I keep going. I figure I’ll get the hang of them one day. The support and encouragement I get from the coaches and members of York Street CrossFit make that part easy.
And even though I avoid scales, I know I’m nowhere near 244 pounds today.