I love Crossfit because it helps me to get better at things I’m not good at. Naturally I’m fast and have a lot of determination – that’s it! Nothing more than that.
I’m not that strong, I’m certainly not very skilful at any sports and my mobility is awful! If I wanted to be very good at something I’d probably take up running but, to be honest, the long runs bore the arse of me and the short runs don’t give me enough returns for the effort.
So, why Crossfit?
I get bored very easily. For example, I don’t watch movies (don’t have the attention span). I love party food, starters, canapes and buffets (bit of this, bit of that). I like running my own business as there’s always something new and exciting to deal with. The worst job I’ve ever had was entering direct debit mandates into a computer for the old Abbey National. Eight hours a day. Mandate after mandate. Can you imagine the boredom? Now imagine someone who’s a bit of dreamer, with the attention-span of a goldfish doing it – that’s me! Suffice to say that I didn’t last very long and it was one of the catalysts that made me thing f**k this for a lark. I knew at a very young age that I wasn’t just going to get a job to pay the bills. I’d rather live in a bush…and I almost did at times!
I found Crossfit when 3 sets of 10 bicep curls really didn’t do it for me anymore. The thought of running 50 miles week training for a marathon didn’t exactly thrill me.
To do Crossfit, you need a lot of tools – most of which, can be built with hard work, intelligent programming, quality coaching, good nutrition and advice from the community. You need:
• Strength – to move heavy weights
• Muscular endurance – to move heavy weights multiple times
• Technique & coordination – for things like double-unders, muscle ups and Olympic lifting
• Cardiovascular fitness – for everything but especially WODs (Work Out of the Day)
• Anaerobic fitness – for short, intense WODs, such as “Fran”
• Aerobic fitness – for longer WODs, such as “Murph”
• Strength + technique – for Olympic lifting with heavier weights
• A high lactate threshold – for things like burpees, box jumps and WODs like “Karen” and our old friend “Fran” again.
• To be able to deal with failure – unless you’re a rarity, you’re going to spend a good deal of time being rubbish at things until you’ve learned how to do them through repeated failure.
So, Crossfit is an ideal way for me to enjoy my training without getting bored. Sure, I squat multiple times a week and do repeated drills in Olympic lifting, but there’s enough going on alongside that to keep me motivated and enjoying what I’m doing.
If you want to gain muscle, lose body fat, get fit, have fun and learn new stuff – I can’t think of a better way to do it than Crossfit, and this is one of the key reasons that I include a variety of Crossfit style programming in our Fitness For Business programmes.