It seems that everyone has their 2 bobs worth when it comes to a certain training style. So yes I am going to give you my 2 bobs worth on MY favourite training style. Now just because it is my favourite, does not make it right, nor does it make it wrong. And to me it does not mean it is for everyone.
I have tried a few different training styles over the last 10 years and this is the one that I fell in love with. So what is it for me that I love?
Intensity, variation, general fitness, not focusing on aesthetics are all reasons that I love CrossFit. But above all for me is community. It is belonging to something that is bigger than just myself, just a training style, just another fitness kick. Together we share a common bond as CrossFitters. We work together to reach our own goals.
I have been to, I don’t know how many, fitness classes over the years. And yes there is a little socialising before and maybe after class, but overall it is go, get in a workout that you may or may not push yourself in and go home. I’ve done bodybuilding style workouts, but I am more of a team sports sort of person than an individual athlete and so got bored or lonely pretty quick. I have never seen anything quite like the camaraderie of a CrossFit class anywhere else in the fitness world that I have been exposed to.
Never have I seen such enthusiasm for trying to help someone finish a workout than in a CrossFit WOD. Once someone is recovered it is not uncommon for them to go back and help their fellow athletes out by encouraging them to the end. And trust me, sometimes you need it.
Just about everyone that I have met that does CrossFit does it to get fitter and to try and be the best they can be physically. But there are people with weight loss goals, strength gain goals, skill acquisition goals, and everything in between. But when they work out, they work out as a team. They pick their team mates up off the floor when they need it and they help to get them home.
Now I know plenty of people around the world do CrossFit style workouts in globo gyms, their garage, back yard or park on their own. But that to me is all they are doing, working out in a particular style. They are not living the CrossFit lifestyle, they aren’t getting the most out of their workouts, they aren’t sharing in this amazing community that has developed through CrossFit affiliates around the world. My fellow CrossFitters here at CFA are my family, they are the number one reason I keep doing it and will continue to improve it everyday so that they may get the best out of themselves.