So, I did a whole series back in the fall about my fitness journey, but have not really followed up on my current exercise regimen other than talking about goals for the new year. I mentioned in Part 3 that a huge turning point in my fitness journey was the discovery of CrossFit back in 2013. It allowed me to learn what it meant to feel the self confidence that comes with working towards a non-physique fitness goal, and also brought me into the huge, welcoming community I had no idea existed.
After taking a two year break, competing in a bikini competition, and attempting to fall in love with solo lifting, I decided to jump back on the CrossFit train.
It. Was. Terrifying.
We has actually been moved out of Bolivar and I had basically zero excuses for not joining a new box for about 2 months before I finally bought a Groupon to get myself started again. The first time I tried CrossFit, I had no idea what to expect, so I was just excited, not nervous at all. This time around, I knew how bad it was going to suck at first, so I was much more nervous.
After my first workout, I was pleasantly surprised at how not out of shape I was (thanks to my beautiful online trainer over the previous 18 months 🙂 ). Unfortunately, the place where I had grown to love CrossFit was just too far of a drive to justify regularly, and the first new box I tried was not my best fit. I tend to like smaller, more personalized gyms, so I knew a class size of 15-20 people was just not going to be the happiest place for me.
I finally found the perfect gym through a couple girls I knew from awhile back who had landed at the same gym. Class sizes are small, the coaches are truly invested, and the people have been so welcoming. The programming has been fantastic and I can tell I am getting stronger every day. I have also finally conquered my fear of doing a handstand (no judgment, I have a ridiculous fear of falling).
Anyway, this whole process has just shown me how much CrossFit truly is my “thing”. I did enjoy bodybuilding as a side hobby; it’s fun, you get to be girly and feel gorgeous and push yourself out of your comfort zone. However, it is a truly year-round commitment and requires a lot of mental toughness to work through bulking seasons, cutting seasons, prep, etc. Overall, I just don’t think it is something I wanted to commit myself to at the level of commitment it entails to be successful.
So, there’s a quick update on my fitness endeavors lately 🙂 Long-term, I really want to improve on my gymnastic movements: pull ups, handstand push-ups, and double unders are at the top of my list. Coordination is NOT my thing, so while I can lift a barbell over and over, it takes a new level of patience for me to work on improving these more coordinated movements.
The point of this post? Keep trying new things and mixing it up until you find YOUR thing. Fitness is truly a lifelong endeavor, and consistency is the most important part of continually improving. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it is something you can keep up long term, even on days when you’re feeling tired or uninspired. I used to roll my eyes at people who had “exercise addiction” or “missed the gym” when they couldn’t go. But now, I get it. Even on days I work back to back night shifts, or days I get terrible sleep, I still love to get up and get to the gym. I don’t feel like it is a chore, and I miss it on days I can’t go. Our bodies were made to move, we just have to find the balance between mind and body that makes it easy to get up and do it every day.
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