Getting Fit with CrossFit

Thursday, November 22nd 2012, 9:55 am
By: News 9

I'll be the first person to admit it. I'm not in the best shape. And I haven't been in good, consistent shape since my freshman year at OU, all the way back in 2001-02. I was at the gym all the time with a good friend who helped keep me accountable. After my freshman year, I let the college lifestyle get the best of me in terms of what I chose to eat, which usually wasn't healthy. Working out became something I couldn't (or maybe didn't want to…) fit into my schedule. There's usually an excuse, right?

I made going to the gym a more regular occurrence once I graduated college and moved to Wichita Falls. First job, new start, new gym! I was excited. Over the course of my three years there, my visits were sporadic at best. I eventually joined the local Y, started swimming, and actually lost some weight! But surprisingly, it became too expensive for a single membership, so I backed out.

Now I'm closing in on my third year in OKC and after even more failed attempts to establish a solid fitness regime, I've finally found one. And wouldn't you know it, it all started with accountability. Not only that, but it's a program where I'm actually experiencing results! You've probably heard of CrossFit at one time or another. I had heard of it, but didn't really understand what it was. Was it a program? A specific set of moves? Something like P90X? (Which I also tried…) From the official website itself: A regimen of constantly varied, functional movements performed at high intensity in a communal environment leads to health and fitness. It's a mouthful, but it's also a perfect definition! Combine that with a healthy diet (that's difficult at times, but worth it…) and I can already feel myself getting into the best shape of my life and I've been in the program for almost a month! It's not always easy, but it's worth it! I'm finding out just how capable I am of getting fit! It's amazing how much better you feel!

I love being lazy, but I knew I needed a change when I stepped back and looked at my eating and workout habits. They were pretty terrible. When I was approached by a couple of guys at church who already knew CrossFit, I leaped at the opportunity. Some of the workouts are really, really tough, but it's worth it!