When I first started Crossfit in January 2013 I’d just moved 3000 miles across country not knowing a soul in Corvallis or the West Coast for that matter. I had friends who did Crossfit in South Carolina who all seemed to enjoy it and were always hanging out with their Crossfit “family”, so I thought this might be a good way to meet people. Within a week of moving I joined a Box in Corvallis, and was hooked not just with the constantly varied exercise format, but even more so the sense of community I found.
I give you this background because it is a huge part of why I do Crossfit. Yes, I do love the physical fitness aspect of Crossfit. I do not like sitting for very long (I pace a lot, like hole in the floor pacing), and have a problem doing anything longer than an hour (get bored way too easy), so high intensity workouts with variation works well for me! I love the challenge of working on my weaknesses, seeing the improvements from week to week, and the competitive spirit that comes alive after “3,2,1”. Sometimes it’s like as wrecked as you feel beforehand when “3,2,1” happens it’s like your body completely forgets and is ready to perform for you beyond what you thought it could do. In my years of doing different kinds of exercise and sports I’ve never found anything that is even close to keeping me as motivated like Crossfit. However as great as all this is, the main reason I do Crossfit has to do with everything around me when I walk into the Crossfit Box…it’s all those people you say hello to when you walk in the door. You remove that and my “obsession” would not even be close to the same. I think that is one of the aspects of Crossfit that is hard to explain to people, but to me the most important part. I can show you a burpee, or demonstrate a snatch, but I can’t show you how good it feels when you are completely collapsed on the floor in a sweaty heaping mess to have someone come over and tell you awesome job and help you to your feet. I absolutely love it when everyone cheers on that last person and is genuinely pulling for them to finish that last rep and how great that feels especially when it’s you. How the vibe is so positive when you walk through the doors that anything troubling outside in other parts of your life seem to disappear at least for that hour…for me that 1 hour from 5am-6am in the morning dramatically makes a difference in the next 16-17 hours of my day. As “CrossFitters” we are a hodgepodge of great people that hold each other accountable, and will be there to catch each other if we ever need it. I could not possibly think of a better group to cheer for, sweat with, laugh with, smile with, sometimes cry in pain with, and most importantly a group to inspire to be better with every single morning.
So I guess now if someone was to ask me “why do you do CrossFit and why 5am?” my answer will probably be a little long for them and they’ll probably walk away before I even get to tell them about, but I know how special it all is to me. I’ve always known it, but sometimes reflection really makes you appreciate what you have even more.