CrossFit is More Than Knee Sleeves and Expensive Protein
Guest post by Autumn Christmas
The other day I was reading through an old journal I used when I was going through treatment for my eating disorder. On a page I read, “Try to find a CrossFit gym?” listed as an option to pick from the next time I felt like binging or purging.
Now, four years later, I smile when I read that. I smile because CrossFit saved my life.
I know, I know I am not alone when I say this, but it truly saved my mental and physical health. Here are six things I’ve learned since that day in 2015 when, scared and desperate, I tried CrossFit.
Food is fuel. I quickly realized that fitness was not compatible with my ridiculously restrictive diet habits. I educated myself more about healthy eating and began to see the healthy relationship between food and fitness. I taught myself how to see food as fuel. This was very difficult.
My body is strong and capable. Instead of glorifying stick-thin, I was now looking at women that were big, strong and most of all, capable. My mindset shifted from what my body looks like to what my body can actually do, and I learned that it can do so, so much.
Exercise is not punishment. As my mindset shifted from what my body looks like to what my body can do, many changes followed. I no longer worked out as a punishment for what I had previously eaten. It was no longer a transactional relationship, but instead a directly correlated one. I wasn’t dragging myself to the gym anymore. Instead, I was optimistic and eager to improve, determined to stay accountable to my new friends.
I found a community. In CrossFit, I found a family I knew I could count on and talk to about anything, many of the females going through a similar mental battle with body image. I found people I could talk to about my addictions, depression and anxiety without judgment. These people supported me and lifted me up, wanting better for me and believing in me even when I was overflowing with self-doubt.
It’s not all about me. Throughout the years I have seen this community do unbelievable things, whether it’s coming together to do an annual memorial WOD, or raising hundreds of dollars to show support for a member’s family that was affected by cancer.
It is not all about the expensive shoes, knee sleeves, excessive amounts of workout clothes and protein. CrossFit is about pushing yourself to become the best version of yourself or at least a better person than you were the day before. It teaches you patience through lifts and technique as well as grit through grueling hour-long workouts. It proves to you that you are capable of anything you put your mind to. In the end it saved my life because CrossFit taught me to never give up on myself.
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HELPING THE ONES THAT HELP — For many years, Kim Murray has assembled and led some of the best medical teams in the area for competitions like the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge, Regionals, or the CrossFit Games. But now, medical issues have left Kim unable to work and in a very trying time to support herself and her family. To honor Kim and the countless hours she has donated to CrossFitters everywhere, 12 Labours CrossFit is hosting a fundraiser WOD.
CROSSFIT: I AIN’T DOIN’ IT — Remember the viral video of a woman in her car ranting about not doing CrossFit? Her name is Heather Land and since then she’s landed a two-book publishing deal, made a country music album, and launched a 30-city comedy tour.
NEW CROSSFIT IN TOWN — Uncle Sam Athletics in Troy, NYcelebrated its opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Wednesday afternoon. “We’re looking to grow the gym membership, as well as the baseball membership next door, for the Tri-City Bombers,” said owner Jamie Kosowsky.
NEW OWNERSHIP —Samantha Shockley took over as owner and head coach of CrossFit Georgetown. They will host a reopening event on November 8th.
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8 Burpee Box Jump Overs (24″/20″)
8 Hang Power Snatches (115/80 pounds)
8 Thrusters (115/80 pounds)
Total time on the clock at the conclusion of the athlete’s previous complete round.
Troy Peterson is a five-year Army Veteran who served with the First Cavalry Division as a Cannon Crewmember, earning a Purple Heart while deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom II. In 2006, he received an honorable discharge and headed home with PTSD and a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.
On July 30, 2015, after nearly a decade of alcohol and pain pills, he attempted suicide. He failed. When he woke up feeling guilty and tired, he realized he had found rock bottom.
So, Troy decided to try CrossFit. He walked into CrossFit Waukee in Des Moines, IA and met owner Reggie Hoegh. “All he did was listen. He extended his hand to help me and I took it. My way of life wasn’t working, so maybe his way would I thought,” Troy said in an interview.
At CrossFit Waukee, he found what he had been missing since his days in the Army: purpose.
In CrossFit, Troy found a renewed self-confidence, a sense of purpose, and a community that he felt valuable in. Part of that community is Jeff Woody, co-owner of North Ankeny CrossFit. Jeff challenged Troy to do more by helping fellow veterans. He realized that fitness could be used to restore confidence in veterans by being surrounded by like-minded people and other veterans. Together, they came up with ValorFit.