Growing up I have always been surrounded by competition. That competition has always been a part of my life (eating the most pancakes, winning in video games, playing wiffle ball or foot races in the street). When I finally stopped playing sports competitively upon graduating from college, I was left with a void. That void was filled with a gym rat routine that started to make my head spin. I was going to the gym, doing the same football workouts from my collegiate days–but it wasn’t the same without benchmarks to hit or coaches yelling at me. I am a disciplined individual, so it was hard for me to accept the fact that I needed a change. Enter my older, wiser brother Justin; he has always been the focus of my competitive drive and this time was no different. He introduced me to “CrossFit” at an LA Fitness in Norwalk, CT. Justin had me running around the gym– chasing weights, flopping to the floor like a beached whale and panting for every breath. It was after these moments that I realized I had found what I was searching for. CrossFit not only as a fitness protocol works and makes you a better athlete, person, and functioning part of society–but it also drives that competitive nature that we all have ingrained within ourselves. It’s when you measure something that you realize how hard you will fight to get just a millimeter of improvement on that end result. The measurement, often times in CrossFit, lies within your “time, reps completed, or placement on the whiteboard” but it doesn’t always end up that way. Waking up in the morning knowing that you feel stronger, healthier and ready to tackle the day as it comes at you—now that makes me competitive EVERY waking moment. Life is one long challenge and the sooner you realize that, the sooner you will understand why overcoming those challenges makes you a better person. To me, CrossFit aids in that process and enables me to challenge myself daily.
What to expect?
When you first walk-into CrossFit, no matter the scenario, gym, etc.–you will be humbled and you will be challenged. That challenge will differ depending on your fitness background, but if you aren’t challenged then you’re not doing it correctly. The impression of CrossFit has been skewed many times but if I were to illustrate it for you, it would look like a deranged animal. That’s not the case AT ALL. The reputation and persona that CrossFit has obtained over the years gives people anxiety about trying it. Let this year be different—find a gym, challenge yourself, and put your pride & ego to the side. CrossFit is a term to describe a training regime that challenges your body in 12 general physical preparedness skills. It is a sport that will find a weakness of yours, expose it and allow you to grow daily. There will be times when you feel like you’re standing at the top of the CrossFit apex and others that leave you in a puddle of your own sweat and blood. The thing you should remember is that CrossFit isn’t scary, intimidating, or impossible—it’s just another workout, broken down and completed one rep, step, and breath at a time.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013