BoxLife Competitors Training #015
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#01 – BoxLife Competitor’s Training #015 (July 2017)
The year 2016 was a great one for CrossFit. From its inception it became the most popular fitness trend in America. With millions of people participating in their gyms every week, they have become world famous.
But what does all this mean? What are these people doing exactly? And how do they train themselves so well?
These questions are answered here!
In this article I will share with you some of my own experiences while training at CrossFit boxes around the country. I hope to give you a better understanding of how these guys train and why they do it. For those who don’t know, CrossFit is a workout system developed by Greg Glassman which combines strength, cardio, flexibility and mental focus into one program. It involves performing exercises in groups until exhaustion or failure, then repeating them in different ways until completion.
I’ve been training at a few different box locations over the past couple years and I’m going to try to cover everything that goes into it. You might think that these guys are just lifting weights and running around, but this isn’t quite true. They’re actually doing a lot more than that! Some of these guys are working out 3 times per day, 7 days per week, 5 months out of the year! They have to stay fit just to keep up with the program.
The world’s fittest man doesn’t just one day wake up and decide he wants to be that way. They have a passion for life, learning and pushing themselves beyond what most people believe themselves capable of. Let’s get into the details now:
Crossfit is like a cult in this regard. I’ve never seen such an enthusiastic and supportive community for fitness in my life. Everyone is so friendly and they really want to see you succeed, no matter who you are. It’s very impressive to see so many people of all ages, sizes, and genders working out together as equals. There is no distinction between gender or race here.
Everyone is equal in their dedication to the sport. I talked to so many people and they were all so nice. It’s like a huge family!
Most of them are in such a happy mood that it’s hard to feel down in the box. You’ll always see people sharing ideas on how to improve your form or giving tips on what to try next time. Most of these guys are either competing or have competed in Crossfit games events so they all have great advice on how to improve your game. I really felt like I was a part of something once I started talking to people. Everyone wants you to succeed!
You won’t feel like a number here, that’s for sure.
Now this is an interesting part of the whole deal. Most Crossfitters will workout anywhere from 3-7 hours a day. Now I don’t think most people are ready for that much dedication, but it’s there if you want it. I usually workout about 4 hours a day and even that’s a lot for me. I’m just a regular guy trying to stay fit, and even I feel it sometimes.
But there’s always that feeling of accomplishment whenever you finish a workout. I really don’t mind it most days.
Now here’s the kicker: A lot of these guys are either competing in games events or have their own personal trainer who programs the workouts for them. I know some guys who train anywhere from 7-9 hours per day! These guys are on a whole different level and I don’t think I could handle it myself. Most of the community is pretty casual about it though.
Most Crossfitters are into health foods, but that doesn’t mean they don’t indulge every now and then. I’ve seen so many good recipes come out of this community. Most of them have common ingredients that you can get anywhere, but it’s the particular combination of these items that make them so delicious. A lot of these chefs are also into the nutritional aspects of food, so you won’t find a lot of people just eating whatever they want. Most of them eat a certain way to improve their performance and health on a regular basis.
It’s actually encouraged to try new recipes and share them with the community. Every now and then, there will be a community cookbook that gets passed around so everyone can try the favorites. These things are really fun to look at and the food looks amazing! I’ve tried a few of the recipes myself and they really aren’t that hard to make. Most of them just require a lot of time since you need to wait for everything to cook properly.
I think the Crossfit craze is here to stay for a long time. I can really see this becoming a staple at most gyms in the next ten years. There’s just something about the community that makes people want to be a part of it. I’ve seen guys and girls of all ages and races come together to help each other get fit. It’s really inspiring to watch people grow as people and athletes.
This is probably the first time I’ve ever been genuinely excited to go to the gym on a regular basis. It’s a great feeling when you’re there. I can’t think of anything else that I would rather be doing, but at the same time it’s also nice to know that I have the option to take a day off whenever I need to. I kind of wish that I had found this place a long time ago…
Oh well, better late than never right?
Good luck to anyone who is thinking of joining a Crossfit box in the future. Just remember, this is a great community full of supportive people who will help you achieve your goals. I don’t think you’ll find too many places like that nowadays.
So I’m getting that farmer’s tan on my neck…that’s a good thing right?
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