I researched several locations, asked around, and finally got the nerve to call 2 and ask questions. I had to pick up a friend next door to one of the locations and briefly observed and quickly doubted my desire to try it.
One of the guys I spoke with, Eric, was very personable. He made an excellent first impression on the phone. I was concerned about participating due to my knee, weight, and ability. He was very confident that I could do it. His belief in me before I stepped through his door was encouraging, so I choose his place: http://www.kodiakcrossfit.com/
I made a post or 2 wondering if I should be scared or excited, I was both, my internet research of the word crossfit did not help much, but boy did I learn alot........
Lessons from Kodiak CrossFit
- Be on time!!!! I was a nervous wreck pulling up to the door in my swagger wagon, running a few minutes late. I thought we left in plenty of time, but I did not allow for time finding the place. Eeeekkk! I was called out for that in a very gentle, yet authoritative manner (I had thought the in charge guy, Eric, was out of town.. he was back. Although he was very nice on the phone, I did not want to make a fool of myself on my first day with the guy in charge there.) This is a good lesson for me, I am always running late.
- I can still jump rope. Due to my tardiness I missed the warm up, so I had to jump rope. I was so scared. I was afraid my body and my knee could not do that 1x much less 200x. Eric has a very nice padded floor, so it was easier on my joints and I pulled it off. My lungs were on fire, they might still be today.
- If being easy on me is using no weights and making me do 5 rounds of 6 burpees, 8 over head walking lunges, and sit ups I am not sure I want to see or do hard. That is 30 burpees!!!!! Who does that??
- That the people are nice!!! It is much different than a gym atmosphere! When I walked in, late, all I saw were guys. Very intimidating....very. These guys were so welcoming!! Not judging. As much as I was questioning myself for being there , I never once felt like anyone in that room questioned me being there. Eric was so encouraging every step of the way and the guys were as well.
- This is not a place to say I can't. Its a place to give effort! And there is no doubt in my mind that if I ended up not doing something, that I would be encouraged and would be able to do it at some point.
- I can complete a crossfit WOD! When a room of people are working hard you don't want to quit! I thought I would compare myself to others, but I didn't. It's not about that. It's about where I have come from and where I am going. It was about me doing the best I could, giving it my all, and doing better the next time.
- Its a challenge worth taking and I loved it. I did not expect to like it as much as I did. I have done spin classes which are fun. Zumba classes which remind me I am not a dancer, but I enjoy it. But there is something amazing about the hard challenge of crossfit, I guess you could compare it to the runner's high.
I like being pushed. That is one of the many reasons I tired out for a TV show.....to have someone push me. I love that God has placed people and places in my life to do just that!
I plan on going back for the next month. I am sure there will be lessons learned, tears cried, and strength built, and maybe, just maybe a few pounds lost.
Visit my new friends at Kodiak CrossFit!
"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength!" Philippians 4:13