I never had any desire to try cross fit. I like going to the gym with my head phones on and doing my own thing. I was never the competitive type and am not into group activities. With my new routine someone was telling me about all the benefits they have gotten from crossfit and that I need to give it a try.
I did and I Plan on sticking with it. It has been good for me to approach it thinking about the brain and how I learn.
Cross fit has pluses and minuses which are often the same thing, double edged sword.
The social aspect
Doing a workout with other people has a way of immediately making me try harder both because of the encouragement and because I don't want to look weak not that anyone else cares but more for my own self perception.
The time aspect
doing as much as you can in a certain amount of time make me compete with the clock. I go harder knowing how much more I have to go.
The downside to both of these aspects is that there is a subconscious push to sacrifice form to do more than I should. I see the potential for injury, which was what I always heard about crossfit before I started it. I have never most of the lifts before and luckily I know that this is mostly a situation where my brain needs consistent repetition of the new motion for me to be able to hold form and then I can worry about adding weight. The temptation is to add weight when the people around you are lifting way more than me. I have learned a ton about form since being there and am definitely working muscles I haven't before. When I first started I say my weight loss plateau a bit as I was so hungry and so sore, which I would expect.
I also see the temptation to go all the time. i have continued my workouts and have inserted the crossfit into my routine and so I've been going about twice a week. This seems to be a good amount that allows me to recover and do my other workouts. It fits with my routine. I will say that crossfit has made the workouts I thought were tough that I was doing by myself look weak.
This has also worked out really well with my intermittent fasting. The way it has worked out is that one day a week when I do my 44 hour fast I break the fast with a coconut water cacao, essential amino acid drink and then go to crossfit. This makes the workout very tough as I haven't eaten anything besides this but to fit the fast and the croff fit in it works out this way. Knowing I get to eat after is motivating. I live close enough to walk to crossfit and when my schedule allows I walk straight to the beach and jump in the ocean after which is great.
Intermittent fasting - Crossfit - Ocean Dive - Food - Restorative Yoga - Sleep
is a pretty amazing routine that I can do twice a week.
To sum it up- I like crossfit- I think I know enough to avoid the downsides, specifically I don't want to injure myself and I want it to be sustainable. I don't have the mentality that fits with crossfit which is why It's good for me to get out of my comfort zone. i have only been to the one I go to and have no idea how different it is from other cross fit gyms but if you haven't tried it you should.
Rob Alexander is on a journey to learn not just about health but everything else.
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