Over the past several years the sport of Crossfit has been calling my name to give it a try. Naturally I came up with every reason I could to brush it off and say “some other time” but the more I thought and heard about the phenomenon of Crossfit the more it made sense. It was probably my chiropractic background and philosophy which states “the body is self-sufficient and self-regulating” that attracted me to it, because what I was seeing from Crossfitters really impressed me. In short- pretty physically average people (i.e.-not pro athletes) getting in pretty phenomenal shape, and not just looking the part, but able to use their bodies efficiently and effectively the way they were designed to be used. It made sense to me that a body that is resilient and well-conditioned is one that can lift, jump, climb, pull, and push its own weight with ease.
It also made sense to me that a well-conditioned body is one that can perform a variety of tasks as it might be required to in real life situations (or at least real-life situations 100 years ago that didn’t involve a desk and a computer). This is called being ‘functionally fit’, and this is what the sport of Crossfit demands- that the body be ready for any challenge and that the workouts performed keep the body in a constant state of adaptation.
What I realized about myself for example was that I could certainly do pull-downs on a
cable machine at the gym, but ask me to move my own body weight and do pull-UPs on a chin-up bar? Not a pretty picture. And pretty deflating too, after all, I lift weights at the gym, play sports, and run regularly, and most people looking at me would probably assume I’m reasonably fit, but it sure didn’t feel that way to me after doing 4 chin-ups! Deep down I was also a little tired of my classic cable weight gym routine knew that I wanted to be in better functional shape and more resilient in general. I was tired of avoiding chin-ups and squats just because I was no good at them, and I knew that I needed to be more capable for the physical challenges that come along with my profession.
Finally the opportunity came, and recently I embarked on a journey with personal trainer Deanna Whiteley and her gym Crossfit Zone in Victoria, BC. After nearly 15 personal training sessions with her the results have become evident in my flexibility, strength, power, and overall ability and confidence. In the coming weeks I’ll share more on my experience and perspective on the sport.