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I <3 CrossFit

A couple of weeks ago I was hanging out with some friends in Austin.  Each of them is trying to be healthy in his/her own way, but none of them is doing either Paleo or CrossFit.  For the most part, they’re counting points and jogging or biking long distances.  And they love to give me a hard time, asking me to pick up really heavy things or sprint to the top of Enchanted Rock.  One friend also informed me that he “gathered” the pizza from the store, so that means I can eat it.  

Friendly ribbing aside, we were talking about working out one day.  Every single one of them groaned, “Ugh, I HATE (running/spinning/whatever), but I feel so much better when I do it.”  It was a great moment for me, because I used to be one of those people.  Running, spinning, body pumping... most of the time I was bored out of my mind.  Working out was a chore.  I realized that I don’t feel that way about CrossFit.  My response to my friends was, “Am I the only one who actually likes my workouts?”

Don’t get me wrong.  CrossFit is hard.  There are some WODs that I dread, and I always get nervous in that 10-second countdown before the time starts.  Yes, always.  If I’m not nervous, there’s something wrong.  It means that the weight is too light or the mod too easy... or that I don’t fully understand the workout.  You know what I mean... those “surprise” WODs that you think aren’t going to be that bad... somehow they always end up being the worst.

But I still love my workouts.  I love the community at our gym; I love the constant push to get better, go heavier, move faster; and I love that you work your butt off for a short period of time, then you’re done.  You don’t have time to get bored.  And you know what?  I even like the soreness.  Yep.  I do.  It’s a physical indicator that I worked hard.

What about you?  Do you love your workouts?  What do you love most?

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