Why I do CrossFit

Why do I do CrossFit? To compensate for doing dumb things like this first mile of yesterday’s Nordstrom Beat The Bridge 8k.

Beat The Bridge 8k

That’s me and a trio of Olympic Trials caliber women leading the first mile. It took me about three miles to decide that I really shouldn’t have been up there. But after training for the 1500m these past few weeks, that 5:30 first mile felt downright easy. Like something I could do forever. Or, as was the case yesterday, for approximately 3.5 miles. Unfortunately the race lasted another 1.5 miles, during which I slowed significantly and was passed by two women. But, and this is where my CrossFitting comes in, I had the strength to hold onto a podium spot in a race that is traditionally very competitive.

I do CrossFit

Fun fact: Half dude on the left next to winner Jamie Cheever? That’s Seahawk defensive end Cliff Avril, who, along with DE Michael Bennett, gave us our awards.

I’d love to say that I do CrossFit because I’m bold and brave and found it all on my own. The truth is: my husband made me do it. OK, not really, but he did find me my gym (his gym), CrossFit Outcome, and my trainer, Bethanee Randles.

Trainer extraordinaire. Photo by Pete Saluotos.

Trainer extraordinaire. Photo by Pete Saluotos.

When I started working out with her last July, I was worried that bulky muscles and strength would slow you down. Since then, I’ve set PRs in the 5k, 6k, 8k, 10k, and the 1500m. Apparently I was wrong.

Why do I do CrossFit? Three reasons.

Injury prevention. Ironically one of the biggest objections I hear from people (after the whole bulky muscles thing) is the injury factor. Don’t people who do CrossFit get hurt all the time? That’s why you need to find a trainer whom you trust, AND THEN LISTEN TO HER. According to this article on Breaking Muscle,

The stronger you get, the more resilient your body will become to the demands of running. The repetitive impact of running won’t wear you down as much. Plus, when you’ve got a strong body, any preexisting conditions will be less likely to worsen. This is because strength training helps to improve structural weaknesses in your body, whether in the muscles, joints, or connective tissues. Often, this will eliminate the source of many common running injuries.

Strength for speed. I’m no trainer, and don’t really know how this works, but I’m here to tell you that stronger muscles have meant faster times. Competitor.com backs me up on this here. When I started working out with Bethanee last July, I couldn’t string together two real push-ups. Now, at 42, I can even do a strict pull-up. I never thought I’d ever be able to do that.

CrossFit community. This is not just a public relations anecdote. My gym is a really great community of super supportive like-minded athletes and friends. How could I not want to be a part of that?

One of the best parts about this is that it doesn’t take a lot of time. I do CrossFit twice a week, for 30 minutes each session. It may not sound like a lot, but it gets the job done. What can you do in 30 minutes? Here are some sample workouts.

Workout #1

3 rounds of:
10 push ups
10 V ups

3 rounds of:
20 cal Assault bike
20 wall balls
20 kettlebell swings

Workout #2

4 rounds of:
8 dead lift
12 GHD sit-ups
15 plate raises
10 plank walks

Workout #3

4 rounds of:
5 back squat with 3 second pause at the bottom
10 good mornings
5 chin-ups
1:30 plank

Get to the gym. I’m telling you, you won’t regret it.

Leave a Reply