Guest post from Lois of FitFoodieSaigon
Lois is a fitness fanatic originally from the UK now based in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam! She loves all things food, CrossFit and wellbeing. Her cool blog is a collection of recipes, fitness stories and her ventures into self care.
CrossFit, just the word sends people running in fear, or scoffing or just plain judging. I know what you’re thinking you don’t want to get injured/join a cult/ be one of those people who only talks about CrossFit and that’s ok, I used to be just like you!
I am not here to tell you that you should be doing CrossFit or that CrossFit is better than any other types of exercise, I’m just here to talk about my personal experience and journey into the world of the cult (I’m just joking, or am I?!) that they call CrossFit.
Since finding a passion for exercise I have tried out quite a lot of different things, I started out with excessive cardio, HIIT and bodyweight training, finally found the confidence to pick up some weights and thought I had it all sorted when I discovered bodybuilding/powerlifting style workouts. I was the first person to slate CrossFit (had I ever tried it? No) I repeated all of the same old things that people say about CrossFit they all have bad form, that’s not a real pull up, I’ll get injured etc etc etc but then one day something happened, I realised I was bored of training, I wasn’t getting a sense of accomplishment unless I added something completely brutal in at the end of my workout (20 minutes of sprinting with a weighted sled attached to me was a favourite). I needed something more than weight lifting, I needed a new challenge. I was reluctantly talked into a CrossFit taster session at my local box by my boyfriend, and as much as I hated to admit it I knew I had found exactly what I was looking for.
So why did CrossFit suddenly seem so appealing? It sounds cheesy to use the tagline, but it really was because it is so constantly varied. I knew how to lift weights, I could squat, deadlift and bench all day but I couldn’t Olympic lift or do any gymnastics. Learning these new skills kept me interested and gave me something new and challenging to strive for. And then there’s the coaching – I had never been coached before! Having someone teach you and help you to improve was absolutely key for me, I learnt that my body could do things that I had never even dreamed of. Finally there is the competitive nature of the sport, I never knew I was competitive until I started doing WODs, and not just against other people either but against myself.
This blog post was first published here.